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.

(Here are some pictures for you to swoon over:ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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

Zweite Tage

Kolner Cathedral

Kolner Dom

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!