Happy Birthday Justin! It will last 44 hours! Flying home today!

Dear Parents,

Your students should return at 4:20 in the North Terminal!  I just ask that you wait until Sarissa gets through customs and you check out with her before you leave the airport!  Please thank her!  She was amazing!  This is quite the bonded group, so I hope that they will take one last group picture to finish out this blog after they give Justin his birthday present!  It will take a few extra minutes at the airport, but it will give you a glimpse of how many inside jokes, laughs, and adventures this group has had together!  The games are still going.  We’ve played 3 rounds of  “Murder” and we still have one unknown murder on the loose among us.  I also hope that this blog is a resource for the students to remember ALL of the memories and events of this trip.  It was so packed full that it will take a week of rest to be able to go through it all in our minds.

We took some time as a group to reflect last night and everyone shared what their most memorable moment was and something that they learned.  I had a wonderful trip and thanked the group for being so awesome.  You should be proud of how they behaved!  I truly enjoyed them all as individuals and I like each of them better than when we left!  I can assure you that that is not always the case!  We simply have had a lot of fun together, thanks for affording them this opportunity.  They have had freedom and responsibility and handled them both with grace and spunk!  I wish everyone a GREAT SUMMER!

Frau Senden


A long escalator ride


The final group picture, just as it began, without Tia and Andrew!


We dropped Andrew off at condor


First Day in Stuttgart: by Jaidyn

Today is the day we are heading into Stuttgart as our last trip to another city in Germany. We had to take a few trains to arrive in Stuttgart and our youth hostel. As we were taking the last train there, the doors almost closed on many people but we ran to another door and barely got through. There were a few people including Frau Senden thankfully, that were left behind while we were around 25 minutes ahead of them. But we all finally made it back to the youth hostel!

After all of the train rides and traveling most of us decided to go shopping for souvenirs and partly for ourselves. First stop, we decided to get icecream of course. While eating our icecream Marta and Elizabeth went into a camping/sporting store called Decathlon. They looked in there for a bit and Marta came back saying she bought an 8€ backpack!! So Erin, Tia and I really wanted one too, so we went as well and bought them! After this shop we went into Tk Maxx and all 5 of us tried on dirndls, since we are in Germany! We went to a few more stores and Marta, Tia and Elizabeth spent around 200€ worth of chocolate combined. Around 7 o’clock we went out to Hansin Gluck and ate burgers and drank lemonade. After dinner we took some pictures, went home, played some cards and headed to bed to get rest for our last official day in Germany!


They didn’t buy them, but this looks like a fun shopping adventure!



Great burger restaurant with cool decor


Auswandererhaus in Bremerhaven: by Tia

This appears out of order, but I”m seriously behind on the updates!!


A Sad Goodbye, a Long Train Ride, Public Viewing on the Bodensee: by ?

We are on the road again, so I’ll update when I can.  We are safe in the hostel, students slept the whole day on the train, it was a good time for them to get over being sad about leaving their partners and get back into travel mode.  We’re in a beautiful location and hope to have a day at the lake tomorrow.  We watched the second World Cup game for Germany and they were in a must win situation and they won the game 2-1 in the last 10 seconds of the game.  We watched it with about 500 people on the banks of the Bodensee.  I’ll add pictures soon and blog entries.  I’m behind on the updates! The WiFi is too slow at the moment!



Happy Birthday Jan, a Zoo, the Farewell Party, and a Mohawk?!: by Adrianna

Today the group was supposed to go to the North Sea but due to the unexpectedly bad weather the teachers decided to take us to the Hannover Zoo! This zoo was GINORMOUS, well at least to the Alaska Zoo standards. There were separate areas with the different animals from all of the different countries. The animals ranged from hippos to wallabies and all of the group was thrilled. After the first 15 minutes the group split into smaller groups. Some went adventuring through the the maze of animals, while some decided it was best to rest and replenish all of their calories in one of the many restaurants in the Zoo. In the three hour time period our “slightly” large group of teenagers had done almost everything from playing with goats, dominating the young german children’s playhouse, or feeding parakeets and verbally harassing the meerkats. I can almost guarantee that all of the German and Americans would love to go back and do it all over again. After the excitement of the zoo, we took a fairly long train ride back home and then went straight to the farewell party located with our lovely german hostess Karlotta and her house. This party was no less than exhilarating. Right as everyone arrived wind and rain started and soon it was a complete downpour. Thankfully, it quickly stopped, allowing us go outside of the cabin located in Karlotta’s yard. Once the wind stopped we dished up our plates with loads of delicious foods that the host parents prepared for us to take to this farewell shindig. As we ate we talked about many different things. One of which was a bet from one of our many games we played called “What are the odds?” In this particular game of it our lovely chaperone by the name of Sarissa Lammers asked Austin Ashcraft “Hey Austin, what are the odds you let me give you a mohawk?” Austin confidently responds with “one and one million” so as the game goes some one counts down from three and they both say their answers. If they both say the same answer out of a million Austin must let Sarissa cut his hair into a mohawk and if they don’t then nothing happens and you move on. Somehow, out of pure luck, they both say the exact same number out of one million and Austin in in shock. After a half of an hour begging Austin to do it and telling him he had to he ran to Frau Senden and asked her if he had to do it and she played by the rules and said he did. So after that, he finally gave in and let Sarissa take scissors and a buzzer to his head to create a pretty impressive mohawk. Sadly, he looked really good with this hairstyle so the group didn’t get as much of a laugh as we wanted to. But oh well, can’t win them all. Once we finished watching Austin’s hair get cut we recited our poems to our partners and said some of our farewells. The last exciting thing that happened at this soirée was Jan getting the traditional 16th birthday flour dumped on him. With this we all left the party one by one until all that was left was Austin’s hair covering the ground of the woods.







The first cuts!