Daily Archives: 11.9.2012

First German class,…

…first hiking, first visit to gym, first visit to our local “Biergarten” and first trip to Stuttgart. That’s basically everything that this post is about but first a picture with almost the whole bunch:

This is taken in front of our dormitory. Big thanks to Kike! He’s a really nice guy from Mexico and he said that I can use all of the pictures that he has taken/will take and there’s a lot of them:).

 

I’ll start with last weekend. On Friday we went to Stuttgart to visit the local bars, lounges and clubs. We went there by S-bahn which is similar to Finnish metro, and about one hour later we came back :D. We couldn’t get in any of the clubs because we had no girls with us. That’s the way that it’s done in Germany, so if you want to party in some of the clubs than make sure that in your group there is same amount of boys and girls.

The trip to local “biergarten” on Saturday seemed to fail also. Biergarten is a German word for restaurants terrace or “beer garden”. We got in and noticed that it was a mess. The tables were full of glasses and there was this little group of people in the only clean table. They said to us that the owner of that bar had changed and it wont open until the first of october but then they started asking about us and what we do in Esslingen. Then they gave us beer and showed the bar (they were the new owners). One of them, “Holy Roly”, showed the biergarten and played some piano for us. It was really nice and the people there were really friendly. Also the interior was nothing like in a Finnish local drunk house. After that they invited us to the opening and we promised to advertise their bar to other exchange students also.

Here’s a picture of the new owners and employees. Big thanks to Heikki from this one.

 

On Sunday I decided to go for some hiking. I knocked on Toni’s door and asked him to join me. It didn’t take long from him to decide that his in. We went to the nearest hill and started climbing it up. The sun was shining and the route was surrounded by apple and plum trees. I don’t know if it’s forbidden but we ate them every time we had a chance :D.

This is taken from the route. You can see Hilltop campus on the left side of the picture.

 

On Monday we had our first German class. Our teacher is energetic woman. I’m not sure how to speak to her because in Germany you have to call your teacher with his/her last name and with Mr. or Ms. or Mrs. or doctor or professor or etc….. in front and Karla only told us her first name. So I believe that she want’s us to call her by her first name. I have to ask her though cause it felt like she’s really strict about everything and I don’t want to be impolite. But she’s the kind of teacher that I like: strict, knows how to teach and “activates” everyone of us. It’s amazing that she doesn’t speak almost any English and I don’t speak almost any German but still she can teach me…?

Intensive studying. Big thanks goes to Toni this time :).

 

The teaching really started from scratch. We were divided into four groups by our previous knowledge about the language (1 no knowledge – 4 good knowledge) and I’m in group 2. I thought that it would be my level but the teaching is really slow and includes only the basic things. I mentioned this to Karla but she said that the speed will increase and promised that I’ll learn to speak German :).

 

In the evening I finally got to check the hilltop campus’ gym out. I think I’ve never been to a sh*ttier one 😀 but I don’t care. There’s no possibility to do deadlifts and the squatting area sucks big time. Maybe I’ll check some of the Esslingens other gyms.

Here’s the gym. Some athletic dude was in the way. I couldn’t almost take a single picture without him in it because he was so gigantic.

 

Aaand the gym from another angle (again the Hulk is there!?)

 

And finally the squatting area. Notice the “No smoking” sign :D. Too bad. I’m used to smoke while doing squats. “Sporttirööki” as we say in Finland.

 

The gym was divided into two separate rooms. Here’s the other one.

 

I think I’ll start doing my homework now… We learned a lot of new words today and Karla want’s us to know them all tomorrow so I better start memorizing them.

Greetings to Kossu, Maikki, Nadja, Jenny, Niko, Jussi, Tarzan, Senni, Mami, Hannu, Viljami, Josefiina, Vilhelmiina and all the other loved ones! I’m good and life here is good also so nothing to worry about. Miss you <3.

 

-Johannes