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Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Schwäbisch Hall October 22nd 2017

Gestern bin ich nach 16 Tagen in München wieder nach Bad Homburg gefahren. Dabei habe ich in Schwäbisch Hall an der A6 einen Stopp eingelegt, weil die Kleinstadt günstig auf halbem Weg liegt und sie auch von Lonely Planet empfohlen wird. Ich konnte dabei einen guten und kostenlosen Parkplatz in der Nähe des Marktes finden, wo ich Kaffee getrunken habe. Danach habe ich eine Runde gedreht, ein paar Fotos gemacht und bin danach weiter zu meinem Ziel gefahren.... read more
Das Rathaus am Markt.
Die Kirche St. Michael am Markt.
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Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Schwäbisch Hall February 20th 2015

No need to bore you with the details of another massive buffet breakfast. As you have probably surmised by now, I experience the culture of a land by what I can toss into my belly. And I certainly appreciate the German culture. Checking out of the hotel I was more than a little bummed to realize that we were entering the final phase of this European Delivery operation. Henceforth the rest of the mission would involve one night stands as we made our way down country to our extraction point at Munich Johan Strauss Airport. Upon punching in the address of the next hotel into the GPS I began to question my own wisdom in planning the next leg of our sojourn. Like my bounteous breakfast this morning I fear I bit off more than I ... read more
Steps Leading Down from the Lot
Once Again...Where is Everybody?
This Looks Interesting

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Schwäbisch Hall February 5th 2010

Ok, it has been a bit since my last blog and I have a couple of weeks to cover. After Rothenberg, I had my last couple of days of A.2.2. I only missed 1 point on our final test. YAY! The end of A.2.2. also meant saying by to people who are heading back to their respective countries. Most of the Australians left because their school year begins in February. The Floridans and the Icelanders left as well. Laura left to go to Freiburg, as well. It was sad to see new friends go but exciting to see who would be coming in February. Of course, we had a lot of farewell visits/diners/parties. I think my favorite was when the Zivis (they are like RA's), Nassim and Max, invited a group of us to a little ... read more

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Schwäbisch Hall January 20th 2010

Where to begin...It's crazy to think about the fact that I have been in Europe for almost a month. It's INSANE! I feel like I haven't done nearly enough. Classes have been very useful. I feel my foundation of German growing. I wish I could understand people better. Sometimes the southern dialect is a bit difficult to understand. One of the most frustrating parts of learning German is vocabulary. Oh how I wish I had a larger german vocabulary. I've been speaking a lot of Denglish (Deutsch and English). Recently, the Goethe Institut had a movie night. The movie is called, "Das Leben des Brian" (The Life of Brian). If the english name sounds famliar to you it is because it is a Monty Python movie. It was originally made in English and was horribly dubbed ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Schwäbisch Hall January 12th 2010

There haven't been a whole lot of trips yet but I did go on a day hike to a castle in ruins. It was pretty sweet but it was also an uphill hike in the snow. My boots were made for walking and that's just what they've been doing for the past several days. It has been very slushy around here. I'm waiting for it to melt away a little bit more. Anyway, back to the castle in ruins, it was really cool. I even adventured into creepy stairs that looked like they may have lead to a dungeon at one point. We practically had to slide down the hill on our butts to make it there safely. I can't wait to see what the other trips have in store. ... read more
Looking down on Schwaebisch Hall from Castle Hill
Schwaebisch Hall
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Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Schwäbisch Hall January 12th 2010

The first day of class was somewhat scary. We were sorted into classes (kinda like Harry Potter). Jochen Gaile, my teacher, is amazing! I think he's a cartoonist (or at least he should be). At the first break of the day I have created a routine of going to the bakery. YUM! Classes seem to pass fairly quickly. There is homework every night but nothing unmanageable. The first student Laura and I ran into happened to be an Australian. It is still summer break for the australians so there are 6 or 7 here. It's been amazing meeting people from everywhere (Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Poland, Thailand, Japan, Iceland, and even the US). There are so many languages being spoken although at times it is hard not to speak English because pretty much ... read more

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Schwäbisch Hall January 10th 2010

Laura and I had no trouble taking the Bus to the Goethe Institut. Once we got there, we had to leave our luggage in the entrance way and travel up the stairs to face our fate. We didn't pay close enough attention to where we needed to go first so, we actually started at the end. We paid our room deposit and got our keys. We asked to stay in Josenturm but they told us it's currently closed. We asked what we needed to do next and they sent us back to the front. The first room was pleasant. We spoke with a man who gave us binders of information and told us where the location of the super market. The second room involved an interview. That wasn't too bad. I spoke (in German) with a ... read more

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Schwäbisch Hall January 10th 2010

The train transitions to Germany were a lot less painful than our trip to France. It took about 5 hours to get from Paris to Schwaebisch Hall but it wasn't too bad. Also, the sun was shining all the way to Germany!!! Once we got to the last train station it was time to find the hotel. We took a taxi. It was probably one of the best decisions I've made in my life. The taxi driver loaded our luggage into his cab for us and took us to the hotel and then took our luggage in. It was the best 10 Euros ever spent. The Hotel Sonneck is a quaint little place with a restaurant on the main floor. The beds were nice and comfortable, we had our own bathroom and it even had a ... read more

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Schwäbisch Hall October 4th 2008

Hi all, So it’s been a month since I made a blog entry. So much has happened; I am actually writing this from Vienna, Austria. I need to do some catching up. Let’s see what happened in the last month. I started my new intensive German class on the first of September. I moved up a level from B1 to B2, woo hoo! The new class definitely entailed more complex writing and reading. I think I did well in the class and made it out alive. Before it got cold or the German phrase that I would us is "asch kalt," I did a lot of soccer playing, bike riding, and walks around the town. I made new friends this month while the old ones went back to their homes. This month I hung out more ... read more
Bike Riding Day
A Painting of Me
Second Largest Bridge in Europe

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Schwäbisch Hall September 5th 2008

This week I have not traveled to any exotic locations. I did do a lot of bike riding around Schwabisch Hall. My teacher, Hakan, he likes to bike a lot and always asks the class if anyone was interested in going on a ride with him. The first time he offered, I was the only one that showed up. We went on a 30 kilameter bike ride outside of Schwabisch Hall. We stopped at a village for some cake and drinks. There we had some interesting conversations and tt was nice to get to know Hakan on a personal level. After we had our break we went back to Schwabisch Hall to call it a day. Well, after I got back and put my bike away my butt hurt so bad. I felt sore the next ... read more
Hakan and I
Done and I
My roomate Alex and I




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