Kirstie W - Freiburg, Germany - Spring 2014
I started off on a bad foot. When I arrived in the air port my plane was very late and I had no clue where I was, where to go, and no way to communicate with anyone. I met an American and a German who helped me find my way. I handed the address to the taxi and he drove me to my dorm, but I had no keys, I didn't know where I was living, and it was very dark and late. Some Germans helped me and let me into my building. I could not get into my room, but my nice German roommate was helping me and being very nice. I ended up sleeping with my roommate from my program for the night. Besides that, I was so happy to finally be in the country I dreamed about. I really am bad with public transportation and directions, but somehow I am still here so I survived. If anyone is bad with directions or scared that they cannot speak the language or understand anything that is no problem. Someone will speak English and if not sharades is a really good way to communicate. The whether is very interesting. I never thought scarves were important, but it is definitely important here. I am glad I bought boots for every day use, also. Good jeans that you can wear a few times without washing is important, too. Definitely, a person just needs t-shirts, jackets, good jeans, boots, one or two nice outfits, a decent amount of nice casual, and everyone dresses pretty practical and comfortable in Freiburg. And definitely getting a bicycle was a fantastic decision. I recommend that to anyone. Bring your own special school supplies like pens. I realized I should have brought more of my personal care products. Everything here is pretty expensive, and I cannot go to Walmart to take care of all of my needs. Really, not having a Walmart is such a problem.
On another note, travelling is amazing! I love trying to speak with the natives in their native tongue and the sights are straight out of a film from when knights and princesses existed. Everything is different and breath taking. There is an adventure around every corner. I realize that I have not done a good job of exploring my surroundings, and I definitely should do more of that. I feel like I am in a fairy tale wherever I go and whatever I do in Europe.
By the way, I ran into my RA from Elmhurst! She is doing her J-term and I ran into her at a museum in Berlin! Crazy!