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Published on Tuesday, August 14, 2018

TJ Mesi '19 Visits Germany

A personal desire to travel and see the world brought senior TJ Mesi to Germany where he spent three weeks this summer!

TJ joined other students from Western New York, Rochester and Pennsylvania through the Buffalo - Dortmund Sister City Exchange Program.  While there, TJ visited Munster, Amsterdam and Berlin as well as an abandoned steel storage site, the BVB Stadium known as SIGNAL IDUNA PARK, the largest stadium football in Germany, and enjoyed free days which included swimming while visiting a park located in the City of Hamm.

While in Amsterdam, the group was taken on a canal tour where they learned about and were able to see floating houses as well as Anne Frank's childhood house.  Their time in Berlin gave TJ the chance to walk along the largest standing piece of the Berlin Wall, an experience he said he will never forget. He also visited the Holocaust Memorial, the site of Hitler's bunker and the Congressional Building where laws are made.  Before their time in Berlin came to an end, the group was also able to see the Berlin World Clock which displays all time zones as well as the Three Little Pigs hostile.

TJ shared that with everything he experienced and all the sites he visited, he kept a journal while in Germany and continues to work on a scrapbook.

When asked if he intends to return to Germany, TJ shared that the host family he stayed with has already invited him back and while he wants to work on his fluency with the German language, he says he cannot wait to go back!

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