Rotary Club of Faribault

Posted by Paige Kline

Youth Exchange

These past few weeks/ last month have been very busy as I have been trying to get more involved with things and become a part of the German community as well as spend a significant amount of time doing things with my host family, friends, school, sports, and the list goes on. 
Things have been really exciting in these parts!
I have been here in Paderborn for almost 3 months now, and things have been pretty much nonstop. Language learning has taken a lot of my time and I recently began a language course at a local language school which I hope will help me speed up the complicated learning process. Attending the local high school has also brought about a whole new set of adventures. Making friends is still an evolving process, but I like to remember that all good things take time. I have also made numerous friends through Rotary and it's really incredible to get to meet so many new people with such different life experiences and stories. 
 Rotary took the exchange students on an amazing tour of Germany, stopping in cities such as Hamburg, Dresden, Munich, Berlin, and numerous others. This was a great opportunity to not only see Germany but also to get closer with the other exchange students. We visited the Berlin Wall, the Hamburg Fish Market, the Sempar Opera in Dresden, and even went to Oktoberfest in Munich. I have attached some photos  (click on the link below) of this trip including a photo of the sunrise over the port in Hamburg as we walked back from the fish market at 6am, a castle in Potsdam, and a photo of the view off the balcony at Schloss Neuschwanstein. 
Overall things are very good. At the end of November, I will travel to Iserlohn to another Rotary weekend with the inbounds/exchange students. We will go ice skating, visit the Weinachtsmarkt (Christmas Market), and do other local "wintery" activities.
Until then!