I have finally started school here in my no-longer-so-new city, Leipzig, which means that the last month and a half or so of "adjustment time" that felt like an extended vacation is over. I'm back in the swing of academia, reading hundreds of pages of articles per week and trying to sound smart when I write a response about a topic that I may or may not have zero interest in (if you've talked to me about my course schedule, you know which course this is)...and on the other hand, getting overly excited about what I'm learning in other classes and enjoying my homework (ah, the real Kate is back).
However, all of this work aka the reason I'm living in Germany right now is making me long for the days of constant travel. My next few weekends are full of travel – much of which will involve me putting my money where my mouth is when I say "I can sleep anywhere," thanks to overnight busses and trains (I do have to make it back for class, after all). I'm excited to continue seeing the world, and by this time next month, will have been to two more countries... not that I'm counting. One of these trips is actually for school – my environmental communication class is traveling to Zingst, a small German city on the Baltic Sea, for a 5-day academic retreat.
(And yes mom, I will be bringing my homework on the other trips and will not fall behind in school, I promise.)
For now, though, I'm looking back on the trips I've been on since arriving in Europe in August. In a previous post I wrote about the Travel Blues and shared a few photos from my whirlwind adventure to Italy, Latvia, and Estonia. Here now are three adventures you may not have heard about (unless you follow me on Instagram... but these are different pictures): day trips to Meißen, Erfurt, and Dresden. I traveled to Meißen and Erfurt for the interDaF language course I took when I arrived in Germany, and bought last minute bus tickets to Dresden with friends in my program the night before we spent a day wandering around one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to. In order, by row, Meißen, Erfurt, and Dresden.