Thursday, September 8
Hello all. I'm in Köln (Cologne) at the moment, but I'll be leaving for our orientation in Altenburg in a couple hours. The rest of my time in Münster was great. I'm so glad I went there first, seeing friends made me feel much less alone here in Deutschland! I got to Köln the night before last. I'm staying at a hostel and it's been a lot of fun. There are a bunch of us Fulbrighters here along with people from all over of course. I've had quite a lot of Kölsch (local beer) and seen some of the important sights. I climbed the Dom of course, I think it is still my favorite Cathedral ever. It's just so unbelievably huge!
Hopefully orientation won't be too bad. It's in a tiny dorf outside Köln. I guess we have to do lots of practice teaching and stuff. As well as filling out plenty of paper work I'm sure. There will be no shortage of Beurocracy :-P
I'm not sure if I'll have internet access or not while I'm there. At any rate I'll be off to München (now that I have umlauts I'm all about the German names of cities) on the 12th! I'm really looking forward to settling in somewhere and not having to worry about my ginormouse suit cases anymore!