It feels like the weirdest thing EVER that people are graduating back at Whitman and finishing up the semester when my semester literally JUST started. It’s weird, but at the same time a summer semester is not as bad as it seems. Bike rides to class are less cold and I don’t always have to hide in a cafe or library between classes. The Englischer Garten is right behind the main University buildings which mean laying out on a blanket in the grass and studying those Econ notes under the sun.
I’m taking five classes this semester:
- Intensive German Language
- Wechselwirkungen: Natur und Kultur im Norden (ES-Humanities)
- Industrial Organization
- History of Economic Institutions
- Klimapolitik (Climate Politics)
I’ve found my classes to be more challenging this semester but also more interesting because I’ve built up familiarity with the german system by now to be able to fully engage in my classes, especially the ones which are instructed in German. It’s so exciting to feel my german skills improving and every time my program mates and I are chilling somewhere, there is usually at least one person who complements us…maybe even to the point where we don’t even feel flattered anymore. Of course, there are always those who insist on speaking English with us even after we make it clear we want to practice speaking German. We persist though, and more often than not, continue to speak in German.
The past couple of weekends I’ve taken advantage of easy travel methods in Europe to do a bit of exploring. Whether by Flixbus or BlaBlaCar (a relatively inexpensive carpooling service in Germany), Couchsurfing or Airbnb, i’ve gotten to be a tourist in Strasbourg, Paris, and Thun. I enjoyed these places so much and had such unique experiences in each one of them. Although it’s exciting and everything to visit other cities, I like to spend most of my weekends here in Munich. It really feels like a home to me and every time I leave I feel like I’m missing out on something. I said at the start of this program that I didn’t want be travelling all the time. Not only would that exceed the budget I planned for this year, but it would also stop me from really experiencing life here in Munich. If I’m always coming and going then I’ll never really get to experience what it’s like to live and be here. Munich captured my heart from the very first month and there is so much here to preoccupy me that I have no reason to leave. In fact, I’m dreading having to leave this beautiful home in just 3 short months.