I was placed in a small German village during my Rotary Exchange. A lot of the time I felt isolated from society (and not just because I was an outsider). It took two hours by train to get to a fair size city and at 18, the city is what I wanted. Even though I hated the feeling of not having a busy city around me, I have to admit, I loved the geographical location of my little German village.
Sauerland is located in North Rhine-Westphalia. The rolling hills are great for hiking and skiing. If you are particularly interested in skiing or other winter sports, check out the town of Winterberg for that (I may have skied there a couple times). I spend a lot of time walking through the seemingly endless paths that twists through the forested hills. I was an amateur photography enthusiast at the time and I took advantage of living in a picturesque German village.
These are some of my favourite photos of my Germany throughout my year there: