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Story Details Juniata Adjusting to German Culture

(Posted August 5, 2004)

The Juniata College soccer team has arrived safely in Germany, and is getting accustomed to the local culture. While staying in Bad Kuhlungsborn for the first week of their trip, the team's presence prompted a feature story in the Ostee-Zeitung German newspaper.

The story discusses the team's 36-hour trip from Huntingdon to Germany, as well as how Juniata professor and assistant coach Klaus Jaeger helped organize the team's accommodations with the help of his nephew who works at a hotel in the town.

The story quotes Eagle junior co-captains Jeff Gehring and Rob Bowser, who both talk about the excitement of getting to experience a new culture. Bowser explained that that he had traveled to several European countries prior to the trip, but found this area of Germany to be the most scenic.

The story explains how Gehringâ??who has studied four years of Germanâ??is trying to expand his use of the language by conversing with the locals throughout town.

Also included was a brief recap of Juniata's first match overseas, a 1-0 set-back to the local club team Wittenbecker. Following the match, the two teams went out for a dinner.

Juniata will be staying in Bad Kuhlungsborn until Friday, August 6. The Eagles will then take a six hour bus ride to Gemen where they will compete in a weekend tournament.

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