TOO. MUCH AMAZINGNESS.
I have been on the road since the 18th of august and have settled into dortmund, germany.
I have walked the japanese bridge in monet's gardens at giverny while the water lillies were in bloom
cried at notre dame and pet gargoyles, been on the seine and watched the sunset from the sacre couer picnicking chatting about art & sipping cheap but good french wine pinching off bits of baguettes for the stray cats. i miss my pets.
I sunbathed, marveled at Gaudi and drank sangria in barcelona, took part in a 40 k person food fight in a tiny village (aka la tomatina) in spain.
I visited a concentration camp turned memorial and stood inside a gas chamber the nazis labeled "shower" and was able to walk out free unlike millions (some of whom were my relatives, my family is part russian jeiwsh)
I met amazing new friends between munich, paris, barcelona and valenicia/bunol (AP reporter living in Israel, british nurses, nyu film kid, polish liederhosen-clad bikeshop worker law student, and many friends also in dortmund)
and now i am in my apartment choose my art classes for this next semester , trying to figure out how the hell to learn german (class mon-fri until october 1st!!), trying to find a place to stay in fully booked munich for oktoberfest, and staring out my window and the cute bunnies that dortmund is adorably overrun with.
Oh, today is the first time ive had internet in my apartment since i got here two weeks ago. I watched every episode of trueblood i missed. i won't post a specific spoiler but **spoiler alert** damn, if someone had to die, why them?? and their theme seems to be dead people not staying gone so maybe they will come back.hopefully :(.ps: sookie is dumb, she always puts herself in the middle of trouble. and how can alcide to what he is about to do after knowing what happened? also the new bromance team... interested to see how this plays out.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZJM0oJyzvc&feature=related
this month has been crazy.
and learning german is SO HARD. but it will be worth it. the art classes here are insanely out the box crazy. metalworking "sound installation making" class, a drawing class that takes part only at the zoo never in a studio, a combined art history/studio class creating how the architecture makes you feel after you learn about it and see it....
AND SUPPLIES ARE FREE
you just have to pay for small stuff like paper but the expensive stuff is free like printing inks and the metal for metalworking. oh hey gotta love that germany subsidizes its colleges and being an exchange student means i reap the benefits <3
also ive been brushing up on my portuguese there is a guy from brazil here!
this will be hard but so.completely.worth it!