My internship is all done and I am about to head home from this amazing adventure. I learned SO much about marketing as well as about businesses in Germany and German culture in general. I also expanded my German language skills by a lot. I am so lucky that I was given the chance to do this and I thank everyone who played a part in making it possible for me to go! Until the next adventure! I posted some final pictures below!
The final food!
Coffee and breakfast sandwich
Egg and breakfast bread
Wurst Salad with french fries
We went to the Großmarkt again but this time, due to a special event that was coming up, we went into this special room that was basically like a giant glass refrigerator that you walk through to pick out flowers. It was freezing but the flowers were so fresh! I posted pictures below!
And as always…FOOD!!
Potato pancakes with salad
Delicious potato soup
Today we have been doing nothing but working very hard to prepare for a funeral for a family of four that was killed in a horrible car accident. Two of the people killed were children so the flowers include a few pieces that are fitting for that. Although it is unbelievably sad, it is amazing to see how everyone in the town comes together when such a tragedy occurs. I posted pictures below.
Heart piece done in matching colors
Kranz done in matching colors
Star with stuffed animal for the little girls who died
Butterfly for the little girls who died
Flower petals for the guests at the funeral
Leftovers from making all the flower petals
Tomatoes with Balsamic vinegar
Currywurst with pommes
They packed the ice cream like a little present
Hazelnut and strawberry ice cream. Yum!
I spent some time working in the office this week! It is so funny to me how different things are here. Everything is much more old fashioned. The take orders by stabbing small pieces of paper with the order written on it onto a metal stick and then categorize the papers into a drawer at the end of the day depending on what day the order needs to be completed by. They also have some more technological things that I haven’t seen before either, like a computer printer that prints ribbons for flowers at funerals. I posted pictures below!
The metal stick used for orders!
The drawers for orders
The computer and printer used for ribbons
Ribbons already printed
Breakfast plate with cheese and wurst
Salad plate with so many different salads
Bratwurst with pommes
We went to Großmarkt this morning again but today we also went to the side that sells fruit and vegetables. It was awesome! Everything was so fresh and delicious. I posted pictures below!
So much food
Onions and potatoes
And up close!
And of course more food!
Tomato and cheese sandwich for breakfast
Frikadellen with cheese, and potato salad
The past couple days I have been working a lot with the actual flowers. I have gotten to help plant things as well at cutting flowers. It has been a blast. I also got to hang up some outdoor decorations. They are very much into rust style here! I posted pictures below!
I planted this!
I helped decorate this bundled item!
Some of my coworkers
I’m cutting roses
It has finally started to warm up here and the crazy amount of work at the store has slowed down a little.The past few days I have taken time to explore the town some. It is amazing the history and types of things they have here. I posted pictures below.
Here are some pictures of the buildings in the town as well as a “Wasserbecken” where we went to walk around in water that was 40-45 degrees! It’s supposed to be very good for your circulation but it is soooooo cold!
The beautiful church in the downtown area
Such pretty architecture
So much history
Just dunked my arms
The water was so cold!
Here are some pictures of a German version of a TJ Maxx, and a car that we decorated for a wedding as well as a picture of a huge storm coming in!
Notice anything different?
Storm over the town
Last but not least…more delicious food that I have gotten to eat!
Goulash with noodles, and tomato salad
Schnitzel with french fries, kroketten, and salad. The lemon tastes so good on the schnitzel!
Currywurst and french fries
Quark with potatoes
Spaghetti Ice. It’s amazing!
They past few days have been very busy! I got to merchandise in some new products the other day and have also tried out some German restaurants. One of the restaurants was located in an old school house. It was very cool! Eating food from here is so much fun and it’s awesome to see parts of the store later on that I know I played a large part in making look that way. I posted pictures below!
Here are a few pictures of the parts of the store that I helped merchandise.
Shelf with new pots and decor
New flowers and decor
New window display
Here are a few pictures of the restaurant that I went to and the food that I have eaten.
Outside of the schoolhouse restaurant
Name of restaurant
Apple juice even has the amount marked on the glass!
Salad with yogurt dressing
Schnitzel and Kroketten. Delicious!
Baby tomato that I picked off the plant at the store
I have had an exciting past few days. I have gotten to help with product purchase in multiple ways. Yesterday, a semi-truck full of flowers came to our store for us to walk through and pick from! It was crazy to walk into the back of a truck and be surrounded by flowers. It was also very cold in there! This morning I got up at 3 AM so I could go to “Großmarkt” or the big market to buy flowers. It was huge and had so many different things to choose from! I have also had many more delicious things to eat. I posted pictures below!
Here are a few pictures of the semi-truck that came to our store.
Truck full of flowers!
Picking out what we should buy
So hard to choose!
Such pretty roses
Outside of the truck
Here are a few pictures of the Großmarkt.
Huge variety of potted plants
This flower was HUGE!
As always, some pictures of what I have eaten!
Mini Magnum bar!
Wurst Salat und Pommes
Fresh made spaghetti and delicious salad
Today was my first day at my internship so I thought I would share some pictures and tell you how my day was. I started bright and early this morning and spent the day participating in an orientation, a tour of the store and the products, and a discussion with the manager about everything that I will get to help with and learn during my time here. I am very excited to get started!
Here are a few pictures from around town.
A hotel and restaurant in town
Here are a few pictures of the store that I am doing my internship at.
The outside portion of the store
The refrigerated part of the store used to keep the flowers fresh!
The inside of the store
The outside of the building that the store is in
A freeze-dried rose, it stays like this FOREVER!!
An awesome car that we decorated for a wedding
A wedding reception that we provided flowers for
The table for the bride and groom!
And best of all, here are a few pictures of what I have gotten to eat!
Delicious peach cake
The best cappuccino that I have ever had!
The milk foam was so thick that the sugar just sat on top!!