I finished language courses in Bremen at the end of September. On the 1st of October I lugged my suitcase and backpacks via train to Konstanz, Germany. Konstanz lies on the Bodensee in the south of the state of Baden-Württemburg. The Bodensee is a massive lake sharing shores with Germany Switzlerland, and Austria.
The place is beautiful. The lake and town lie in a thick fog in the morning and a fine mist at mid-day. My dorm and university stand a stone-throw from the Rhein. If the afternoon is clear, I can see the Bodensee and the Swiss Alps from the top of my building.
I attend class at the university of applied science that lies a short walk down the road from where I live. I’m taking courses in German, so I am learning the language while I learn about marketing, investing, project management, and about the German construction industry. I’m also getting hands-on design experience by taking part in the Solar Decathalon Europe 2012. Our university team is called Ecolar. I enjoy it - I’m practicing skills I learned last semester.
My living setup is a spacy dorm room in a 6-story building. The place is chalked for a facelift, but it’s homey. I share a floor with 27 folks studying at one or the other of the two universities in town. I’m making friends, and enjoying slowly making my room a home away from home. I’m growing a small in-door garden and started it with an American Wintergreen plant. I’ve been watching the leaves slowly turning into a palate of yellow, purple, red, and brown. I’ll be happy to have greenery through winter.