Erasmus Exchange in Freiburg. Part XII

I haven’t written anything here for quite a long time. Pardon me for that if anyone is actually reading it. I had a good reason for that, since for the past few weeks I’ve been relatively busy.

Academic Stuff
If you are looking through the course catalogues , you’ll see that there are quite a few courses where instead of taking an exam you’ll have to write a Seminararbeit (also known as Hausarbeit). When I took one of those courses the idea of having to write ~15 pages in academic German seemed terrifying and I was dreading it. However, now that it’s done, I can say that it was certainly a very positive experience, because it challenged me in a constructive way and eventually gave me more confidence in German. Furthermore, it’s great practice, whether you are one of those people who’ll have to write a German Long Essay or one of those who’ll be writing a dissertation in their 4th Year.

Accommodation
If you are a prospective ERASMUS student, I would strongly advise to think through a few ideas how you are going to find accommodation in Edinburgh while being in Germany. Because if you don’t have any relatives nearby and your friends/ex-flatmates have found a place where they want to stay longer (thus you can’t move in with them again) you are in a bit of trouble… There is always a possibility to look online and ask some friends to check out the place for you, but (from a personal experience) some people don’t want to sign up for a flatmate whom they have never met when there is a line of other potential flatmates waiting for the room… So just be aware of that and even better, try to come up with a back-up plan in advance!

I know I’m being a bit pessimistic here, but hey, if finding a new place to stay won’t be so hard, at least you’ll be positively surprised!

Job
A few days ago I found a Nebenjob. Nothing fancy or interesting but quite well paid. Thus I’m glad and I hope I’ll be able to save up some money for getting a Driving License in UK.

One thing I really don’t like about the German Uni system is the Semester dates… Instead of having one long summer holiday they have two shorter ones in between the semesters. I guess it makes sense to a certain point but it also means that getting some sort of internship/placement in UK the upcoming summer is pretty much impossible since they all take at least 2-3 months… I guess I’ll have to wait for next summer…

Exploring
Just to finish this post on a brighter note, I’ve been exploring the area around Freiburg further and found some interesting ruins (all completely free to visit including transport if you have a Semesterticket).

Ruinen Schneeburg can be found on Schönberg in Freiburg. They are not very large, but certainly worth a visit if you are going for a walk on Schönberg anyway. You also get a lovely view from there provided that the visibility is good.
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Burg Staufen ruins are really nice and you can’t miss them if you ever go to Staufen, because they are situated on a prominent hill towering over this small lovely town. You can get to Staufen with a train from Freiburg via Bad Krozingen.
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Emmendingen Hochburg are the largest ruins I know in the area. They are around 5km from Emmendingen Bahnhof. Definitely worth a visit! There is a small museum there as well, but it doesn’t work during Winter season.
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