|Sunset view from my dorm room|
|The cheapo store near the dorm where I do all my shopping|
|Where I have class!|
|Olivia eating Italian Eis downtown|
|The outdoor market where I buy lots of my produce|
|On the Neckar bridge|
|Warm enough to swim! But the water is pretty dirty.|
|Me and Olivia by the river|
Last weekend Olivia and Julia busked downtown! (Busking means playing music on the street for people.) Julia and Olivia have been playing together a bunch the last couple of weeks and they sound really good. It was super fun to watch them play.
|Julia and Olivia|
On Friday I made bagels with Olivia and Sara and this sweet German girl named Laura they met over a month ago when their train broke down. Laura helped them navigate their way through all the confusion and finally make it to Freiburg. I had never made bagels before, but Laura is an expert so they turned out really good. I haven't interacted a ton with Germans, other than our teachers, since I've been here, which is a shame. I think it's mostly because I was so busy with the program stuff and traveling and partially because my language skills are still super basic. It's too bad we didn't get to hang out more with Laura throughout.
Yesterday I went to the zoo in Stuttgart with Sara, Olivia, and Andy. Stuttgart is only about an hour away from Tuebingen so it was pretty easy to get there by train. The zoo is really big and has lovely gardens. We wandered all around, even to the end where the farm animals were, so that Olivia could see the chickens and goats. It was pretty cute to see all the baby goats. But I was most entertained by the ponies. They all had their heads over the fences so people were petting them, but they were biters and I saw more than one person get bitten. There was a sign warning people, but people kept getting bitten anyway. So hilarious.
Today I went on a walk with Olivia back to the book tree and then made a bunch of salsa. Mmmmmh. I'm going to start packing because I'm checking out of my dorm on Friday and going to Munich to meet up with my dad, brother, and grandparents! I'm so excited to travel around Germany with them!
This week we have two days of review and then our final on Wednesday. On Thursday we have a group excursion to Bodensee (Lake Constance), which should be super fun.
The first two weeks of July I will be traveling around southern Germany car-camping with my dad, brother, and grandparents. Then I will meet up with one of my best friends, Cloyce, to travel all around Europe for a month until August 14th. We hope to go to Munich, Vienna, Croatia, Italy, southern France, and Barcelona. We're getting rail passes so we'll have a lot of travel flexibility, which will be awesome. It should be a crazy month and a half!
I'm a little sad to be leaving Tuebingen so soon, but I'm really excited to travel! I probably won't have time to blog again before Friday so my next blog may not be until mid-July or maybe not until I come home mid-August. But at some point I will write a closing/reflective blog about my study abroad experience and do some blogging about my next month and a half of travel! Studying abroad is a pretty crazy experience and I am so lucky that I have had the opportunity to do it twice!
Thanks for reading, hope you are all doing well back in the States!