Samstag, 17.1.

Tag 11 – Joshua Bolt

Mein Tag war 17. Januar. Dieser war unser letzter Tag in Deutschland. Wir sind um sechs Uhr aufgestanden. Sollten alles in unsere Koffer gepackt habe. Nach dem Frühstück sind wir aus dem Hostel zum Hauptbanhof gegangen. Wir mussten den Zug von Köln bis Düsseldorf Flughafen nehmen. Zwei Studenten haben fast die erste Straßenbahn zum Hauptbanhof verpasst. Nach einer dreißig-Minuten Fahrt sind wir in Düsseldorf angekommen. Am Flughafen die Sicherheit war nicht so schlecht. Ich habe während des Fluges geschlafen.

When we arrived at Dublin airport, I noticed the security was much stricter. This was because went through US preclearance. We had to fill out forms stating some of our basic information and confirming that we weren’t bringing anything illegal across the border. We also had to have our picture taken so they could check it against the picture on the passport. The US had a much more thorough security check than most places, which can probably be attributed to the attacks on September 11th.  The security at the airport was a huge difference between Germany and the US.

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Bevor wir geflogen sind,  habe ich Kamp‘s Bäckerei gesehen. Kamps hat eine Karte von Deutschland mit anderen Bereichen. Jeder Bereich hat andere Namen für Brötchen. Es gibt Brötchen, Schrippe, Weck, Rundstück, Semmel, und weitere. Ich war überrascht, dass es so viele Dialekte in Deutschland gibt.

In the United States, there is not such a big difference in accents between different parts of the country, and it is much larger in area than Germany. I think this has to do with the influence from bordering European countries. The amount of different dialects and languages in the surrounding area is a huge cultural difference between Germany and the United States. In the US, many people will only have to speak English their entire lives. In Germany, almost everyone knows different languages, with English being spoken by most of the population.

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An unserem letzten Tag und während der Reise sind wir noch mit vielen Zügen gefahren. Wenn man in den USA ist, kann man nicht so viele Züge finden. Autos sind das Haupttransportmittel in den USA. In Deutschland  benutzen viele Menschen den Zug, das Fahrrad und den Bus. Das ist so viel besser für die Umwelt.

It may be easier to use public transportation because Germany is a smaller country, where most people live in large cities. However, it seems as though citizens make an effort to use other means of transportation that cost less and are more environmentally efficient. I thought the transportation was a huge difference between Germany and the United States. A car is not necessary to have in Germany, since there are so many options for cheap public transportation. In the United States, without a car most people will not be able to get to their job. I think the United States could incorporate more public transportation options to promote an attitude of environmental consciousness.

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