Things are looking good, finally woke up early, all on my own! guess
it's the jet-lag. Had some more formalities to do, bought a map of
Stuttgart. It's folded in a weird way and i had two people in the store
warn me about that. They're quite concerned.
Had been to the super market again! and this time took some time in the
fruits section and bought a load of fruits! something to get me going
for the next two weeks! Spending money like crazy here, guess it's that
or spending away my health! It started raining here and when it rains,
it's really cold! i mean, biting cold! doesn't seem to bother the
Europeans though, they walk around like everything is warm and sunny!
The trees here are weird, can't even recognize what kind of trees they
are! but they don't seem to flower and they don't seem to fruit! some
life they're living!
Ok, so, formalities, I'd been to the Rathaus which means "city hall" and
got a taste of German bureaucracy, they wouldn't accept my photo for the
visa extension as, it seemed, to them, that my face was two millimeters
two short according to their scale. And luckily, i had another photo in
my bag for ze Germans which they agreed to accept. They bureaucracy
doesn't stop there. The office times are weird, like one office works
from 9-12 on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 3.30 to 6 on
Tuesdays and Thursdays and so on and so forth! I was like, can't we have
a fixed timing like everybody works everywhere from 9-5????? would be so
much easier to get things done!
The problems don't' stop there, I'd been to the post office to get some
stamps and i waited my turn at the counter and asker her politely if she
knew English, the old granny goes, blah blah blah blah Deutschland....
Blah blah blah blah DEUTSCH! I was like, "ok I'll ask at the next
counter, Danke". Anyway, i managed to buy what i wanted anyway, but
then, these people not always make it a pleasurable experience. Well,
it's nobody's fault. i guess.
we had a introductory lecture on Thursday regarding the German courses
which starts from Monday. Thankfully, there were English and German
Speakers on stage. We were explained about the courses and stuff like
that, I don't remember, it's been three years since i attended formal
college, i can't remember everything that's said! but i managed to write
everything down and am too lazy to look at it again too! Well, so far i
haven't missed anything, amen to that!
There was a big party at the IZ , the Internationales Zentrum or
International Center welcoming all the international students to
Universitat Stuttgart on Friday. There're parties arranged and city
tours, Excursions, Booze, some cinema, meetings at pubs, dancing etc
etc... The whole lot! There was complimentary lunch too this afternoon!
My first European meal, Kinda difficult, kinda scary, that I'll end up
eating something i shouldn't be! But it was fun nonetheless. There was
all sorts of greens and conveniently helped myself to a plate full of
raw veggies. Then there was a noodle packet and i had to get somebody to
the serving counter to ask the serving lady if it contained egg.
Unfortunately she said yes. But, there was some potatoes and some sort
of cheese or, later, as subbu told me, mayonnaise or something of that
sort which they announced was completely free of meat or fish or egg,
so i poured spoons full of it only to later find out that it was weird!
but then they said it's veggie and so, weird or not, i stuffed myself
with it, especially cause it was hot! I'd gone for a second helping too
for all the greens, and came back quite full actually! got to say hello
to a few new people. Then had been shopping with a guy from Malawi who
hadn't eaten in three days except for that lunch! Loaded my card with
pista, almond, cashews, raisins, some chocolate bread, apples, walnuts,
bought some rice as well. will see what to do with it maybe today or
Today, Saturday, there's a flea market going on on campus where people
sell all sorts of stuff, weird and usual most of it is around 1Eur,
50Cent etc. Friends got some jackets for 4 Eur, i got a bowl to eat
breakfast with for 50Cent, 4 bars of Lindt & sprungli and one bag of
small chocolates, all for about 5 Euro! All dark! it's the chocolate
equivalent of Espresso! Got a lanyard to put my key in so that i don't
lose it! (losing a key == replacing mail box + replacing door lock set =
250Eur!, You DO NOT lose the key at any cost!) and that's about it! It's
been biting cold here from the morning, the temperature is just over 10
degrees! and it's been that way from the morning! if you go out without
a jacket, a good one for that matter, you're sure to come back all blue,
unless, if you're European! in which case you'd still roaming around
like you would on a beach! weird people i tell you! The doors are
freaking huge and freaking heavy! Probably built to their size and they
never, ever open easily, unless of course, again, you're European. It's
been 6 days since i had coffee! i really miss it! today or tomorrow, i
need to have coffee, even if it means i have to take a ticket and go all
the way to the city to find a cup! Coffee and water, the most important
things in life, these people don't use! There's soda everywhere! plain
water is unheard of! you'll just have to drink from the tap and hope
nobody is sleeping on their job at the treatment plant! (like homer
Well, i guess that's it for now, it's the weekend, everything is closed!
yes everything on campus, the cafes, Mensa, bookstores, supermarket,
everything! it's deserted and there's nobody around! guess, I'll have to
make some plans for the evening, or make some tea (finally) and just
have a good nap.
Oh, and some updates, Finally got my visa extended, but there're still
some problems with registering with the university and stuff like that.
Will hopefully get settled on Monday or Tuesday. Further updates are
yet to come. Have fun and wish me luck for the weekend! Cheers!