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November möödus minu jaoks kohe kindlasti piirkiirust ületades. Ma ei jõudnud isegi veel pimeduse ja külma pärast korralikult vinguma hakata, kui mind juba jõulumeeleolu ja Saksamaa reisi poolt takistati. Sellest viimasest ka lähemalt:

Oma koolis võtan ma osa poliitika ja inimõiguste klassist, kus kerkis esile võimalus võtta osa ühest koolidevahelisest Erasmuse programmist, mis käsitles demokraatiat, integratsiooni ning Euroopa liitu. Nüüd, kus ma olen sealt reisilt naasnud, võin teile teada anda, et see reis puudutas minimaalselt Euroopa liitu ja veel minimaalsemalt demokraatiat. Reisi viiest päevast ühel tegelesime aktiivselt globaalsete probleemide arutamisega, ülejäänud päevad koosnesid peamiselt Berliini ja Potsdami avastamisest. Ja seda kõike täiesti tasuta! Mulle sobis!

Esimesel päeval võtsime osa meie vahetuskooli Maxim Gorki tundidest, mis asub Berliini külje all väikses linnakeses nimega Kleinmachnow. Koolitunnid võisid asendusõpetajate tõttu veidi eksitavad olla. Näiteks saksa poliitika tunnis ei olnud ei saksa keelt ega poliitikat- lugesime hoopis inglisekeelset teksti Aafrika madudest. Hiljem viis minu vahetusisa Saksamaal (ühel hetkel avastasin, et mul on 3 isikut, kellele teoorias „isa“ öelda võiks) mu Berliinis saksa parlamendihoonesse Reichstagi, mille kupli viimaselt korruselt avanes imeline vaade üle terve Berliini. Pean tõdema, et Berliin tegi juba esimesel päeval minu südamele 1:0.

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On the top floor of the dome

Ülejäänud päevadel kohtusime projekti raames erinevate poliitikutega, mängisime läbi Euroopa Liidu seaduste väljaandmise protsessi ning käisime ekskursioonil ajaloolises linnas Potsdam, kus oli esindatud arhitektuuri-pärle kümnetest erinevatest kultuuridest. See oli mu esimene kord Saksamaal ja kuigi ma kannatasin terve reisi üleinformeerituse all, oli lõppude lõpuks siiski tore, et meiega tegeleda viitsiti ning meid harida üritati.

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Berliin on võimas linn. Külastasime Brandenburgi väravat, juutide genotsiidi mälestusmärki, tükikesi Berliini müürist ning parlamendihoonet. Linnas kõndides valdas mind kohati kummaline meeleolu. Oleksin nagu oma ajalooõpiku ridade vahel jalutanud. Ja nüüd seda kõike aastakümneid hiljem näha… Näha kuidas inimesed juutide mälestusmärgi kiviklotsidel istudes rahulikult kohvi joovad; näha kuidas Berliini müüri, mida kunagi ääristas raudtraat ning relvastatud sõdurid, kaunistavad nüüd tänavakunstike loomingulised teosed.

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Berliini avastasime iseseisvalt. Mina, mu sõbrad, mu partner Leon ja ka teiste norrakate partnerid. Sai nalja, sai glögi, sai currywursti. Berliinis on detsembrikuus üle kaheksakümne jõuluturukese, mis kõik kubisevad currywursti- , sõõriku- , pretzeli- ja karamelliõunaputkadest. Mnjah, reisilt lahkusid nii pagas kui ka mina ülekilodega…

Ei oska isegi sõnadesse panna, kui masendav oli pärast sellist wunderbar nädalat halli argipäeva naasta. Jäin igatsema oma vahetuspere Saksamaal, Berliini tänavaid ja tegelikult üldse igat viimset kui detaili selle reisi juurest. Ja juba enne kui ma märgata jõudsin, avastasin ma end taas fjordi otsas kükitamast, uppumas norra keele põhjatusse sohu.

Selleks korraks on vast kõik. Selles postituses sooviksin ma veel näidata üles tänulikkust oma norra keele tundidele, mille vältel on valminud lõviosa sellest blogist. Kuidagi on nii sattunud, et alati just nimelt selles tunnis tulevad mulle peale suurimad inspiratsioonipuhangud.

 

Snakkes!

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November flew by, like my time here in Norway normally tends to, but that month it seemed to be flying by ruthlessly fast. I didn’t even get to start complaining about the cold and the dark before I was already cut off by Christmas spirit and that amazing trip to Germany. I have met quite a lot of Germans and learned about its culture and history, but I had never actually been to Germany myself. Germany had always come to me in one way or another and now was my turn to go.

So how did I just get to skip a week of school and fly to Germany? Easy- because it was with school. I take a class which has this long scary name- politics and human rights, and in that class there arose an opportunity to go to Germany for a week with an Erasmus school exchange project to discuss politics, democracy and integration. And I didn’t hesitate once. Not grabbing an opportunity with both hands would not really be exemplary exchange student behaviour, would it?

So that’s what I did. Packed my suitcase, bought presents for my new German host family and headed to the airport. Airports have been quite emotional for me this year so it was a little strange to just feel happy at one. Having arrived in Berlin, my German host family welcomed me with open arms. They were indescribably kind and took good care of me. Can’t thank them enough for everything they did for me!

The days in Germany went by pretty quickly. There was a lot of action every day. We took part in the German school classes, explored Berlin and Potsdam, had an European Union law passing game, met some politicians and so on. Some of the German school classes were, well, interesting. In our German politics class for example there was neither politics nor German. Instead, we read about snakes of Africa in English. At the school we also followed  around our German partners and got to know a bit about the school system and the school (Maxim-Gorki-Gesamtschule) itself.

Like mentioned earlier, we also got to do a lot of exploring. Berlin and Potsdam are marvellous cities. Both have a lot of stories to tell and sights to show. On the first day I was lucky enough to have been taken to the German Parliament building, Reichstag. From the top of the dome I could see Berlin in a panoramic view in its full glory. It was truly magical with all of the lights of the city blinking as far as the eye could see. And it wasn’t only beautiful, but informative too. My host father Jan in Germany told me a lot about the history so I now consider myself a Reichstag expert. I also noticed that at one point I pretty much had 3 people who I could in theory call “father” 🙂

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Me, Eilat and the Brandenburg Gate hiding behind a Christmas tree

And it wasn’t only the Reichstag that we visited. My friends and I explored Berlin and got to see quite a lot. We got to see parts of the Berlin wall, the Brandenburg Gate, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and other places. I felt really small and in awe walking around in the city. I was surrounded by a lot of history and not exceptionally good history and that gave me a lot of food for thought.

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A piece of the Berlin Wall

The food and atmosphere in Berlin’s Christmas markets was amazing. There were over 80 Christmas markets spread around all over Berlin so of course we visited some of them. We got to try out some of the essential German Christmas market foods like currywurst, glogg, pretzel and so on. By the end of the trip it wasn’t just my suitcase that ended up with additional kilos…

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St. Nicholas’ Church, Potsdam

Sad, but true that every good thing has to come to an end. This trip was no exception. Before I could realise I was back in Bergen, who welcomed me with the usual rain, but this time threw in a thunderstorm as well. Fortunately though, this adventure hasn’t come to its end just yet. Our partners from Germany will visit us in March and then it is our turn to give them the best possible Norwegian experience!

 

Snakkes!

 

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