Neuss Matthias Brimmers traveled to the USA on a grant last year – and brought a Neuss flag with him, which he showed while eating sausages.
The message is clear: Saint Paul is worth a visit. The man from Neuss was equipped with a Fulbright scholarship Matthias Brimmers traveled to the USA last year – at times when the country was still closed to tourists. But with the scholarship he had an exceptional permit in his hands, after all he came to study. His trimester at the University of Kansas began in August and he is now back in Neuss with many exciting experiences. One of them was his trip to Neuss’ twin town of Saint Paul.
The approximately 700 kilometers as the crow flies from the campus to Saint Paul in Minnesota were worth it. “Saint Paul is a beautiful city. A trip to Minneapolis is also worthwhile,” says Brimmers. Both cities are separated by the Mississippi River, similar to how Neuss and Düsseldorf are separated by the Rhine. Because of their geographical proximity, Saint Paul and Minneapolis are also known as the “Twin Cities”. In the twin city, Brimmers was particularly impressed by the Mall of America – a gigantic shopping center that is considered the largest shopping and entertainment complex of its kind in North America, including an amusement park with a roller coaster. “The Minnesota Vikings stadium is also worth seeing,” says Brimmers. The American football team plays its home games in the National Football League (NFL) there.
Basically, Brimmers was also on the road as a kind of Neuss ambassador. Because in the partner city Saint Paul he met people who carry the Quirinus city in their hearts. For example, his contact person was Lübbert Kruisenga from the Midwest Chamber of Commerce. Among other things, he was a guest at German-American Day in 2012, as the then US ambassador and current governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, the Clay Medal was awarded in the armory. Incidentally, Brimmers literally flew the flag with Kruizenga in Saint Paul: while eating sausages together, the two unfurled a Neuss flag that Brimmers had taken to the USA.
His term abroad was a great experience, says Brimmers, who lived in a flat near the campus. He also found the course content and the learning culture enormously enriching. His “European perspective” was often asked for. “In the health psychology module, for example, the health care systems in the USA and Germany were the subject of controversial discussion,” he says. Back in Germany, work at Pierburg is calling again.