I guess I haven’t posted here in a while, so I should say something.
My apartment is reasonably furnished now, since the fridge arrived a few days ago. I ordered it from amazon.de, which seems to have all manner of appliances, with free delivery. It seemed easier to buy it from there than to go to some store around here and try to get it back to the apartment ourselves.
Chani has joined me here, leaving her Vancouver apartment behind for the time being. She’s going back at the end of December so that she can do her last semester of school in January, but until then she’ll be here working on her software and going to conferences. She’s also doing quite well at German so far.
As for me, I’m quite enjoying having all this study time available. I bought myself a Go board and have been studying some old professional tournament games in order to improve. I’ve also done a lot of work on Swedish lately, and this week has been full of German practice.
I found a 2nd-hand bookstore where every book is €1, with 6 books for €5, so I’ve stocked up my bookshelf a bit. Found some neat sociology and feminism books to work on my academic vocab, and some fantasy novels and a book of funny anecdotes. I also have some plays by Bertolt Brecht, and translated Harold Pinter plays, and a biography of Brecht. Lots to read 🙂
Due to having the grocery store right next door, I’ve been cooking and eating quite well (and cheaply), having avoided going out to restaurants too much. The beer is also super cheap in the grocery store, with a box of 11 x 0.5L Hefeweizens for €6. That’s almost the same price as it would cost to make it myself…far cheaper than Vancouver.
Back to the studying now. I’ll try and update again soon.