I could say the welcoming and, contrary to popular belief, funny natives, or I could mention the marvelous, awe-inspiring landscapes, mountains, castles, and towns that feel as if they were ripped straight from the pages of a fairy tale, or I could mention the rich and challenging history the country has — but I wouldn’t be doing it justice.
I feel at home, and I would answer, “Why run away from home?” I may not have been born in Germany, but both of my semesters here have molded me into the international citizen that I am now. I understand the importance of traveling and experiencing the traditions of others. I have had some of my most dynamic conversations with Germans in their own language. I have tasted unbelievable, handmade German dishes, desserts, and even drinks (yes, there is more than beer here).