Challenging myself in Germany

Acquiring experiences and skills a little further

Monthly Archives: September 2017

Orientation time

It is my 17th day here today and it feels like it’s been at least 2 months. There have been a lot of things to do, so I haven’t had so much time to examine or focus on my environment. So far I know the vicinity of my dormitory, some local stores and the main street of Göppingen. The church at the backyard of my house has become very familiar. I have never been there inside yet, but the way they rings church bells is kinda annoying. Regardless of date the bells ring the at 6 a.m, 12 p.m and 7:30 p.m for 4 minutes in addition of indicating the time at every passing quarter. It seems to be a more common habit in middle Europe, according to my Spanish friends.

Our German, history and culture classes have already. The teaching manners seem to differ from those in Finland, I’ve noticed so far.  I am attending German classes for beginners, but our teacher doesn’t talk in English so much. It’s half English and half German. I heard that in other beginners groups they might talk few words in English so I feel a little lucky. Seems to be true that we focus more in grammar in Finland. Here, the teacher teaches us more complete sentences than vocabulary or grammar. The teaching manner here feels challenging, but the good thing in classes is that we practice oral speaking a lot.

We have had only one class of German culture and history, but it really felt interesting and I can’t wait for the next lecture. To complete the course, we are supposed to give a 20 – 30 minutes presentation with a pair, the subject is free but it must concern German somehow. I’m worried of giving such a long presentation in a foreign language. If you have good ideas about the subject, you are free to give me some ideas in the comment section.

During these weeks I have registered as a resident of Göppingen, acquired a German bank account. On spare time I have been eating and drinking out with other exchange students and met new people.

Spending a sunny day with friends

 

When the jorney comes true

It’s my fourth day in Germany now and two nights have I spent in my dormitory in Göppingen. Most of my stuff is still unpacked, but the most essential things have found their places, like the coffee machine, the computer and the bed sheets. There haven’t been enough time for making the dormitory cozy. Actually this is my first day when I have time and energy to arrange my personal things. I haven’t planned on what I should bring with me until the last day I was in Finland, when I started finally packing. So you could say that something must be missing, fortunately there are markets, shops and other services from 15 minute’s walk away.

I felt drowsy during the first couple days and started to regret this choice. I guess I was avoiding my negative feelings about this trip until the departure day and all the negative feelings were showing up strongly. The hardest part is to separate from my beloved ones. In addition of growing as person I want to construct and maintain my relationship with my girlfriend and family. That made me promise myself that I will perform winter semester first and then rethink if I want to continue on spring semester. For me it’s easier to split this challenge in smaller pieces rather than just carry it out. Now I have calm down and used to the idea of being here and more positive things starts to come out.

Yesterday it was the first orientation day in Esslingen and there were approximately 100 of us. Our international coordinators took us to the castle of Esslingen throught the Old city where we played some social skills games and enjoyed food and drinks. After that we found a park where we continued chatting and drinking with the other exchange students in Göppingen. The atmosphere was welcoming, warm and people took each other into account.

Looking forward one day at a time.

What a great day we had

 

A view from the Esslingen castle hill