Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Around Bonn, and surounding pics

I've started carrying my camera with me literaly every where I go so that I dont forget to take pictures of "everyday" things that wont be so when I get home. These are a few pictures from the past week or so, they are pretty ordinary though I must say...

A castle in Bruhl and my host sister (who will be in Moncton next year =)! )


Some of the graffiti that is everywhere, on a building that I see every day and still can't figure out what it is.

My current home (only the first 2 floors)



THE church in Bonn, from the back, so it looks kinda of wimpy.



The Garbage Men---An art display outside of the Cologne Dome, which consists of hundreds of "men" made from garbage....??


Susie and Kat (Florida and Australia) while we were "meeting our turkish friends" (Koeln)


Waiting for the bus by my first host family.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Coles notes picture look at the hill

A short picture review of the Hills we skiied in Switzerland... When i'm not so lazy I will post pictures of other parts of the trip =)

So, this was midway down the hill closest to our apartment, this was a lovely little canteen, selling pop for 5 swiss francs a glass... gross... so Steph and I just snagged these awsome seats to eat our oranges, and other such things we smuggled in our pockets.





This picture was from the gondola on the way to GLACIER 3000! (sweet name I know). The trip took 2 Gondola's to get to the top each of them held over 100 people. It was odd being suspended so high up you couldn't see the ground because of clouds in such a big chair lift. Basically it was like going to heaven, the destination was arguably better then paradise as well.

This was on the glacier, what you can see in the picture is what you could see in reality... not a whole lot besides white. It was odd and it made for some sketchy riding, the trails wern't difficult but the random bumps that inevitably occur plus the lack of being able to see made for an interesting experience. Often if you went of a trail you would just end up at the side of a cliff and then you would have needed to hike back up, but this is at the top of a mountain so the air .. sucks.. and hiking wasnt fun..

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

February!

Hello all!

It's been ages since I last really updated. Mostly because things have been pretty mundane around here. I'm finally setteling into my classes and actually starting to understand some of my classes with help from my good ol dictionary. Slowly Germany is really becoming my home and I'm getting so sad that I only have 4 more months (to the day!) left. The time is FLYING by.

Last weekend was Karneval (or Carnival), which was a really good time. It is basically an extended Mardi Gras. The general reason behind the celebration is that today being ash wednesday is the first day of lent. That means that Catholics have to buckle down and give up something. Carnival is the last big Hurrah before they have to start being good. Unfortunatly the awsome weather didnt hold up for Karneval and the +10 or better turned into about 0 with snow. This made my costume only possible indoors (german girl).

Besides that Stephanies friend from Canada came for a two week visit and just headed home yesterday. Admitedly it was nice to cheat and just stick with those two for a few days, but it also made me realize i ONLY have 4 more months!!!!

Oh and I was stuck babysitting the Saturday night of last weekend and I finally got around to learning how to knit =)!!! The cold weather of the last few weeks has kept me in more then it should and I'm getting lazy... I guess i'll start running again sometime soon... there are flowers out already, I think that might be a sign.

So basically all is well in Bonn.. The parents are here in 11 days and I'm getting excited about that, and then we will be in the Alps in 17 days which I am VERY excited about, I can't wait to get back on my (or a rental) board. I miss my winter sports!

My pictures wont upload today so I guess I will have another post with pictures coming soon!

Ciao!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY
=)
1 more year of being a teenager left

Sunday, January 15, 2006

The BIG move



All moved in to my second host family and so far all is good. I all ready feel at ease and at home here, and the move was a nice distraction to every one leaving this week.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Christmas, New Years and HAMBURG

I guess that I have been neglecting this site for a while.. SORRY

So here is a quick recap of the past few weeks.


Christmas
For christmas I went to a town up in Northern Germany with my host familly (Papenburg). This town is really neet, it has a canal going through the entire thing and that means that there are ships right in the middle of town, very neet. Almost all of my host famillies extended familly lives in the town making it a convinient place for christmas. We headed up to Papenburg on friday and relaxed with the familly for the night, thrilling. The next day saturday was christmas eve, or in Germany Christmas. So that night we got all dolled up and had christmas dinner (soup) with one side of the familly and then waited for the "christkind" (christchild) to ring the bell so we could all go and open our presents. After that we went to the other side of the familly and did the same thing all over again, except this time we ate potatoe salad and wurst (long hot dogs, festive I know). So that was "Christmas". The next day, REAL christmas, was pretty uneventful. The hostfathers father or Opa, took his whole familly to a fancy restaurant where there was a gorgeous buffet. I didn't understand what half of the food was so I opted for some of the things I could identify. This included, wild boar, curry poultry (duck or Quail) and........ my favorite...... REINDEER!... I guess rudolf had an accident, oh well. So that was christmas, the next day we ate wierd hot saurkraut stuff then went home. A good time had by all.



New Years
For New Years Stephanie and I decided to have an adventure. Seeing as there are 70 exchange students within 30 minutes of Koeln, opting to meet up with them is always a great option. We decided to go to a party in a town called Olpe where one of our friends from Mexico lives, its basically in the middle of nowhere and about an hour drive away from us in Bonn. As we can't drive being exchange students and all we worked out a route that could get us there by public transportation and that would take us about 2 1/2 hours. So knowing us, we get completly stranded because of a late tram and it being New Years eve..meaning the busses and trains run differently. So about... 6 hours after leaving we arrive in Olpe. There were 3 Mexicans, an argentinian and us. Unfortunalty because of our lateness we missed our drive to the party meaning we had to walk.. for 1/3 an hour in our costumes...in the middle of no where. It wasn't bad but it was an adventure. The party was a costume party at a tennis club and it ended up being a blast. We were the youngest there, but I was the oldest of the youngest, meaning I fit in! So, the next day we headed home and it only took us 3 1/2 hours this time, much much better.

Hamburg
Stepanie, her host brother, me and my host brother all recieved a trip to Hamburg as one of our christmas presents. So Monday the 2nd we all headed to Hamburg. We stayed in a VERY nice hotel and stephanie and I even got our own double room to ourselves, with unlimited shower time, VERY POSH, I know. The trip included a German version of the musical the Lion King. It was A GREAT show, but it was wierd hearing the songs in german. (circle of life,acuna matata). Hamburg the city was gorgeous, it is called "Florence of the North" by Europeans and I definetly saw why. It is a harbour city but the harbour doesnt stop at the edge of the city. The water takes the place of half of the streets going North/South, and it wasn't unusual to see someone playing the acordian on a street/water corner. The town hall (which is also the state building as Hamburg is a State as well) has 4 more rooms then Buckingham palace, and is right on a lake as well. In the middle of the lake was a christmas tree, and on the other side of the lake was one of the best 5 star hotels in the world. The shopping was AMAZING, with stores like Versace and Gucci (for DOGS andddd people) all over the place. We did a bus tour of the city and a boat tour of the HUGE harbour (biggest in Europe), saw St Michealis (a gorgeous protestant church), got a peek of some of the red light district hamburg is famous for and also drove around Old Denmark (A part of the City that actually use to be denmark). All in all a VERY good trip!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

BRUSSELS


Last weekend I was fortunate enough to go to Belgium and stay in Brussels (the capital). It snowed the entire way (after getting out of the rhineland, cause it never snows here) so the drive took a good three hours. It was one of the worst snowstorms they have had in recent years with a whole.....10 cm of snow!!!! Imagine! haha

Well we were brave and made the treck into downtown Brussels from where we were staying on the outskirts any ways. Since it never snows here I didnt think that it would ever snow in Belgium so the only thing I brought with me were my chucks, and well they arnt the best snow wear. Belgium apperantly isn't use to getting snow either so there is no snow removal system. So recap...Chucks + Slushy side walks = really cold wet feet. So we walked to the bus stop and took it to the D.T. area. The first thing we saw (after the European Union buildings from the bus window) was a bunch of people dressed up in old colourful army suits and horses. This struck our interest so we got of the bus and mingled around with the horses and stilt people, finally realizing that it was a parade for the 65 (dont quote me on that) years of independance from the Netherlands. So we continued on our way and saw the oldest shopping mall in Europe, the famous town hall, the current kings palace, and Manneken-Pis. After words we enjoyed some Belgium wafels and chocolate and went to some famous lace stores, all in all it was real good day! So we get back on the bus and around the same time as we are regaining feeling in our feet we look up and there are some of the prettiest fireworks I have ever seen. At about the same time the bus gets caught in a traffic jam so we got to watch the fire works from one of the best locations ever and it was warm =).

Eventually we got home and had a great traditional german meal and then hung out with the daughters of the couple we were staying with. They were 10 and 12 and have already lived in the U.S.A., Germany and obviously Belgium, and they had the coolest personalities ever, so it was an interesting night.

Sunday, after a breakfast that included cavier and a heated discussion between the 4 adult germans about which landmark was most important for us to see Waterloo or the Atomium, Stephanie and I headed with our ever trusty personal tourguide Thomas to Waterloo. (The battle field where napolean was defeated giving us the modern european borders). So we did the speed tour of that climbing a huge monument hill built so that people can overlook the entire field, caught our breath took some pictures and then headed down again. We picked up the rest of the crowd (Nikolas and Marion) and headed to the Atomium and then home in freezing rain with american christmas songs blaring.