Lindy Massey, 18, of Lee County will share her summer adventures from Shwaebisch Hall, Germany.
Recent Lee County High School graduate Lindy Massey is on the road trip of a lifetime. A week after receiving her diploma, the 18-year-old left for Shwaebisch Hall, Germany, for what should be an incredible summer.
Lindy, the daughter of Connie and Tony Massey, will stay with her uncle Hardy Schmierer, Connie’s brother, and his family. Periodically, she’ll share with readers of The Albany Herald some of the highlights of her adventures. In her first installment, we meet Lindy and get a report on her first impressions of her home for the summer.
My name is Lindy Massey, and there’s a lot more to me than you would guess. Just this past year I moved from my home state, Kentucky, to the Peach State. I’ve worked hard to make the most of it, from being involved as one of the drum majors at Lee County High to recently being an Honor Graduate. Thankfully, my hard work has paid off and I have received both the Presidential Scholarship and a music scholarship from the University of Kentucky, where I will begin college this fall and major in English.
Essentially, I’ve tailored my life to whatever has been thrown at me, and now I’m taking on another adventure; I’m going to Germany ... for two months. I’m nervous, but excited. Both the American culture and the tradition of the German people are distinct flavors unto themselves, and as I live in Germany I’ll be able to compare one to the other, as well as better appreciate their contrasts.
It all begins when I leave American soil and get on my plane in Atlanta on May 31. From Georgia to Germany, here I come!
ARRIVAL, NEW RULES
The German way of life is definitely its own unique brand, filled with plenty of quirks, new rules and laughs. At this moment I am living in a southern portion of Germany called Shwaebisch Hall.
The stark difference between Georgia and Germany, currently, is that it is incredibly cold! The German cold snaps are much harsher than the ones in the southern United States, and they last longer. Carrying around a jacket in Germany, although it is the beginning of June, is a common practice.
Among the interesting quirks here are the produce and the German markets themselves. One of the most popular foods to eat is asparagus, actually. It grows well in the fields in accordance with the verdant land, firm soil and milder summer temperatures. A popular meal, which I helped cook tonight with my family, is steamed and buttered asparagus with some ham and fresh bread.
Otherwise, one of the new rules I’ve had to adjust to is the guidelines to recycling. Recycling is achieved through a meticulous method. Each piece of trash must be sorted in accordance with what it is made of and then placed in its own bin. For example, gum is waste which can break down; thus, after being wrapped in its paper, it is “thrown away” in the decomposable waste bin.
After sorting and collecting each piece of trash in the home, the German people bag each group of things in different-colored bags. They then drive to the local recycling station to drop them off. From large bins labeled with specific types of glass to grass clippings or old television sets, each piece of waste has its own bin, and the recycling workers come to take the large waste bins each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
It may sound extreme, but after living with it and recycling this way myself, I realize that it’s not so bad. It’s just a way of life.
The German markets are unique as well. Each grocery that I have visited has an elaborate bakery and meat display from the butchers. Bakers and butchers are common, and the bread recipes and concoctions are extremely tasty, like delicate strawberry cakes and more bread-like pretzels, with only a hint of salt.
Overall, living in Germany is a fun, busy experience. The people are nice, though, and try to speak English when they can. With the help of my translator (“ubersetzer” in German) and family, I look forward to whatever adventures come next. Each day brings something new!