So going to Kassel yesterday was super cool. Jule's university was small, but nice. I was also introduced to the Mensa, which is like a student cafeteria. You can get a hot lunch there for only 2 or 3€, which is a great deal. Afterward we visited a castle on the top of a mountain, and I was pretty sure I was going to die from all the climbing. Then we got there and found out that we had just missed the last tour. So then we decided to climb up to the "ruins" that the castle guy had built just because the wanted ruins on his land. First there was this nearly vertical path, then an awful, decrepit old staircase. We definitely earned our stripes trooping up the side of the mountain! So then we finnnallllllly get to the top........and find that the ruins had just closed. All that climbing and no tour :( Oh well. About two minutes later, a bus that circulated around the castle grounds showed up at the ruins (most people aren't dumb as us to climb all over the place). We jumped on the bus and let it take us down to our car waaaaay at the bottom of the mountain. Whew.
Then on our way out of town, we got totally lost trying to figure out which direction to go because the Autobahns are wildly confusing. They don't go by direction like American highways--north south east west, you know, they go by which cities are coming along down the line. So we could choose between either "Frankfurt Erfurt Hannover" or "Dortmund Paderborn"................ummmmmm..........................................we got good and lost, but eventually we got ourselves on the right track. Gott sei dank!
Today we're going to Schloss Verssanerie by the town of Fulda. Much closer than Kassel. Jule says the inside is gorgeous, so I'm so excited.
This morning on Facebook I got in touch with a few people from my program who are also arriving in Berlin a day or two early. We're hoping to meet up on Sunday or Monday of next week and bum around town together until our program starts on Tuesday.