Week 2

Finished with the language class, learned lots, though, not as much German as I thought I would because it is such a difficult language to learn.  This is in part because there are feminine, masculine, and neutral words, and each has a different article, and though knowing the correct article to use isn’t important for getting your point across, it seemed to be the focus of the class, however, I definitely do not regret taking it because of all the other opportunities I was given.  For example, travelling Munich and its surrounding areas, meeting a lot of great people without whom I wouldn’t have had the same experiences in my travels, plus, I actually learned quite a bit!  Apart from the words I learned by just trying to get around, I learned the hard way several tips I wish I had known before coming.  Firstly, that bike lanes aren’t labeled here, but they are NOT for pedestrians.  Secondly, that bathrooms are labeled with “WC” in Germany, not little people in a box (this is common next to elevators, so it is easy to think that you will find bathrooms if you go down, but it is actually just an elevator symbol), plus, they are scarce and you usually have to pay to use them, so you should take advantage when you can!  Also, the funky “B” in the German alphabet (an Eszett) has an “s” sound, not a “b”, so if you ask someone where a certain “straube” is, they won’t understand (straße = street).Read More »

Week 1: Munich

My first two weeks in Germany I have the pleasure of taking a German language class in the beautiful and bustling Munich!  After classes and on the weekends my classmates and I have been trying to experience everything Munich and the surrounding areas have to offer.  We have visited castles, museums, churches, parks and anything […]