Moving across the world? What is it like?

Structure from Bod Homborg, Germany.

Mitchell Clark

Structure from Bod Homborg, Germany.

Mitchell Clark and Sal Orlandi

Imagine living your whole life in one place and then moving across the world. What would that experience be like? We investigated two students here at West that can speak to this experience. Mitchell Clark, seventh-grader, will be moving to Germany this August 2019. Luis Baum, seventh-grader, moved from Germany to the United States in 2015 as a third grader.

Germany is a very historical place. There are buildings that dating back to the 3rd century just sitting in your everyday town. We asked Luis to described castles in Germany in one word, he said “Old”, which wasn’t the most enthusiastic answer, but you get the point. There are giant castles, creepy old buildings, that look medieval because well, they are! 

Luis said he was surrounded by nature in Osnabruck, Germany, and he and his friends would always go to the park.

Mitchell Clark will be moving to Germany to join his dad, Aaron Clark, who moved last February for work.  Aaron Clark, described his new city Bod Homborg,“ Uh, so I think uh, one thing that I notice is the houses, the yards, backyards, and front yards are a lot smaller than in the U.S, so uh people tend to know their neighbors better.” Also, he admitted that with the amount of nature there, he is “ more physically active.”

Luis Baum said “that school in Germany was harder than here in America, but it was a shorter day. A school would start at 8:00 am and I would get home at 2:00 pm. After that, I would go to my friend’s house.” Luis also mentioned that “there is a lot of beer…the food is good, there is a lot of sausages.” Germany is coincidentally famous for both of those food items, and quite honestly, stereotyped by them.

Mitchell Clark was nervous at first about moving to Germany, but after talking with Luis, he is feeling pretty excited.