By the end of the week, my blog will have been up for a year! And just like last year at this time, I’m looking at returning to Germany.
While I wait to hear back from CDS and try to stay patient, I’ve started doing research. Looking at prices for plane tickets, apartment furnishings, mobile contracts, rooms in shared apartments (WGs). Adding up the costs and figuring out how much I need to earn each month so I don’t lose money in my first job. And so far it’s not looking good for a German internship – CDS offers to find one paying 400-800€ per month, which according to my calculations means significantly less than the US federal minimum wage. I’ve been pretty passionate about this for a while now, and I want to see how things turn out – it would be a really great experience. But… I guess realism is setting in now that I’m actually looking at the logistics.
Helping this week has been the much-needed extra encouragement I’ve been getting from family and friends (and also all these hiker people from my mom’s blog!) as Winter Quarter at RIT finally ends. Also this great tongue-in-cheek blog I found about the differences between the US and Germany has been helping with much-needed laughs. RIT loses a huge number of freshman during Winter Quarter because of the winter snows and clouds – Rochester gets something like 60 sunny days all year – and seven weeks of rigorous academics after winter break. We need all the laughs we can get by the time spring break rolls around!
Tomorrow afternoon my cousin Kara is coming out to visit for a few days. We have some plans to go see a movie and out to dinner on my birthday Thursday, and then Friday I have a party with friends to watch silly science fiction shows. The rest of the weekend will be scrapbooking with Kara, relaxing and getting some final rest for the sprint to the end.