Mid-August, WMTA welcomed its new intern, Elisa Jaeckel, to the staff. Elisa, a Hotel and Tourism Management Major in her last year of schooling, hails all the way from Potsdam, Germany, outside of Berlin. Her spirited personality and hard work has made her an invaluable addition to the WMTA team over the past couple of months, and we couldn't be more thankful for everything she's done. Life-long Michiganders can't help but wonder and try to recall what it's like to take in West Michigan for the first time, from its expansive lake and quaint towns to the oversize bridge and hustle and bustle of Grand Rapids. We asked Elisa to reflect over her time abroad and share her thoughts with our West Michigan Weekly readers. Take it away, Elisa!
My name is Elisa! I’m a German college student, and I’ve been an intern at WMTA since mid-August. I’m going to return to Germany in one week, and tomorrow is my last day. Reflecting on my time in West Michigan, I got a lot to say.
I experienced more of West Michigan by means of a road trip with my boyfriend - from Holland to Mackinac Island, mostly along Lake Michigan. I think Lake Michigan is totally stunning, and it always reminds me of an endless ocean. We stayed in Benzonia for the night when it was late and in Petoskey which reminded me a little bit of Holland.
We had a lot of stopovers along the way, like Muskegon, White Lake, Silver Lake, Pentwater, Ludington, Manistee and Arcadia on our first day. On the second day we stopped in Honor, Empire, Glen Haven, Leland, Northport, Traverse City and Charlevoix. Day three stops included Mackinaw City, the “Mighty Mac,” St. Ignace and Castel Rock and finally Mackinac Island. Seeing all those places and how different they are was exciting, not to mention impressions you can take in just driving and looking around you.
At the very end there is only one more thing to say:
West Michigan is marvelous - be a part of it!
- Elisa, WMTA Intern