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Ulrike Denker
Member of two-time Big Ten Boat of the Week
Essen, Germany

Q. What do you miss most about your hometown:
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Sometimes I miss relaxed European habits like sitting down in a café for hours and just enjoying the time.

Q. Besides you, who is the most famous person from your hometown:
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Alfried Krupp, who was the biggest industrialist in the steel industry. The area of Germany I come from is really famous for its industrial history.

Q. How often do you get home:
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I get home over the Christmas holidays and normally over the summer.

Q. What do people ask you most about your hometown:
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People normally ask where the city is or what we typically eat and wear. The city I come from is in the West of Germany, on the complete opposite side of Berlin, which might be a 5-hour drive.

Q. What’s the biggest difference between your hometown and Columbus:
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The main difference is the structure of the cities. Our shopping area is downtown, whereas in Columbus, downtown means mostly offices and some restaurants.

Q. How would you describe your hometown:
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I would describe it as a city, which is probably not the most famous or prettiest city in Germany. But it has a lot of industrial history, as well as some beautiful places, which are definitely worth visiting.

Q. How many stoplights are in your hometown:
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Uncountable; many.

Q. What is the population of your hometown:
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Around 600,000 citizens, which makes it the sixth biggest city in Germany.

Q. How long has your family lived in your hometown:
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The generation of my grandparents moved to Essen from the South of Germany, the region of Munich.

Q. What sport/activity is the most popular in your hometown:
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Soccer is the most popular sport in my hometown. People are crazy about it like Americans about football.

Q. What is the tallest building in your hometown:
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Downtown, the office buildings seem to be the highest.

Q. What do visitors to your hometown need to see/do:
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Visitors should definitely see the Zollverein Coal mine industrial complex, the Villa Huegel, the Museum Folkwang, Lake Baldeney, many little suburbs, and many other sights the city can offer. The city was appointed European Capital of Culture for 2010 on behalf of the whole Ruhr Area I come from.

Q. Is anything interesting made in your hometown:
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In my city a lot of cultural highlights can be seen.

Q. What is the biggest attraction in your hometown:
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In my opinion the biggest attraction is the Zollverein Coal mine industrial complex and the Villa Huegel, which both shows the industrial history of this area.

Q. Most prominent industry/line of work:
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The most prominent industry was the coal and steel industry.

Q. Is there a local food your hometown is known for:
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In my region the only famous local food is brats in a special curry sauce, but I can confirm Germans also love to eat fresh and healthy food beside that.

Q. Your favorite place in your hometown:
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It might be the Villa Huegel, because of its great architecture and its huge park, as it is in walking distance to the house of my parents. But as well I love the Lake Baldeney, which is as well close to my home, and as it was, because of rowing, kind of my second home for a long time.