Melissa in Germany

Melissa, a junior majoring in oboe performance and a President’s Scholar, is participating in SMU-in-Germany. As part of the summer program, students visit Bach’s home, hear the Berlin Philharmonic and experience university life in the former East German town of Weimar.

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Guten Tag from Weimar

Germany.jpg I am finally in Germany! The ten-hour plane ride and three-hour train ride were worth it … Germany is beautiful. The plants are all sorts of vibrant colors, and there are many parks and beautiful scenic areas.

Weimar itself is a wonderful little town. Most of the buildings have been reconstructed due to damage from bombings during WWII. You can always find vendors selling bratwurst and crepes in the marketplace and tours surrounding the old homes of Goethe and Schiller. For such a small town, it has a remarkable history!

Our group of students gets along extremely well and is enjoying our time here. We frequently meet up to eat at cafes or practice conducting in the park during our free time. Most of us have German suitemates, who have shown us more of the city and introduced us to places where the college students hang out. The people here are extremely friendly and speak more English than I thought. I am actually able to understand more German than I thought I would be able to, which has come in handy when asking people for directions.

Later today, we will be traveling to Eisenach to visit J.S. Bach’s birth house and Wartburg castle. I have heard that the castle is absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to see it for myself.

Auf Wiedersehen!

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