Thursday, June 10, 2010

Twenty - 4 - Learning

I have the feeling recently that I am going through somewhat of a learning phase. It could be partly triggered by the language learning, after all sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with fragments of German sentences in my head. It's like I can sense my brain trying to organize and rearrange things for my third language compartment. On the other hand, it's also a more subtle type of learning, just learning more about life. Simply put, it's a good yet humbling learning process.

Other than that, I have been enjoying my time here. I am now in another German course, which is going quite well considering that I already missed a week of class due to work. We'll see how it goes after I miss the next two weeks. I think that will be more of a challenge, because I will miss more than 40 hours of classroom time.

Work is still work, and I try to not think about it when I'm not there. Enough said.

Right after my birthday I had the chance to visit Berlin for a few days. I enjoyed spending time with Nici and Thomas and his friends. I was also there at the right time to visit a really interesting Frida Kahlo exhibit. Then, just last weekend was a four day weekend due to some holiday so Thomas and I went to Munich for two nights and Immenstadt for two nights.

Although it was my second time in Munich, I don't really count the first time considering it was snowing most of the time and I tried to avoid going outside. This time was quite different of course. We stayed with friends of Thomas and had a lovely time on Friday walking around Munich, enjoying the sun.

By Saturday evening we were in Immenstadt laying on a pier on the Alpsee, which is a beautiful lake 15 minutes (walking) from his parents house. On Sunday we went on a 5 hour hike that takes you over 6 peaks and ends at the peak known as 'Mittag' which overlooks Immenstadt. After having a beer on the top, we took the lift down. It's a great hike and now I know why Thomas has done it 4 or 5 times. You get a great view of the bigger, snow-capped peaks of the Alps to the South and you can also see flat, green landscape to the North. It's like you are walking along the ridge where the Alps begin. For Thomas this is as home as it gets, what an amazing place to call home. I have to add that even the cows are prettier there, and you can hear them grazing on the mountains due to the large cowbells hanging around their necks. For whatever reason, I found this so charming. I thought cowbells were completed outdated. I'm really looking forward to spending more time in Immenstadt when Thomas finishes this semester in July.

Ok, that's all for now...I have to get on to doing some Turkey research, haha. We are in the midst of planning a trip to Turkey in August. Hasta la proxima.

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