I finally arrived back in Dortmund after standing for three hours straight on the train back from Berlin. Though it wasn’t the most pleasant experience (I had to stand the entire way), I still enjoyed the scenery.
Having the ability to experience hiking in the Bavarian Alps, riding the train through the hills of Austria, witnessing the crazy beer-culture of Munich and learning more about the history of Berlin was well worth having a slightly sore back and aching legs last night.
Though it’s difficult to pinpoint what the exact highlight of my trip was, I would probably call a tossup between seeing the beautiful scenery of Füssen (the town nestled at the foot of the Alps with the castles nearby) and exploring the “alternative” culture of Berlin through its street art and local hang-outs, like YAAM beach.
Who would’ve known that in the middle of Berlin you’d find a little slice of Jamaica? The city truly is full of surprises around every corner and I definitely plan to go back for a weekend getaway sometime this summer with friends. It’s an extremely affordable city to travel to and stay in (decent meals costing only 3-5 Euros, with many hostels costing around 10 Euros nightly), so why not?
I’ll have to think about my return trip later. For now, it’s time to get back to work here in Dortmund.
Tomorrow I begin my classes (luckily I was able to schedule all of them between Tuesday and Thursday…four day weekends!) and soon I will begin to keep a blog for the University of Dortmund as well.
As dorky as it sounds, I kind of feel like a little kid going off to their first day of kindergarten. I’m nervous, and, well, a little scared. I really have no idea what to expect tomorrow: will my classes be bigger or smaller? Will I make friends? Will there be a language barrier? Will I fit in? My mind is flooded with questions that I will just have to wait to have answered.
Regardless of the differences between going to school at Iowa and here, I’m sure that everything will be fine and I’ll look back wondering why I was nervous at all in the first place. For now, I’m just going to kick back, relax and let things happen as they may. After all, why should I stress about the things I can’t control?
I’m just going to wing it.