Thursday, January 05, 2006

Happy New Year

Hey! Happy New Year! I haven't written in a while because I have been traveling, again! Right now I am in Göttingen, in the heart of Germany, visiting my host sister who is studying here at the University. I unfortunately didn't get a chance to go to Berlin because of a 4 inch snow storm (it is just too dangerous with that much snow!!) but I took a trip to Bremen for a day and slept overnight at Shiranya's house (from Malasia) and the next day went to Oldenburg to bring in the New Years by partying all night at the disko's. On New Year's day we caught the first train home and finnally crawled into bed at 9 am.

On the 2nd I went to Diana's house and spent the night. She flies home on the 10th and so we wanted to hang out together at least one more time. The next morning I caught the train and travelled to Hannover, the capital of Niedersachsen (my ''state'') and spent two nights with my eldest host sister, Julia. Hannover is a beautiful city but it is almost entirely new because in WWII over 50% of the city was completely destroyed. However, it is very beautiful because it has many restored old buildings and all the wonders of modern technology! I learned a lot about the history of the area (what else!) and really enjoyed my stay. Julia lives in a very multicultural part of the city so we ate Chinese, Turkish, and and even America bagels! It was really neat to see all the turkish people, culture, and food again as well. One of the nights we went to the movies and ended up seeing a new film... Jarhead (sp?) ... I really wonder what kind of reaction and publicity it is getting back home. (Anyone wanna comment on that for me??) I also saw a really neat museum about the history of Hanover and learned that the royalty of England have direct ties out of the former kingdom of Hanover. I saw some cool clothing too and even a real joker's costume, with the bells and everything!

Then this morning I took the train to Göttingen, about an hour and a half south of Hannover. I haven't done anything but see some absolutely fabulous landscape and buildings. There are even ski slopes here (but not the time to visit them, schade!) So, until next time...


Grandma M. said...

Wow! You are on the move. Sounds like this vacation has been packed full of adventure. Only movies we've seen lately are Munich and Memoirs of a Geisha.

David said...

Hey! You have been busy traveling and seeing everybdoy. Sounds rly fun! Some of my friends have seen Jarhead and they all rly liked it. I haven't seen it but i rly want to. When it first came out like in November there wasn't a lot of talk about it, besides that it got good ratings and stuff. Did you like it? Well keep having fun, we're taking all the Christmas stuff down today, haha. ttyl!