Weekend has arrived! I am not used to not going to work at all over here. I feel I just spend and spend money, and don’t earn in any new. Which is true, actually, and not just a feeling. I was so looking forward to not work for half a year, but now I miss it already. Will have to work on that attitude.
Yesterday we had a welcome pizza party for the international students. Here I finally met the other Germans that I’ve heard so much about. Since I’m half German, everyone assumed that I knew these girls, but now I finally do. After the pizza Anne, Annemarie and me went for some grocerie shopping. I did not want to speak any German here, only English. But it sure feels goood to be able to express yourself without hesitating or any thinking! Since these girls were really nice, I’m afraid there will be more German talk. 😉 SInce we all are German, we went to ALDI (yes they have that here. Same German food and all. I’m more into American food while here, but vegetables are cheaper at ALDI). So far I’ve noticed that there are two things that are really expensive here: vegetables and the most everyday household stuff. One green pepper (paprika) costs $4! On the other hand- according to Anne these vegetables never go bad either. You can keep them in the fridge for a month, they look just as good! Aint that great… $4 is also what you pay for a scrubber (spülbürste/ oppvaskbørste). That might even be the same price as in Norway, but here it’s way out of proportion. I have no idea why it is like that, makes absolutely no sense. So yesterday I horded some basics at a wholesale, since I dont wanna get frustrated everytime I go to the grocerie store. Cheaper by the dozen.
I have found a new favorite reading spot! The Linda Hall Library on campus, a smaller library than the main library with the light-picture on the wall. It is such a beautiful atmosphere there. The interior looks like taken out of the 1920’s. So far it’s always been quite empty when I’ve been there. Hope that doesn’t change over the semester, and that this library is like a campus secret not too many know about.
Have found my favorite spot already: the green leather grandpa chair by the window.
Yesterday I went to a bar!! Or, several, actually. Jerry is a new friend here that I already was in touch with before I came here. He was so kind to answer to questions I had posted on UMKC’s facebook profile, and just like that I knew a KC person! So Jerry, his friend Kwame and me went out in Westport. Oh my gosh, I just loved it!!
Dancing, not crying
Going to some real bars, seeing some cool people, having drinks. I’ve missed that here so far! I really loved the semidark bar we went to, with pooltables and men with long hair. I even loved the fact that I ordered a vodka tonic, and got a gin tonic instead (which costs $4, by the way, just to put the scrubber and pepper in perspective). It was about time I got out, I guess.
Here in KC people like their pizza with honey on top. Like literally. I was quite hesitant to try this, and had to watch someone eat it first. But I promise you: it is absolutely delicious!! You should try! Especially with some chilli in addition. Try it!
Now I’ll hit the gym! That’s about time as well. Rest of the weekend will go to studying, I guess. First exam is on monday. Shouldn’t be too hard though (me and the 180’s, remember?).