"the Brain" Heines, Saturday, 12th of May, final journal
Today I'll write my last journal. Yesterday we had the last day of our
trip. We went to a small school in Dakota and we were welcomed by all
the little children there. It was great, they welcomed us as if we were
heros. They were all so cute! When we passed the way to them they all
put up signs with our names on it and when we sung a few songs we started
with our learning stations.
Our group was split up in 2 groups, Robbie, Dan and me, we showed the
little kids our video and told them parts of our trips and Anna, Max and
Martina tought the kids a few songs. It was wonderfull!
When we drove back to the university I got a little bit sad, because I
had a great time at the YMCA camp and all the students on the trip are
new friends, we changed e-mail addesses and the post addresses, so that
we can stay in contact.
Well, I will do a short review of the whole trip. I liked the trip very
much, I learned thinks I've never expected. It was amazing to see how
one river could effect so many things around it and how the people live
with the river. One guy was very interesting and he influenced me a lot.
It was Joe Cambel. He seemed to be as if he has answers to all questions.
I was a little bit afraid, before the trip, because I thought that Martina
and me will always be outside the group, but it was the opposite. Everybody
welcomed us so warm and they were all so nice. They asked us a lot of
questions and after 2 days we were all together one group, we made a lot
of jokes and we talked a lot. Day per day I understood more and after
5 days I was so proud that I can understand nearly 95% of what the people
Everybody was sad at the last evening, Peggy and John had the idea that
everybody has to spend 10 minutes on his own and we had to search for
things which should represent the trip and our feelings about it. It was
interesting to see what everybody thought.
I was glad that John and Peggy were with us, because they were so kind
and and funny and wonderfull (They will know what that means!) We all
had so much fun there and while I'm writing this journal I'm getting a
little bit sad again, because I know that I will never take part in the
same project again.
I want to thank all the people who made this trip happen and who made
it happen that I could take part, too. Thank you to all the guys who took
part in this trip, I love you all and I will miss you so much.
Sara "The Brain" , Thursday 10th of May
Oh, dear, now we are talking about the English and the German language.
It's so funny when Anna and Max speak German, and they say that it is
funny when we speak English, because we speak a VERY formal English. So
my solution of the last 5 years English is, WE LEARNED THE WRONG ENGLISH!!!!
Oh here it is so funny, I can't stop laughing…..
O.K, now I think that I'm normal. Well, I had the greatest day on the
whole trip, because I went canoeing again, but at this time we were canoeing
over a river. It was great, this time I went with Dan, so we did a very
good job. I was a little bit scared, before going in the canoe, but it
was so much fun. We stayed on the river for about 2 hours.
When we finished our trip, go away(input from Robbie), we wanted to visit
the Winona National and savings bank. But Anna and me, we went to the
library to check our e-mails, because, she was waiting for a very important
one. I checked my e-mails, too. Now I will use this journal to say thank
you to everybody, who mailed me and who visited the page and who thought
of me the whole time, let's go: First thanks a to, Mum, Dad, Niklas, Judith,
Sabine, Emel, Beate, Lisa, Martin, Marcel, Florian, Alexander, Anne, Cathleen,
Andrea, Wiebke, Markus, Birgitta, Lisa-Marie, Maximilian, Marcel H., Barbara,
Kai, the boy who feels european, because of frensh (he knows, what that
means), Oliver, Johanna, Franzi, Andrea, Karen, and all the others. So
let's go back to the journal.
After visiting the library we visited the Pickwick mill. It was very interesting
to see how the old mills worked only by the water power. Martina and me
we bought the same sweatshirt. So that's it.
Sara "the Brain", Wednesday 9th of May
WOW! This was an amazing tour a few minutes ago! First, John was so kind
and sponsored us a Chinese dinner and, and this was a new experience I
have made, there was a tornado warning ( But, as you can see, I'm OK,
so mum and Dad, you don't have be afraid)!!!!!! I got a little bit scared,
because in Germany we don't have any tornado. Wow, the lightning all over
the sky were great, I haven't seen such things before. It rained a lot
and we had hail, too.
When we arrived at the camp we had to carry all the stuff we had bought
in the supermarked in the lodge and I'm wet, wet and wet now.
Ok, now I have to start new again at the beginning of the day. I stood
up at around 8.00 o'clock we decided to spend the morning on working on
our projects. So Max and Anna went out to interview some people around
the camp about their experiences with the flood. In the afternoon we helped
all the people around her to clean up everything around their houses,
so we picked up the whole wood, which was lying around and I think we
did a good job. Oh you have to see Robbies computer he has a lot of things
lying around and on it like, one dollar, the sticks of the Chinese restaurant,
some LEGO-figures, 10 Pfennig (German money, which I gave him) and some
kind of mussels, and don't know, why he needs them, but he says that these
things are his inspiration, well, I won't comment on this, everybody knows,
what I think about it!
Everybody is laughing about me, because today, when we carried the wood
we met Bob, one man we helped to carry the wood. When he asked me where
I learned speaking American I was so stupid and said, no, I don't speak
American, I only speak English, so that's why everybody is laughing now
When we finished helping the people all around here we visited the library.
There I read my e-mails and I was so proud to say that I got 17 new e-mails,
but then Anna said that she got 52 new e-mails, I wasn't proud any more.
But thanks to all the guys who wrote me so many e-mail. The library was
really exciting a love them and it was sooooo huge.
Today we finished our movie, which you can see on our homepage. Tomorrow
we've to get up at 5 o'clock and we will go canoeing. OH DEAR!! I hope,
I will survive! Oh, we have only 2 more days and then the trip we be over.
It's a real pity! I like the guys here so much they are all so nice. So
that's it for today, now I have to go in the kitchen (which we called
the kitchen of love) and cry, because after 2 days the trip will be over.
See you tomorrow.
Sara "The Brain" Tuesday, 8th of May: Today I have had the greatest
day of the whole week. First we met a man called David Palmquist and he
told us a lot about the animals and plants, the whole nature around the
Mississippi. We hiked on a very steep bluff. So it was really exciting
to hike on the bluff without falling down again. When we were at the top
it was very windy and cold. David also found a little snake and Martina
was holding it all the time. I had the chance to hold it, too and it was
When we had to move down the bluff I was a little bit afraid to fall down
but, as you can see I'm still alive. When we climbed down the bluff Anna
was walking next to me. I saw a snake next to her feet, but I didn't say
anything, because she is very afraid of them, and I didn't want her to
fall down the bluff.
We've seen a timber rattlesnake. When we saw the snake, Robbie ran away,
because he was so afraid of the snake, but if you ask him about that we
won't say the truth. Anna was scared, too. Today we had and still have
great weather. It's really warm outside and the sun is shining the whole
Today was my greatest day, because we went canoeing about 10 minutes ago.
Max and me we were sitting in one canoe and it was very funny, because
we both don't canoe very often. So we had a huge problem. But I think
although we weren't as good as Anna and John we've done good work. We
both were the last ones who arrived back, but when the others ask why
we came so late I said that we came back late because we love the water
so much. The right thing was that we had some problems by leading the
canoe. But don't tell it to the others.
Oh dear, all the guys are deciding to eat marshmallows and when I said
that I've never eaten one they looked at me like I am an alien. So I will
wait for tonight and then I'll eat a marshmallow. Hi again! I've had my
great marshmallow and it tasted good. We made a fire at the beach to cook
the marshmallows. I've made a new experience. Now I knew how to make good
marshmallows, thank you Max for your help.
Sara "the Brain", Monday, 7th of May: Today there was a nice day.
We met a man named Mike Davis. He worked for the DNR and he knew a lot
about the whole landscape around the Mississippi. We also hike through
sand dunes. It was great! It reminded me on the dunes of the North Sea.
It was very stormy there, but the landscape was amazing. The whole area
was nearly untouched and we saw a lot of different kinds of flowers. I
sat on one dune and it was a nice kind of silent. It was very windy, but
it was wonderful only to listen to the wind and everything around you.
Today I got to know that Anna is afraid of snakes, suddenly she was jumping
on the street I went to her and asked what was wrong and she said that
she had seen a green snake. So Martina and me tried to find the snake
but it wasn't there any more. We also find a little dead turtle, which
was lying near the street. Later on we found a lot of snakes, too. One
alive and the rest was dead with no head any more.
Today I was really tired and it was very difficult to follow the things
Mike told us about the landscape. The weather was great today. It started
raining about 10 minutes ago but it has already stopped and now the sun
is shining again. Today we will have hamburgers and taccos for dinner,
I think. So, I don't know what to write any more.
Oh I know something more. Around 15 minutes before, we took all the wood
away from the beach, where our lodge is standing. Because of the Mississippi
flood all the wood was lying on the beach.
Sara "the Brain", Sunday the 6th of May:
Today I've had a great day. We stood up at 7 o'clock again and went on
a biking tour. It was great although my bike was too small. When we drove
with the car to the biking shop nobody said a word, because we all were
so tired, I think because of yesterday.
Yesterday night we made a pillow war. It was very funny, after that we
were really tired. We also gave everyone of us a nickname, so here they
Dan: Shaka Love
John: Schmetterling (the English word is butterfly)
Well today Pam drove home and we got to know Erica. Pam we all miss you!!!
So, we're working on one nickname for her. So let's go back to the riding
We ride for about 1 1/2 hour and the distance was about 10 miles. Max
was injured a second time. I think that he fell of his bike but he says
that we fell WITH the bike. In my view, at the end of the next week he
will have a broken leg or arm. We've had a lot of luck because of the
weather, because after finishing the ride, while we've had lunch it started
to rain. So that was luck!
So after the ride we were so tired, that we didn't want to do other things.
So we drove back to the camp and I started working on my project. Martina
and Anna were so tired that they sleep for about 2 hours I think. So after
the journal I will work on the story again.
For dinner we had nice Pokemon pasta with cheese and the rest of our pasta
from yesterday. Now all the guys around me start dancing because of one
song. So now it's over. I don't really know what I should write. Today
I've seen a lot of nature because of the ride.
Oh I've to tell you our new motto: NO VIOLENCE! So we try to live like
love, peace and harmony, but Robbie is nearly the only person who doesn't
really accept that! But we will force him to accept the motto.
Saturday, 5th of May; Today we had a really silent day. We had to
get up at 7 We were not allowed to do a lot of things, because of the
rain we've had. The first part of the day we were in a kind of a technical
College. We had been there, because we should be have had a kind of conference
with other students. The project was that other students were allowed
to ask us questions about our projects and what we've learned. But, like
life is, we had HUGE technical problems.
We stood there for around 4
hours doing nothing. Well Peggy and John were working on the problems.
The plan was that we will talk about our project and so on for about 2
minutes and then the other students where allowed to ask questions that
we would have to answer. We also had a web-cam, but it didn't really work,
too. So while Peggy and John were working on these huge problems we guys
where playing cards and making jokes.
The card games we where doing
where called BS, Asshole, seven up, seven down. It was really funny and
Anna and Max tried to explain the rules to us. I have to say that Max
was trying to explain the rules in German. And Robbie was always looking
in my cards, so that was VERY unfair!!!!!!!! But in a few minutes after
finishing our journals we'll play Volleyball and then he will get me know
Because we were sitting all
time in one room, it was starting to get boring and I can't sit any more.
So when I was with Martina on the restrooms I decided to make some handstands.
I think Martina thought that I'm going to become total crazy, but after
one minute she was doing the same. So we went out of the restrooms and
start doing the handstands in the floor-hall, then Max and Robbie were
coming in the hall and, I cannot really explain how they were looking
at us. You must have seen it.
So after this we drove to the
hill Barn Bluff and hike on him. From the top we had a great view over
the Mississippi. On the drive to the hill Martina and me we started to
sing a lot of songs, German and English ones. So I think all the other
guys wanted to jump out of the van except Max, he wanted to learn the
German songs and tried to sing with us. So today Martina and me we nearly
sing the whole day, songs like "I belief I can fly" from R.Kelly and so
on. On the hike we sang a lot of songs, too. So although we had little
rain we had a lot of fun all over the hike.
When we drove back nearly nobody
said a word, because we all were/ are tired. We made a stop between the
way home and the Barn Bluff in Stockholm. There I ate an ice and Martina
bought a ring. I was searching for a present for mothers day, but I didn't
Well, I'm realizing that I
warm up more and more. All the guys are very nice. Oh dear, Anna and Max
are singing the song Martina and me sing with them. I think we are all
a really crazy group and I'm enjoying the time here very much. Well, you
will read my next report tomorrow. Oh and I have to say that I like these
laptops on which we have to write our daily journals very much.
The second day: Now we're in the YMCA Camp and it's GREAT! But at first
I've to tell you something about the day. We met Joe Cambel, who gave
us a lot of information how the situation had been in America when Columbus
came to visit India. It was amazing that the roles where changed between
men and women. The women were standing above the men and they had to decide
everything. But the most interesting thing for me was his view of nature
and the whole world. I learned a lot today.
Joe beliefs that the creator, I would say God, is female. And he said
that everything on the earth, the whole nature is life, the trees, the
plants…etc. feel like a kind of human beings. So if we don't ask the nature
to take something from her she will do something so that we realize it.
Nature will protect itself if it'll be hurt. So the reason for the flooding
and the whole diseases all over the world is that we, the people, did
something wrong. So, we have to work on nature, we have to protect it
and we have to think of the environment around us, too. So, we have to
wake up and see that we aren't the main point of the world, the nature
is the main point. That's the solution, I've made today.
And Joe answered one of my questions I have dealed with the last months.
I was not sure who God is. Is he male, or female? Or perhaps both?? Now,
for my part I've the answer. I think God is female, because Joe said that
women are standing for life. They bring life on the world and that's the
reason why God has to be female. He creates the whole life on the world.
I hope you all can follow me, so this was a very amazing day for me. Joe
has something magical I think.
So at the moment we are all working on our daily journals except Max,
he's ready and I think he's working on his project. So that's it. Oh I
forget something; before we met Joe we visit Hastings. There we took a
look at the flood and we had lunch there. It's a nice city.
The first day: Today I had a really exciting and very interesting
day. As you know, I hope so, we met David Wiggins and he told us a lot
about the falls of the Mississippi River and the whole development of
the cities around the river. Today I've learned a lot about the huge falls
of the Mississippi. And it was very interesting to see that our river,
the Rhine, and the Mississippi aren't as different as I've expected. So,
the Mississippi floods and the Rhine floods, too.
David was very nice and he tried to answer to all questions we've had.
The group, Anna, Max, Dan, Robin and, as I already know, Martina are very,
very nice. They tried to speak slowly so that Martina and me could understand
nearly everything. Well, first when we drove to David Wiggins it was very
silent in the car, and nearly nobody started to talk, BUT after the whole
day we've talked a lot.
So, it was amazing to hear from David which huge energy the Mississippi
and all in all water can have, and it was great to see the power one river
can have. When I saw these energy from the Mississippi, you can feel the
fear of the people being taken away by the huge floods of the Mississippi.
When we were at the History Fort Max tried to speak German and it was
very funny, but I've to say, that he speaks German very well. So if any
teacher reads my report: Max and Anna speak German very well. They did
their homework ;-) !!
When we were in the Fort it was very interesting to see how the people
had to live in the past. We visited a blacksmith, too. It was very interesting
to see that one man could produce a nail in nearly 40 seconds. We also
visited a doctor out of this time, too. I had to be a "volunteer", well,
no real volunteer, Anna and the others forced me to do that! When we drove
back we talked a lot in the car and it was really nice.