Learning So Much all the Time

Today we visited the Bückeburg palace, the royal decedent so still occupy the castle and open it up to the public for tours, and apparently movie shoots, as there was one filming at the time we were touring the castle. I find it amazing that this family is able  to maintain this castle with the stunning gold doors, chapels, and beautiful ceiling painted murals. However, the most exciting thing I experienced at this palace was across the courtyard in front of the horse stables.

As we were making our way to the stables, a lovely horse and his trainer walked past us. I have always been afraid of horses, but as I feel I am coming to a place in my life where facing fears is inevitable, I asked to pet the horse. Although it was evident that the horse was well trained, it still took me quite a few minutes to muster up the courage to get near him. However, in the end I was able to pet him. It may not seem exciting or interesting to you, but as my racing heart calmed, once I touched the horse, I knew that I had accomplished a fear.

Later that day we had the opportunity to visit the Externstein and the grotto. The Externstien is famous because of its particular rock formation, which was caused by the melting of the ice around the rock after the ice age. There is a large amount of traces of human activity in this location, such as the carvings in the rocks. These features are probably what makes this rock so popular. We had a very informative guide lead us around the rock and teach us about theories about the markings and the possible meanings. However, I was very intrigued when she spoke about the grotto, and so very surprised when she opened the locked gate and let us inside. It was truly unexpected. Just imagine we were standing where people centuries ago stood. We were literally standing on ancient history.

After the tour we were able to explore the rock formation on our own. I climbed to the top of one and decided one is enough. As a result, I climbed down and rested at one of the park’s tables. As I sat there I thought about all the things that I had learned, and all the things that I will learn on this trip. In conclusion, I am happy with the decision I made to partake in West Georgia Technical College Study Abroad Program.

-Amelia Reese

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