Well, it’s the end of week one and I’m finally sleeping- you can stop giggling girls they think all I do is sleep and eat. (*We are in fact not giggling because he drug us out of bed to edit for him ~ Rosevine Cottage Girls*) Who is writing this post? Ahem, anyway I thought I would tell you a little bit about my week.
I took your advice and bought my mentor a couple of small gifts. I got him a t-shirt from Nashville, TN, and an American Calendar. I know you guys said key chains and postcards and stuff but I could not find a Tennessee postcard or key chain anywhere and was running out of time.
Everyone has been very kind to me and I have been enjoying my time here in Germany. I am trying to practice my German language but my mentor (who also only had one week of English Language as I did one week of German) wants to only speak in English to practice his skills. I must say, he is better than me. He has been good to me and I am helping him with his English terms which happens to scare the girls to death because of my Kentucky English. 🙂 Ha ha! Don’t worry, he will talk Gut English!
I ran out of time getting my money changed over. Note to those leaving the country, do it early. The bank has to order the foreign currency and it takes a few days to get it in. So I went to another country with only American money. I was told not to get it done at the airport because it is expensive so I just went on with the trip and thought that I could do it at a German bank when I got here. Upon arrival, I was told that the local banks don’t exchange money unless you have a bank account there and that you have to go to a bigger city like Berlin to exchange the money. Not sure how I will do that. I have been given a per Diem for food and for now that is fine. It is about $40. a day and I am easily able to live on that. The breakfast is free at the hotel, lunch is at the cantina at work and dinner in town or at the hotel.
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The weather is in the low thirties (F) here in Stadtallendorf Germany, but it does not feel that bad and was able to go out for a walk. Most everyone walks everywhere. I was shown around town and to a local bank where I will try to get some of my money changed.
I am hoping to travel to a local college town Marburg and maybe I will have some luck with it there if this bank is not able to. I hear the town is a beautiful medieval town and there are many that speak English there since there are many students there. I am hoping because of the student population they will be able to do the exchange for me. It is a 15 min train ride from here. I hear there are beautiful churches and other buildings there. I’m so excited to share it with you.
I’m enjoying the food here, The girls tease me that all I do is eat while I am here in Germany! I assure you, it only seems that way (ahem). The cantina at work has some amazing chef’s that work there. I would like to take them back to America with me. I am amazed at the taste and portion size of my meals.I had a sausage dish with vegetables that I don’t know the name for but it was wonderful. I was able to go out to an Italian place with the people from work and had a wonderful pasta dish. I don’t remember the name but the sauce reminded me of a hollandaise sauce but a bit thinner. Last night in the hotel I ordered the ravioli. The plate was so full that I couldn’t even eat half and then I gave my leftovers to another guy I was with and he ate until he was full and still we couldn’t finish it.
I went to the Aldi here and looked for water and I only found mineral water there too. Finally, at a little shop, I was able to find 8 bottles of water and was so excited to find them. I was like a little kid with candy. 🙂 I was told it was considered rude to order water here in Germany and that you are supposed to only order beer or wine with your meal.
I also learned there is a chocolate factory (Ferreo Rocher) in this small town. I wonder if they give tours? I think I can use some chocolate in my life. Turns out its right next door. When you’re outside it’s an unusual smell of molten metal and chocolate. We were told they make more tons of chocolate than they do molten metal. That’s a lot of chocolate! Oh yeah!
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- 8 Days In Germany
- St Elizabeth’s Church in Marburg Germany
- Marburg, Germany Marburg Castle
- St. Marian’s Church – Marburg Germany
- Traveling Alone – My Third Week In Germany
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- Hardenburg Castle Bad Durkhim, Germany
- Traveling Germany – Frankfurt
- Dreikonigsgemeinde Church – Frankfurt
- Kassel Hesse Germany part 1
- Frankfurt Germany Fasching
- Amoneburg Castle – Amoneburg Germany
- St Bartholomew Cathedral – Frankfurt, Germany
- Touring Heidelberg, Germany
- Churches of Heidelberg, Germany
- Heidelberg Castle
- Exploring Nuremberg, Germany (part 1)
- Exploring Nuremberg Germany (part 2)
- Churches of Nuremberg – Frauenkirche
- Churches of Nuremberg – St Elizabeth’s
- Churches of Nuremberg – St Jakob
- Churches of Nuremberg – St Lorenz
- Churches of Nuremberg – St Sebald
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- Neuschwanstein Castle – Swan Castle – Germany
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