Around The World with Kaitlyn Martinez: Part 2!

Since we last checked up on Kaitlyn, she has been settled into her new home for the next 9 months in Magdeburg, Germany.

What have she and her husband, Ozzy, been up to in the meantime? Making some new friends, cooking pizza on a stove, and going to a few local attractions!

Kaitlyn and Ozzy have been attending what is known as an “English Table” every week. Essentially, an English Table is a group of people who live in Germany that are able to come together and speak English with each other. Kaitlyn has met people from all over the world, including a lady from Brazil who is going for her PhD in Computer Science

Have they encountered any difficulties since being in Germany? Well… sort of. In the average household, a person would typically use an oven or maybe even a microwave to make a pizza…Kaitlyn had to be creative and use her stove! She explained, “I’m used to stoves[and]ovens coming together in one unit. Not until I went to cook the pizza, did I realize that we didn’t have an oven… just a stove. So I did a little google search and found out that you can put pizza in a pan with a cover on top and it will cook!”

For all of you doubters…

It can be done!

Other than that, the pair has visited the Dachau Concentration camp, one of the first Nazi concentration camps opened in Germany.

In addition they have also visited the English Garden in Munich and Wolfsburg, home of the biggest water show in the world! As Kaitlyn explained, “It was really impressive. There was music with videos behind the water, with all sorts of different colors and they even incorporated fire!”

Stay tuned, there will be more stories on Kaitlyn’s exciting adventures to come!

Around The World With Kaitlyn Martinez

Kaitlyn Martinez started her journey at BIT as an intern in January, 2013. She was hired on full-time in May, 2013 as a Web Developer and has since worked in Aberdeen while her husband finishes his education at Northern State University.

What’s she up to now? For the past few weeks- exploring Europe!

{Rome, Italy} {Milan, Italy} {Athens, Greece}

{Venice, Italy} {Mellingen, Switzerland} {Vienna, Austria}

{Salzburg, Austria} {Pisa, Italy} {Florence, Italy}

{Wolfenbuttel, Germany}

For the next 9 months, Kaitlyn will be working from Magdeburg, Germany while her husband completes his last semester studying abroad there as well 

Aside from the 7 hour time difference; the only other differences Kaitlyn has noticed thus far between Germany and South Dakota are the cheap beer, food, and citizeneffort to be eco-friendly. For example bottles of pop or water require the consumer to pay a 25 cent deposit which is returned when the bottle is returned. 

Living in South Dakota it’s not uncommon to see an abundance of corn and wheat fields anywhere you go. Kaitlyn is surprised to see as many corn and wheat fields as she has! Aside from the crops, she explained her German eating experience so far to be very “meat and potatoes, making it similar to good ol’ South Dakota.  

Her favorite place so far? 

Athens, Greece. She explained, “I really liked Athens. I loved the food- it was really cheap compared to American standards.  And to go to all attractions it was only 12 euros!” (which is equivalent to $13.92 dollars.) 

Kaitlyn, as much as we miss having you in South Dakota- we are happy that you are sharing your journey with us!  

Stay tuned, there will be more stories on Kaitlyn’s exciting adventures to come!