The last few weeks have gone by really fast, a lot to do with being busy, still adjusting to life and classes here, and the excursions and exchange student travel we’ve been doing between all of that.
I think one of the most magical adventures I’ve had so far was the trip to the customs office to get a parcel - the office being in a town outside of town. The trip took 8 hours in total because I made the mistake of going on my own on a day which was a holiday in the town in question. The plan was to catch a bus to Kitzingen, and then a bus from there to right near the customs office.
What actually ended up happening was that I missed my stop due to being engrossed in my music and book, having to ask a lady on the bus whether I could catch a bus going back to Kitzingen, and being directed to the nice bus driver who said I could just stay on and the bus would eventually reach the end of its route and turn back towards Würzburg. The bus driver was even nicer and stopped to write down the times of the next buses back to Würzburg for after I’d received my parcel.
Upon finally getting to Kitzingen I walked into the train station to ask where I would wait for the bus to the customs office, only to be told it was a holiday and the buses there were not running. Fortunately there were taxis outside and I asked one if they could take me there. The customs office itself was fairly uneventful, a nice man there that could speak English well enough to explain things to me said that my parcel only went there because they needed to ask me some questions or to tax me if my parcel were labelled a Gift instead of for Study… so I can only hope I avoid that next time.
I got terribly lost looking for the bus stop back, I couldn’t find anyone that would speak to me while I was asking questions in English and I had no idea how to ask where the bus stop was in German, but fortunately I stumbled across the southern bus stop (not the one the customs office people directed me to, but a bus stop regardless). The next bus with it being a holiday was in two hours - and I’d caught one going back to Kitzingen instead of onwards to Würzburg! Deciding I’d had enough of buses I caught a train back from Kitzingen for 6 Euros, feeling very much wiser for my journey.
I’ve been to a few places in Germany now between class excursions, the EMAF film festival and group trips with the international student organisers. My travel resume includes: Frankfurt Am Main, Würzburg (of course), Stuttgart, Munich, Augsburg, Nürnbug, Osnabrück and a quarry near Messel. We’re off to Prague on the weekend which will be my first (and maybe the only, with my funding) trip outside of Germany whilst on my exchange. I think I’m enjoying focusing on German cities rather than travelling to other countries anyway, I can go on a general European holiday any time in my life.
The European Media Art Festival was absolutely amazing, even if I did only get to go for two days. Osnabrück is a really pretty town itself, but the experience of going to the festival was one I think I’m going to remember for a while.
Class is still fairly difficult, but I’m slowly working out what is expected of me. It’s daunting being surrounded by so many amazing artists and designers, but it keeps me working harder than I ever have before, and that is something I think I really needed.