Preface

Unfortunately I do not have the linguistic skills to create an adequate reflection of the trip with this post. It will be just a recreation from all the pictures I took.

But some experiences from the journey could be captured on photographs and therefore cannot be written down here.

Apart from every sentence in the next few paragraphs, the most important lesson I learned is the insignificance of all geographical distance and cultural differences between people.

The other thing that will certainly come up too short in this post is the kindness the majority of people had with us and how much effort was put into giving us the chance to see the country and gain a small insight in the American lifestyle.

How to join a school exchange to Columbus, Ohio?

In 2017, my first year at the vocational school (Berufsschulzentrum für Elektrotechnik Dresden) our English teacher told us about a planned school exchange to Columbus, a sister city of Dresden. Later in the April 2018 the students for the trip were nominated and selected. I got elected as a substitute candidate. That means I can travel to America if another candidate drops out.

From that moment I did not here anything else from the trip until 3 weeks before the start. My English teacher called me at the office and asked if I do have a passport and want to go to America. Of course I do!

The trip started on the fifth September 2018 at 2 pm at the Dresden airport with ten students and two teachers.

Welcome to the Columbus airport

We arrived at midnight at the Columbus airport.

The letters Columbus at the Columbus airport

Walking around downtown

Altough we had a full program, we found time each day to explore the city.

Columbus downtown

Karsten Lehmann in front of the Columbus Renaissance hotel

Columbus downtown

Street in Columbus

Karsten Lehmann at the Broad Street bridge

A tower near the Columbus Convention Center

Scioto river

Karsten Lehmann in front of a Columbus fire station

Visiting the Ohio State house

Ohio state house

Showcase in a museum "The war to end all wars"

Tour at the Ohio State University

Since it was a school trip, we had an educational mission. Therefore we visited the Columbus State Community College and the Ohio State University. There we had a nice tour from one of the students and seen some experiments.

The football match between the Ohio Buckeyes and the Rutgers

One of the professors from the Ohio State University gifted us tickets to an Ohio Buckeyes game. It was the first football game in my entire life. So impressive and magnificent. No comparison of a German soccer game.

The Ohio stadium in Columbus

Karsten Lehmann in front of Ohio Stadium in Columbus

The flag of the USA in Ohio Stadium

Football game in Ohio Stadium, the Buckeyes vs the Rutgers

Ohio State marching band in Ohio Stadium

Visiting the Columbus State Community Collage

Visiting the Columbus State Community College on multiple occasions was an important part of our trip, since it is the closed school type to our vocational school.

It was an interesting experience, since it has courses and material we can only dream of in Germany.

For example game development in school… A game development course at the Columbus State Community College

… or the robotics lab A robot at the Columbus State Community College

Labs at the Columbus State Community College

Electro labs at the Columbus State Community College

Ohio Amish Country

Ohio Amish country

A house in the Ohio Amish country

A garden in the Ohio Amish country

Trip to German village

What an irony, traveling to America to see German culture and visit traditional German restaurants.

A German tradition. Everybody knows the famous Weiner Schnitzel ;) A weiner schnitzel in the menu of a german restaurant

The book loft in the German village of Columbus. A bookstore with 32 rooms. The book loft in the german village.

US suburbs

A really weird experience, it seems so familiar from all the tv shows and movies.

A suburb

Another suburb

Visiting the Columbus Idea Foundry

Makerspace in the Columbus Idea Foundry

Makerspace in the Columbus Idea Foundry

Makerspace in the Columbus Idea Foundry

A pinboard with the question "What is a maker" answer: "A savage"

Karsten Lehmann with the picture of an astronaut

View over Columbus from a skyscrapper

The flight back

We started at around 6:30 pm local time in Columbus, had layovers in Detroit and Amsterdam and arrived at 13:30 in Dresden. This photograph shows the view out of the airplane on the flight from Columbus to Detroit. View out of an airplane on the flight back to Detroit