And one area of my homeland that I really wanted to experience was the Black Forest (Schwarzwald auf Deutsch), a wooded mountain region in Southern Germany famous for ham, cake and cuckoo clocks.
Finally, last June I got my chance to go when I spent the better part of a week volunteering as an “anglo” with Englischhausen, an English immersion program for Germans.
Meeting up in Munich, our group of volunteers began a brief half-day road trip that would bring us to the small town of Hornberg.
Staying a resort just outside of town, the Black Forest served as the perfect backdrop for a jam packed week of intensive English language instruction.
Each day we had one-on-one meetings with the German participants in the program. When it wasn’t raining (as it did a lot that week), we’d often escape the resort for a walk through the forest to make the most of our beautiful and peaceful surroundings.
Our group even went on a hike into the forest together where we went on a geocaching treasure hunt. Errrrrr, nerd alert!
The long walks and hikes were especially needed after indulging on Black Forest ham and cake!
My only regret is that I was never able to get beyond the resort to fully explore all that the Black Forest has to offer. After all, I was there to volunteer (aka work) and was not on a leisurely vacation. Cue for a sad face and one single tear … I know you feel sorry for me, I know you do!
Jokes aside, I don’t see it as a bad thing at all. I’d love to return again someday and spend a long weekend doing a health and wellness retreat. The area is famous for their spas and since I’m completely comfortable being naked in German saunas, I’m already one step ahead of the game! 😉
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