Airport Time

5/2/2016

It’s been a few days since I arrived in Germany, and everything is so lovely, but  Internet access has been a little spotty!

I'd never been on a flight quite this long before, but it was SO very worth it!!

I’d never been on a flight quite this long before, but it was SO very worth it!!

The first night, I stayed in a youth hostel (Jugendherberge) just off the Rhine river (on the Rhein Promenade).

I could not believe how lovely this place was!

I could not believe how lovely this place was!

My room overlooked a playground, and there were kids running around and playing for the entire day on Sunday! I’m traveling with a friend, and once we’d settled in, we walked around, bought meals to-go, and generally took in the sights.

We found little white flowers scattered in-between the S-Bahn (streetcar) tracks...

We found little white flowers scattered in between the S-Bahn (streetcar) tracks…

 

...the ever-busy playground...

…the ever-busy playground…

And a beautiful park, where we catnapped the afternoon away!

And a beautiful park, where we catnapped the afternoon away!

Not to mention that our rooms were pretty great!

Not to mention that our rooms were pretty great!

I’m just loving this so much—so happy I’m in Europe, that I have a buddy to do this with, and that I had such a good experience on my first couple of days here. When I came back to my room, I even found a sweet roommate who was happy to welcome me to Europe, and who made for a great conversation partner!

We’ll be settling into our dorms tomorrow and getting registered for our classes at the Geothe Institut, and I really have no idea what to expect.

If nothing else, I hope to find some Spaghettieis soon!

Xoxo,

Susan

 

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Things to do Before I Leave

  1. Pack … more

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    If the little suitcase won’t cut it, there’s always the bigger one!

  2. Read up on Germany

    Germany Guidebook

    With this thing, there’s no way I’ll get lost…I hope!

  3. Get some Euros

    10 €

    So shiny…I’ve never used Euros before!

 

Of course, all of this will only happen if I can tear myself away from Fire Emblem: Fates for more than a minute at a time …

Fire Emblem: Fates!

Can it be done? We’ll find out!

Thumbprints? Huh?

While having lunch with a really dear friend yesterday, we were discussing our travel plans for the summer, and specifically my trip to Mannheim, which starts on May 1st! She said one thing that stuck with me: the idea of “thumbprint” traveling, where you put your thumb on the map and stay within that circle.

That’s pretty much what I intend to do while I’m overseas–while I will be exploring Europe for the first time, I have a feeling I won’t have the time or energy (or money) to race around between countries and capitals. And although I’d love to see as much as possible, a month is a fairly short amount of  time to spend in any setting, so I’ve decided to focus in on what I can explore locally. There should be plenty of options–Mannheim isn’t too far from Cologne/Köln,  Neuschwanstein, or Nia classes in Heidelburg, all of which would be great to see and to experience.

I’m really excited to be taking this trip, and also that you’ve decided to join me vicariously through this blog. While a lot of my time in Germany might be spent cooking dinner in my dorm, I promise to get out and explore now and again. Check back here, and you’ll be the first to know about it! 😉

Spaghettieis

Oh, and let’s not forget the Spaghettieis–yes, it really is ice cream!! And I can’t wait to eat some.