So today, I finally made it to Marburg after a 3 hour long bus ride from Wiesbaden. Let’s not forget I had to wake up at 6:15 to make the train. Ugh… anyways, I arrived at around 11 to be introduced to a binder full of paperwork, muffins and coffee! Yum! (not the paperwork, but the later of course). After we got our internet up and running, I was given a quick city tour of this nice ol’ town and later escorted to my dorm. I wouldn’t really call it a dorm, more like an apartment! One of the only one’s in my program living in such accommodations! Quite nice to tell you the truth. After I got settled in for a bit, I met up with some other students and went out for a stroll in the town. Now, all that’s left is to study a bit before my language exam and rest before a busy day tomorrow! I’m looking forward to what this semester has in store! Can’t wait!!
So, today was the night I got to spend with Oliver and Company (intentional pun). Oliver and I took a train to Wiesbaden where his parents picked us up. They drove us to a castle full of wine (that’s all we were able to see considering how busy it was. There was barrels of it!) and the Rhein River, the longest river in Germany. As we walked past the Rhein, Oliver told me some interesting stories of the conflicts between the French and Germans. I’m guessing they weren’t very good friends in the past. No wonder they don’t get along. Oliver’s father took a “shortcut” back home that actually ended up taking a half hour longer if he had followed the course his GPS gave him. Other than that, nothing much happened. It was a great adventure I had the last several days with them, and I’m sure I’ll see them again within these upcoming months, but now it’s time to pack for the main reason I came here: school. Tomorrow, I arrive at Marburg. The start of a new journey!
Hello everybody! Sorry I didn’t post yesterday! Can’t expect me to post everyday. I’m a busy boy “studying.” What can you expect? Anyways, I’ll get you all caught up. Yesterday, Oliver’s family and I dropped Caroline off to the airport because she was heading to Kansas yesterday (yuck!) Afterwards, Oliver took me to his sailing club, and I went sailing for the first time ever. It was loads of fun! Why can’t we have anything like that back home? Oh, yeah. That’s right. Because we have no lakes big enough for them boats, unfortunately. As for today, we went to Koln at the ideal hour of 8:00 am (way too early for me). We visited the Kolner Cathedral and drank coffee at a very European coffee house known as Starbucks… I had a warm caramel macchiato in a HUGE ceramic mug, so I guess that’s different. These Germans don’t like to be wasteful! Afterwards, we all drove to Oliver’s grandmother’s birthday party at a very fancy restaurant where I took my many years of German to practice, or at least I tried. It’s somewhat difficult to understand the locals considering their vaster vocabulary and quicker rate of expression. I’m trying to keep up though. Everyday it’s getting easier, and that’s the main reason I’m here: to better my German! Well, Tschuss!
Today, I slept… A lot! Until 1:30 in the afternoon! Considering I went to bed at 9:30 the night before, I had 14 hours of sleep, and for some reason, I was still tired! I was awake for 27 hours straight, so it maybe it shouldn’t be so shocking. After I had a nice breakfast consisting of bread coated in Nutella and strawberry jam, Mother and Daughter Pfingsten took me to Wiesbaden where Oliver and Caroline go to school. Since it was going to be the capital for the US Military during WWII, it was untouched by the war and still has its older buildings intact including the Lutheran church. Although the church isn’t as old or as fancy as the Catholic Cathedral, it was still fascinating! We walked around and saw the theater as well as the foot market. Afterward, we ate at a Mexican restaurant, because Carol was leaving for Kansas tomorrow morning. It is her favorite restaurant, and I had my first Mango Daiquiri there (can I say YUM!). Now we are home and sitting around the living room with Oliver’s family drinking a Latte and Jagermeister! Enjoy the photos while you wait for the next post! Gute nacht!,
Here it is everybody! The moment you have all been waiting for! Well, me in particular! I have finally arrived in Frankfurt, Germany on time surprisingly considering my plane bound for Philly arrived an hour late. Any minute later, they would have left me behind. Fortunately, it’s all done and over with, and have arrived safe and sound with a bit of fatigue. Although since my flight was late, my baggage won’t arrive here until tomorrow morning which is certainly a bummer. Good thing I packed some in my carry on! (Always be prepared. Boy Scouts motto!) Despite the fact that I am completely tired from my long flight, I still found myself speaking impressive German to the baggage claim lady asking about my luggage. Seems like I didn’t lose it all completely over the summer! Just waiting for my friend Oliver to pick me up at the airport at 12:30! I just can’t believe I’m finally here! What a dream come true!!!
Now I have finally arrived in Denver approximately an hour ago. Still have almost another hour before my flight to Philadelphia which is unfortunate considering how boring this airport is. Forgot how little they had here since it’s been so long. Don’t get me started on the tax. I was so excited to pay for a $4 vitamin water (cheap right) with exact change. Went up to the counter to pay, and came out to be $4.39… Ruined moment right there. Anyways, next stop: Philadelphia and then finally off to Frankfurt!! Bis Spater!
It’s official. I’m waiting at the Bozeman airport for my 10:07 am flight to Denver. I guess at this point, there really is no turning back, but why would I want to? I’m going to Germany for goodness sakes! Been waiting for several years for this dream, and it’s finally a reality! Until Denver, see ya!
SO here you all are! Here is my blog for Germany! Many people have asked for one, so I made it a reality. Hopefully it’s everything you’ve all have hoped for! I’m not one to blog. I’ve never done this before, but there’s always a first for everything, right? Anyways, I leave in two days, and I’m stoked! Never knew this day would ever come! Where did my summer go?