Never forget

After directing class today we all went to the history museum in Bonn that was literally in the subway system.
I have a huge amount of appreciation for the German history and for being welcomed into their culture.
They understand that you can’t forget the past, but must acknowledge it’s presence. History makes us who we are and we shouldn’t ever forget but honor our roots and strive forward to create a better future.
Here is my picture of the Berlin Wall piece

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And of course my favorite parts of the museum involved the history of none other than German cars!!! 🙂
Vw buggg and van in memorium
(The bugs for you grampy :D)

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I’m at the wrong bar..

So yesterday we all decided to meet up later after class and go to this pub called James Joyce. I got really excited because my host dad had pointed it out to me as it’s right down the street from our house, so when my friends talked about it I was like yes !! Only two bus stops away!!
So I go on my merry way, take the later bus because it’s so close, and walk inside…only my group is no where to be found.. I call Sarah and she is like “we’re here. Inside to the left”
I walk back through the front doors again, turn to the left, & only find the bathroom stalls.
Who knew there would be two tiny Irish pubs with the same name and same exact decor in Bonn??
Clearly not me..
Being in the wrong place seems to be a recurring theme for me so far. Ill get it one day .

The Eifel

I spent the last 3 days in the Eifel, which might possibly have felt like a huge time warp for me. It was beautiful but time definitely slows down over there.

We went on 3 hikes in like a day and a half, that was awesome. I’ve never climbed to the very top of a castle before, that was definitely a highlight of the weekend!!

Also making friends with little sheep! I love them even though they smelled.

We climbed to the very top of a castle yesterday through the rain and potential ticks everywhere. I couldn’t help but annoy everyone around me asking, “do I have a tic in my hair? What do I do if there’s a tic on me? Will I die?” etc. Needless to say the hike was still wonderful and we felt so accomplished at the top.

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The Weingalerie we stayed at was so quaint and the beds were the most comfortable things EVER. I wanted to lay there and snuggle with my roommates forever. It was basically the willy wonka scene with the old people when it got really cold..we’re cool like that. We also motivated each other to get up at like 6 am for a 2 hour hike. That’s friendship right there.

Not to mention here was the program’s version of our second hike: give us wine and then TORCHES for a torchlit night hike. Bravo with the creativity and clear logic on that one. 😀 I am forever grateful for it. Playing mafia with the whole group was also awesome and I couldn’t help but channel my inner mob wife and make it as the last two mobsters left. I think we have a really awesome group and I’m excited to see what the next week brings!

Let it raainnnn

Namaste. Today we decided to do yoga before class started this morning, which made me feel a little more at ease since I knew what I was doing..finally! 

The first struggle didn’t even happen until the group project for directing class, when Anna and I were left up to our own devices. Luckily we had the lovely Ronja dog as a model to work with. She was ADORABLE, but completely uncooperative. Not that I can blame her..

(Note to self: only work with dogs that are small enough for you to physically move.)

We missed the bus that was to get us back in time for class to start and then it started pouring. So, we decided to pop on into the supermarket to wait. Little did we know, and only 10 minutes later realize after all the dirty and strange looks from the workers, that we went in through the EXIT ONLY doors. I think our minor mistake was cancelled out because our project we presented was received much better than we had anticipated. We’re just gettin’ warmed up!

It was the first rain since I’ve been here and I ran to barely make the bus! The driver was so nice and waited for me :D. Image

You can’t see it, but the man next to me brought, what looked like to be, a huge Lamp onto the bus covered nicely with a plastic bag as its umbrella..I’m guessing I was the only one who thought this was strange. 

Finally, rain soaked, but not downtrodden, I made it to the outside of my house. After trying my key in the house door for about ten minutes, I realized it might not work. The thing would not turn, not move. And I’m standing there thinking…”maybe the other host kids were right that it doesn’t open when it rains”..etc. So I send a casual text from my dinosaur pay as you go phone (we’re talking pre-camera, pre-color, pre-T9 even) to my host dad. Moments later he opens the door for me and I explain it won’t work. He smiles and laughs as he shakes his head..

I’d been trying the wrong key. No wonder! Mystery solved! 😀

So I know I won’t become a locksmith after this trip. That’s about all I know.

 

 

Our first time getting lost!

I tend to be the eager one in most situations…and today as we were trying to leave Köln (cologne), definitely exemplified this. We were looking for Platform 4 and I heard Antonello say 4 and that we had 3 minutes to catch it. So naturally, I start running towards the subway 4..actually booking it with my backpack on the front of my body..like a normal functioning human would do. About a minute later I hear them calling my name and look back to see no one following me and all I could make out was “YOURE GOING THE WRONG WAY!”

Clearly I got a little too excited. Regardless our lovely guide finally got us on the right train, as he was staying behind. The ticket man was coming around and said a few words to one of my friends with the tickets and started yelling! Next thing I knew we were all kicked off the train at some random stop in the middle of what seemed like nowhere..I was completely confused and thought we got in trouble for some reason, but he was actually helping us! telling us that we were going the complete wrong way.

Here’s what being lost looks like…

WE’re definitely owed some “lemonade”..cough antonello cough cough

P.S. Nick made fun of me the whole ride back.

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Where are we....?

Where are we….?

 

And on the third day… they went to a gaming convention??

I’ve only been here almost 3 days and it feels like i’ve been out of America for AT LEAST 2 months… It’s crazy.

I’ve already been tagged as the student who needs a little extra help in navigating the bus system according to the heads of the program..:D but thanks to them I managed to make it home safely for the first time.

We’ve had a couple tours of Bonn already and I’m pretty positive WE ALL KNOW WHERE THE POST OFFICE IS! If that’s pointed out one more time I might cry.

Today was definitely the most eventful day I think thus far.

WE of course had our first German class where I was equally embarrassed that my name would be changed since there is no “th” in German.

Given the opportunity to attend a gaming convention or a historical tour for today, we chose rather easily, TO SEE POKEMON AND ZOMBIES. I cannot explain how excited I was  to go to my first one! It wasn’t comicon butttt it’ll do.

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COD GHOSTS

And I sought this Call of Duty DEMO out juuusttt for a certain guy 😀
I must admit…it looks pretty legit