Saturday, July 6, 2013

Finally, a Bit of Time to Relax!

The past few weeks in Germany have been pretty calm. There haven't been any long trips to far away and exciting places; so, it was nice to just relax for a bit. I have had lots of homework and stuff for school to catch up on since the semester is ending shortly. Only two more weeks of classes-I can't believe it! Two more weeks and I'll be done with my undergraduate college degree! Time really does go by too fast... But anyways, as I said, I have been catching up on lots of school work and working on writing my final papers. Right now I am in the process of writing my last paper for college ever and it is actually rather bittersweet. I am actually enjoying writing this one and I am both sad and excited that it will be my last. It will hopefully end up being the perfect last paper as well seeing as how it is turning out to be rather long and it is on my favorite book of all time, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. So far, it is everything I would want my last paper of college to be and I hope it turns out that way. Besides working on homework and school work, the weather has been wonderful here in Germany, for the most part, over the past few weeks. I have been able to get outside for a run everyday and enjoy the Schlosspark and the city a bit. This last week has been a bit more busy than the others with lots of assignments due, the 4th of July and then a scholarship fest at the Bodensee.

I found a giant snail along one of my runs!

Along a run one afternoon we were caught it a downpour...

And then, naturally, I wanted to jump in the puddles!

This is my favorite run destination a few miles away...and
on this day it looked beautiful in the sunshine!

To begin, the 4th of July was on Thursday and after class and homework was taken care of, we all decided to have a giant celebration complete with BBQ foods and S'mores! The weather was great and the party, which we held on the roof of one of the dorm buildings, was a huge success. Myself and the rest of the Americans were able to feel just about at home with so many homemade, American classic dishes and the Germans were able to get a little taste of America as well. The night ended with S'mores and fireworks, just like any other 4th of July would.

Party food all set up!


A new German buddy and myself celebrating on the 4th of July

Some very excited Americans!

Three Americans and a Brit :)


The next day was an early rise for most of us as we had to travel down to the Bodensee, or Lake Constance, for an annual scholarship fest offered by our scholarship foundation here in Germany. The weather was beautiful and the lake was a sight to see once again. The only down part to the day/evening was that we all were attacked by bugs and mosquitos on the Island Mainau, where the fest was being held, and bug spray was no where to be found... So, 32 bug bites and a long day later, I finally made it back to my dorm in Karlsruhe. Now, once again I am ready for some relaxing time and it will hopefully come in the next few weeks as school comes to a close.

A picture in the same exact place as last summer...
only blonde this time :)

There were so many beautiful flowers!

Stair fountain at Insel Mainau

Garden at Insel Mainau

Good friends and flowers!

My favorites!

I am looking forward to classes being over and then hopefully getting to travel around Germany before heading to Africa for three weeks and then finally, I will head back to the States and back home! In some ways, time has been going very slowly and I really realize just how long being away from home for 7 months (in total) really is. But, at the same time, my time here has really flown by and it is crazy to think I have been here for as long as I have been. I am looking forward to seeing all of my family and friends when I return, yet, until then I am still counting on Germany to provide many happy memories for me in the next few months!

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