First Week Learning and Familiarization
Freiburg is definitely an interesting city. There are a lot of students here and i think it is around 1/4 the cities entire population. I suppose to start I should mention the class I am in. Right now i am in A2-2 level course. The rankings for courses from lowest to highest go: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2. Which means after this current session has finished I will be likely moving on to B1. As for the demographics of my class I am the only American in this class of about 9 students. The homework is not any different than what you would get at any other institution but the fact that the classes are 100% in German have been a tremendous help already. And things I knew about proper German syntax are being corrected and even very specific differences between verbs which may be seen as synonyms do have some big differences. The class is very engaging and keeps my attention very well and the professor we have is also very nice. The professor’s name is Marek. Unfortunately we will be getting a different professor come Monday as he was covering for her during her vacation. Sabine he said her name was. The class runs from 8:30am until 1:00pm. During which there is a 15 minute break then later a 30 minute break. At the end of class Friday there needed to be a student position filled, I don’t remember the name exactly, but I am some sort of liaison between the students and professor of my classroom.
The Big City: I have been taking walks through the city to become more familiar with it. At first I was quick to tire out from all the walking but now I have gotten used to it and can navigate pretty well without needing my map. Everyone here is very friendly and knowledgeable too if you need help. I actually brought in my laptop to a computer store here because I thought the charging box had broken. The man behind the counter helped me through it checking all possibilities of what could be wrong. He even checked the voltage coming out of the charging cable. Something I would have never expected from someone if I had this problem in America. Nonetheless he determined that my charging brick was actually working well but my wall-plug adapter was actually what was broken. So he referred me to another store down the street and around the corner where I could get a better part so I could actually use my computer. I went to CAB computers where the man checked my system then he referred me to Omega Electronic. Omega Electronic is a neat store. On the ground floor they have all types of wires for computers and even amplifiers (such as for electric guitars). Downstairs there are cables and tools for home wiring (switches and the sort). The amount of specialty stores that the Freiburg has is incredible. It’s totally unlike the states. Also another thing the city has that is really cool are these flowing water streams that go flow around much of the downtown area. Its really a nice touch!
Currency: The Euro is strange. They have 1 and 2 Euro coins as well as 1 and 2 cent Euros. Why anyone would want a 2 cent Euro is beyond me.
The Guesthouse: This guest house is very nice. Furnished well and very livable with the inclusion of a mini-fridge and full bath right in the room. Unfortunately, the internet in this building is the worst thing I have seen in the history of internet. The internet costs 10 Euros for every 4 weeks yet half the time the internet is usually not working/slow/or has crashed. The Guesthouse has at least 150 people in it all connected to one single access point. This causes the router to frequently time-out and drop connections causing uploads or online calls to just not work for great lengths of time which makes doing certain things not feasible. I would trade the full bathroom in my room for consistent internet. Other than that major gripe this room is very satisfactory.
I have met a few people here already so let’s see how everything turns out!