I finally made it! After 30 hours of traveling and a decent amount of getting lost, I am in my hostel for the weekend before I check into my dorm on Monday. I took three planes, a train, a bus, and a decently long, hilly walk with all my luggage to get here. It's safe to say that I have never been this tired in my life. The time difference between Germany and Hawaii is 11 hours so when I'm waking up here, I would be going to bed in Hawaii. I've heard that the trick is to just eat at normal times and that'll speed up the elimination of jet lag. We'll see. Here's some photos from my time here so far...
All of these photos were from today. My whole goal for the day was to find pajamas because that's something I forgot to pack. Luckily I got some at the weird grocery/department/perfume hybrid store. About an hour into my exploring, it started to rain super hard and it was also 40 degrees so I packed it in and headed back to the hostel which is where I'm writing to you now. Next time I check in, I will hopefully be settled in my dorm. I'm gonna go and try to find my dorm tomorrow (Sunday) before I actually have to go there on Monday hauling all my stuff with me. We'll see how that goes. I don't have wifi in a lot of places so I've been relying on strangers to help me figure out where to go.
I hope to do a lot more exploring but honestly I'm still super tired and it's also gonna take a bit of adjustment being in a new place where people don't speak your language. It's nice because most Germans learn English in school, but it's also not the first language they choose to speak. So walking on the streets or sitting in a cafe is kinda lonely, in a way, since I can't understand big chunks of what's being said. If I start speaking English first, 98% of people have been able to respond to me in English. But it's still weird being surrounded by so many people who I can't fully understand. It'll take some adjustment but I'll get there!!!! I'll talk at you guys soon-- I'm off to find dinner now. Tschüss!