Short Update

I’ve done a rather poor job of keeping this up to date, but fear not!  I’m actively seeking to change that – currently we’re in the brainstorming process.  Expect to see results sometime in January.

I think I will begin with a general overview of my day.  Perhaps this will create some sort of frame of reference from which to make sense of the madness that is my life at this point:

07:10 – 07:40  Think about getting up
07:45 – 08:07  Actually get up; make coffee; shower/wash hair in sink; hastily pack bag
08:08 – 08:09 Run to the bus stop to catch the 08:10 bus
08:10 – 08:30 Ride bus to Hbf and do Hausaufgabe
08:37 – 08:50 Arrive at the Lahnberge (hidden far above Marburg in the trees) [1]
09:00 – 12:50 Sprachkurs
13:00 – 13:55 Try and find something to eat before Kulturkurs
14:00 – 16:00 [2] Kulturkurs (essentially an exercise in using Wikipedia to teach ourselves about German culture) or Conversation Course
Rest of the Day We usually go the library or sit around (often physically unable to do much else) after class.  Whoever is feeling the most motivated [3] will decide what we’re having for dinner and move everyone out the door.  We do the bulk of our shopping at Aldi because it’s super cheap, but they don’t always have what we want.  Luckily there’s a REWE and tegut next door to pick up everything else.  These shopping trips usually end in the wine aisle where the conversation often goes like this:

Also, is it a 2 or 3 bottle of wine night?
2 or 3? Are you serious? Why would we get anything less than 4?
4?! No, it’s definitley a 5 bottle of wine night.
6 it is! Let’s go eat something!

I’ll leave it up to you to decide which one is me.  Our dinner staple is usually some mixture of chicken, bell peppers, and onions in various sauces or cheeses on top of pasta or rice.  We’ve been eating pretty good, and we have a ton of things we want to make in the future (schnitzel, tacos, thai food, usw).  After dinner, it’s usually about time for me and Shannon to make our return trip to Wehrda.  Then it’s sleepy time.

Rinse and Repeat.

I might leave it at that for now.  I’m working on several other posts right now and hopefully they’ll be up soon.  I’m doing a massive recap on the first 3 weeks of the trip covering my arrival, trip to Berlin, and the first two weeks of Sprachkurs.  Also, (and that’s the English also, no the German also) we just got back from Oktoberfest today!  It truly was an adventure, and I’m so so so happy we made the trip.  On top of my own account, I want to interview everyone who went and compile a massive IUSP 2010 Oktoberfest Manifest.  We didn’t see any Americans the entire time we were there, so I thought it would be interesting to tell their stories too.

And with that, I think I’m going to end on a sentimental note.  I just listened to last weeks Moth Podcast, “Love is the Best Art of All” told by Joyce Maynard, and it reminded me how lucky I am to not only have parents who have instilled me with a sense of adventure, but also to have grown up with such a happy family.  Thanks Mom and Dad! Love you guys.

[1] We just moved to Lahnberge (a big complex of Chemistry, Medicine, Biology, Physics, usw buildings) last week.  There’s a wonderful story about me walking the woods for 2 hours looking for the Math building before finally giving up and going home, but I won’t go into that here.

[2] None of us know where 16:00 came from, because not once have we gotten out of class at this time.  Usually we’re done around 17:00.

[3] This definitely a relative comparison, because usually none of us have the desire to do anything other than sleep at this point in the day.


About nlovin

I'm just a guy - I brew beer, host a radio show every Wednesday, and am completely obsessed with the German language.
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1 Response to Short Update

  1. Mom says:

    Hey, Natie. We love you, too. And miss you. Sounds like you are having fun and dealing with the frustrations of life 🙂 Enjoy your time – the first 6 or so weeks are almost over and you’ll be in your history classes soon enough. Love you, Mom.

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