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Susannah Martin
Berlin, Germany by way of California
I'm going to be from Berlin in my next life, meanwhile I fake it well.
Interests: Berlin, rescuing animals (especially boxers), veganism, travel, sustainability, education, Germany.
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Yesterday was sort of the capstone of our historical tours of Berlin. We went to Tempelhof Airport, a once bustling and iconic airport built in 1923 and closed in 2008 for good. It was in and out of here that the Berlin airlift pilots flew, and during the Cold War... Continue reading
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How's that for a title??? We've had a couple absolutely gorgeous and excursion packed days this week. Berlin is known the world over for its street art (some might dare call it graffiti, ahem) and we took an insider's walking tour to see some of the more famous works. Banksy?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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We went on an adventure!! We left early on Friday and took the train northeast to a most picturesque university / coastal town: Greifswald, birthplace of Romantic landscape painter Caspar David Friedrich (http://www.caspardavidfriedrich.org/). For many of us, it was the most tranquil and beautiful town we'd ever seen. We spend... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Yesterday we took a tour of the Olympic stadium, known here as the Olympiastadion. It was built for the 1936 Olympic games - yes, THAT one - and the imposing and massive architectural style does not belie its source. Two words: Jessie Owens!!!!!! In any event, it now holds a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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If there is one national dish that everyone can agree upon in Germany, it is Spätzle. A rich flour dough is dropped little by little into boiling water then pan fried in butter. It is then served with fried onions, melted cheese, and a sprinkling of parsley. We made it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Yesterday we had an afternoon dedicated to getting an idea about what life was like in the old German Democratic Republic (aka DDR in German) by going up, up, up to the top of the TV Tower (Fernsehturm). This is arguably the most iconic symbol of not just Berlin but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Yesterday we left the big city via regional train and spent the day on a guided tour (hearty thanks to Sam!!) in Potsdam, the capitol of the German federal state of Brandenburg and former residence of the Prussian royalty. Although the city has a lot to offer, we concentrated our... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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We have spent the last few days settling into our new home in Berlin. Everyone is excitedly discovering new places to shop, eat, hang out, and just be. We spent our Wednesday afternoon at the Global Institute having "Kaffee und Kuchen" - a wonderful , very German event, namely enjoying... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Yesterday we took the U-Bahn (subway) to Mitte, the central district of Berlin, where we met up with our bike tour guides. We were split into two groups and then proceeded to traverse the city on two wheels! Besides getting a very physical look at our new home city, we... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Guten Tag, hello!! Everyone spent a lovely first weekend getting to know the city and their host families. Jet lag seems to be a thing of the past and the subway is a bit less intimidating. We are slowly but surely becoming true "Berliner!" Everyone had their own separate adventure... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Guten Morgen!! Today is our first full day in the best city in the world: Berlin!! We will start off with a communal breakfast and then get down to the business of orientation and our first proper German class. Here is a picture of the group from yesterday - tired... Continue reading
Who even recognizes that old phrase??? In any event, we are indeed all present and accounted for - my guess most everyone is already asleep or at least close to it. We tried to keep everyone awake as long as possible to ward off jet lag, but it does make... Continue reading
Hello, hallo everyone!! Today's the big day - the students are arriving any minute! We are all ready to go - we have a nice German breakfast (belegtes Brötchen aka fresh rolls with cheeses and spreads) waiting and a fun, light schedule for today. Everyone will be tired after the... Continue reading
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Hello Everyone!! We just finished up our CIEE Program Leader training weekend in Minneapolis and it was awesome! This is a picture of us below: Mike & Katie (Session II) are on the left and Joe & I (Susannah) are on the right. I just want to let you know... Continue reading
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Tomorrow we return to our starting points, changed in some non-tangible but very real ways, our hearts heavy at the thought of missing new friends, and with the longing for one last falafel or döner. Four weeks in Berlin went by so quickly... And plans for a reunion in 2020... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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The Story of Berlin (http://www.story-of-berlin.de/) is a fascinating museum located in the heart of the west and tells this fabulous city's 800 year history. We spent the day being guided through the exhibition as well as through a real Cold War nuclear bomb shelter. This is an incredible museum and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Today we went up into the Berliner Fernsehturm, a TV tower built under the GDR's Communist regime. At 368 meters, it is the tallest architectural structure in all of Germany. And the view is simply amazing!! The elevator rides up and down... not so much. Continue reading
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Even though Berlin has every kind of delicacy imaginable, sometimes, just sometimes there's nothing like a taste of home. In this case, that means Starbucks. Not only are the drinks exactly the same, so is the interesting interpretation of the names!!! "Isaia," "Jackel," "Ranlorn (??)," and, get this..."Kill." Ohhhhkaaaaaaay. Continue reading
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One certainly cannot leave Berlin without the obligatory picture next to the Marx and Engels statue in Mitte, the central district of the city. Added to this is a view of what is considered to be the prettiest corner (literally) of Berlin, and another shot inside the subway (U-Bahn). Continue reading
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Museum Island is home to five world class museums: Pergamonmuseum, Bode-Museum, Altes Museum, Neues Museum, and the Alte Nationalgallerie. And, since 1999, Museum Island has been the only architectural and cultural ensemble that is considered part of UNESCO world heritage. More information can be found here: http://www.smb.museum/en/home.html Lucky for us,... Continue reading
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Yesterday left us all with a lot to think about. We had a guided tour at the Berlin Wall Memorial (Bernauer Straße 111), which is now a somber open air museum dedicated to keeping alive the memory of those who died while trying to cross the Berlin Wall. They were... Continue reading
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We spent our weekend in two of the most culturally important cities of Germany, Dresden and Weimar. Dresden, previous home to the electors and royal family of Saxony, was known as the Jewel Box because of its rococo and baroque city center, and is still a cultural, educational, political and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Classes aren't just about the German language! World famous photographer Hendrik Lietmann (lietmann.com) spent the afternoon with us teaching the fine - and not so easy - art of street photography. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Fat Bike Tours has been in Berlin for years and they are AWESOME!!! http://berlin.fattirebiketours.com/ Our guide, Randall, was funny, informative, clever, and kept us all interested. We rode for about five hours and got to check out pretty much all the main sites of the city. This truly was one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Truly rare is the occasion when one gets to meet a real living legend. Extremely rare is the occasion one gets to meet a real living legend and have them invite you over, show you their work, and talk about their life. Next to never is to have them do... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE