I’m sure you all are getting sick of content-void posts…

…but you’re going to have to deal with just this one more. I really hope I’ll get to write a real post about my first few days here tomorrow.

For now, it’s almost midnight, and I’m still working on things to get ready for my residency hearing tomorrow. Natalye and I have to get up pretty early tomorrow to get German health insurance before we have the rest of our day filled up by German class, our hearing, opening bank accounts and other such errand-running. There really is a lot of red tape that one has to cut through in order to stay here and be in the good graces of the government, but it is definitely worth it.

Today has been an awesome day.  It was sunny for most of the time, and although it seemed colder than other days, it was the most beautiful day we’ve had yet and was perfect for sightseeing around the Rathaus and the Binnenalster area.  (I will add a link to my google map of places I’ve been as soon as I can update it.  Pictures will appear soon, too.)  Between all of the success I had yesterday and finding out a little while ago that I FINALLY HAVE SOMEONE TO TAKE MY LEASE (!!!!!!), I think it’s been probably the best 24 hours of my life.  I can’t say that I’m stress-free, since I still have to deal with tomorrow, but I feel 1000% better about everything.

Our hosts at the Meteorologisches Institut are wonderful. The coordinator of our exchange here, Professor Schatzmann, has essentially been our German dad and always makes sure that someone is looking after us. Already, several of his students have been kind enough to help us with all sorts of stuff, from going with us to the bank to showing us how to use the computer system. And, of course, I can’t forget Anne! She was studying at OU last semester and was in Oklahoma until just before Christmas. She volunteered herself to pick us up from the airport when we got here and has really gone the extra mile for us. I feel guilty for not extending help to her when she was at OU.

So, it’s busybusybusy until at least tomorrow night.  I am hoping that we’ll have a lot more free time come this weekend, because we would really like to get out and do some serious sightseeing.

Okay, time to get back to work.  Tschüß!

Haben wir das Internet hier?

Now that I finally have Internet in my room, one might think I’d hop right on posting a catch-up entry, but whoever that is is WRONG.

It’s been a busy evening since we got back from Saturn (the hugest and most ridiculous electronics store in the world, where we got our ethernet cables), and I spent at least four and a half hours on Google Voice talking to my parents, OU and the apartment management in Oklahoma. Google Voice is a life saver! Without it, I’d be in some deep doo-doo. Lots of weird problems have been resolved now, and at almost 1 AM here, I’m ready to crawl in bed.

So, a short narrative of my first three days here will have to wait until tomorrow. I suppose I was just posting this so I could check back into electronic civilization.

Made it!

This has to be quick, since I only have a few minutes left of internet usage at this cafe…but I’m happy to say that Natalye and I made it here safely and on time this morning, and after some naps and settling in, we’re enjoying a little neighborhood adventure. Pictures soon!

Hallo!

It’s still about 8.5 days before I embark on my trip, but I thought I’d tell you a little bit of what this is about.

My intention in writing this blog is to keep a document of the places I see and the things I do while I am in Hamburg, Germany for a semester abroad.  This is the first time I’ll ever have been away from North America, and since my memory is quite poor, I thought it would serve me and my family and friends well if I had somewhere to keep track of my experiences.

My voyage will begin sometime in the late morning of New Year’s day, when my family and I will pack my stuff in the car to head to Milwaukee, where I’ll board my first flight.  Ten hours, eight time zones, three flights and almost 4000 miles later, I’ll arrive in Hamburg to begin seven months of study–the latter four of them at the Meteorologisches Institut at Universität Hamburg.

I don’t like to spend too long on personal introductions; if you’re one of the people reading this with whom I’m not acquainted, you’ll get to know a little more about me with each post.  I hope you’ll enjoy reading this.