Helloooo loyal followers & Freunde! Sorry for the 2 week neglect… but it happens. I’m working on it. Anyway, I’ve been having a fabulous couple of weeks here with many fun filled adventures (but also some boring nights here on my computer, too). I went to my second Bundesliga soccer match: SC Freiburg vs. Bayer-Leverkusen. It was a Friday night game and unfortunately we were unable to get seats on the North Stand (where all the super crazy fans are), but we had standing places on the south stand right next to the away-team’s fans. You’d think our section would be more rowdy since we had to compete against the chants against the Leverkusen fans, but this wasn’t the case. Major perk of the game is the sexy Michael Ballack plays for Bayer, and I remember seeing him play many times in the World Cup for Germany, so I was a little starstruck. He scored a goal in the second minute of the game. Oh, and did I mention that SC Freiburg is in last place in the Bundesliga? Yup. We lost the game. I am determined to continue going to the matches until I see a Freiburg victory.
The following day, our group of friends decided to partake in “Beer Olympics”, which I have never done in my life. We were split off into teams of 4, and each team was a different country. Team America was already taken by the time I wanted to make a team… so we decided to be Team Mexico. At least it’s still a part of North America… right? Whatever. Each team competed in around 5 events: beer pong, boat race, super boat race, upside down chug, and flip cup. Yes, upside down chug. Shout out to Ella for kicking butt and winning this round for México! We played outside at someone’s residence hall, and I can honestly say this was been one of the most fun days I’ve experienced in Germany so far. The weather was awesome, everyone was in a good mood, and the competition was funny and entertaining. And the beer was tasty. Duh. Unfortunately, Team Mexico couldn’t pull out the victory for the tournament, but we definitely had a good run!
Continuing on with this intense weekend… next day our friends decided to host an “International Food” potluck, where everyone brought a dish from their home country to share. American food is boring. I didn’t want to deep fry anything or make something so greasy that your stomach feels like exploding. So I made guacamole… a mini shout out to Texas and great Tex-Mex that I miss. Ever since I made guacamole that day, I can’t stop buying avocados at the store. They really do make everything 100x better…
(American food display… Football shaped meatloaf, macaroni & cheese, & you can spot my guacamole!)
Monday was Halloween. I will admit I wasn’t very excited about Halloween this year like I usually am in years past because, let’s face it, I’m not in America. Halloween really isn’t a big deal here. You definitely don’t dress up all weekend long and have epic Halloween weekends, and costumes aren’t even mandatory for Halloween parties. Halloween fell on a Monday this year, and the bar at my residence hall threw a big party. The majority of us dressed up; I literally got my outfit together earlier in the day and went as a mime. I hate all the pictures from Halloween because my face is white from white eyeshadow which is super scary, so I think I look frightening which was not the original intent of the face makeup. Also something to note—when most German people dress up for Halloween, they actually dress SCARY. Like no funny, cutesy costumes, but blood and scary masks and zombies and things of that sort. They really go with the whole ghosts & dead thing, and it is very frightening. Not really a fan. But Halloween was awesome anyway.
In other news, school is alright. I am not ecstatic with the way classes run here, but obviously it’s not that big of a deal and I’m doing what I gotta do. My Asian Studies class is extremely intimidating since more than half the students are Master’s students who know so much more than be about political systems and economics. I’m one of the quietest people in the class. The German students speak more intelligent English than I do sometimes when they talk about these themes. I think that if I just do more thorough reading of the material I will be more likely to speak, but I’m just scared that I’m going to get asked something I don’t know that everything else will think is basic. I know that’s stupid, but can’t help but be insecure about it.
I’ve also been feeling kinda sick lately, but it seems to be going around right now. Coughing and fatigue and things like that. I stocked up on some Green & Rooibos tea at the store, and also bought vitamin C tablets. I want to be fit for the weekend! I’m hoping to book my train to Bremen for the holidays on Friday, and also am looking to go to Berlin for the new year! Which I need to book as well. Supposedly Berlin is the place to be in Germany for New Years, so I’m determined to make it happen.
Alright, it’s nearly 1 AM and I’m off to sleep. Take care & miss you!
Additional Ideas Needed
Dear Tumblr -
I am totally gonna copy GoodGodGorrilla’s Idea and host my own BeerOlympics. Help me with some ideas for more events. (Chugging and beer pong aren’t gonna work)
Events already planned….
- Beer Can Toss
- Beer Can Javelin (tape beer 7 or 8 beer cans together and see who can throw it the farthest)
- Beer Can Stack (see who can build the tallest beer can tower before it topples over)
- Balance Can (see who can stand on top of a Fosters can the longest)
- Beer Can Snipe (see who is the most accurate shooting beer cans with a bb-gun)
Any more ideas?
My weekend was ridiculous
Got off work early on Friday which made me and my girl super happy.
Saturday went to Horsetooth (reservoir) which was insane. Girl and I were making out on a rock and a guy on a fishing boat comes up to us and goes, “Thanks for the entertainment for me and my two sons.” Awkward. Then this speed boat went past and some girl yells “Give her a kiss!” therefore we did and got cheered on real loudly. Thennn these two older guys come up to us in jet-skis and ask if we want a ride so of course we say yes and go for like an hour long ride all the way down the channel and it was epic. Until I heard sirens and the Park Ranger made the guy drop me off on some random beach like two miles away from where our stuff supposedly was because I wasn’t wearing a life jacket oops. Then I assumed Girl had to get dropped off too so I start walking her way then it turns out she was fine and I walked a mile barefoot in just my bathing suit like hiking over rocks and stuff. It was crazy. Then we somehow found our stuff. Amazing!
Then Sunday we went horseback riding up at Lauren’s ranch and it was awesome. Girl fell off her horse bahahah it was probably the funniest thing ever. Then we went to Estes for dinner then drove back to the ranch for their weekly show, which was hilarious because Lauren’s such a tool :) Then we drove back and passed out surprise.
Monday a.k.a. the 4th of July was pretty crazy. Woke up and made stuffed french toast (my specialty) then Sage and Alix came over and we started drinking. Then went to Jenna’s for Beer Olympics! The course:
- Flip cup with full beers a.k.a. Boat Race Flip Cup (#1)
- Blow up a balloon with no hands
- Once it’s full enough, tie it with your hands and pop it
- Go through a cardboard box tunnel
- Jump in the pool with kid’s goggles on
- Find a beer, chug it (#2)
- Bunny hop through this rope course thing
- Polish Horseshoes - hit the pole or beer with a frisbee
- Longboard or Scooter (razor, of course) to the fence area - all wheels have to stay on the ground
- Spin around in a circle ten times with your head on a golf club without letting it off the ground
- Chug a beer (#3)
- Slip n slide and tag the next person on your team
Needless to say…it was craziness. Can’t wait to do it again next year. We definitely won though and I’ll post pictures later :)
Oh, then we went to City Park for fireworks and it was SO fun!
What a successful weekend and 4th. So glad Girl is here. But she leaves Friday :( Sad.