Sunday, September 21, 2014

old places and new faces

Sweet 10 hours of sleep and another Seerhein Belgian crepe morning have brought me back to life, so here are some pictures from the past days. Mainau, Hohenzollern castle and Tübingen. Besides exploring these places, this weekend also marked the start of the Konastanzer Oktoberfest, which meant huge beer glasses and hours of dancing on shaky benches and tables on friday night. The indescribable amount of sweat and beer in that tent makes it pretty gross to think about, but really this pure madness is probably the most fun you can ever have in Germany. Oh and apparently this will go on for two more weeks! :D

Starting off with a picture of the last time I was in the Hohenzollern castle, though.


Going up there was "a bit" harder this time. :D

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014


So here I am, a year older and a year wiser again. The birthday celebration began already at midnight when my friends came to my room singing and brought me a "secret brownie". Soon after that I had a pretty interesting experience when a Russian guy climbed up my balcony (I live on the ground floor) and wanted me to give him a kiss. So after I had politely refused the generous offer (read: "fuck off"), he changed his claims to "a kiss or a beer". Oh, and did I mention that the guy actually pulled me from my hair after I had said no? Anyway, I bitchslapped him, gave my beer and smashed the window to his face. :D Other than that, my birthday was super nice! We started the morning all together with a brownie-breakfast, went to see the Erasmus volleyball cup, later had dinner at a Thai place and ended the day with a couple of drinks by the Rhein with Gio.

On sunday we had a big pancake breakfast. As like half of us are Americans, we ended up having four cans of peanut butter. :D After that we took the ferry to Meersburg for the Weinfest. My plan was just to go there and enjoy the sunny weather. But as I had to buy a glass from the entrance anyway I still ended up drinking a fair share of that amazing Meersburg wine. Basically the system is that as a ticket you buy a glass and then fill it inside by buying wine by one glasses or whole bottles. Definately a fun way to spend a sunday!

In general, life is still good. Some people still think I'm from Iceland (Estland-Island, what's the difference really) and every once in a while I still get responses like: "Oo, Estland! Riga ist wirklich eine sehr schöne Stadt!" :D


No wrinkles yet, I hope?

PS. I think I'm Apfelschorle-addicted.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

summer is back

Hey there again. I can't believe it's only been a little over a week since I got here. So I guess I can say that I've settled in quite well. I've already found some awesome new friends, heard way too many politically incorrect jokes and had great nights out in the pubs of Konstanz. As the weather in the last days has been better than on any of the days I spent in Estonia this year, we've been trying to take the most of that too by mostly hanging out by the river with friends and german beer. :D On monday we rented a small motorboat a and spent 1,5 hours on the Bodensee which has been the best decision so far. I also went on an actual guided city tour on the weekend and visited Meersburg as well, meaning that you can finally see some photos of my new hometown.

Anyway, it's not actually all about beer and sunshine, believe it or not. We have 2x1,5 hours of German classes every day. There are some stuff that I'm not too satisfied with about the couse, but in general it's been improving my German pretty well. Especially when the teacher hits us with a really complex grammar structure at 9AM and asks what grammar that is. Umm.... deutsch? Besides that we also have some bureaucracy and introductory stuff to deal with almost every day.

What else.. the dorm? I live across the river from the old town, which I think is pretty good as it's not too far from the centre but not too far from the university (whose idea was it to build the uni on a hill, though?) either. There are four single rooms in every apartment, but so far I'm still alone in mine. The rooms are plain white from walls to furniture to bed sheets, which is driving everyone a bit crazy. However after visiting a party at Europahaus last week we agreed on never complaining about our place again. :D

Speaking of Europahaus, can anyone please tell why there are so many huge spiders in this town, though? Other than that, Konstanz really is amazing. Yesterday evening I also went for a run for the first time here and took a route by the lake, which was just indescribably beautiful. The situation could as well be described that during the week I live in Germany, while on weekends in Switzerland as all the Swiss people come here to buy cheap stuff so it gets quite crazy in here.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

first impressions aka the struggles of moving to germany

Hello from Germany. After posting some rare not-very-informative posts recently I am back to writing everyday stuff here. Because apparently that's what exchange students do. After a very stressful/adventurous trip which included incidents such as kicking down doors, I arrived in Zürich on the first of September. The plan is to hang around on the border of Germany and Switzerland for some time now, so we'll see what happens.

When I got off my plane in Zürich, I somehow managed to get myself and all my luggage on the right train and sat down on the first free seat I saw. Next to me was a guy around my age so we started talking about stuff. I found out that he is also going to Konstanz for an Erasmus and etc. So after some talking...
"Where are you from?"
"Noh, siis me võime ju eesti keeles ka rääkida..." 

So the first person I met in Switzerland was Estonian, what are the odds. :D

The first couple of days have been a lot about finding all the necessary things. So let me tell you about THE struggle of living in Germany. While back in Estonia we get unlimited mobile internet for maximum 10 euros I guess, there is no such thing in Germany. Basically the normal limit per month is 250MB for around 10 or 15 euros. There is no unlimited option, however, they told us that you can get 10GB per month for around 100 euros. Alright then. :D Anyway, I ended up with some pre-paid card called Congstar, which has been so far so good. Also bank cards are not accepted in a lot of places or for really small purchases. So being used to pay by card for even an ice cream, that is kind of confusing for me. Swiss franks look pretty cool, though! Just apparently the last time I was in Germany was before I started to live in the world of smartphones and bank cards.

Today was the actual first day of school for us who are taking the GO-Konstanz course before the semester starts. So I saw the university for the first time and I gotta say that the campus is huuuge. We got lost pretty much every time we had to go somewhere. It was founded in 1966, so the building looks kind of like that. I would say industrial and kindergarden-like. :D Anyway, there are some pretty cool views on the Bodensee and as beautiful views are my thing, I'm not complaining. We also took a german language test for group placements, which was pretty OK in my opinion. The rest of the day was just filling out all kinds of bureaucracy and purchasing public transport cards, cafeteria cards and etc.

So yeah, that's it so far. There's quite a lot going on, so I'll just try to pick out parts that would be interesting to read. I haven't really had the time to go around with my camera, so here's a fantastic picture taken with my phone just to illustrate all that a little bit. :D