Archive for March, 2014

The street next to the Kirchen (churches) and the view from…

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014




The street next to the Kirchen (churches) and the view from above.

Severikirche’s inside and outside

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014












Severikirche’s inside and outside

Some of the inside of Mariendom (my camera died after that)

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014




Some of the inside of Mariendom (my camera died after that)

The outside of Mariedom

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014














The outside of Mariedom

The Domplatz and its churches

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014




The Domplatz and its churches

Exploration Friday!

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Yesterday, I decided to take a trip to the Domplatz -

and explore die Innenstadt (the city center). I grabbed my camera, some money, and a coat (it was a little colder than Thursday due to the wind) and set off on foot since I don’t have my student ID yet. It was about a 20 minute walk, so just about the same as walking downtown in Fredericksburg. I took a few pictures along the way there.

Information about the the “Free state Thuringia”

I was surprised to see an Indian restaurant just on the street in Erfurt.

A hotel that I thought was was neat looking.

After my walk, I eventually ended up in the Domplatz where there was a market in the middle of the square.

There was Bratwurst everywhere as well as flowers and clothing, purses, and even some tools. I ended up buying a scarf there since I was cold. My German was a little rusty when I ended up purchasing it, but It went pretty smoothly. I’ve really enjoyed going around the town and trying to make a small conversation with locals, although it shows me how much more I really have to work on the language and can be rather challenging at times. 

I visited both cathedrals at Domplatz: Mariendom und Severikirche. The were very very large and beautiful. 

Mariendom on the left and Severikirche on the right with some of the market down below.

I had to walk around the street to find where the entrance was, and when I finally found it, there were several stairs to climb. The insides of the churches were beautiful (I’ll post pictures of them in a little). I look forward to going to one of their masses one day. 

After that, I walked around town and located Deutsche Bank where I will be creating my bank account for the university. I really like Erfurt, for there seems to be plenty to do. I look forward to exploring more of the city. 

I headed back to the university and sifted through all I have to do in the next few weeks. It’s a lot, but if I can take it one step at a time, it should be pretty easy. 

Lourdes, Manuel, and I ate dinner together then Manuel took me out to meet more people. We met downtown and went to a Bavarian pub and an Irish pub were I tried my first Augustiner Hell and Snake Bite, respectively. I met about nine more people, two of whom were German. I’ve had a really good time exploring and meeting people and am excited for what the next couple of weeks brings with the preparatory course. 

 

One of my favorite photos of the campus.

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014


One of my favorite photos of the campus.

Exploration Thursday

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

On Thursday, I walked around campus and the immediate surrounding areas to get more of a feel of where I was. It was a beautiful day, in the mid 60s Fahrenheit, and the campus was beautiful.

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Die Bibliothek (The library)

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I live in the building behind the trees. The library has the construction.

The campus almost always has someone on it, especially when it’s a beautiful day like it was on Thursday. I am looking forward to when it’s really spring so that I can see even more colors on campus. 

In the evening, another exchange student from Spain, Manuel, invited me to Stammtisch. I went and tried to speak a little bit of German (although it was difficult), had my first German beer, and met three more exchange students. It was a really good experience, and I’m glad I’m meeting so many people!

Some photos of my room and living quarters! It’s bigger…

Friday, March 21st, 2014














Some photos of my room and living quarters! It’s bigger than my room at home!

Arriving in Frankfurt und der erste Tag

Friday, March 21st, 2014

I arrived in Frankfurt ahead of schedule around 11:10. The flight fed us dinner and a small breakfast, just enough for me to be on my merry way. That gave me enough time to freshen up, grab my bag, and find the Deutsch Bahn station in the airport. Now that I was in Frankfurt, I heard German everywhere! It definitely surprised me, since it’s just not something you tend to hear on the streets in Williamsburg. I also realized how much German I’m able to understand depending on the person and the subject. The weather was on the chilly side, but nothing my coat and sweater couldn’t handle. Plus, compared to the weather Virginia had been having, it was a drop in the bucket. 

I found my way around and bought a Deutsch Bahn student card (so I get discounts on travelling for my stay here) and a ticket to Erfut. I was a little nervous at the time because my tutor, Lukas, and I had talked about him meeting me at the Erfurt station, but it wasn’t clarified and I had no way of contacting him with no internet and I didn’t have his phone number yet. I decided not to think about that for a little while and find my train. 

The tracks with my suitcase and a man.

My 1:02 train on the Leipzig track.

Once I got on the train, I had a couple of hours to relax. The ICE (the train I rode) was very different from any trains I’ve ridden in the US. It was very clean and there were several people on it: some with large suitcases like me, and others with just a briefcase or small backpack. It was also very quite. Except for a few hushed business conversations here and there, no one talked at all. I didn’t mind though, for I liked just looking out the window and taking in the scenery. 

I noticed that all the towns and cities had a very distinct German look to them. I don’t really know what I was expecting, but I didn’t expect them to look just like they do in TV shows or movies. While the cities were big, there were luscious green fields right near by with people and dogs always walking through them. The cars were either the usual, nice BMW, Volkswagen, or Audi or they were the European Citroen, Peugeot, and the like. The trucks all had flat fronts, which is very different from most of the US trucks. It was comforting to see familiar companies though, like UPS or DHL. 

I eventually got to Erfurt and decided to wait for Lukas (my tutor) in the main part of the station for a little while. We walked past each other a couple of times, but eventually figured it out. I took the tram with him to the university where we checked in and I got my key. The tram fascinated me. It runs all through the streets where people walk and drive cars. In the downtown area, there are people everywhere walking just before the tram passes or even right next to it! 

Anyway, we found my room where I met one of my suite-mates. Lukas and I exchanged numbers to avoid more confusion, and we parted ways as I began unpacking. 

That evening, my suitemates showed me the closest grocery store. We fixed dinner, and I went to bed fairly early.