Sorry everybody that I haven’t posted anything on here for a while. Unfortunately, my internet stopped working for some unknown reason last week, and it still hasn’t been fixed. Hopefully this weekend, that will be changed. Since I’m here, I better tell you what has been up since last time I posted. Besides my internet not working, all my normal classes started last Monday; all of them in German. Surprisingly though, I understood approximately 70-80% of the lecture. Of course because of this revelation, I went into my next Personality Psychology class with great confidence. Come to find out throughout the entire lecture, I had no idea what the professor said. Fortunately, I have a tutoring session for all my classes to go through what was presented in class in English, and believe me, it helps. Other than attending lectures and tutoring sessions for 18 hours, 4 days a week, not much has happened. Hopefully, I will provide you with some more interesting content in the close, upcoming future. Thanks for your patience.
As most of you should already know if you keep up with my somewhat weekly announcements, the group and I headed off to Berlin this last weekend. We all left by private bus at approximately 8:45 Thursday morning for a 6 hour bus trip. We arrived at the lovely Heart of Gold Hostel of which we were staying in for the weekend. Since my friend Jacob is studying there for the year, I decided to meet up with him at the S-Bahn station right at the corner near the hostel. He took Stewart and I to the Brandenburger Tor for there was a concert and the world’s largest karaoke show going on then. We stayed there for most of the night and had a couple drinks afterward. The next day, my group and I went on a 3 hour bus tour of the city. Berlin has much history to it. We saw sights such as Checkpoint Charlie, the East Side Gallery, Brandenburger Gate, etc. There was much to see within that three hours. After lunch, we all went to the Berlin Hohenschonhausen, the Stasi Jail in town. Total disturbing what some of the people had to go through inside this jail. Anyways after that, I met up with Jacob again as we did some bar-hopping before we headed into a party. Unfortunately, we didn’t make our way there that night considering we got lost finding our way there. Let’s just say the constructions on the rails wasn’t really working in our favor, so we instead just strolled around the city for a while. The next day (Saturday in case you lost track), our group explored the Deutscher Budestag, or Capitol Building. Much different than the one in America. Throughout the afternoon, I explored a WWII museum and visited the Holocaust Memorial with a group of people. Being there gave me a bit of a sense of discomfort, but the tour guide said that was the designers intent. Well, he did a good job at that. Jacob, of course, met us there at the Holocaust Memorial, and joined us for dinner. After dinner though, he headed back to his place while some from our group and I headed to a popular club in Berlin: E4. I must say, it was pretty nice having VIP access with a group of good friends for 6 hours. That, my friends, is how you party. It was a blast even if I didn’t get back to the Hostel until 5:30. I didn’t care. I had plenty of time to sleep on the bus on the way back… all 8 hours of it.
Ok, as you all know, I went to Oktoberfest this weekend. A lot happened, so I’ll try to keep this as brief as I can. We left Friday around 6:49 pm for a 12 hour train ride to Munich. It was 12 hours because we had a 5 hour layover in Nuremburg at midnight. Anyways, we arrived at the hotel room at around 6:49 in the morning and slept for a couple of hours. After our nap, we arrived at Oktoberfest at around 10:00 am. We finally entered a biergarten at the Lowenbrau at approximately, 10:30. During that time, I had a few beers here and there while meeting some new friends from New Zealand and Italy. We stayed there until about 11:30 at night to head to bed for the night. Unfortunately, we lost a couple of people, so I and another person had to go search for them. Without any luck, we had to hurry back to the train station considering we only had 15 minutes until the last train left for our hotel. Eventually, we got there but arrived there just a few minutes too late, so we had to stay in the train station for 5 hours until we could catch the next train. After chatting with a Chilean girl and a couple hours of sleep, we got on a train heading out to our hotel. We didn’t arrive at our hotel til almost 7:00 am that morning. Two of us were planning on heading to Munich again around 9:30, but since one of our group members didn’t show up still, we decided to wait til he arrived. He didn’t meet us until 1:00 pm, so we ended up not going back because it was too late. It was probably a good idea considering how tired and worn out we were. Finally, we arrived back in Marburg around 9:00 pm. Despite all the struggles and long rides to and from, I can most certainly say it was well worth the trip. It certainly lived up to the hype, and I hope I can go back again some day! Well, now we’re off to Berlin (I can never catch a break, can I?)