Monday, April 4, 2011

“All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.”

I have had this blog tab open for over an hour now but I haven't felt like writing anything.

We got back from back from Frankfurt yesterday. Make sure to look at the pictures from Frankfurt on Shutterfly (, they are definitely worth it. 

I had school Friday and got home at about 1. I then realized that we were leaving for Frankfurt in like 2 and a half hours and I have no clean clothes to pack. I quickly threw my clothes into the washer and had enough time to skype with my parents. I finished packing about 3 minutes before we left and surprisingly, I didn't forget anything. 

It's about 2 hours and 20 minutes from here to Frankfurt but luckily we stopped at Ikea to break up the time a little bit. I don't mind the car trips because we always stop at one of two places. We either stop at Miss Pepper's; an American 1960's themed diner (with American food, Gott sei dank) or at Ikea. If we stop at Miss Pepper's then I usually get some sort of cheeseburger. Stopping at Ikea means Köttbullar (Swedish meatballs) almost every time. My host parents like going there because it's the only place around with all you can drink coffee. Free refills are unheard of Germany. The closest Ikea at home is in Pennsylvania so I had never been to one before. They are coolest stores ever. They have almost everything imaginable. We walked around in Ikea for a little bit then drove the rest of the way to Frankfurt. 

We went to Frankfurt to visit friends of my host family. We got there at about 7 and had dinner and just hung out. We had Frankfurters and Bratkartoffla for dinner. We sat around and talked for a couple of hours then went to bed. 

We went all around the city on Saturday. I think Frankfurt might be my favorite big city in Germany. Everything was so picturesque in Frankfurt. Frankfurt is one of the few places in Germany with skyscrapers. It's the banking capital of Germany and there are over 300 banks in Frankfurt. It's kind of like a smaller version of NYC except it's German so it's remarkably clean and not so chaotic.

We started by taking pictures along the Main (pronounced mine) River. After that we went up the Maintower (round blue building in the pictures on shutterfly) to view the city from above. It was sunny and warm so you could see the whole city. Germany has quite a few places to climb up and see the cities. There is at least one in every good sized city. After that we went and got lunch.After lunch we saw the Römerberg in Frankfurt. The Römerberg is the section of Frankfurt that was settled by the Romans.

Then we took a trolley on a sightseeing trip around the city. We had a 30 minute break in the middle of the trolley tour and I went and slept under a tree. It was over 80 and I was wearing jeans so I was hot and exhausted. We went home after the tour and had dinner. Again we just kind of hung out and relaxed. We were only home for about an hour and then Philipp and I drove back into Frankfurt to take pictures of the skyline at night. There is only a certain time where the colors are perfect so we had to be there right on time. 

We were there for about 2 hours taking pictures. It was kind of the like "The Amazing Race". First we were on the ultimate scavenger hunt for a parking place and we ended up parking so far away that we had to full out sprint to the bridge to get there on time. The pathetic part is that it was like maybe a block or two and I was still like dying on the ground after running. That's probably when you should lay off the döner and German chocolates. I got to speak English with someone from London though. It's always nice to speak a little English once in a while. Then we just went home and went to bed.

We took a tour of the airport on Sunday. I flew into Frankfurt airport when I arrived and I fly out of Frankfurt when I leave. It was weird to be back in the airport because it was brought back all the memories of arriving in Germany but also made me think about going home. It was also the first time that my host family talked about plans for my departure. Then it really hit me. I knew that I was going home in July but yesterday when everyone was talking about it, it really hit me like a ton of bricks. 

The tour of the airport was really cool. They take you down on the landing strip to watch the planes take off and land. We drove back home (home as in Stuttgart this time) after the airport tour. 

Today I just went to school, updated the pictures on shutterfly and wrote this blog; nothing exciting. 

If there is good weather tomorrow, we are going to Schloss Lichtenstein. It's an old castle not to far from here. I don't have pictures of it but here are some from wikipedia.

I guess that is all for this post.


  1. hey Michael, I'm Ema Madeira and I'm from Portugal. I'll go to Germany next september with AFS, and I love to read your blog, I find it really useful, being a future exchange student and all :p please keep posting! I love you photos, specially these new ones of the Lichtenstein Castle, can you tell me which camera do you use? and lens? hahah I would really appreciate it! :D

  2. obrigado! I use a Sony Cybershot but some of the pictures were taken with my host brother's Nikon D90. I don't know what lens he uses though. Do you already speak a little German? Do you have your host family already? Enjoy your last few months in Portugal and have fun in Germany!

  3. hahah it's nice of you to say "obrigado" in Portuguese xD I have a Sony Cybershot too, but the quality of the photos seemed way too good!

    Well, I never had a German lesson in my life, but I'm trying to prepare myself and learn some basic stuff by myself. Hopefully I will have more time during summer, so that I can study it more intensively, but we'll see :p but I already know the verb to be, to have and other essential ones, I knw how to introduce myself, to say that I don't understand and such, I think it's not too bad! hahaha

    No, I don't have my host family yet, I hope that during summer I will get one, but who knows? I'm so excited and anxious. When did you know about your host family? and did you speak any German before? Do you think it's reallyyyyy difficult?

    Thank you so much, and I'm sorry for such a long reply! I hope you enjoy your last months in Germany, live it fully! :D

  4. I never had a German lesson either so don't worry. Sounds like you have a good start on the language though. Learn as much as you can before you come. It makes the beginning so much easier.

    I got my host family at the beginning of May. I was the second one to get a host family so I think most people have to wait a little longer. Hopefully you get yours soon though!

    I spoke some German before I came. My grandparents speak it so I picked up some from them. Not too much but it was nice to have the little headstart. Learning the words and pronunciation is really not that hard. The German grammar is actually very difficult. The people can understand you even if you mess up the grammar too. There are not certain rules for the grammar. You just kind of pick it up after time.

  5. ok thank you so much for your tips :)