This past week was a bit slower than some, but it was nice to get to relax — especially compared to the week before!
On Tuesday (June 20th), we started the day off with German class as usual, followed by work. I began researching on connecting a motor shield to the Arduino in order to work the motors in my robot. I also looked into how to use the Raspberry Pi to program the Arduino. So far my internship has been a lot of researching and learning and not a lot of actual doing, so hopefully I will get to start actually working. Tuesday evening we went shopping and then studied for our test on Wednesday,
Wednesday began with our third test of the month. Having at least one test every week is getting a bit exhausting, but it definitely keeps us practicing our German for sure. After work on Wednesday I headed into the city to meet up with Thomas, a friend from home, and his friend Eric. The three of us got some burgers at Hans im Glück (which were actually amazing and this has become one of my favorite restaurants) and then they came back to campus to hang out with the group and I. We all then went to watch our German friend Julius DJ at an on campus event and then to karaoke night.
Thursday was a very relaxed day. I think all of us were still incredibly exhausted from our trip to Berlin so we spent the day on campus. Like usual, we went to German class and then to work and then just hung out at home. It was actually really nice to have a day where I wasn’t running around like usual.
On Friday, one of our new friends we made at the Englischer Garten, Robin, told Brandon about a Paulaner Brewery promotional event where they give out FREE BEER. They release a bunch of clues throughout the week and then reveal the location about an hour before the event and then the people who get to that location and in line first get to spend four hours listening to music, drinking free beer, and eating free pretzels. This event was so much fun and we plan to go to “Frei Bier Freitag” every single week (yeah, it happens every Friday in the summer, it’s awesome)!
Saturday morning we hoped on a bus and travelled to Innsbruck, Austria. The drive wasn’t too long, about 3 hours, and the views out the window were absolutely gorgeous. The Alps were super pretty, and the numerous lakes we drove past were out of this world! Innsbruck was a beautiful town and the inner city center was very quaint. It was an unbelievably hot day and I mistakenly wore jeans, so that was a bit rough, but other than that I had a great time! We took a walking tour of many of the historical places in the old part of town, went on a bridge over the Inn river (which apparently has water that is clean enough to drink), and grabbed some delicious gelato on our way out. It was a short trip, but a very good one. When we got back to Munich we had dinner at the Augustiner Keller biergarten. This place is quickly becoming one of our favorites in the city for sure.
Sunday started out very rainy, which we were nervous about because we planned on hiking that day. However, when we arrived in Herrsching to hike, the weather had cleared up! We went on an hour hike throughout some beautiful fields and forests up to a monastery where they brewed their own beer and had lunch in the biergarten. Yes, you read that correctly; we hiked for an hour to a beer garden. If that’s not one of the most German things to do, then I don’t know what is! After lunch, we hiked back into the city and enjoyed some gelato on the side of the Ammersee, which was a beautiful lake. That was the best way to end our busy weekend full of travel, and after that we travelled back to Munich and back to campus to steady for yet another test.
Overall, this past week was bit calmer than some of the other ones, but that doesn’t mean I liked it any less. It was nice to get to explore a new country a bit, but to also enjoy the beautiful scenery that Bavaria has to offer as well. I am looking forward to the weeks (and the Frei Bier Fridays) yet to come.
View my photos from this week here!