I have just arrived at my dorm/apartment in Osnabrueck, Germany where I will be studying and living for the next 4 months. I have actually been in Germany for two weeks now visiting with family in southern Germany in the states of Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg. In those states they speak a different dialect of German called Schwabisch, which is a totally different language to me. It was and is still very hard for me to understand their dialect but every day it got a little better. I have been busy every day doing a variety of things such as, going to Munich taking tours and visiting the city along with some shopping of course, fuessen where I saw the famous Neuschwanstein castle, being on the Bodensee on the lake of Konstanz, and a number of other cities as well. My family has been so great to me these past 2 weeks and I am so thankful I have them here to guide me!
As for Osnabrueck it is a little different than I had expected. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love it here but there are just some differences that may take a little while to get used to. Number one is that when we arrived here I was aware that there is no wireless internet in my living complex. . . to say the least I was shocked. I never would have guessed that in a living community belonging to a college campus would not have wireless internet everywhere. I do however have access to regular internet in my room where I have to always be plugged into the wall in order to use. Just one thing I will need to get used to. I do not have a roommate but so far I have met the person living next to me and he has been very nice and helpful. I am meeting all of the other international students later on today and hope I will make friends with them so I am not so alone. I am very excited to start school and make friends the only major worry I have is the language barrier. I do speak German and have for a number of years but it is definitely not the same being around it all the time and having to understand people that are talking so fast you cannot even comprehend what they are saying. The students here do speak English but the whole reason I came here was to improve my German! Let’s hope I do since it is the main reason why I came here! J Sorry for the long blog but had to keep you up to speed! Till next time. . . .
Included is a picture of the famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Fuessen, Germany