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FOUR MONTHS, zusammengefasst

It’s been an extremely long time since I’ve written on here, but I will not apologize for this absence. Frankly, my dears, I have been having a damn good time and couldn’t be bothered with updating! No offense, or anything, but life is for living, is it not?

The weather has been INSANE and beautiful as of late. Today, it got up to 33 degrees Celsius!

(91 degrees Fahrenheit, I know you were wondering.)

(91 degrees Fahrenheit, I know you were wondering.)

It’s June, time is almost up here in the great D-Land of my heart, but the past few months have not been wasted, and the coming 24 days shall not be, either.

Since we last spoke, I’ve had many things happen, but I will only detail a few of them here.

I went to Berlin and met up with the OU Salzburg group! ‘Twas a delight, truly, and I think I showed them a bit of what Army Chelsea of 2011 was like on all those group excursions. At a time in my life, I was, indeed, a badass.

Bernie & Marianne came to visit in Leipzig! That was pretty sweet, they shared their intimate knowledge of our collective city and I got to find some hidden gems that I’d not yet stumbled upon. Shout out to Substanz, the most delishhhh place in Reudnitz, probably (possibly).

I had the beautiful privilege of visiting my roommate Vanessa in her hometown, Wittenburg! Saw that 95 Theses door, hellooooo Martin Luther! HISTORY COMES TO LIFE SOMETIMES, GUYS.

At times more literally than others.

At times more literally than others.

Another pastime of mine became what I’m now referring to in my head as STADTWALKS, just long, often aimless walks around Leipzig for hours at a time. I’ve come upon some pretty cool things. One day I took a train out to a tiny village 15 minutes away from Leipzig and decided to walk all the way back to my house, a trek that Google maps correctly estimated to be 4 and a half hours. Why would I do this, you might ask, why on earth would I do this!? Well friends, out in the tiny town of Beucha, one finds a truly delightful sight.

MY HAIR IS SO RED

MY HAIR IS SO RED

THIS IS THE BERGKIRCHE BEUCHA! So pretty. So so pretty. I couldn’t deal I almost lost my shit marbles.

On the way walking back from Beucha, I got yelled at by a scary German farmer man for taking a picture of his crumbling barn. He chased me down the street and wouldn’t believe that my intentions were anything but malicious, and told me that you just can’t DO that, this isn’t AMERICA after all.

Preach.

I explored the Sächsische Schweiz! I was treated to homemade, traditional cuisine at my lovely mentor teacher’s house! I went back to Salzburg! Because I love Salzburg. And I can’t not be in Salzburg for very long, apparently.

Stiegl for life.

Stiegl for life.

Luke was here! We went to the zoo! Kat was here! We went to Berlin! Maddy was here! We stayed out until six in the morning really enjoyed catching up!

Goth Week came and went, Leipzig filled up with the darkest of souls for a long weekend and oh my, so many heimliche pictures were taken. I sort of wish that was what Leipzig was like ALL the time, like 1/3 of the city just always walked around in period Victorian wear with dog leashes around their necks, painted from head to toe as a skeleton.

What a world, you guys.

What a world, you guys.

And now, we are in the throws of Stadtfest, what has been a wonderful week-long celebration of Leipzig’s 1000th birthday.

That’s right. ONE THOUSANDTH BIRTHDAY. Leipzig has been around for ONE. THOUSAND. YEARS. Take a moment and try to fathom that, because seriously, you cannot.

The coming days of June promise to be warm, sunny, and delightful. WHO CAN SAY what is yet to come, but I’m going to Berlin tomorrow (again) with Layla and Nathan (not again), so that’s already a good sign.

Perhaps I’ll update you on that trip once it happens, and perhaps not. Holding a grudge is a sign of weakness,

LOVE YOU, CHELS

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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?
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:

I GOT PAID YESTERDAY!

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.

YES, MARCELLO!

YES, MARCELLO!

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