Brandon students Ashley Pionke, right, and Nora Alsum work Monday on blogs they’ve been preparing for their impending trip to Germany. The two will be leaving Thursday along with 13 other district eighth graders: four from Brandon and nine from Rosendale.
Brandon students Ashley Pionke, right, and Nora Alsum work Monday on blogs they’ve been preparing for their impending trip to Germany. The two will be leaving Thursday along with 13 other district eighth graders: four from Brandon and nine from Rosendale.

Four of the Brandon eighth graders traveling to Germany have never been out of the country.

One has never been on a plane.

So when six of them, along with nine Rosendale eighth graders, fly overseas Thursday for more than two weeks, they may have more adjustments to deal with than just jet lag.

“I think they’re all ready for it,” said Morgan Nolan, a Brandon teacher who is travelling with the Rosendale-Brandon School District contingency. “... I think the biggest thing is they’re really just going to be disoriented when they get over there and just tired and not knowing the language and it’s a sensory overload ... But I think they’ll adjust. They’re ready for it.”

Luckily, they already got a taste of an international experience — in some cases literally — when German students stayed in their homes Feb. 2 to 18.

A few fondly remember the sweets their German counterparts brought them during the visit.

“She brought me like 12 candy bars,” Brandon student Nora Alsum said of German student Jana Ludwig.

And just like the Germans brought a taste of Marburg, Germany, to Brandon and Rosendale, students will bring a bit of small-town Wisconsin to the central European country.

Read more of students' thoughts on the trip in the April 13, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.