GLOBAL STUDENT LEADERS SUMMIT – DAY #5
Written by Student Sadie Blanco
Day five of our trip here in Germany and the Netherlands. We got up early and started our bus trip to Bonn in ninety degree heat and high humidity. I looked out the window as we traveled and I then realized how beautiful every part of Germany is- the highways shimmered as the sun beat down, the hills rolled along in such a flowing fashion, and trees covered the majority of land we passed through. Little towns peeked through the hills, all with a chapel and town square for everyone to gather in. We arrived at rest stops to regain strength. After some traffic delays, we made it to Bonn. It was there that we visited the Women’s Museum with abstract exhibitions and inspiring relics. Curiosity pervaded the air, but the museum was an overall surreal experience that was well worth the long bus ride. Next on our agenda was Cologne, a city full of history and treasures. The first place we visited was the Cologne Cathedral, built in the early 13th century and bombed during World War II. The gorgeous cathedral managed to survive the war and it’s history was preserved with it. I wondered in amazement how people from such early centuries could build something so big and majestic, as it was a haven for all people and a witness to one of the worst times in history. Everyone walked around the inside of the cathedral lighting candles and praying to Jesus on the cross, making the experience even more beautiful than I could ever imagine. To top off the night, we had dinner at a café, shopped around the town square, and were able to take a stroll down the Rhine river. We may have traveled most of the day, but it was a day well spent because we were able to process the beauty and fascination that has been encountered on this trip. There is so much appreciation and wonderment that can never be forgotten.