I don’t even know where to start this thing. I cannot believe I have already spent a week here. The first day i was so exhausted and overwhelmed and now I’m thoroughly enjoying my time. Getting past the shock was easy, seeing as we have a bar downstairs in our dorm, and it is tradition for the Americans to have two boots on the first night of their stay. The orientation things that we had to do weren’t even that bad, because we got to walk around our new home. The campus is very beautiful, with old and new parts. We took a tour of the old city which was so breathtaking. The past two nights I went to Stadfest, Dresden’s city festival in the heart of the old city, where we could eat, drink, and dance among the most gorgeous scenery I have ever seen. The pictures I took do not do it justice.
So far it’s just been a lot of walking and adjusting. Not speaking the language is very frustrating, and I am eager to learn it even though I will still embarrass myself. The grocery stores are strange, which was to be expected, and not many places take credit cards which I feel is odd. The food has been amazing, ranging from traditional German food to Turkish Doner. The trains here are the cleanest I have ever scene. I have noticed that German people are very quiet and independent, while we are loud and always in a group. The shopping center is fairly close, which I enjoy, but the prices are the same here but in Euros so things are more expensive. Food is relatively cheap though, except for McDonalds.
The BU people are absolutely amazing. It’s kind of strange how everybody gets along so well. I have clicked with so many new people right off of the bad, which is good because we are essentially family for the next 4 months. Class will be easier since we can all work together during the week and go on weekend adventures!
Dresden is a nice city. I don’t live close to the pretty part but that’s ok. My dorm is fairly nice, except for the see-through showers, which we now have curtains for. Cooking for myself will be difficult, and I doubt I will be doing much of it. I hope the happiness I am feeling right now doesn’t ware off once classes start, but i also know that there is no way for me not to have funsies!!!