On Friday we finished the first week of the prep course. I’m definitely glad that I signed up for it! I’ve met a handful of the international students. There are people here from the USA, Korea, Russia, Slovakia, Finland, Ukraine, Czech republic, Argentina, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Japan, and Poland. There’s probably a few others, but I haven’t met them yet.
One of the Russian girls, Veronika, wore a Sochi Olympics jacket to class one day this past week, so during the break, I asked her did she go see the Olympics, and as it turns out, she actually worked at the Olympics as a volunteer! How awesome is that! She said that she helped out with the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and during the games she worked in the ice rink (figure skating & speed skating) helping with delegations from other countries. (I’m so jealous!!) Since she volunteered, she got a package of spirit gear, including one of the multi-color pullover jackets, with the Olympic rings on the back. What a cool experience for someone our age!
Having a limited kitchen and no meal plan really forces you to be creative when it comes to meals. No microwave and only one pot also limits what you can create. Saturday I made pasta with chicken and oven-roasted vegetables and Brötchen (bread roll) mit Butter. It’s times like these when being a Girl Scout really comes in handy — I sliced up carrots, potatoes, cucumber, and green beans and wrapped it all up in foil, like a potato pocket for campfires, but just stuck it in the oven instead!
Since classes don’t start until the end of April, two of my flatmates went home for Easter and the third girl moved out completely. With everyone leaving, they took all of their stuff with them, including kitchenware, leaving me without a hot pot, paring knife, and skillet. I ended up buying another hot pot, because I can’t go 3 weeks without tea or cappuccino! With no one here to say otherwise, I monopolized the fridge, moving a shelf to make my shelf twice the size. I am also taking up a second shelf, and two door racks. What can I say, I love to cook lots of food…
***UPDATE – SUNDAY 21:00: One girl was still here when I came back home this evening– I think she might be one of “those people” that goes home every weekend. If so, I’m already not a fan of it..***
This next section is what I journaled during my Saturday night outings:
This evening a lot of the exchange students are meeting for a ‘pub crawl.’ I think tonight is going to be a lot of fun! We started out at Cafe Nerly, and then half of us went to a night club and the other half of us went to the Dubliner, a popular Irish pub. I went to the Dubliner because it cost 8 Euro to go to the club. It was karaoke night at the Dubliner and it was hilarious! Someone sang Barbie Girl, and others sang 99 Luftballoons, and sang Enter Sandman. Jordan thought about singing Karaoke, but didn’t. Instead, we were “those people” that were loud, and belting out the words to all of the songs that were sang in English. We fit right in.
The Dubliner was so much fun that we reserved a table for every Saturday next month, in case people want to go out, we have a place to meet up and decide what we want to do for the night. It was around 1am when we decided to leave. The Straßenbahn only runs once per hour that late and we missed it by 5 minutes! We ended up walking home instead of waiting an hour for the next train. It wasn’t a very lengthy walk but by the time we got back to the apartments it was just before 2 am. After showering and getting ready for bed, it was already 4:30, but technically only 3:30 because of daylight savings. Germany time went forward one hour so now I am 6 hours ahead of the USA.
What a beaUtiful Sunday morning/ afternoon! I sat on my balcony and enjoyed my breakfast: Stracciatella Cappuccino, Johgurt mit der Ecke, und Toast mit Erdbeere Frucht und mit Nusspli.. yum 😛
The perks about a balcony? Your can air out your smoky clothes from last night. 😉