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Adults will have the opportunity to visit a foreign country — a country that the roots of residents in the area may be connected.
The Wapakoneta Sister Cities program is hosting an adult trip to Germany this summer, and all who are interested in traveling may attend an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 in the small group room at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for someone to get to see places they’ve never been, experience new cultural opportunities and best of all make a friend in another country,” trip coordinator Rinda Beach said.
Beach still keeps in contact with friends she has made from previous trips.
“What a wonderful thing to have happen to someone from small town Ohio,” Beach said. “An added bonus is that it gives you a new appreciation of our own country and the wonderful things we have here.”
The opportunity can be summed up in one word, she remarked.
“I think the opportunity is priceless,” Beach said.
Even if people have a small interest in attending the Germany trip, they should attend the informational meeting.
“The meeting will give them a better picture of what the itinerary will look like, what kinds of places we will visit, cost, basically specific details or questions they might have,” Beach said.
Many people from this area may come from German roots.
“This is a great way to see and experience the German culture, especially during the five days/four nights in Lengerich,” Beach said. “It’s your only chance to have a taste of what it might be like to have been a German citizen.”
Also on the trip, patrons will see Berlin and Dresden, which have roots in the Cold War and World World II.
“Munich in the south is basically our vision of Germany,” Beach said. “Germany is so much more than sauerkraut, beer, and polkas, as you will get to see. They will also have a taste of Austria in Vienna and the Netherlands in Amsterdam.”
The first meeting in January is just informational, with the second meeting, which is schedule for the middle of February, will be when people need to make a commitment to going, which will be discussed at the first meeting.
“If we are successful with this trip, the Germans will visit us in two years, and we will return in four years,” Beach said.
So this is an opportunity that is not available to locals every year through the Wapakoneta Sister Cities Program.
This opportunity is available for adults in Auglaize and Allen counties, and the travel fee is $2,700, which includes airfare, hotels and city tours.
The trip will be held from July 13-27 and cities that will be traveled to are Munich, Vienna, Berlin, Dresden, Amsterdam, and Wapakoneta’s sister city, Lengerich.