For the first two weeks of my winter break, I was graced with the presence of my amazing mother. We went on a whirlwind of adventures around Europe, beginning with a few days in my hometown, Tübingen, where we attended several Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas Markets) in neighboring towns and visited an impressive castle, Schloss Hohenzollern, in nearby Hechingen.
On November 18th, the other CSU IP students and I boarded a train and traveled roughly 700 kilometers through Germany to Berlin. This was our last excursion put on by the program, and it was particularly special because it included all of the direct enrollment students that are studying at other Universities around Baden-Württemberg. During our five-day trip, we learned and experienced so many things that attempting to summarize it has been an intimidating task (proven by the lateness of this post). Therefore, I have separate the days and attempted to create some sort of flow for this megapost. I have also included some historical information, so that it is easier to understand some of the other things that I write about. Enjoy!
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.
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)!
On Saturday, we journeyed three hours by train to reach Heidelberg, one of Germany’s traditional University towns. This gorgeous city is also known as one of the most romantic in all of Germany, and that was proved by the multiple couples we saw hiking around for engagement photo shoots.
Week three of our stay here in Horb is over, which means that we are halfway done with our Preparatory Language Program. Our time here is flying by, and many of us have been discussing how sad we are going to be when we have to leave our families and our homes that we have established here. I have certainly developed a lot of love for my little village called Ahldorf, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. Continue reading “Thoughts and Things”
So much activity lately for such a hidey creature like myself! I have spent much of the past week curled up on the couch with my studies, blog, or Netflix. My batteries can take a while to recharge sometimes, especially when I’m working my brain so hard, so I’ve been spending a lot of time relaxing lately. I’ve also developed a serious problem with consuming chocolate, and have been on a violent rampage eating everything from Nutella to powdered hot chocolate mix. I know that sounds super interesting, and I’d love to share the details, but for now, here’s an update on what I’ve been up to when I’m not on the couch or stuffing my face. Continue reading “Cars, Castles, and Chocolate”
I have 23 minutes until I have to leave for school, so I decided to see if I can speed up my posting process. The past few posts have each taken over an hour to write, and I’m sure I can reduce that if I make an attempt. To make this easier, I am writing a recap post (also because I already said I would). Here goes! Continue reading “Time challenge”
I’m terribly sorry for making you wait for so long for another blog post, but I have been extremely busy since classes began. On Monday we took our placement test to determine what class we will be in during German “boot camp,” and I scored rather well despite having taken only one semester of German, so I have a ton of catching up to do. In the meantime, I have been taking lots of photos and attempting to remember the things I’d like to post about when I finally get around to it. I appreciate your patience. Continue reading “Hallo Liebe Familie und Freunden”