By Sophie Boddorff, ISA Program Advisor
Before arriving in Berlin, I was constantly told by others that Berlin was an amazing city filled with countless activities and with a vibrant, young energy. However, it was hard for me to believe that when I first arrived at the airport on a gloomy January day. I still remember how grey the city seemed, as the once white snowfall was quickly overrun by the city’s bustling, non-stop traffic. Another initial shock was the language barrier. I had previously studied German in high school, but never had I been surrounded by so much of it – it felt as jarring as the stampede of people aggressively making their way out of the airport. It all hit me in that moment: This bizarre and enormous city was going to be my new home for the next several months.
By the end of my stay…
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