The next two weeks were a jumble of paperwork and attending orientation classes about the basics of higher German education. We have a very large group of international students here, and we all quickly hit it off.
To compensate for the onslaught of academic responsibilities, we went hiking, attended obscure–but-interesting funk concerts, went to an Irish pub to watch German soccer (go Bayern!), hiked some more, attended an American-themed restaurant (but they wouldn’t serve pancakes for dinner), and partied tons.
And yet, despite all of this socializing, I felt lonely. As much as I enjoyed hanging out with everyone, I’m just not into the whole night-life scene, and that seemed to be the only thing everyone else wanted to do. I started to feel burnt out and exhausted, so I just stopped hanging out as much. I also felt like I hadn’t found people who understood me, and I had trouble befriending my fellow German classmates.
This post concludes my Time Travel series. From now on, the posts will be less chronological and more theme-based (Badisch cuisine, interesting hiking trails, etc.) You will also be able to read about how I have slowly found my footing and a balance between all the different facets of living in another country. I will continue to write about culture shock and finding my niche here (don’t worry, this story has a happy ending).
I would also like to take a minute to welcome my parents to Germany! They arrived safely yesterday afternoon. It’s their 30th wedding anniversary this month, and since that’s a big year, they decided to celebrate by visiting me for a short time. Their arrival also marks the halfway point in my stay in Germany. That’s right, I’m already halfway done! Thank you for following me this far, and I can’t wait to continue to share this journey with you.