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Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Trier October 31st 2005

Yeah, so what went wrong yesterday with the train ride back to Trier? Better question, what didn't go wrong. From the very get go things went wrong. Katrin and I were gonna take the Train from Arnsberg to Hagen, Hagen to Koblenz and Koblenz to Trier. We left at 2 and were supposed to be back here at 7. We even figured that we could take turns sleeping (as neither of us had gotten much sleep the night before). Well, it was a nice idea anyway. We rushed to the train station in Arnsberg thinking we were either gonna be late, or just be in time to catch the trian. Of course, the train came 8 min. late. (Not good when you only have 10 min. to switch trains in Hagen). As soon as our train ... read more

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Stockum October 29th 2005

What a great birthday party yesterday! At 5 the whole family met at Stroiers (sp?), a local restaurant/bar. Down in the cellar is the Kegelbahn (Kegel lane). It was soo much fun to play again. Kegeln is sort of like bowling (but quite different too). The lane starts out skinny and then gets wider at the end. Instead of 10 pins, there are only 9. The balls are smaller and there are no finger holes. There are a variety of different games you can play. We started off with kinda the norm... every player gets three chances to knock over as many pins as they can after each ball all 9 pins are set again. Next we played Tannenbaum (Christmas Tree). We divided ourselves into two teams. Each team had to then get rid of all ... read more
The famliy in the Kegeln Room
Oma with the grandkids
The French Painter

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Stockum October 27th 2005

I'm back in Stockum. =) It really felt like coming home when I arrived today. Was such a nice feeling. The train ride was actually pretty nice. It was a little under 5 hours (long travel day). But thankfully none of the trains where really full. On the first train I sat in a whole section all by myself. I was also able to lower the window so I got a couple nice pics of the areas we drove through. I'll post em here as soon as I load the pics. (Prob. Sun morning). It was an absolutely gorgeous day. I'm guessing it was in the mid-seventies. The weekend is supposed to be like this... (crossing fingers.. oh I hope I hope I hope)... It's really unusual weather for the end of Oct. (Of course I'm ... read more
Vineyard along the train route

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Trier October 26th 2005

Hi everyone, Don't have much to write today. Just wanted to say hi. Class today was uneventful. We discussed how Germans deal with enviornmental issues. They are so much more concious about protecting the earth than we are. It's amazing the lengths they go to to protect nature. Things like building animal bridges across the Autobahn so that animals can get safely across the Autobahn. This afternoon I went over to my friend Simona's and studied grammar with her. YUCK!! I'm getting really tired of all this german grammar. I'm really quite nervous about the exam on Mon. though. It's coming up and I'm still having a lot of trouble with the advanced german stuff. Today Simona and I spent 2 hours trying to understands Nominalisierugn and Verbalisierung in German (Nominalisierung = making nouns out of ... read more

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Trier October 24th 2005

Yep, another good weekend in Trier. Fri. afternoon I went shopping in town with Katrin. We both had to find b-day gifts for our sisters. Later Matt, Jaime and I met at the train station to pick up Graham. We then hung out in the city for a while and ate dinner at Astrix... they have very good pizza and it's pretty cheap (really student friendly). I tried an apple wine for the first time (Veize)... never again... yuck. At least I can say I tried it though. In the restaurant there was a poster that I really really wanted to take a picture of, but there were too many people sitting in front of it. In large captions it said 'US World Domination Tour' then under it is a picture of the world colored in ... read more
Eltz Burg
Bernkastel-Kues from across the bridge
Saying on a building in Bernkastel-Kues

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Trier October 21st 2005

This morning in class we worked on grammar. Our professor wanted to go over some of the stuff that will probably be on the placement exam on the 31st. I couldn't do any of it!!!! It was all way over my head. It made it really noticeable that I've never learned grammar in a classroom setting. I didn't know any of the terms for certain sentence structures or times. What in the world is a 'Participal attribute', or 'participal 2'? I now have a week to go back and learn all the different grammar terms and what sentence structures belong with each term.... YIKES! It really stinks, cause I know what 'wurde gemacht werden' (would be done) means, I just don't know if it's Konjuktive 2, Konjuktive, Präteritum, Präsens, and so forth. I need to know ... read more

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Trier October 20th 2005

Yeah, so the beautiful weather is gone. Now it's rainy, cold, and gloomy. Oh well, gotta love the German weather. It's supposed to be rainy till at least Mon. (can't complain too much, the rain is the reason everything stays nice and green). Things have been going well here. Dinner Tue. night was fun. We went to a restaraunt not far from campus, Weingot Gehlen. It was pretty good. We were two different groups that went, so we pretty much filled the little restaurant. The restaurant was down in a cellar and was filled with all kinds of wine. We of course had wine with dinner (even those that would've prefered beer drank wine cause they didn't serve beer). I definitely knew I was in wine country after finding out they didn't serve beer there. It's ... read more
Simona, Me and Aneta at Weingot Gehlen

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Trier October 18th 2005

What an awesome class today. The theme was Multi-cultural society. We talked about what culture was, what made a society multi-cultural and whether we thought Germany was a multi-cultural society. We talked a lot about foriegn workers in Germany and how the Germans feel about foriegners. During the 60s, 70s there was more work than there were German workers, so Germany advertised in Turkey and Italy for 'Gastarbeiter' (guest workers). Of course a lot of them came, especially a lot from Turkey. In the early 1990s, when the wall fell, there was an anti-foriegner mentality that came from East-Germany. During that time, there was a lot of violence aimed at foriegners. In responce, there was a lot of advertising and so forth to promote tolerance. We looked at one such advertisement today and I absolutely loved ... read more

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Trier October 17th 2005

Got to play the piano today. =) Loved it. It's nice to have those small comforts from home. I'm quite glad there's a piano for us in the apartment complex. Unfortunately the hours that it's available to be played stink, but at least it's there. Not much else to say. Got some new pics up. Took a few from around campus just to give you some idea of what it looks like. Been spending a lot of time studying my german grammar and vocab. Got two weeks before the 3 hour placement exam... not looking forward to it. I've also been trying to figure out what classes to take (It's a very confusing system here). I also found out that most students take 3 classes (that's only 6 hours of class a week!!) That's nothing. I ... read more

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Trier October 15th 2005

Yeah, so being sick away from home really really stinks. I was supposed to go to Bonn today with my group. Instead I've spent most of it in bed with a fever, trying to sleep it off. Being sick makes me just want to go home. I'm quite upset that I couldn't go to Bonn (was really looking forward to the trip) and tonight is a big party for all the international students (which I'll also be sleeping through). Oh well, not much I can do, so I guess I should stop feeling sorry for myself. The last few days were pretty good. Our bar tour Thur. night really wasn't much of a tour. We went to one bar and ended up staying there for quite a while. Then some of the group went to a ... read more
Part of my group on our 'Kneipetour'
´Crazy game of Spoons
It remained crazy

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