A quick update about whats been happening during my graduate school experience in Germany!
My New Home! Not a glamorous photo, but not everything in Europe is centuries old!
Yummers. Quality beer at Oktoberfest!
Oktoberfest is HUGE! Looks like an amusement park.
Yes, you read that correctly. 70 cents for a beer. Its beautiful.
The cinema is a beautiful place here. Movies in english too :)
Da boyfranns. (Philipp and Popcorn)
I've been in Munich for almost two weeks now and I am beginning to understand that this isn't just a visit/trip for me. I have my own tiny apartment in student housing, and now hold a German bank account as well as a German health insurance plan, all under my name! I've never really been on my own before. I don't feel too lonely though. I happen to have an incredibly supportive family, friends who aren't forgetting about me, and a wonderful boyfriend who is no longer long distance.
Munich is a beautiful, interesting and wonderful city. It is the most expensive city in Germany to live in, but I think that is just in reference to the price of an apartment. When it comes to basic needs such as groceries, I'm living easily on the cheap. Many things about Germany are similar to the United States. However, an astonoshing amount of little things are entirely different. I was made aware of these things when I visited before in the past, but seeing them as a tourist I was intrigued and thought they were fun. Now living here, there are so many things I have to get used to.
Europe is crazy crowded. Munich is crazy crowded. The past two weeks in particular becuase of Oktoberfest has had the city bursting at its seams with people. I come from a small town with no public transportation and I am still adjusting to the constant bustle of people everywhere. The grocery store is always a mad house, cafes are packed, restaurants full, the subway clogged with people. Its amazing how many people are in the world and how little of them you will actually meet. The vast amounts of people leave little room for feeling lonely. Europeans have a differnt mentality on personal space than Americans do. They have grown up around constant crowds so its not unusual to be pressed up against someone on the subway, or catch someone staring at you. They aren't staring, they are people watching, and you should be flattered.
Everyone in Munich is dressed to a T. I've never seen so many stylish people in my entire life. Its like all Germans are beautiful. Beautifully dressed, graceful. I've never experienced anything like it. I LOVE the fashion here. You won't see a girl out in public in yoga pants or a victorias secret hoodie. You also won't see a girl in a T-Shirt. I love that the Germans care about how they look. I've always been one to explore my fashion sense but here in Munich I feel completely free to dress as elaborately as I want to and nobody will give me the whole "why are you so dressed up?" comment. Munich girls and guys have style, and its great inspiration to go out of the box with what you wear.
I've become more independent since I have been here. Its hard to make friends right now since school hasn't started yet, so I have been doing a lot of things on my own. Its not something I have experienced before, or enjoy, but its part of learning and growing and I know that this experience will mold me into a better person. The Bavarians in Munich are friendly, and very accepting to tourists and foreigners. Everywhere I go I overhear English, and if you can't speak German it is generally no problem. Since being on my own I have also discovered just how awful I am at cooking. Shout out to my mother for always feeding me because now that I am on my own the only thing I have managed to make is pasta, and I've fudged that up once or twice since being here.
I love Munich, I love living on the other side of the world, and I have a feeling that the next two years are going to be some of the best of my life.