So, yesterday was our fourth day in germany!! We were having loads of fun. As usual I woke up at 6 o’clock in the morning for school. We took two buses to reach the school.
The school for some reason really fascinated me as when we reached the school everyone seemed to be very happy and were enjoying. Later on, we had to practice for our performance at night. Practicing so many times was obviously quite tiring and a bit boring.
Ahh!! Finally after the practice was over we had to go to the ‘Turnhalle’ to learn Judo with Herr Pöschl!! As soon as I entered the Turnhalle I could imagine the crowd around me shouting my name and cheering out loud. However, I came to my senses later and then all I could see around me were walls…. We set up the mats and while doing that all I could think about was the movie, ‘Karate Kid’. It was almost the same. We then started learning judo which was quite fun. At one time when Herr Pöschel asked me to demonstrate, I felt as if I was little innocent person and he was a strong man who could injure anyone. However, he was very kind and fun from the beginning. He made it more fun to learn Judo.
After Judo, we had a basketball match. That was quite interesting, fun but tiring too. The atmosphere in the Turnhalle was great while playing a fair game of basketball with the Germans!!
We had gone to watch a football match on Sunday. We went as a whole group- Germans and Indians together. We went to the Allianz Arena. Man it was huge stadium. It can fit so many people in it, around 70,000 or so!
The atmosphere in the stadium was electric. The people of Germany live and breathe football. The fans kept on shouting and chanting and jumping up and down, they never even got tired. Due to the football half of us couldn’t even concentrate on the match. We just kept on looking at them.
After the match got over it started to rain. The home team had lost and everyone was gloomy. The rain seemed fitting. We went to the stadium and came back in a bus. The german village and fields are so amazing and beautiful! I wish I could live here.
what a fun filled day it was.Trecking and shopping.
In the morning our teacher had organised an interview with the national level volley ball player Rachel Olynik of the Straubing volleyball team NaWaRo. She was an amazing, friendly person who told us a lot about herself and how her never giving up attitude made her what she is today. During the interview she gave us wonderful tips that would surely help us in our lives. At the end of her interview she even promised to bake some cakes for the whole exchange group. We all are really looking forward to eat them.
After the interview we went to the antique liabrary of Johannes-Turmair-Gymnasium where really old bookswere kept. some of those books were handwritten and were written on a material which looked like paper but was completely different from it. the books looked really old and gave us a scent of the old age. it was a wonderful experience.
A wall to climb
our teachers had then organised a rock climbing sessionwhere we had to climb up big walls. This climbing instructions took place in a special gym of the so called Alpenverein. This is a club where everybody can learn how to behave and to travel in the Bavarian mountains. it was really fun. there were experienced instructors who helped us a lot while climbing.
After that climbing experience we all went to the city centre of Straubing for shopping with our german friends. we were shopping for our friends and family in India. we ate a lot of food and had clicked a lot of selfies.
german breads and cakes are famous all over the world but being a vegetarian i could not taste everything. but the aroma was really tempting.
When you imagine the skyline of a city the towers are always the most outstanding structures. So it isn’t a suprise that the towers of many churches and the famous city tower of Straubing characterize the skyline of our city as well. But one of these large building is special. One of them is nearly completely hollow and empty, only the larger top part of the structure is filled with an enormous steel water tank. It is the 63m tall water tower of Straubing, which was built in 1922.
Stairs And Stairs Again
The Indian students hesitated a little, when they saw the many steps they have to climb to reach the upper part of the so called “Wasserturm”. Slowly, step by step they managed the 5 levels and finally reached a room, which was stuffed with pipes, levers and weels to regulate the water flow. Theo room’s ceiling was also the bottom of a 900 m³ large water tank which was filled with drinking water of best quality. A small spiral staircase in the middle of the tank was the only connection to the top of the tank. But because of safety reasons the group was not allowed to enter that staircase.
What a view
The students looked at each other, unsure what to do now. Suddenly one of our guides opened a hidden trap door and our Indian guests climbed a steep ladder up to a wooden walkway around the tank’s outer hull. What a view! Big windows allowed a spectecular sight. You could see the hills of the Bavarian Forest, the Danube, the City Center and many more places of interest.
Nobody had to tell the students to click photos. Armed with their cell phones they circuited the tank shot hundreds of selfies and pictures of Straubing.
Climbing down the ladder and the stairs again was an adventure itsself. But finally all the participants of the exchange stood at ground level again. Ready to move on and to visit the places they saw minutes ago.
We want to thank the great people of Stadtwerke Straubing who gave consent to that field trip. Thank you for showing us this astonishing monument and for guiding us up and down the watertower!
Our day three in Germany started in a quite interesting way when we visited Johannes-Turmair for the first time, it was a rather new experience, seeing how the school works. Since my partner is sick Paula was generous enough to take me in and I´m grateful to her for this. We had a lot of fun with her and a great time when we visited the city. The view from the water tower was AMAZING and the churches are the most mesmorising and peaceful places I´ve seen!
My day three went really well. We visited the Johannes-Turmair for the first time and were welcomed by the principal. We attended some classes. Then we went to water tower, which had a great view. Then we just explored the city and visited few churches. In evening we went to city center and had dinner there. At night Muskan and Sophie come to have a night stay.
Heute sind wir zu dritt (Shagun, Gurnoor und ich) mit dem Bus zur Schule, was wahrscheinlich für die Erstklässler an meiner Haltestelle mehr aufregend war, als für die Inder selbst. Nach der ersten Stunde durften sie mit uns in den Unterricht. Zuerst hatten wir Musik, und ich glaube, die Musik zum Zauberlehrling werden sie nicht mehr so schnell vergessen, weil wir sie in Endlosschleife anhörten 🙂
Auch kamen sie in den Genuss einer Mathe- und einer Deutschstunde. Nach der Schule sind wir mit Sophie und Muskan in die Stadt und erst einmal zu
Rewe, um Erdbeeren zu kaufen.
Zu Abend haben Shagun, Gurnoor und Muskan dann zusammen mit ein paar Freunden beim Burgerwirt gegessen, während Sophie und ich eine kleine Pause machten. Zu Hause angekommen gings gleich weiter mit einer Runde Badminton im Garten. Und dann sind auch schon wieder Muskan und Sophie gekommen, um bei mir zu übernachten. Ich denke es wird eine lange, aber auch schöne Nacht werden.
Right in the morning, a miracle takes place – I woke up on my own (without even an alarm) at 8.30 am! I’m NOT a morning person and I can NOT wake up until somebody else makes the effort to do that; sometimes I don’t wake up even after that. So waking up as early as 8.30, BY MYSELF, is definitely an achievement. Thank you very much Germany! 😀