Whoops! Realised my last post didn't work at all! Here it is again. There will be new news soon!
Have managed to scavenge half an hour on the computer, I won't have access to the normal university computers until I enrol in April.
Having a paradoxically very busy but very laid back time so far. My German course is from 9am to 5:30pm, but most of the time is spent chatting or listening and there is not much homework to speak of so far... After that there are without fail people going drinking or attending activities organised by the course, then on the weekend there are excursions both days....
I have slotted into a nice group of companions, mostly vikings and descendants (Denmark, Norway, England, Australia, also a nice girl from America and a couple of Italians), and we've been doing the usual pubs, films, and house parties....all fun but not much out of the ordinary.
Everyone puts in a quite insane effort to speak German all the time, which is great though...to the extent that me and Dylan, the other Aussie, will still keep to German between ourselves on the way home after a few beers....
Hard to say if anyone will turn into more of a friend after the course is finished though, it's all been fairly group oriented so far.
Highlights...excursion to Colmar on Sunday, in Alsace, and saw the Isemheim Altarpiece by Grünewald - the archetypal German crucifiction, Jesus not handsome and dignified and clean, but greenish, stretched, thorns in every square inch of skin, blood gushing all over the place.....!
Bought a bike on Saturday, and have a big bike-crush...It's metallic crimson, at least thirty years old, a woman's city bike, with racing-striped silver mudguards and a shiny conical light powered by the wheels......aah!
I think the town is a lesson for all towns...no cars in the town centre, a great tram system, a green mayor, highest number of cinema goers and pubs per capita in Germany, apart from looking beautiful....
My room is your normal white box with a bed and a desk, but as I said I have a fantastic view over a lake and copse of trees, and I always feel at home when I hear the ducks quacking. I'm sharing the kitchen with one very studious, thirty year old turkish woman, and sometimes I do have the impression I am living alone there! I am so far managing not to adapt to German cuisine at all, I have found a great, enormous, cheap asian food store!
Weather, it goes without saying, is cold...over thirty centimetres of snow the first day I got here.
And I have to go! Schluß, says the lady who works here! All the best, Danny"