Hallo! My first two weeks in Munich, Germany are coming to a close. Time seems to be going by fast as I finish my weekdays in German class and spend my weekends on cultural excursions around the Munich area.
During my time here, I have created some goals for myself. In my German class, I hope to become slightly more fluent in the language. To me, this means being able to comfortably practice German with the locals and transfer that practice into the classroom on my tests or oral exams. In my cultural class, I hope to learn more about the history of the sites that we visit instead of simply visiting to take pictures. This will be a challenge since most of our tours are in German, but that will also help with my aforementioned goal.
Professionally, I hope to learn more about the business environment in Munich compared to Berlin and consider the differences for a possible career in the future that is based in Germany. This allows me to also understand how business is conducted in comparison to America.
Personally, I want to explore the various cultures around Munich to understand how the perspectives can differ. Simply walking around in a city that I am unfamiliar with can make the cultural differences immediately apparent. For instance, walking in the bike lane in Munich is typically a dangerous activity.
While in Munich, I am living in a guesthouse provided by the Goethe-Institute. The Goethe-Institute is where I am studying German language and culture around central Munich. The room provided is a single suite with a bathroom and community kitchen on the floor. Using the community kitchen can be interesting because I meet others that live on the floor, most of which are not from Pitt. The other Pitt students in the program live in the same guest house on the other 3 floors. The guesthouse is situated in the quiet city of Laim, which is about a 20 minute train ride from the Institute.
Commuting to the Institute is relatively easy. Using the train in Germany is as simple as buying a monthly ticket and waiting at the station for the train that comes every 5 minutes. The public transportation is typically on time, which is not always the case with American public transportation. I like how clean the trains and buses are in Germany and it can actually be a relaxing ride. The only downside is the amount of people that are on the train at certain times in the day.
For others that may consider travelling to Munich: budget your money and time. It can be easy to overwhelm yourself with a filled schedule and sometimes you can forget about how varied the conversion rate is for USD to Euros.
Until next week!