Long Time, No Talk!

Hello, everybody! Guess who’s back? Sorry I haven’t posted in a few weeks. Somehow, I lost my password, and it ask for verification through my American cell phone number… The problem being, that number is unreachable at the moment, but I, for some reason, just recently received an e-mail saying I can reset my password. In conclusion, I can now blog whenever I want. I know you didn’t come here to here me babble on about my technical woes, so let’s get started on what is truly important to you: my adventures in the land of Germany.

For the past few weeks, I haven’t really done much except study as well as a couple trips here and there to Koln, Mainz, and Berlin again. As studies go, they have been going smoothly. Not too stressed out about them at the moment. What is there to be stressed about? I only have one assignment the entire semester for each of my three classes. It’s such a hassle! I don’t know how I’ve been able to keep calm these 3 months! I’m about to go insane! Despite my sarcasm, it has been pretty laid back and simple. Now, to the interesting matters: my interesting explorations around Germany starting with Koln.

I know I already went to Koln when I first arrived, but that was only a preview of what was in store. Actually, not really. All we really saw while we were there was the cathedral (with a more in depth tour nonetheless), the old city and the chocolate museum because that’s all there was really to see considering everything was destroyed in bombings during World War II. Now, the inner city is more modernized and doesn’t really takes a stand as a unique-looking city anymore. However, we were able to climb inside the spires, and let me tell you what, it was quite the view and was well worth the retched hike to the top. From there, you can see the entire city, and what it could have been. The architecture of the building are fascinating. It’s unbelievable how anyone could have built such a structure back in the 1500s. It’s unfathomable. As for the Chocolate Factory, it’s self-explanatory. It was a museum about the creation and history of chocolate. Although I am not a huge fan of chocolate, I had to have myself a taste of one of their famous chocolate cakes and boy, was it beautiful. That alone could have been well worth the entire trip to Germany. Possibly the best cake I’ve ever had.

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As for Mainz, there wasn’t a whole lot there besides dirty streets, guys rocking hard on the street corners to their music and a giant foot statue in a parking lot. To me, I consider Mainz the Detriot of Germany. Some friends and I just went there because everyone else from our group was gone, so we decided to leave as well.

See here’s the foot for you! Only part of the entire trip worth seeing!Image

Since we were so disappointed about Mainz, we headed out to Darmstadt because we heard good things about it. We didn’t spend a lot of time there, so my review of it is incomplete. I’ll just put more pictures of it so you can judge it yourself:ImageImageImageImage

Lastly, this past weekend, I went to Berlin to visit my friend Jacob from high school. I didn’t really see anything different because I really wasn’t there for sightseeing. I already saw most of what was needed to be seen last time I went with my culture class. This time, it was all about the fun and spending time with a good friend. Sometimes, that’s all you need to do. Most of the time, you don’t remember a place because of what is there and what you see, but the experiences you had while you were there. Most of the time, it’s the people who make the experience worthwhile and memorable. Traveling isn’t just about seeing new things, but also making new experiences with others. If you do that, I guarantee you will have the time of your life, and it will be a journey you will never forget.ImageImage

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Frankfurt

So this weekend, My friend Stewart and I went on a journey to Frankfurt to find some cheap Lederhosen for the wild Oktoberfest this upcoming weekend. Let’s just say, it wasn’t very cheap. We will get back to that later. Anyways, we had an hour long train ride to Frankfurt from Marburg which was so much fun (not!). As soon as we arrived at Frankfurt, we noticed we could arrive at the C&A, which is where the Lederhosen was being sold, by S-Bahn. We spent a good 15 minutes trying to find the train, but eventually gave up. We started walking there not thinking it was very far, only a mile to be exact. On our way there, a guy who spoke perfect English with a beer in his hand started talking to us about how his girlfriend kicked him out of the house and how he is from Texas. All of a sudden, he stopped us and asked for some change for food considering he was on the streets all by himself the last few days. I gave him a euro of change not thinking twice about it. Suddenly, he asked for a 5 telling me he would give me 4 in return, because he only had 4 and a kebab costs 4.50. So I gave him the 5 waiting for him to give me the 4 euros when all of a sudden, he asked me if I wanted some weed. I told him “No thank you. Just give me the 4 euros, and we will be on our way.” Turns out, he didn’t have the 4 euros, so he told us to wait 10 minutes so he could get the 4 euros because he owed somebody. Stewart and I waited for 18 minutes, and the guy never came… First day in Frankfurt, and I get robbed. What a statement your making, Frankfurt. Anyways, we left, and after almost an hour, we finally find a C&A store. We both looked through all the Lederhosen seeing they were all 99 euros (oh boy!). Believe me, those were the cheapest ones, or so we thought. We were trying to look for sizes because we didn’t know what European size we wore. I saw a size 48 that was for 59 euros. Naturally, I tried them on, but they didn’t fit. Fortunately though, I found a smaller size for the same size on the rack in front of the dressing rooms for the same price, and they fit perfectly! I was ecstatic! At least now I know I wear a size 44 in Europe (that means a 44 cm waist, by the way). So long story short: good things come to those who give! Next destination: Munich!

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This is Stewart, everybody!

By the way, here are some pictures of Frankfurt. Lederhosen will come later. I promise! 😉ImageImageImageImage

One More Night

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!ImageImageImageImageImage

No Turning Back

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!