We touched down in Germany at Frankfurt airport on the 1st of August at 5:30 am where we were promptly met by the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) representatives at the airport and then taken to Budenheim for the second half of the CBYX orientation.
The place that we stayed at was Schloß Waldthausen, a really pretty castle in the middle of the woods. The two days we were there consisted of some more seminars about adjusting to life in Germany as well as talks from previous program participants like Mickey Mangan (28th CBYX/PPPler) who is the creator of the lernen to talk show. The best part of the stay in Budenheim besides the gorgeous weather was the single rooms that we all got to stay in.
Today, after we said our final goodbyes, the 75 participants were split up for the first time into three different groups for the beginning of language school. Approximately 40 of us went to Köln while a smaller number went to the German towns of Saarbrücken and Radolfzell.
In Köln we were introduced to the director of the Carl Duisberg Centren (CDC), the school where we will be learning German for the next 2 months, as well as the staff in charge of us CBYX/PPPlers. Then we took a group picture and said our goodbyes as we were either picked up by our host families or taken to our host families house by taxi.
I will be staying with the Hoff Family in Köln Nippes which is only a few U-bahn stops away from the CDC. I will update more later on my awesome host family because I need to go to bed now if I want to be lucid for my German Placement test tomorrow. Overall it was a very hot day (hottest its been in Köln all year!) which ended on a very happy note. I think that I have already begun to fall in love with Köln…
More to come soon!
bis morgen 😀