Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Berlin, Madrid, München, Hamburg

I have a little less than a month left in Germany, and I can't believe it. I made myself a wallet calender yesterday evening to keep everything in my head. I get out of school on the 22nd, I found out that my host mother booked a vacation house in Munich for the first eight days or so of vacation, and then I've made plans to visit amazing family friends in Hamburg after that, and then I only have four more days and I'll be finding myself in the airport crying my eyes out! How did this happen!? I couldn't fall asleep last night thinking about it. In any case, instead of delving into my difficulties accepting the fact that I have less than a month left, I'll give a little overview of what I've been up to since the last time I wrote.

The last week of May I went to Berlin for my End of Stay Orientation. I wasn't really looking forward to going, but by the end of the week I didn't want to leave. At the midstay camp we all met eachother for a second time, but this time we were able to see all fifty of us, and form deeper friendships with many. By now, writing this, it feels like so long ago, and I don't really know how to describe all the things that happened and all the feelings we felt. A good friend of mine wrote an amazing blog post about it all, and I asked her if I could provide the link here. She said everything a thousand times better than I could think to. (She also has a lot of really good photos, so please check it out!!).

This last week, from Thursday to Sunday, I was in Madrid with the Spanish classes of my school. It was a fantastic experience, and I definitely want to find a way to go back and learn Spanish! I think pictures can describe everything better than words...
At the airport before departure
Our airplane!

Checkin' everything out through our big waiting room window

Arrived at the hostel with a fantastic view out of our window.

meine gastschwester und ich!

pretty street, crossing our hostel's street

walking tours!

another pretty street

the demonstranten!


A statue. With hair? Just kidding. It's Maria!

An interesting wall covered in shards of mirror.

Typical again. I love my fellow chilean exchange student.

See that sharp corner on that building? It's not real. Look closely at the graffiti on the bottom and you'll see...


Waiting to get into the Museo nacional centro de arte reina sofia!

Ready to listen with our snazzy hearing devices.
The elevator ride up to the third floor of the museum...
Another group photo on our tour of modern madrid.
...modern madrid

Outside the soccer stadium. We love spain!

The Demonstranten, blocking one of the major intersections in the city

Statue of Caído, the fallen angel (aka the devil), in the Parque de El Retiro.

Also in the Park, Palacio de Cristal.

On our last evening, the best living statue we had ever seen. It was eerie.

Birte, Haresh and I had a long wait in the airport, which we made the most of

Finally in the airplane! yay, Frankfurt!

The view out the plane window as the sun set.