I’ve now been here a little over two weeks, and I can honestly say things have gotten SO significantly better. I ended up getting over that awful homesickness faster than I predicted (although I’m still missing people like crazy) and I’m already feeling like I’ve gotten into the swing of things. However, I am probably as far as I can be from getting into a normal routine. Although I’ve started school (eh), everyday presents new lessons and challenges that always manage to surprise me. But that’t not a bad thing! I wake up every morning excited to see what the day has in store for me, and it never fails to provide the busiest of times.
So a little bit about school: It feels surprisingly similar to school back in Lakewood, but it does have its major differences. For instance, there are 9 (yes nine!) different buildings that I had to figure out how to navigate, and I still manage to get lost sometimes. But everyone is so so nice and helpful and it’s not hard to communicate with anybody. My school also consists of grades 5-12, but only has about 900 students total which is relatively tiny compared to Lakewood. Also, a good portion of the students, including me, get to school by biking which I like a lot but when I tell them that a lot of us get to school by driving ourselves back home, they all drop their mouths which is always fun 🙂 But it’s still school and this year I *literally* don’t understand anything, so we’ll just have to wait and see how that goes.
One thing that is notably better in Germany than in America is the food. It’s fantastic. Seriously, Americans under appreciate bread so much. The basic German plate of food for every meal of the day consists of bread, bread with other things on it, and warm bread. And it’s always delicious, I could not be happier to eat all the bread that they give me (which is a lot!). Everything here tastes better. The chocolate, the coffee, the lasagna… I’m finally understanding why it’s typical for an exchange student to gain weight! Another aspect that I immediately fell in love with in Germany are the gorgeous city streets. Of course everyone has this image in their head of a “typical beautiful European city” and I can honestly say that Lippstadt has made my daydreams a reality. All the brick and cobblestone roads, and old German buildings make me so happy. The other night we were walking through it in the dark and Lippstadt all lit up is even more breathtaking. The people who live here don’t seem to think to much of it, but coming from America, I can’t help but be wonder struck every time I walk through the city streets.
Speaking of exploring cities, my first tour is coming up this weekend, where about 60 or 70 exchange students from all over the world meet in the city of Hagen and explore the city together! I’m super excited because these are the types of weekends that exchange students live for and meeting all those people from all over the world all in one place is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Although I’m desperately hoping that I’ll still be able to go because I guess I came down with something this morning 😦 I’m hoping it’s one of those 24 hour viruses but who knows.. Hopefully my immune system will be rooting for me tonight! For now, I need to get some rest : )