Saturday, September 03, 2005

Expanding Horizons

Friday was a very interesting exercise in international relations. Our group of 20 visited the German Defense Ministry. Though the Americans asked questions about the future of conscription in the German military and long term strategy, the Russian fellows were most interested in why NATO still exists and more importantly why it is expanding towards Russia. As many already know, NATO is my favorite international organization (let the geek jokes begin!) While I learned in school that an expanding NATO is an important issue for Russia, it was mind-boggling and fascinating to see that it truly is a concern. I was told to expect that having Russians and Americans together in Germany would be open my mind to a different way of viewing history and current events. Today’s trip could not have been a better example of this!

The evening found us at a classical piano concert at the baroque Augustusburg castle. Not a bad way to spend a Friday night!

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