For four days the German and Indian exchange students went to school together, had the opportunity to play Basketball as a whole group or visited the same classes at the Johannes-Turmair-Gymnasium. They know each other quite well now. But what about the parents? For sure, they got to know “their” Indian guest. But is he different compared to the others? What adventures could the other host parents tell? Therefore we created a special event to show the parents, what the students do during the project and to create a time and a place where families can meet and chat: The Bavarian Evening!
All the teachers and students and even most of the parents were dressed in the traditional costumes. The entrance of the school was decorated in the colours of the Bavarian flag and dozends of plates and bowls with traditional fresh food was ready to be eaten. Even some studentes that took part in the exchange last year arrived, happy to be part of the exchange family.
The principal of the school Mrs Andrea Kammerer welcomed everybody officially, especially the guests from Lotus Valley International School. This greeting was continued by short speaches of the German and Indian teachers. After a short break (Finaly Food!) the fun part started and all the exchange students performed some dances for the parents. Traditional life musik played by a young Bavarian artist completed the scene.
But the parents had to fullfill their task, too. Invited by the teacher Mr Wolfgang Pöschl they danced a waltz and a “Zwiefacher” (traditional dance) and showed their children how to live the rhythm.
What can I tell you more? The students would just say it was fun! They even got some presents from local companies and most of the boys and girls seized the evening to take some great pictures with their host families.
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!!
So overall this day in school was wonderful. I liked comparing the experiences in school with different things such as movies. It made my day even better!!!
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!
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.
A School day full of advise and knowledge
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 books were 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 session where 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.
Different kind of “sports”
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.
do you also like trecking….?
A Skyline to remember
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.
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!