Study abroad can play an integral role in opening one’s mind and breaking down preconceived notions of other cultures. Three months in, IES Abroad Berlin student blogger, Evan Weyrauch, is seeing his host country and city in a whole new light.
In this Blog Post of the Week, Evan dispels the misconceptions people often have of Germany. He says, “Hitler, Bavaria, and the Wall can’t describe the amazing dinner I had with my host, and experiencing the local ice cream shop down the street. They can’t describe the two punk concerts I’ve been to in Kreuzberg that were in a room no bigger than the living room in my apartment. They can’t describe the people I’ve met who engage me in conversations pertaining to almost anything but the stereotypes “Americans” have.…Stereotypes reflect a certain part of the group they describe, but they are nowhere near an explanation of the group as a whole. Sometimes it takes a real experience to really show this.”
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