MUDEC Spring Semester Begins with Travel, Reflection

Editor's Note: The Miami University John E. Dolibois European Center (MUDEC) welcomed 66 students to its campus in Differdange, Luxembourg during the last week of January. This photo essay captures some of their initial experiences and travel.

By Hannah Sroka

Hannah Sroka

On Tuesday morning, Jan. 26, after learning about the history of Luxembourg and the Château, students were split into 13 teams and tasked to find various locations around Differdange. As an additional challenge, they were asked to make their photos as creative as possible.

Team Belvaux at Top-Optic

Team Regange at the Police Grand-Ducale

Team Esch-sur-Alzette at the Château’s foosball table

Team Mersch at the Medical Center

Students spent Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon exploring Luxembourg in small groups. Some visited museums in Diekirch, Schengen, or Ettelbruck; others visited the Basilika in Echternach, the Castle of Vianden, or Bourscheid Castle.


Diekirch War Museum

Schengen Museum of Europe

Echternach, overlooking Germany

Bourscheid Castle

All students visited Luxembourg City, in addition to the German and American Cemeteries. The students noticed several differences between the two cemeteries. For instance, the American cemetery was very well-kept and included several informative memorials, while the German cemetery was very modest.

The students were also interested in the fact that several graves in both cemeteries did not include names, dates of birth, or dates of death. One grave in the German cemetery simply read “Zwei Deutsche Soldaten”, which means “Two German Soldiers”.

German Cemetery

American Cemetery

German Memorial

American Memorial

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