Sonntag, 4. April 2010

Wilkommen in München

Hi Everyone!
I'm finally in Munich and am having a good time. After 3 days of orientation we now have a 4 day break for easter. So far I've seen a lot of the city including Odeonsplatz, Marienplatz, and the Viktualienmarkt. We took a long walk through the english garden where we saw lots of dogs, horses, and roller bladers. The first night we went to a very traditional restaurant where the only vegetarian thing on the menu was called the vegetarische, so I of course ordered that. I'm trying to drink the beer here since I figure if I'm not eating the sausage I should at least drink the beer. We've already discovered the good wine and the cheap (yet so good) food. We've been cooking a lot: lasagna and spargel (white asparagus) were two of the highlights.
Today we went to an easter mass in the theatinerkirche (not to be confused with the theaterkirche, which actually does not exist, OOPS). It was really cool to see the church on the inside and listen to the mass.
My room is really nice, much more spacious than a dorm room. I have two huge windows which cover one entire wall, lots of closet space (which I don't really need), and a functioning tiny kitchen. The bathroom, well, will take some getting used to, to say the least.
So far I've only learned a couple bayerisch words. Servus (hi, or bye) is used all the time, as is Gruss Gott (another greeting). But don't worry, I promise by the time I return to the U.S. I'll be rocking my Dirndl on a daily basis.
And now for some pictures:
1: My Bed area
2: My (unfinished) hot wall
3: Meine kleine Küche
4. First eiscafe in münchen
5. Marienplatz with the Glockenspiel in the background

Montag, 29. März 2010

More pictures of our epic week

Some more pictures from my Wiseman family reunion:
1: The streets of Ravenna
2. The (free) bikes we toured the city with
3. The Mosaics in Ravenna
4. The ELLIE store
5. Our cake in Salzburg

Now I'm off to Munich to start my semester abroad!
Tschüss und bis gleich!

Sonntag, 28. März 2010

Ciao Bella!

So after many crazy times in Praha, Salzburg, and Ravenna, I'll finally be heading to Munich tomorrow! But first, a recap of the past couple days.
After a week in Offenburg, I traveled to Praha to meet the Wiseman brigade. The city was awesome, with fabulous architecture, sex shops, and food. We saw the Charles Bridge, a palace, the golden lane, churches, and much more. We even got to see emily's name sake statue, Fred and Ginger. We ate, we drank, we laughed, we frolicked.
Our next stop was Salzburg, where we sang the hills are alive from start to finish. We pictured Fraulein Maria and the gang everywhere we went, and said chears to the whole von trapp family as we drank eiscafe and ate cake. We also stumbled upon a clothing store named Ellie. I tried desperately to buy something but, sadly, everything was way out of my budget.
Finally, after a 7 hour gorgeous drive through the alps, we reached our final location in Ravenna. I was so excited to make my first visit to Italy and it definitely exceeded my expectations. Italians are nice, funny, outgoing, SUCH a change of pace from many germans (no offense). And the food is INCREDIBLE. Cheese, freshly made pasta, gilato, DELICIOUS. We also saw the mosaics which were really amazing. And what better way to end the trip than with a creepy encounter with 3 old italian men inviting us back to their "palace". um, ill pass, but thanks, im really flattered...
Here are some pictures from Praha:
1: Fred and Ginger.
2: Emily and I at the charles bridge
3: Our new friends making a delicious bread
4. the clocks
5. view of prague from the top of the clock tower

Sonntag, 21. März 2010

Seat belt fastened and ready to go!

Hi Everyone,
I created this blog so I could share a little of what's going on during my semester in Munich. Once I get the hang of it, I hope to post pictures and stories about all of my adventures. I'm not actually in Munich yet, I'll arrive there on March 29th. First, I'll travel to Prague, Salzburg, and Italy! Stay tuned!