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.
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.
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…