After breakfast we made our way back to the TOP Institute, with our luggage in tow. Once again we were greeted by Wood and Jenny, as well with a variety of refreshments. They warned us today was the meat of the presentations and hinted that it wouldn't be as much fun. Listening to their presentations, I really felt more secure and safe heading to Germany in this group as they definitely have their act together. We learned basics of German language, the rules of the trip, what to expect, some culture and history, and a game plan for the day. Throughout the day I kept trying to balance what my game plan was going to be regarding sleeping, though I never had a solid answer. During a break, I went with Amy, who appeared to be my new photography buddy, on a hike towards downtown Washington DC after we had lunch. DC was heavily under construction still, so their really weren't any opportunities for a good picture. We made it back just in time to get our bags and head out. Outside, Wood had the group get together for one group picture. I was surprised when outside I saw a coach bus taking us to our destination. I hadn't ridden a coach bus in years and I can't remember if ever when it wasn't directly related to a field trip. I figured we would have ridden the subway. The drive took about an hour but we got to Dulles International Airport and I was amazed at the size of the airport. Getting through customs was quicker than I thought. The group waited outside the gate for about an hour. Continually I kept thinking this was unreal of an opportunity. The plane was humongous and pleasantly nice, for a plane that is. Now it was time to sit back and wait. Wait for me to finally arrive in Germany.
About Matthew Cottone
Experience the World! This is my creed I bring to my classroom and my life. I'm a World Studies teacher at Van Hoosen Middle School and I have a passion for learning and experiencing the world.