S: My Year in Germany
FC: My Year in | Germany | 2009-2010
1: On August 29, 2009, I finished up the last of my packing, drove to Winnipeg and after tearful good-byes, I boarded an airplane to a place I had never been but was about to call my home for the next year. Hours later, I landed in Stuttgart, Germany, where my friend picked me up and drove me to my new home, Bodenseehof Bibelscheule in the village of Fischbach, 8km from the city of Friedrichshafen.. My German adventure had begun..
2: Friedrich | The Bod
3: shafen | ensee
4: How to get to | 11 B Ziegelstrasse
5: Welcome to Apt. 2 | Differences in German Houses 101 | 1) Most houses contain 2-6 or more apartments. Not very many single homes. | 2) Blinds do not exist, instead they have "jail bars" which completely block out the sun and makes sleeping easy. | 3) All showers are hand held. | 4) The toilets are not bowls filled with water but have a ledge that goes into a hole to flush. | 5) There are no sliding windows, but ones that pull open from the top and then swing open from the top | 6) All ovens and fridges are built in. Fridges look like normal cabinets. | 7) All apartment doors lock automatically and can open be opened with a key so you can't leave without your key. | 8) Finding a top sheet in Germany is impossible.
6: OKTOBER | Highlights ~ International Night ~ K Group Olympics ~ Exploring Friedrichshafen ~ Going to Neuschwanstein Castle with all the students ~ The 6th Hour ~ Ikea trip with Hanna ~ Boweling with K-Group
7: Bodensee | Sunsets
8: Schloss Neuschwanstein
10: NOVEMBER | Highlights ~ Travel Weekend - Going to Salzburg with the girls ~ Buncho Night ~ Thanksgiving Dinner ~ Weekend in Stuttgart with Julia and Starbucks ~ Christmas Market in Tettnang ~ Decorating for Christmas
11: Salzburg | For Travel Weekend, Hilary, Brianna, Maddie and I took a cheap train to Salzburg, Austria where we spent 3 nights. We managed to book at 4 star hotel with all the extras and spent the weekend exploring the old city and all it had to offer.
12: Sights | of | Salzburg
13: Sound | of | Music
14: Teaching Tina how to decorate Canadian style
15: DEZEMBER | ~ December 1st Party ~ Losing toe nail in soccer - - Caroling around Fischbach with K-Group - Going to Switzerland with Tina and meeting a Russian exchange student, British/Swiss resident, and a Californian Nanny at the Burnrain Chocolate Factory, all who spoke English ~ K-Group Christmas Supper - Going to Stuttgart Christmas Market with Julia -Christmas Banquet with Students - Staff Christmas Banquet with steak - Flying Home for Christmas
16: Christmas Banquet
17: Highlights ~ Flying Back to Germany ~ Meeting Indian "Friend" on train ride to Friedsrichshafen ~ Train Adventure with Baden-Württemberg Ticket ~ Movie Night with Students ~ Making Cinnamon Buns for the fist time ever ~ Having party with 30 people in my apartment | JANUAR
19: FEBRUAR | Highlights - Ikea trip to Ulm with the girls - Watching Superbowl (a week later) - Day trip to Strausbourg, France -Holiday in Paris with the Rempels - Watching the Canada vs. USA Gold medal hockey game
20: A Day in
21: Strasbourg | France
22: Week in Paris with the Rempels
23: Paris - Amazing Race Style | - Montparnasse - La Fayette - Hotel des Invalides - Effiel Tower -Trocadéro - Champs-Élysées - Arc d"Triumph - The Louve - Musée d'Orsay - Le Seine - Notre Dame | Amazing Race Checklist
24: Canada vs. USA Gold Medal Hockey Game
25: Highlights - Kaufland feast with Brianna and Hilary - Friends Day at the Bode - Going to Dachau Concentration Camp - Day in Munich with students - Final Banquet - Girl's night out Bowling | MARZ
26: Dachau | Concentration Camp
29: K-Group Crazies
30: Final Banquet equals
31: Many Goodbyes
32: APRIL | Highlights - Bike rides - Hearing love stories from the staff couples - Trip to Barcelona with Hilary and being stranded there due to volcano - Hanging out with Sing Team - Water prank on Anne before she left us
33: What Happens When the Students are Gone
34: Barcelona | Hilary and I planned a relaxing trip to Barcelona, a break for me from work, and a last excursion for Hilary before she returned to Canada. We should have known it would not be that easy. Hilary nearly didn't make it there due to a train strike in France and the day we arrived, a volcano erupted in Iceland, causing all flights to be canceled for the next week.. Since the trains were also on strike, there was no way out. But after a few tears and 3 plane tickets later, we did manage to return to Germany, never so happy to be on German soil!
36: MAI | Highlights - Mom and Auntie Sue coming to visit me and traveling to Switzerland and France - Watching "Pride and Prejudice" for the first time - Capernwray Harbour Reunion in Marberg - Numerous girls nights with Sing Team and Tina
37: My mom and Auntie Sue flew out to visit me. After a day or two in Germany, we took off to Interlaken, Switzerland, Colmar, France and Paris.
42: Paris | with the ladies
44: Capes Reunion | I got to attend a Capernwray Harbour / Capernwray Quebec reunion in Marberg, Germany. I was able to see past classmates and old friends along with teachers from Capes!
45: MARZ | JUNI | Highlights - Teaching at English Camp unexpectedly - April's Birthday Party in the backyard - Murderer on the lose in Fischbach -Weekend in Stuttgart with Julia and going to Heidelberg with her and Lorna - World Cup Soccer - Biking and beach
46: Heidelberg A Much Needed Weekend Off
47: MARZ | JULI | Highlights - July 1st / 4th Party - Strawberry picking and eating -Staff Canoe Day with attacking pirates - hanging out with Jurgen and Sonja -Seehausenfest with Tina - Going to a Bremen soccer game | - Going to Rhein Falls with the Sing Team - Jolene coming to Germany to visit and spending day in Munich and then 4 days in Sicily, Italy - Hot weather all month - Going to the beach and swimming everyday
48: Rhein | Falls | One sunny afternoon, the Sing Team and I packed up and drove to Switzerland where we explored the Rhein Falls.
50: Summer filed with | Bike Rides | Beach | and
52: Deutschland | Jolene gave me a Canada Day surprise when she told me she was coming to Germany to visit me. Immediately I starting making plans. She flew out and our adventures began. From Munich to Lindau, to Trapaini, Italy. We explored it all, made good memories and developed a hate for German trains! | And here comes Jo...
53: Munich | And | In | 14 | To | Back | Less | Than | Hours
54: Jolene and I took the 4 hour train ride to Munich with the intentions of seeing Dachau Concentration Camp, the one thing that Jolene wanted to see in Germany. We got there in the pouring rain, only to find out that the Camp is closed on Mondays. The closest we got to it was the gates. We ended up back in Munich, exploring the city.
55: German Train are always on time... Myth Busted | Our relaxing trip to Italy became frantic when our train was late and we had to have my room mate Tina quickly drive us to our connecting train in order to catch our flight on time.
58: Boat Cruise
60: Beer | Garden
61: German | Food
62: AUGUST | Highlights - Last Sing Team concert - Birthday notes from Sing Team and Kaffee Trinken - Day at favourite cafe in Meersberg - Vali's baby shower - Flu taking over the school - Moving to different apartment
63: Soaking it up... for the last time
64: A Year in Germany... Moving to Germany was probably one of the most crazy ideas that I followed through with, but it was also one of the best. It was one of the hardest yet most fun and rewarding years of my life. It taught me so much, I saw so much, experienced so much, grew in many ways and had fun. I don't think I will be the same and I never regret the decision I made!!