My name is Victoria Gregoire and I had the opportunity to go to Germany while in my German 30 class. The experience was mind blowing!
I loved the spectacular architecture, the buildings, the amazing food… I saw many churches which my brain couldn’t fathom the size of, but my most favorite church was the Berliner Dom. It was magical!
I could not believe the detail, the size, the array of colors, the pictures and paintings. If I moved to Berlin, I would become religious just to touch and examine every inch of this church. The church was so calming and overwhelming all at once! It felt wrong to take pictures of such a beautiful, sacred place but I needed something other than my imagination to remind me of my favorite place on Earth.
While in Hamburg, I had the most wonderful experience with my host family! I will definitely go back again to visit them as i felt like a part of the family. Marilla and I went shopping pretty much every day, like any pair of girls would. She helped me find cool souvenirs to bring back and I successfully filled my carry-on along with some of my suitcase with stuff to bring back. I loved walking along the Harbor with her; it was dreadfully windy and cold but very beautiful and I couldn’t believe how big it is!
I went to school with Marilla for a week. Gymnasium Eppendorf is an English Immersion school so Marilla takes some of her classes in English such as Biology. I got to experience what her English class was like and it’s weird to think that what I’m learning in English is the same as what she’s learning in English. I wish I could speak German like German’s can speak English. They start English in grade 4 but their program is so intense that they are fluent within a few years. They also have the option to pick another language to learn in grade 5 so they are a very multilingual people. It would have been the experience of a lifetime to go to Germany and have fluent German. It would be awesome if our school system had more languages available for study at an earlier grade level. I think being able to connect with people would have been easier if I had had 10 years learning German like Germans do with English. It makes me wonder how different things would have been with fluent German. Having said that, I was amazed at how much German I knew after just three semesters, and how quickly I was able to add to my German by being immersed in the language for 11 days.
I want to live in Germany one day! Everyone says that Canada is such an amazing place but I would pack everything and move to Germany in a heartbeat! The food is fresh and so much healthier. I made so many new, kind, and funny friends. I even cried at the airport saying goodbye to everyone. I was less stressed and so much happier to be somewhere I could enjoy every minute of, and everywhere I went was a beautiful memory to acquire. I’ve been thinking about pursuing my posy secondary studies in Germany just to experience it all again soon!
Marilla is coming back to Canada in May and I hope she loves it here like I did there. We will be friends for life, I can already tell!