Fri 27 Jan 2006
So it’s January in Bremen and it’s coooold here! We got some snow the other day, and since then it’s all turned into ice. But the temps are staying unusually low, which makes the whole biking/walking everywhere thing kinda a pain.
On the bright side, I’m moving in with my host family tomorrow! They live on the outskirts of the city, off of the public transportation lines (you can see cows out their back window). I’ll have a small bedroom on the bottom floor, with my own desk, small dresser, and closet. My family’s really sweet. It’s the mom (Christine), dad (Rolf), daughter (Mareike, who’s my age), and a cat (Schwarzes). Mareike’s moving out in the spring to start college, but it’ll be nice to have her there while I’m still making the transition. I feel like this will enhance my experience here alot. Not only will it give me more practice speaking, but it will also expose me to more cultural and everyday German experiences. Plus I won’t have to cook for myself every night.
Next week our the two other Dickinson students are coming and we’re going on a group trip to Vienna for a week. We get to leave Luisental at 5 a.m., drive to Hannover, and fly from there to Vienna. Prof. Stollmann bought tickets for us already for a bunch of random cultural things, like the theater and opera. During the day we’ll have the chance to wonder around the city by ourselves. I’m curious to see the differences between German and Austrian cities. I’ve only ever visited Salzburg, and it’s a really gorgeous city. Hopefully Vienna will meet my expectations.
mit freundlichen Grüßen,