As part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Hans Joohs Sister Cities Exchange program, the Sister Cities commission has asked past visitors to update us on their lives. Here is a letter from 2003 Hans Joohs Sister Cities Intern, Hans-Jrg Klardney:
Hello New Ulm,
Im Hans-Jrg Klardney, the Hans Joohs Sister Cities exchange intern of 2003. I'm now 33 years old, married to my wife Caroline since 2009 and we have a 20-month-old daughter named Amelie.
2003 Hans Joohs Intern Hans-Jörg Klardney with his wife Caroline and daughter Amelie.
When I was in New Ulm I worked at the 20th Street Grill (now Pizza Ranch) as a chef. I made a variety German food for the guests. My specialties were Schnitzel with Sauerkraut and Sptzle (German noodles). I was always kept very busy.
My host families while I was in New Ulm were Jack Minch, Diane and Mark Hempel, Karen and Dave Christiansen and Roberta and Harvey Stadick. I had a wonderful time with all my host families.
In my free time I learned to play golf a little bit, made a trip to Duluth, and something else. I spent some of my nights at the B&L Bar where I found some friends. That was really nice.
At the moment I work for ARAMARK, an American catering company, which serves the food in the cafeteria of the Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company which is also an American company.
As a hobby I serve as a volunteer firefighter for the city of Ulm at the department located in Jungingen where I live with my family. I also spend many hours with my family and friends.
In my opinion the Hans Joohs Sister Cities exchange program is a great program and a good idea. I feel the members of the commission do a good job helping us interns enjoy and benefit from our time in New Ulm. I will say "Thank you" for the work they do.
Now I send many greetings to New Ulm, especially to my friends who know me personally, my host families, to Rose and Florian Dittrich, who owned and allowed me to cook at their restaurant, the 20th Street Grill, and to all others who know me.