Sophomore Ginny Weant of Salisbury
- What was your favorite experience on this trip?
“My favorite experience was our performance in Salzburg of Laudate Dominium with Mozart’s successor. I was so honored to be singing the duet with Michelle (Chaffee) and being able to recreate a beautiful artwork. The moment was absolutely thrilling, and I got to share it with people who I love and care about. Every performance on this trip truly meant so much to me and inspires me every time.”
- How has your perspective changed on this trip?
“Although I had been to Europe before, I found this to be a whole new experience. My love of people and culture was most definitely expanded throughout this trip. What changed was my perspective on the lives of the local people living in a European country. In my home stay in Wangen, I witnessed a family with very similar struggles to families in America. I found from living with our hostess the importance of the company and love from human beings, even if they are complete strangers. Love and the desire to be needed are essential to every person’s life.”
- What have you learned through your experiences?
“My knowledge of the world, art and culture has significantly increased because of this trip. But, I never imagined that I would absorb as much history as I did. One lesson in particular came from our stay in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Our host Pieter stayed up late with us telling stories of Rothenburg’s past and Germanic history. The very hotel that we stayed in housed many, many people, including royalty, and military during World War II. It was built over foundations that are hundreds of years old. Even the furniture was older than our country itself. Underneath our very hotel were catacombs and tunnels used by the people of Rothenburg to escape raiding enemies. Pieter, out of generosity, took us to see these tunnels underground with our own eyes. He showed us blocked entrances of tunnels that haven’t even been explored yet that go over four stories below the city. Pieter made me realize how truly vast the history of Europe is and how it is full of mystery and unknown secrets.”