I spent the weekdays in class, waking up at 8am (I am NOT a morning person) to catch the 8:28 tram (I'm very quick) into the city center of Freiburg, Germany. I’d make it to my 9am and spend the time engaging on theories about urban planning and the human scale, how to accomplish the three pillars of economic, social and environmental sustainability, and have deep discussions about human behavior and its impacts on the environment. I’d often be done with class no later than 2pm.
My class schedule varied greatly, because our program (IES ES) was set with intensive three week courses divided into 5 modules. Each module class typically started at 9am, but day to day it varied. Some days class would end at 12pm and start again at 3pm, and other days there’d be a full day trip. I enjoyed the variability because there wasn’t much of a dull day in class!
After class was complete, I'd often grab a Doner with friends and talk about our day in class or our weekend plans. I’d return back to my student housing complex where I’d complete homework (if any) with other IES students. On Wednesday evenings, I would cook dinner with a friend I made from the other IES (Lang & Area) Freiburg program with his cohort of friends. On Thursdays, I would cook community dinner at the student housing complex. I usually cooked dinner once every week with a friend. If we weren’t cooking we’d have Netflix movie nights in the lounge and snack on German chips and cookies. Sometimes we'd go out during the week to grocery shop together, or go to the various markets. We’d explore the city, try new foods, explored new parks and ride random tram lines back and forth.
On the weekend, I was out dancing. I love to dance, and my close friend did too. Nearly every Friday, ladies night at Mamita Dance Club meant we'd get in for free. I’d spend the evening swaying, dancing bachata, and laughing all night. Such a great work out! On Saturday I’d sleep in to catch up on the mornings spent up before 11am during the week. Some Saturdays I’d go to the flea market, other days I would cook brunch with the IES students. The weekends consisted of chill outings, homemade food and deep discussions about the future, our hopes for the world, and what we’d do next weekend.
Here and there IES Freiburg arranged non-academic and academic weekend trips (which entailed a lot of hiking for the IES ES students). I managed to travel to three other cities while studying abroad in Germany in my free time with other students. I visited a total of four out of country cities, and 2 cities during my time in German (all without missing class time)!