It has been a week now since I have moved in to the dorms here in Ulm. I really like it here and love how friendly everyone is, it makes life a little easier to deal with. I am making new friends and exploring the culture. The food is different but I will stay fat & happy lol. It was a big change up but I am handling it well. We tend to hang out with the other Americans a lot just because they are in the same boat as us. Also the only Greek girl to study abroad this term is likes to go with us so she isn't alone.
Some of this past week was moving in, orientation, & setting up my dorm room...they don't do WiFi so I had to switch back to wired internet, it is not fun to always be stuck on a tether lol. Wednesday was a fun day, we climbed the tallest church steeple in the world! It stands just over 161 meters high & has a stair case to the top for a crow nest. I will say I was pretty tired that day, after all the steps up & down. The steeple is at the city center so you can see everything from it...truly is a beautiful sight from the top, almost breath taking! On a clear day you can see the Alps but it was pretty cloudy when we did the climb but next time I will do it on a clear day.
Thursday was another trip to Oktoberfest with the rest of the Americans to try and get in the beer tents. With are luck we ended up making it in to 3 different beer tents, great trip & it is crazy what they do there. Friday I went on a guided tour which was nice to learn about some of the old & interesting things about Ulm. Like it is 1 of the oldest cities in Germany & back in the day it was 1 of the safest with its city wall & army positions for the city. The Guinness world record for the most crooked house is located in fisherman's square in Ulm Germany, it is actually a hotel you can stay at & enjoy the custom made furniture so you can be flat lol. Some houses here date back to the 1500's & they still look great!
Today was a fun filled day in the Alp mountains where we did a team climbing day. Teams of 2 made their way threw different obstacles on different courses all up about 25 feet in a tree with the wind blowing & yes the trees where swaying lol. After 3 courses I said lets go do the black diamond course, the hardest course...I wont do that one again lol. At the start you climb a ladder that is like the ones in the movies under a helicopter, which is hard, 35 feet off the ground & make you walk a tight rope...I did not fall but thank god I had a safety cable! I really got nervous when I had to jump tree to tree & they are like 6 foot from each other...my heart was pounding when I jumped & the wind switched directions, while I am in the air, moving the trees further apart but I still made it! all together I am bruised, cut up & sore but I had a great time at the Alps today!!!
Tomorrow I will have a nice day off & sleep in for the first time in the dorms...hopefully I can lol. classes start Tuesday for me since they pushed them back...lucky me lol.