So far I have many stories to tell of my adventures. I went to Atlanta, GA from Wichita, KS and flew in Delta. I sat in the VERY last seat by the window, good thing it was only a two hour flight. During take-off I grabbed onto an old guy's arm because I was so afraid lol.... I haven't ridden in a plane in ten years! After that fright, I was fine though... Landing in Atlanta was very rough, the plane rocked back and forth because of the upcoming storm and wind.. I almost peed in my pants. My palms were so sweaty!
Bailey (one of my classmates) met up with me in Atlanta and together we flew to Frankfurt. Good thing she got to Atlanta first because I wasn't given my boarding pass to FRA or the number of my gate.. I still don't know why it didn't print.. lol... Weird. The pilot on my Air France/Delta flight was very good; not much turbulence and smooth lift off/landing. During the flight I watched Bridesmaids again because it was such a funny movie, but didn't remember there being so many sex scenes LOL.. and the cabin members of my Delta flight were very friendly and great. They made flying there fun.. However, the food wasn't all what I was expecting.. The sides were great, but the main dish was kind of.. what you'd call....... microwavable? lol. Other than that, I was able to see the split between night and day in my flight, and it was beautiful.
Bailey and I bought bus tickets from a site called Flibco.com instead of getting train tickets because we were afraid we would miss the train if our flight was delayed (the train is more expensive anyway).. Somehow it might have been a mistake since we missed the second connecting bus and had to wait a whole hour for the next one.. It sucked very badly. The train was probably the better option, but now we know!
"It was like a dream.."
And yes, it was.. Especially when we drove into the city of Trier. It was beautiful and nothing like what we have home back in Kansas.. We got to Trier at 5:30 PM Trier time, which is seven hours ahead of Kansas! YES... JET LAGGED like no other. When I got home, my roommate Michael showed me around, but quickly had to leave because of his work. This left me at home waiting for Esad, the person whose room I was taking, to come back and give me the keys to my new place. Esad showed me around the town (walking around at night) and ate at an Italian pizza/ice cream parlor. It was great and very interesting. I live right on the edge of the city center, so everything is very close. Trier is a wonderful small city! I do have another roommate whom I haven't met because he is visiting his parents in another city. His name is Stefan and today is his birthday! SO HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO STEFAN! YAY! Lol I told him not to party to hardy :)
Today I was supposed to wake up at 9 AM and even set up alarms. I ended up waking up at 12PM! This was not good because I had errands to run and stood up my friend John because we had no other way of connecting to each other! I did sleep a little late I guess I should admit, but because I was Skyping my mom late at night. Since I wasn't able to connect with John to run my errands, I ended up walking the city by myself. My goal was to buy towels, bed sheets, lotion, body wash, and whatever else I needed. It was hard finding these things because I didn't know where to look.. I tried asking some people, but some were very rude (usually old people).. Others were extremely friendly and willing to help. This must be how foreigners feel when they come to America. It was very tough and I am so thankful I was able to receive help.
The only place I was able to remember as a landmark is called the Porta Nigra, which is a 2nd century Roman gate.. I wish I took photos, but I was too into finding a place and getting here or there that I wasn't able to take photos. I was also sweating balls because I walked around everywhere.. No lie when they say you walk everywhere... You really do, especially when I don't have a bus pass. Since Trier doesn't have anything like a Walmart or Target like we do, it was tough figuring out where I needed to get things.. I had trouble translating the word "Towel" and other things like that.... However, I was able to get some help from the guys at the pizza place I went to last night. They told me to find a store called the "DM" and that is pretty much a drug store. I also found a place called "Rossemann" or something like that which had everything just like a mini market! This made me happy because I was able to get essential things. I also bought a German phone from a place called Saturn in what is like a mall. It was funny because I asked a woman if she knew where "Saturn" the store was and she didn't quite understand until I kept gesturing a phone, then she was like, "Oh yeah! Sat-URN!" with a German accent (she didn't understand my American accent) LOL It was cute.. Our words are pretty similar though!
Later today I was able to meet with John and it was wonderful almost amazing to finally talk to someone about my findings and all the new things I've learned/realized. Like how the light switches and bathroom ?flushers? in Trier have large buttons.. or how weird it felt to not be able to speak to someone and be new. John is pretty much already at home and knows a lot more than I do. I felt amazed how he went through everything all on his own, it must have been tough. He told me all the things and paperwork I needed to do before getting a bus pass and it just made me even more in awe lol.. So many things left to do.. He also says that after I finish all that I will feel "settled in." I suppose he is right, after all it is only my second day here.
I think I am going to try to take photos everyday to share my adventures. I don't bring my camera around, but I do have pics from my phone! My computer is messed up so I can only upload through my phone and post it on Instagram. I have my photos wired onto my blog from Instagram though!
Anyway! Here are some random things I bought today!
DID YOU KNOW...
German/European pillows are square? Lol so interesting and different.
WORDS THAT I LEARNED TODAY:
01. Sprudel//SH-PROO-DL: Soda, pop
02. Majusebetta//MA-YU-SE-BETTA: Oh my god (lol)
03. Viez//VEETZ or FEETS lol: Apple Cider I think...
04: Ein porz Viez, bitte!// EIN PORZ VEETZ BITTER (without the last R on BITTER): One glass/pour of apple cider please!
05: Sprechen sie Englisch?//SHPRESHEN SI ENGLISCH: Speak English?
Probably many more, but those were written down lol.
Today when I got home Michael made me a traditional German dinner :) He made potatoes with spinach and an over-easy egg, and it was delicious! I also got to taste my first non-alcoholic beer that is a wheat beer I believe. It was still gross to me since I don't drink at all, but I'm sure all of you would love it! Who knows, maybe I'll get better at this. Yesterday I got to try my first German Red Wine, which was very sweet at first, but when it moved down to your throat it was bitter lol.
That is all for now! What a long post!! I got to get to sleep... I have to wake up early tomorrow and start all over again!
Cheers everyone!.. as they say here :)