Archive for March, 2014

The Sunday Drag

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

So, as I come to realize, almost everywhere is closed on Sundays here, or places close earlier than normal, so since classes have not started yet, this led to a very uneventful slow day. It was cold outside, so I didn’t really feel like going out in it. Today mostly consisted of sleeping in, scrolling through Facebook (which turns out gets boring after a while), checking email and refreshing the page to find that no new messages had come, and watching random videos on Youtube.  Since Netflix and other movie/ tv show websites don’t work here, I ended the evening with a cup of cappuccino and Wired Science videos on Youtube.

On another note, my third roommate/ apartment mate returned today! Her name is the only one of the three that I can remember. (It’s Sophie, by the way..) I had one apt-mate who I thought had moved out yesterday or the day before, but alas, she too returned today, and the kitchen was very busy during dinnertime.  Since it is fairly small, only one person cooked their dinner at a time.  And since there is no dining area, I brought my meal back to my room to eat alone.

Small kitchen
Small kitchen
My shelf in the fridge (the middle one w/ strawberries)
My shelf in the fridge (the middle one w/ strawberries)
The shelf I claimed in one of the cabinets (sad and pretty empty at the moment)
The shelf I claimed in one of the cabinets (sad and pretty empty at the moment)

What did I make you ask? The same thing as last night’s dinner: Möhren, Busch Bohnen, und Spaghetti. We also have no microwave, and currently only one pan/pot and one skillet, so I boiled the veggies, set aside, boiled the pasta, then dumped it all into the skillet to make my favorite pan-fried pasta. YUM! At the moment, I have a limited supply of ingredients: enough to fill my shelf in the fridge. I only have butter (no olive oil), and no spices (no salt, pepper, garlic, etc.), so yesterday I stumbled upon someone else’s olive oil and salt, so SHH! Don’t tell meine Mitbewohnerinnen that I used their food!

The pan is so small, the pasta won't fit even when broken in half!
The pan is so small, the pasta won’t fit even when broken in half!
Veggies set aside
Veggies set aside
Frying the pasta
Frying the pasta
Pan-fried pasta w/ green beans & carrots
Pan-fried pasta w/ green beans & carrots

The living situation is very different over here than what I am used to back at UMW. Meine Mitbewohnerinnen are very quiet and to themselves. It’s like we live alone, and just share a kitchen area, but not food. Everyone leaves their doors closed, so i never know if anyone is around. At UMW, however, Kelly and I are roommates AND best friends! Sally, Salena, Georgeanne, and Jessie were just across the hall, and all of us would leave our doors open, and we would move as we pleased between rooms! UMW residence halls are much more of a community than apartments here. That is one of the things that I am looking forward to getting back, when the fall semester starts at UMW.

 

 

PS – sorry the videos are sideways! I couldn’t figure out how to rotate them. :)

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!