Three weeks ago I left Minnesota for Germany, and it has turned out to be quite the three weeks. I had originally planned to keep this blog updated this whole time and before I left, but it turns out that it’s quite time consuming to move across the world for four months. Go figure. Now that things in my life have calmed down though, you’ll definitely see me posting more often again. I don’t have a ton of class here (and it seems like none of them assign homework which is so weird to me) so I have a ton of free time that I can devote some of to blogging.
Anyway, I thought I would do a little bit of an overview of what my life has been like living in Germany for 3 weeks so far. To start off, the first few days here were really rough, but I think most people who go abroad have a similar experience those first few days (so if it happens to you, don’t worry because I promise it will get better). I thought that a lot more things would be in english and more people would speak english, so that was definitely quite the shock when I was trying to get to the school from the airport and couldn’t read anything and there were very few people I could actually ask questions to. Luckily I had met up with the other girl who was going to my school from USC at the airport so I at least had one other person to go through it all with. After getting to the school and moving into my apartment it still took a while to adjust. Part of the issue was my phone didn’t get service and then I didn’t have wifi in my room so it was really frustrating not having a way to communicate with people. I also was just overwhelmed by everything that was new and the unknown of everything that was to come. It felt like freshman year all over again but worse because I couldn’t understand anything.
Two days after I moved in though we began orientation and everything began to get a lot better. The fear of not making any friends here vanished as I began to meet more people that I got along with (2 of them were even from Minnesota which was super exciting!) and I began to learn the layout of the town and get excited about things to come.
Since we had orientation things have been quite the whirlwind. We have explored the nearby towns, gone of a tour of a castle completely in German, gone to class a few times (I swear I’m not skipping we just really don’t meet that often), have drunken way too much alcohol, took a day trip to Cologne and another one to Frankfurt, and planned our adventures around Europe. I’m really looking forward to our adventures around Europe and even around Germany (especially when it’s Christmas market season), and hope you’ll enjoy following along.