Monthly Archives: October 2013

A Post to Stop Myself from Watching TV on Hulu

There are days here where I really don’t know what to do with myself. I sit around and watch Sabrina the Teenage Witch very thought-provoking television programs and eat chocolate, wanting to leave my house but not really knowing what to do. I can only go to the Supermarkt so many times before I have three containers of Frischkäse and way too many bottles of  Tabasco on the shelf.

And it’s not to say I’m not taking advantage of my wonderful situation and enjoying daily life in EUROPE, I just don’t know where to go. Oldenburg is not that big, and, admittedly, not that poppin’. I love it here, I really do, but during the day I’m just like “what word can I make out of the letters A, X, D, J, E, E, and F so I can beat my grandma on Words with Friends?”



Anyway, today I felt the need to leave the house so I have just returned from an hour long bike ride through Oldenburg. I’d been wanting to explore for a while, and I finally made it over to Osternburg, one of the Stadtteils I’d yet to see. Not that it was extraordinarily exciting, but being outside (the weather is INSANELY nice) was pretty cool. And! I realized there’s a nice section of the river near there where it looks like it’d be pleasant to sit.

This week has been a weird one, as school started up again but most of my classes were cancelled. Monday I had to go to the Ausländeramt and apply for my residence permit (spoiler: it didn’t go simply, and I have to go back in November because they’re confused about what I’m doing here or something, super fun), so I couldn’t go to school cause my appointment was at 10 AM. Tuesday I usually go to a few classes with my Betreuungslehrerin, but she is on a class trip this week, so instead I was thrown into teaching a bunch of very loud sixth graders for an hour, quite the experience. And all of my tenth grade classes aren’t meeting for the next two weeks cause the whole grade is out doing internships.

So, I’ve felt very useless this week. But that’s okay, I KNOW I’M HERE FOR A REASON.

I matter, I promise.

I matter, I promise.

Life’s been nice here, though, if a bit slow. Looks like we’re going to start interviewing for new roommates this Sunday, so that’s [sort of] exciting. AND, my SemesterTicket came in the mail yesterday! I’m now a travellin’-woman. I can go ANYWHERE many places now, without buying a ticket! Maybe tomorrow I’ll go to Bremen and amuse myself. Or Hamburg. Why not? It’s freeeee!

I did buy a new winter coat, which is definitely necessary but very bad timing, considering the freakishly nice weather we’re having. Just when I was so excited to wear it, all hell breaks loose and the sun is shining. What’s with that?

Oh, also. Pumpkin soup is amazing. I’m all geared up for Halloween this year, mostly because it ISN’T so popular here in Germany, which has given me a weird sense of responsibility and drive to spread the love of October 31st. I’ve been decorating and enjoying pumpkin-cuisine as often as I can, and I have shared the good news of Hocus Pocus with anyone I can.

So good to see you again, Bette!

So good to see you again, Bette!

I’ll be watching Halloween movies the rest of the month, so, you know where to find me. I’m thinking Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, but anybody else have other suggestions?

I’m also very much looking forward to the fact that I’ve been asked to give a Halloween lesson in one of my classes next week. I’m hoping to make it awesome, I just have to figure out how, naturally. It’d be nice if somebody would send me old pictures of myself from Halloweens past so I could share them with the students… cough, Kathy Patton, cough.

Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to get back to that episode of Sabrina that I had countless nightmares about as a child, where the Molly Dolly comes to life…



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Herbstferien, the triumphs and tribulations

A week of Herbstferien has already passed us by, and I’m just now finding time to update the world on my life here in Germanland. Hello, all. What’s new? Did you get a haircut? Lookin’ sharp, my friend, real sharp.

Since last speaking, plenty of really important interesting things have obviously happened in my life that you deserve to know all about. But… I don’t know, I just don’t really feel like telling you about everything. Sorry, guys. Disappointing, I know.

I’ll cover a few highlights…

Most importantly:

I went to Oktoberfest

And check out my authentic "German Folk Man" costume!

And check out my authentic “German Folk Man” costume!

That is RIGHT, my little friends. The real deal, real German, real Bavarian, real beer-soaked Oktoberfest. And, to be fair, the above picture is not actually mine, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t see similar things all throughout the day that I was there.

Eh, what the hell. I saw some things like THIS:

Our new friend, the old man with the loose lips, ahem-hem.

Our new friend, the old man with the loose lips, ahem-hem.

Annnnnd… THIS:

When we finally made it into a beer tent, having come thiiiis close to selling ourselves for entrance.

When we finally made it into a beer tent, having come thiiiis close to selling ourselves for entrance.

But for real, though.

It’s damn hard getting into those tents. We never bothered to make a reservation and only managed to get inside toward the end of the night, when people were already drunkenly staggering out and occasionally clearing some tables.

We met a LOT of Italians, a few Spaniards, and ate a ton of fatty southern German foods. It was magical. A beer cost 10 Euro, kinda crazy, but when you put into perspective that you’re getting a whole liter, it makes it a little more okay.

At the end of the night, I was ready to unzip my dirndl and let my beer belly fly free. Which is exactly what I did. Them dirndls really do you a favor while marathon drinking all day.

We're actually all 300 pounds or more.

We’re actually all 300 pounds or more.

But oh no, that’s not all!

Along with this trip down south to Munich and beer heaven, Ashley and I got to visit/stay with our good ladies in Salzburg. Maddy kindly hosted us in her humble home and Natascha, ever a charming hostess, got us wasted and made us dance until five in the morning. Good times, galz.

Our walk home. YOLO, right?  Right?

Our walk home. YOLO, right?

Ignore me.

Anyway, since returning to the North, I’ve been having  a pretty good time as well. I had a bit of a freak-out moment when, for some unknown reason, my debit card was frozen by Chase for “suspicious activity,” thanks to me taking money out of my account in Austria. WAY TO NOT TAKE NOTICE OF MY TRAVEL ALERT, GUYS. Ugh.

However, that’s fixed, and, best of all:


Finally. ENDLICH. There is now money in my German bank account. I didn’t open it for nothin’.

Girl be rollin' in them Euros.

Girl be rollin’ in them Euros.

To celebrate, I got myself some sweet deals in the Fußgängerzone yesterday, cause all the clothes I brought with me suck and clearly I have a shopping problem (don’t worry, Mom, I didn’t go crazy) (according to some).

But, yeah. Basically I’ve been having a ball during Herbstferien (fall break, for those of you who haven’t caught on yet). I’ve gone out a few times (with my roommate, with student teachers at school), have eaten some nice foods (Alice and Paul, here’s lookin’ at you), and even found myself partaking in an age-old German tradition of watching crime shows on a Sunday night.

Almost Tatort.

Almost Tatort.

I’ve still got a week left before school’s back in session, and with a few more Euros in my pocket than before, I’ve plans galore to fill my time.

Who’s excited, this girl’s excited!

Until next time, internet.



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