What does a German girl want to do in Revelstoke?
That was the first question on my mind when my sister told me that she had moved to a small town in B.C.
Now she has already been here for more than a year and there is no way I can convince her to come back to Germany. That´s why I had no choice but to fly across the big blue sea and have a look for myself and try to find out what was so special about her new home. And here I am.
My name is Chrissi Meyer. I am 21 years old and I am excited to be working for The Revelstoke Current for the coming weeks.
I think it is a good idea to combine a few things that are important for me while I am here for visit: I can definitely spend some time with my sister that I missed so much the last year. I can get to know the people and the environment which surrounds her and at the same time practice my English skills.
The work I will do for the current is not just important for my language skills but also for my studies. I am studying English/German Culture and Literature and the work for the newspaper will be a good opportunity to get an impression of a field of work I could find myself in the future.
Travelling is one of the most important things for me, I like to meet new people and get to know new cultures and countries. This time it is Canada. It is my first time here and although I have already travelled extensively within Europe I am very impressed about the huge area of unaffected nature. I regret to say that until now I have not been this mountain-outdoor-kind of girl because I come from the northern part of Germany where the countryside is more or less flat. But because I have the demand on myself to be open to new things I will try my best to give the outdoor activities a chance. I think there are a lot of barriers to negotiate but hopefully I will have a great time here in Revelstoke with lots of things to learn and in the end the most important thing is to have fun and good times.
Cross-cultural exchange is very significant today and hopefully I can not only receive new impressions and experiences from the Canadians but also give some things back and show that in Germany it is not all about Sauerkraut, Hasselhoff and Oktoberfest.
Chrissi Meyer is a German university student who is exploring and writing about life in Revelstoke as part of a practicum with The Current.