Ada Abroad: Living and Working in Germany

An online journal recording two years spent as a Fulbright/Pedagogical Exchange Service Teaching Assistant at secondary schools in Germany. (2003-2004 I was in a village near Bautzen; 2004-2005 I will be in Nordrhein-Westfalen.)

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Location: Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

I'm an American living in Germany, working as a foreign language assistant at a secondary school. Future plans: getting my Ph.D. (probably in Germanic Linguistics), becoming a professor, living an ethical and meaningful life.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Total Erschöpft

In the past week I have:

1. Moved most of my stuff from the fire station in Hamm to a WG (co-op apartment) in Münster.
2. Started four university classes (Beginning Dutch, German-Speaking Minorities Abroad, History of the German Language from the Late Middle Ages through Early Modern Times, and Northwest Low German Dialects).
3. Changed from observing 12 lessons a week at my host school to actually teaching nine lessons a week and being on-call for 5 others-- with all the accompanying planning, etc.
4. Been getting up at around 6 am every day to catch the train (and then the bus) to work.
5. Been sleeping on an air mattress.

And in the next few days, I still have to:
1. Start two other uni classes (both in intermediate Italian).
2. Move the rest of my belongings from Hamm to Münster.
3. Coordinate the delivery of my furniture (most of which is on loan from colleagues).
4. Get moving on grad school applications.
5. Purchase a pillow (I don't have one at the moment).

I need a cup of coffee. And I don't even drink coffee! Maybe I should just inject the caffeine intravenously; that would probably work faster.

A more intresting post will follow when I actually have time to write. I'm to tired to attempt to be witty right now.

9 Comments:

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10:14 PM  
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12:45 AM  
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12:07 AM  
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2:12 AM  
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3:41 PM  
Blogger Ada said...

Kimberly's right. This is getting weird. I'm beginning to suspect 'stalker with multiple personalities.'

I have nothing against the Wood People if they're actually interested in my blog, but since the messages are VIRTUALLY IDENTICAL, I have my doubts.

So I'm going to have to say, either stop posting comments that have nothing to do with the content of this blog (which is to say: culture shock, Germany, ex-pats, etc.) or I'm going to have to crack down and starting deleting them!

12:18 PM  
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