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Weimar! June 11, 2012

Posted by Karthik Nathan in Travel Log.

June 11, 2012


Our program is now in Weimar, Germany, after about two and a half weeks of Dusseldorf. 5 new students have now joined us, bringing our total up to 24 students and 2 professors. We are staying at the BEAUTIFUL Hedwig-Pfeiffer-Haus just to the south of the city and I am rooming with Foster Yow, a Marketing major senior from UGA.

Weimar is much smaller than Dusseldorf, with only about 60,000 residents, 6,000 of which are students. It is located in Thuringia, which is east-middle Germany and is famous for being the home of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Franz Liszt, and Johann Sebastian Bach at various times. The Weimar Republic, which was the weak and unstable government of Germany between the end of the first World War and the Nazi Regime (1919-1933) had its constitution written and signed here in Weimar, hence the name.

We have class most days from 9-12:30 at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, during which we are taking two courses: Wirtschafts Deutsch und Landeskunde (Auf Englisch: Business German and Georgraphy/Culture). Dr. Cothran, the director of the program, teaches the first course and Frau Jawad from the Bauhaus Uni teaches the second. After classes, we go to eat at the Mensa or cafeteria, where we get discounted student lunches for usually about 2-3 Euros (oh yes!). Some days we have scheduled tours or business visits (i.e. Goethe Haus, Schiller Haus, Bayer visit, Schott-Glass visit) and other days we have the rest of the day free.

We have 5 tutors here, like the 2 we had in Dusseldorf: Ben, Michael, Felix, Stella, and Martina. They are all around 20 years old and study at the Bauhaus University too. They love to hang out with us at the student club M18 and even write a blog for us to keep us updated on the happenings of Weimar and student life here.

Some days also consist of an Ausflug (day trip, more or less) to neighboring cities or attractions. So far, we’ve had trips to Naumburg, Erfurt, and a vineyard (Weinprobe), with trips to Leipzig and Eisenach to follow this week.

I can’t finish without talking about the only thing that Europe cares about at all right now: EURO 2012! If you didn’t know, the 2012 edition of the European Championship (Europa-Meisterschaft or EM auf Deutsch) is taking place from June 8 to July 1 in Poland and Ukraine. Germany played its first game of the tournament on Saturday evening against Portugal and we were unfortunately on an Ausflug for most of it. However, as soon as we got back, we ran to the nearest Biergarten and the score was still 0:0. I kid you not, literally 2 minutes later, a Mario Gomez header sailed into the net and the entire restaurant erupted! Germany won 1:0 and plays again Wednesday at 20:45 CEST against Netherlands, in a crucial game for the “Death Group” B.

Not only do we cheer very passionately for the team, but Foster and I decided to take it one step further:

Image(Don’t worry Amma and Appa, they weren’t very expensive)

Anyways, it’s been an absolutely amazing time so far here in Germany, and I can only imagine it getting better with the rest of the EM, Prague, Munich, and Berlin yet to come! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog!

Bis später, 




1. gtpspdirector - June 11, 2012

So glad you are enjoying Germany. I hope you enjoy being on the continent for Euro 2012 as much as I did for Euro 2008. Got to see great matches between Germany, Croatia and Turkey when I was in those countries. Totally outrageous spectacle after the games!

Karthik Nathan - June 11, 2012

Thank you Chaffee, I’m really hoping that we can experience some crazy games like that!

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