Landed in Frankfurt: After arriving in Frankfurt, we took a brief stroll around the area. Since it was evening, the food options were kind of limited, so we ended up purchasing pastries from a bakery (quite delicious!). It’s currently a bit on the chilly side, and the last time we were outside it was drizzling a bit. We went to bed and woke up early to get to the train station. The train ride was about 2 and a half hours, but it was quite beautiful and scenic.
We’ve arrived: After arriving in Weimar, our student tutor friends came and picked us up and showed us our apartments. I was actually pretty impressed with how nice they are! My apartment has 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, and 1 kitchen. Each room has 2 beds, a dresser/wardrobe closet, a desk and beautiful windows.
After getting situated, we all met in the Theatre Plaza for a walking tour of Weimar. It was about 2 hours, and the tutors showed us the shopping areas/grocery stores and the plazas. We ended up eating at a Turkish/German restaurant, which was absolutely delicious. I had a minced meat pastry, which the tutor recommended to me. However, I was so tired that I literally dozed off a couple times at the dinner table, so June (one of the student tutors) walked me back to the apartment and I showered and went to bed early.
This morning, my roommate Gina and I woke up around 9:30 am and headed out to the Back Factory Bakery, which was literally a minute walk from our apartment. We sat and enjoyed our pastries and coffees for a couple of hours, and then explored the open market, a bookstore, and grabbed lunch on the way back to our apartment. We now have some downtime until 5 pm, when we are going out with the tutors again. Tomorrow is going to be a great day as well, as we have our orientation for the university.
I’m constantly in awe of the beauty of Weimar. Everything is so beautiful – the buildings, the trees, the weather, everything! I’ve been told that the pace of life is slower and more enjoyable here, and it is absolutely true. People are very friendly, and they aren’t pushy or in a hurry to get anywhere. I’m thoroughly enjoying myself, and I can’t wait to spend the next 5 weeks here! In the meantime, I’m trying to learn a bit of German.