Hey guys! I am home from my exchange in Germany and I have so many things I want to blog about! Especially all the amazing trips I’ve been on. Two things have stopped me from doing this though, the first one being the absolute worst internet in the world. It has been impossible to upload pictures here, just updating my instagram has been a PAIN and engaging on other peoples posts has been a struggle.
The other reason I haven’t been able to be active is because someone broke into my dormroom and stole my laptop (and a bunch of other things like my wallet with all my creditcards and ids….). Yup! That was a lovely surprise and it really ruined my german experience, that wasn’t that great from before either.
I am back in Finland now trying to fix this disaster. I am most upset about my bachelor thesis that was on the computer. Oh well, you live and you learn and I definetly learned to backup my things more often…
I do bring some good things from my exchange, like my 3 best friends! Although they all went home to France and Korea so I didn’t bring them with me… just the memories. 😉
Saturday we had an amazing opportunity to visit the shloss Neuschwanstein with all the exchangestudents at Kempten UAS. I didn’t have that much knowledge of the castle before we went, so I was literally blown away by it. Lucky for us we had our own bus so we didn’t have to worry about getting there, I did hear it should be possible by normal bus as well bu I’m not sure about the timetables. We also didn’t have to worry about getting tickets, because they were prebooked for our group. LUCKY US!!!
The walk up to the castle took about 25 minutes and I didn’t find it very hard at all. I did hear a lot of other tourists complaining about the walk, and we passed a lot of tourist on our way up so I guess if you’re not fit it might be a bit more challenging. There are horse drawn carriages you can also take up if you feel like it!
We did the tour and it was absolutely worth it, you were not allowed to take pictures inside the castle. My favorites were the thrown room, the king’s bedroom and the cave! The tour took around half an hour and after the tour we decided to head towards the bridge. The bridge was also were we got the amazing shots looking towards the castle! If you have a fear of heights don’t go to the bridge. The bridge made my stomach do a cartwheel just looking down!
A few days ago I finally arrived here in Germany. The trip was pretty long, or at least longer than it needed to be but I’m all about chasing those cheap flights! I’m pretty busy doing orentation right now, I would like to say doing an exchange to the U.S.A a few years ago was easier. Almost all the forms are in German and it’s a bit of a struggle.
Another thing that has been a struggle is internet. Free open wifis don’t exist at every cafe and getting an unlimited surfplan for your phone is not a thing. I finally found a prepaid card that give’s me 1,5 gb data for 10 euros. Which to me is nothing, but it will be enough to power my Whatsapp and Messenger when I’m on the go.
So far I’ve tried to explore the city as much as possible. The buildings in the older part of the city are super pretty! I’ve been to a local market where we tasted some sausage (not me because I’m vegeterian) and something that looked just like mac and cheese with onions on top, which was delicious! We also enjoyed some cheeses, which was nice because I love cheese.
How crazy isn’t this? I’ll be flying Turku-Stockholm-Oslo-Munich and from there take the train to Kempten! There isn’t any wifi where I live but I will drag my laptop to a cafe and blog all about what’s happening!
My Erasmus exchange is LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY!!! Crazy! I thought I’d share where I am in the process right now with you guys. Going on an exchange is way harder than just getting on a plane and going.
So far I have done the following:
- Applied in my home university for the exchange.
- Applied to Kempten UAS.
- Done a language assessment test.
- Done a bunch of “GoAbroad” assignments: essays, powerpoints and budgets…
- Applied for housing in Kempten
- Had a huge headache thinking about courses to take, how to get money and everything else in my school and daily life that will be put on hold during my exchange. <— this has been the hardest so far. It sucks having a nice apartment, less than a year left of your studies and a job and just getting up and leaving. It’s a huge inconvenience but I know I won’t regret it.
And I still have to:
- Book plane tickets.
- Check up my scholarship
- …..write about 10 pages on my thesis and a bunch of assignments for school.