.... or in English, my plan for my first day in Germany!
My departure date is fast approaching and with only 15 days left until I leave, I feel oddly at peace. I think the key to this level of calm is making tons of lists and getting things done EARLY. Like I talked about in my last post, there's gonna be bumps in the road no matter what. What matters is that you make sure those bumps happen early enough in the road so that you have time to fix them... which leads me to today's topic.
Working in student housing here at Manoa, I felt like I had a pretty good idea of what to expect once I got to my dorm in Germany. As a Resident Assistant, we check people in to their rooms whenever they arrive--even if that happens to be at 5 in the morning or 11 at night. When I booked my plane ticket, I didn't really think through when I would arrive in Tübingen because I figured I could just head straight to my dorm and check in. The thing is, I won't arrive until 5-ish on a Friday and by that point, my Hausmutter will be off for the day.... and the rest of the weekend. Which means I can't check into my room for 2 days!
With a little bit of research I found that there's a youth hostel right next to campus that only costs about $25 per night. I went to book my room and also found that I need to be a member of Hostelling International to stay there. I'm glad I figured that out while I had access to wifi, because I was able to quickly sign up and pay $18 for my year long membership. I can use this membership to stay at tons of different hostiles across Europe (note: most hostels require that you are a member of HI before you can stay with them, and you can sometimes get discounted rates with a membership, so try and figure it out before you leave!)
Now I just need to make sure I bring enough Euros or a Visa/Mastercard credit card to pay for my quick stay. I'm actually pretty excited to stay in a hostel for my first couple nights in Germany. It's right on the Neckar river in a super beautiful area of Old Town, so I'm looking forward to adventuring. During the spring and summer, they even have punting contests on the Neckar where people race row boats down the river.
Anyways. 15 DAYS!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!!