Once 5:00 am rolled around, Kendall and I went ahead and checked our bags and went through security. We found some breakfast and waited for our gate to be assigned.
At 7:00 am we were on our flight to Hamburg, Germany. The flight itself was very quick, 1.5 hours, and the plane was pretty empty. Upon landing, I went through customs. The German official took a while stamping my passport and I questioned if I was going to be granted admittance to the country. Eventually, he stamped my passport and I was able to go through to grab my checked bag.
Once I had all of my luggage, I headed out to exit the terminal where Neele, my German host sister, and her mom were waiting for me. I said farewell to Kendall and headed to the Lange’s family vehicle. I was expecting a small European car, however, the vehicle I entered was fairly large for European standards. I would compare the vehicle’s size to a crossover in the United States.
The drive from Hamburg to Hannover was roughly 1.5 hours. For half the drive, I stayed awake the other half I napped. For the portion of the drive that I observed, I felt the area of Germany we were in seemed very similar to Indiana: flat, green, and filled with farmland. Windmills dotted the landscape to generate energy and cars drove down the autobahn like a normal highway.
Around 11:30 am, we arrived at Neele’s house. Her mother kept telling me, “German houses are much smaller than American houses,” which made me laugh. We ate lunch and chit-chatted. Neele’s parents went to work for a while, so they did not have to work the following day. I settled into my room and freshened up. At 3:00 pm, Neele and I took her dog for a walk, which allowed me to see more of the area.
After the walk, we drove into Hannover and explored the city. Christmas lights and decorations were still up, which made the city even more darling. The architecture and history of the buildings amazed me. Throughout Hannover, Neele and I would periodically find unique pieces of art or sculptures, which further added to the city’s character.
Once darkness set in, Neele and I met her parents at their office. I was able to see what her parents do for a living as engineers. Her mom and dad wrapped up their work and we walked to a traditional German restaurant for dinner. I had my first German schnitzel and oh my goodness was it delicious!
Germany day one was unforgettable! I cannot wait to see what the rest of my time here has in store.
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