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Ann Pippin Tells of Years Study in Europe

Class of 1959

Falmouth Enterprise, Tuesday, March 14, 1961, Page 7

Tells of Years Study in Europe

Story of a year of travel and study in Europe was topic for Miss Ann Pippin last week in a talk before members of the Literary guild of Old Colony Union Women's Club.

It was not the first time abroad for Miss Pippin who is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur H. Pippin of Sagamore Beach. Ten years ago she lived and went to school in Scotland for a year when her Scottish mother revisited her homeland.

Prize money from 4-H competition and summer earnings at Sorenti's snack bar helped finance the stay in Europe after Miss Pippin was graduated from Bourne High School in 1959.

She specialized in poultry and animal husbandry in the 4H club work, and did poultry judging at local fairs, the Boston Poultry Show and Eastern States Exposition.

She left for Europe October 1, 1959 aboard the M.S. Berlin which docked at Bremerhaven. She flew to Berlin and stayed six months with a friend of her mother. There she attended classes at the Free University of Berlin which is financed by the Ford Foundation for students from both East and West. She studied German in a class of foreigners from Africa, Haiti, Italy and America and taught English to a group of cancer research workers in a hospital in East Berlin.

She spoke of the contrast between bustling West Berlin, fast being rebuilt and overflowing with refugees on their way to West Germany, and East Berlin where much of the war's rubble has not yet been cleared up.

She ate red cabbage, potatoes and spinach, much cheese and real dark bread. Breakfast was a roll and coffee, main meal at noontime and a roll, coffee and maybe an egg for supper.

In the spring she enjoyed American cooking when she visited Tech. Sgt. and Mrs. Herbert Smith, formerly of Otis and now stationed in West Germany with their two small sons. They are at Bitburg Air Base near the Luxemburg border, and she saw much of the picturesque country.

Traveling to Belgium, Miss Pippin visited a friend of her mother for a week in the canal country near Brugge. Then by train to France, where she stayed two weeks with Airman and Mrs. Raymond Thibault and their two sons in Northern France. They live in country surroundings, with a village pump and one store which supplies everything from wine to carpets.

By train and boat Miss Pippin continued on to London, where she stayed with an Austrian girl and saw the practice parade for the Queen's birthday celebration, with temperature in the 90s. As contrast to London she visited a friend of her parents in a seacoast town called Mundesley-on-the-Sea where it rained every day for a week.

Going to Edinburgh by bus, she went to her mother's home town of Bathgate, West Lothian, and enjoyed a month with relatives there. An aunt took Miss Pippin to Paris for ten days and they covered most of the city on foot.

The summer in Britain included a stay at the resort town of Brighton, visits to Derby and Nottingham, a village where a friend of her mother teaches in a one room school and the International Music Festival in Edinburgh. She flew back to the States in September ready for school and to see more of this country.

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