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Saturday, October 19, 2013 12:36 AM


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DELPHOS — Charlotte Klotz thought life in Delphos would be a lot different than her life in Verl, Germany, but it turns out life here is just as normal as life there.

Klotz, one of five German cultural exchange students living in Delphos for five months, lives with the Derek and Kellie Sterling family.

“When we think about the US, we think about big cities,” Klotz said. “I thought life was more different in the US but here it’s just normal.”

Klotz wanted to meet new people and make new friends, which she thinks Delphos has been the perfect place for doing so.

“For my time here, it’s not too small,” Klotz said. “I can learn more by being in Delphos where there’s not so many people and I like that everyone knows everyone.”

Another reason Klotz wanted to take part in the cultural exchange was from hearing about the experience from some friends in Germany who had done it in previous years.

“They came back and their personalities had changed so they seemed more like adults and not shy,” Klotz said.

Klotz hopes to mature from her experience as well.

“I think it’s so interesting to see people in another part of the world and see how they live and learn from them,” Klotz said.

Klotz visited Nashville with her host family for a long weekend vacation.

“It was pretty cool and different,” Klotz said “All the personality and the accents there were different.”

She also went to Cedar Point with some of the other German students.

“It was raining, so it was not so good,” Klotz said.

With the roller coasters needing time to dry and having to stop when wet, the group had to wait about three hours to ride each roller coaster and only got to ride four the whole day.

“I’ve had a lot of good experiences but I think the best will come when we go to Chicago,” Klotz said.

The group of cultural exchange students will travel to Chicago the last weekend in October.

Klotz, a sophomore at St. John’s High School, was nervous about starting school without knowing any of her classmates but she said she has made many new friends and now the hardest part of her school day is her government class.

Klotz enjoys cheering on the high school football team as well.

“We don’t have football in Germany, so that’s the best part — going to the games and having fun with my friends. It’s my favorite thing of the week,” Klotz said.

Klotz will leave to return to Germany on Dec. 14 and she said she is both excited and sad to go back home.


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