It’s been over a month since I arrived here in Germany. The time flies by so fast, it certainly doesn’t feel like it has been that long. Almost October and I’m just getting started. We finished our first week of Culture Class today, and boy, is it fun… You can certainly tell by the amount of artistry and drooped heads throughout the classroom. I wish I could pay attention, but with a class size so big and consisting of mainly presentations presented by other students, it gets a little bland. Although on Tuesday, we explored the main attractions of the city: the church, castle and the “Oberstadt” or the “upper city” because that’s about all that Marburg has going for it. Unfortunately though, I already seen 2/3 of the tour, so it wasn’t as exciting is it should have been. At least we didn’t have lectures and ordered a half rack of ribs at half price afterwards. So Good! Besides that and finishing our draft, nothing has really happened this week, but tomorrow, I’m on a quest to find the sacred Lederhosen in a land known as Frankfurt! Til then, I bid adieu!
So yesterday morning, I started German classes. Apparently, I tested into the B1 class which is the second highest German class that the school offers. Because of this, I can officially attend classes in German! (phew). After our terribly long 3 hour class, I walked to the Döner restaurant for Döner Donnerstag. Those things are incredibly delicious. Other than that, I just hung around with my peeps: Andrew and Stewart and Leah. Tonight though, I’m very excited for. Why do you ask? Because it’s karaoke night,, that’s why. Talk to you all tomorrow.
It’s been an amazing first couple of days within this beautiful city with some wonderful people. Yesterday, we all had to participate in a German language exam in order to figure out what classes we should be in for the upcoming weeks. The written test was a breeze, but the speaking was another story. I got possibly some of the most challenging questions of the group (what am I suppose to say to someone when they say the phrase, “the beginning is hard?” What’s hard? What do you mean?). Fortunately, I feel confident enough that I passed elementary German! (let’s hope! Been studying it for two years.) Afterwards, we just took a stroll to the mess hall, bought a SIM card to call and text people in Germany, filled out some paperwork (fun) and just kinda hung around with people until the welcome party (which really wasn’t much of a party, so we thought we’d make are own by grabbing a few drinks at the Dungeon staying up til 3 in the morning. The next day, we just filled out more paperwork for our student visas and took more strolls through the city sitting by the river and eventually ending up at the castle in town. It was certainly a sight to see. It’s amazing how buildings that old can still be standing today. It’s quite fascinating. Well, better get some sleep now considering I start language classes tomorrow. Wish me luck!
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!