(Originally posted on my old personal blog, Adventures with KHill!)
Hello loyal readers (aka Mom and Dad). I am now in Germany! I’ve been here for two full days now and it’s pretty wonderful. I’m extremely tired (jetlag or my general sloth-like disposition?) so this may not be the most eloquent thing I’ve ever written, but here. we. GO.
Yesterday was perhaps the longest day ever in my life, at least since the last time I came to Europe and arrived in the morning and had to live a whole other day on two hours of plane-sleep. Of course, I can’t complain because life is awesome, but it was just a hilarious and sleepy day that involved me dragging my hundred pounds of luggage all across the city of Munich and sitting and waiting and sitting and waiting and walking and sitting and waiting some more. Then I finally got to meet my host family and go to their house and it is the BEST. I’m sharing a host family with my friend from Transy, Meaghan, and we seriously got so lucky. Our host parents are so nice and helpful and we have an adorable 7-year-old host sister who does martial arts in her free time. We also basically have our own floor in their house and it’s all nicer than I ever imagined. And…WIFI. I wasn’t gonna be social-media-dependent while here but dang, it’s a nice bonus.
Yesterday also involved a lot of riding on the S-Bahn, which I’ve decided America desperately needs. It’s basically an electric train that runs all throughout the city and surrounding area and it is so convenient! Seriously if I could demand one infrastructure adjustment in our country that could help with a whole host of other issues, it would be to improve public transportation.Blah blah cranky old person statement, moving on.
Today we had a brief orientation at our school in the morning, and in the afternoon we traveled into Munich for a tour, to buy textbooks, and to have free time. I am technically living in Olching, which is a small town outside of Munich, so it was cool to get to the city center and get my bearings with all the main tourist attractions as reference points. It really is a beautiful city with so much to do and to EAT. I was so tempted to buy a pretzel at every bakery because yum.
So far, speaking German so much has been really fun. It can be difficult, particularly at times like now when I’m so tired that I can’t even speak English, but I can already feel myself becoming more comfortable with the language than all the years in the classroom speaking it could make me. It’s been so cool talking to our host parents and just hearing about their take on life in Germany. Honestly, I just love getting to know people and places and their stories which makes traveling the absolute best. I feel so lucky to get ~5 more weeks here with these people!
I hope that in the future I can write more interesting or entertaining posts but I’m laying in bed with my laptop on my stomach (a position in which I spend about 2/3 of my time at home in Lexington) and sleep just seems like a wonderful idea. To finish this out, here is an unintentionally artsy picture of Meaghan and I at the Neue Rathaus at Marienplatz today.
If you read this, I probably love you and if I don’t, why did you read this?