Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve updated the blog. I’ve been busy with paperwork and German class.
I had my first German language class. The lectures are from 9:00-12:15 every day for 3 weeks.
After class, we had to get our health insurance cleared by TK and/or h_da. Since I forgot my passport and had to run back to Karlshof, I was a half an hour late. They immediately sent me on a field trip to the TK ‘customer office’ to have my CISI insurance policy (provided by UW-Platteville) examined. Once that was all cleared up, I proceeded to not fill out any of the forms that I thought were related to buying new health insurance–for more, see below.
After German class, I at at the Mensa–school cafeteria–for the first time. It has greatly exceeded my expectations. The food is cheap, hearty, and flavorful; i wouldn’t apply any of these adjectives to Platters back home.
Following lunch, we met to officially enroll in h_da. They informed me that I needed to fill out some paperwork that I had neglected to finish on Monday. Then I gave them money, waited the proper amount of time, and received my Student ID.
In the afternoon, we were taken to open bank accounts at Deutsche Bank. The paperwork was pretty much done for us, so it was painless overall.
At 2pm, we met at the “Residents’ Registration Office.” I was promptly informed that they had not received my paperwork. Once again, I had to fill out forms that I was apparently supposed to finish on Monday. Ugh. It didn’t take long to register thanks to the efficiency of German Bureaucrats.
Later at night, we met at An Sibin–an Irish Pub–for karaoke night. A majority of the songs were American. It was interesting to see some of the locals attempting to sing in English. Anyway, the bar was nice; it’s fairly large and the bartenders are Irish (i.e. they speak English!!).
I didn’t have any class on Friday (yay).
We had an official welcoming by one of the Vice Presidents of h_da. The event lasted a few hours, but nothing incredibly interesting happened.
At night, most of us went to Schlosskeller; it’s a students-only club in the basement of a small castle. We were there until about 4:30(am). It was a good time. The part that amazed me, though, was on the way home. We were able to buy bee…*ahem*…’water’ out of a fast-food window, in the middle of the main street, at 5am. Woah.
After finally waking up at 2:30pm, I decided that I am never drinking again. I hung around at home until about 7pm, then decided to go get some food at the ‘Hobbit’.
The Hobbit is a seemingly regular bar, but all of their food is named after characters in Lord of the Rings. How entertaining. However, their food was quite good. I had a pizza called–you guessed it–the Hobbit. It had an over-easy egg in the middle, which was a first for me.
Convinced I was dying, I went home and slept.
I washed clothes (interesting, right?), Skyped with my family, then realized I had not purchased any groceries on Saturday. Oops. So, I ventured out once again to find some food. Since anything remotely German related is closed on Sunday, I ended up at an Australian bar called Corroboree. Their food is a little pricey, but they have half-priced food from 5-6pm every day.
A few hours later, a few of us international students decided we wanted to hang out and have a drink or two. This turned out to be quite an adventure. We tried Sausalitos, which turned us away saying they were closing early. Next, we tried An Sibin who–you guessed it–turned us away. Then, we walked a few blocks to the Hobbit which was packed full. Finally, we ended up at Hotzenplotz which was completely empty, but the bartender invited us in.
It’s really surprising to me that nobody ventures out on Sunday. This city has 140,000 residents, but you’d be lucky to see a few dozen of them throughout the day.