The leaves are nearly finished falling, and the Christmas season is just beginning in Germany. But before I get into the full swing of Christmas markets, Lebkuchen, and Advent calendars, I’d like to share some of the daily life and fall fun I’ve had so far this semester.
The Schlossberg is an overlook only about a kilometer from my apartment. From there, I can hike deep into the Black Forest, which had amazing fall colors during the season.
During October, the Freiburger Messe takes place for a week in Freiburg. This carnival has lots of rides, as well as food stands, carnival games, and a craft market. The October weather is usually pretty chilly, but we got lucky with how warm it was on the day we went.
An iconic location in Freiburg is the “Blaue Brücke,” or the blue bridge. College students often hang out on the bridge and climb up on the trusses to watch the trains pass by underneath.
In addition to these fun outings, I stay quite busy with classwork. My classes are German, literature, history, film, and art history, and all of them are in German. The class schedule is like a normal college semester, except we don’t have class on Fridays, which is often used for excursions. I usually have a break for lunch between classes, in which I go back to my apartment to eat. After my afternoon/evening classes, I usually do homework or hang out with friends. On the weekends, I visit different cities around Germany or go hiking in the beautiful Black Forest.