The first weeks in Ratzeburg, Germany have been amazing! On the first day, my host sister, Lilia, and my host dad, Jan, met me at the airport and took me home. Once we were out of Hamburg the fields all had so much snow covering them- it was beautiful! They showed me around Ratzeburg which is where I will live for the next 3-4 months.
Ratzeburg is a town in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is about 20km from Lübeck and there are 14.5 thousand people living in Razteburg. It is surrounded by four lakes and so has a very popular canoeing club. This club has been to the Olympics three times earning them two gold and a silver medal during the 60s’.
A few weekends ago I went to Lübeck with my host mum and sister. We looked inside a museum that’s located inside the Holsten Gate. The Holsten Gate is the last of the three that were built around the city in the 13th century. We also had a walk along the river and saw some of the architecture that’s a very important part of Lübeck.
I have been attending German lessons twice a week with the other exchange student from my host club. We have nearly finished the original 4 weeks but are considering extending for a few more lessons. I am also going to start attending a German as a foreign language class at my school.
I have been into town most days since I arrived. It’s quite close so it’s easy to ride over to do something. It is only about 10 minutes to ride there and it is across the lake so it’s a nice ride. Last weekend I met up with two other exchange students- one rotary exchange student from Mexico called Paloma and another from the USA named Briana who is with another program. We spent a few hours chatting and we got along quite well.
I had my first Rotary Club meeting a few weeks ago and it went well. Harry- the exchange student from New Zealand who is also being hosted by my club- and I introduced ourselves and next week we’re going to do a presentation to tell them a bit about us and our countries.
There is going to be an orientation weekend in March that all the exchange students from my district will go to. I’m really excited about it because I’ll be able to meet them and because Paloma, Harry, and I are planning on spending a few hours in Berlin to look around.
!!! SNOW !!! My first experience with snow! When I arrived there was only a few remaining piles from the days and weeks before but ! it started actually snowing! There hasn’t been a lot but twice there has been a couple of centimetres which is just enough to make everything look absolutely magical.
On 26th, I went to school for the first time. I spent the first week in Year 8 but moved up to year 10 to be with kids who are closer to my age.
There are still a few things that I am getting used to and that may take a while to set in (the toothpaste and my host dad’s shaving cream look very similar) but so far it’s been absolutely amazing! There’s so many things to be excited about and I’m having a great time.