In mid-October, I had the great fortune of embarking on my second out-of-country journey with a wonderful group of ladies. We spent the weekend in a town called Bad Zurzach, which is just south of the German border, and went on a few excursions to some of the major cities in Switzerland, including Zurich, Lucerne, and Bern.
I have been getting a lot of questions about where I am and what’s going on, so I decided to write a brief summary of what I’ve been doing, what I will be doing, what the CSU IP program really is, and how it works here in Germany. I have also included some photos at the end to make it more interesting.
The day that I returned from Istanbul was the same day that my dad and brother flew in to visit from California. I was lucky enough to have them for a whole week, and we managed to get up to all sorts of shenanigans during that time. I showed them around Tübingen on their first full day, which was really fun, and the next day we took a day trip to Stuttgart. We spent three full days in Munich, Bavaria, where we took a bike tour of the city, went on a day trip to some of Mad King Ludwig II’s castles, and, of course, spent a day at the Oktoberfest.
First and foremost, I must begin with the disclosure that my experience is a bit different from most, in that when Jackie, Yesenia, and I planned this trip, we failed to realize that one of the biggest Muslim holidays of the year was set to coincide with the dates that we had selected. For us, this meant that the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market were closed, and many Turkish citizens were on holiday, visiting their families as well as the numerous mosques, palaces, and monuments around Istanbul.
Our time in Horb-am-Neckar came to a memorable close with a written final exam, followed by a party that included our instructors and our host families. Each class prepared a few skits or songs, and a few students performed songs ad hoc, inspired by the cheers and laughter that followed each close of the curtain. Our class, Zimmer 9, performed two skits, videos of which can be found in my previous post titled “The End/Beginning.” The party was held in the very same room in which we had, just six weeks prior, sat in anxious anticipation of meeting the families with whom we would live for the next month and a half. This time, however, the room was buzzing with excitement over our successful completion of our language program.
Here are a few photos from the last week in Horb, as well as a couple videos of the skits that our class put on for our going away party at Hermann-Hesse-Kolleg.
I am sitting at my desk in my room in the Französisches Viertel (French Quarter) of Tübingen. I have functional Wi-Fi. I have no major excursions planned for the next week. I’m only a little bit sick, and I don’t have to pee. And it feels SO good to say all of that out loud (well, to type it, anyway…)
Photos and recap from Freiburg and Konstanz. Also, I have figured out how to make a slideshow, but it is taking a little while to load on my end, but I don’t know if it’s just me, so if you have to wait for an unreasonable amount of time then please provide feedback, and I will adjust the settings.
Enjoy (and thanks for your help)!
It is my last week in Horb-am-Neckar, and I don’t think time has ever flown so swiftly past me. It is outrageously difficult to express my feelings for this captivating town, this beautiful country, and these unforgettable people. I have made some memories here that will stay with me for the rest of my life, and I am sad to see the end of these short six weeks fast approaching. This town will be a home to me for as long as I have the ability to foresee.
I have been posting mostly photos of locations and things, so I thought I’d post some photos of myself and the people that I have been studying with!