Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Day Five- Mishaps in Munich

Hi again, so I’m writing this over a year after I actually went interrailing and I don’t expect anyone to read this. Especially due to my history of leaving this blog unattended for months at a time. But I’m mainly writing this for me, one because I have a fair amount of spare time at the moment between trying to convince someone to employ me and two because the little notebook I have with all my notes from the interrailing trip is falling apart. If I don’t write them up in some form I will definitely lose them so I may as well carry on what I started and put them online. Even if I am the only one who reads them!

So because I haven’t updated this blog for so long here is a short recap of what happened on day four-

We got very stuck because we were unorganised and failed to book our hostels in advance. Advice- book your hostels in advance. Don’t be “unorganised bastards” as the Australians we met called us.

The night we spent in our final resort hostel was not a particularly fun one, with parades of people coming in and out of the room all night. At one point a guy with a pony tail (memorable feature) tried to climb into someone else’s bed simply exclaiming “oh” when he saw the stranger sleeping in his chosen spot. We were then woken up at stupid o clock by a girl who spent a good two hours putting on her makeup. But overall I’m sure we had a better nights sleep in the hostel than we would have done had we had to head to the train station for the night.

When we had collected our things together we headed back to the Pension from the day before, questioning why we hadn’t just stayed there when we first found it! The woman in charge seemed to be very happy to see us again and despite the terrible language barrier tried her best to ask us for any news on the royal baby.

No room is complete without a fake flowers

Standard bed but comfy!
The room in the Pension was nice with very comfortable beds. And left over German Prince and Princess Coke bottles which were a personal highlight for Dan and myself. We did spend most of the day in this room, spending most of our time in Munich booking hostels and campsites for the rest of our trip. Thank god for wifi and iPhones, although I was yet to enter the age of an apple phone and had to use my iPod, good old apple. (I am not sponsored by apple, although if you happen to read this apple feel free to send me a new iPhone…)

The best names for coke bottles

That evening we headed to the nearest beer garden where we enjoyed a stein and some of the weirdest food I have ever eaten. I decided that I wanted to go for something typically German so chose what I thought was pork, a dumpling and cabbage. This dumpling turned out to be a potato dumpling, with croutons in the middle. I have never been more shocked to find a secret filling in my food, whose bright idea was it to put croutons inside a potato dumpling? I assume it was the same person who decided to bypass the normal dumpling recipe with potatoes.

My German meal

And the unwanted surprise in the dumpling
It was quite an odd beer garden, I wouldn't say i'm an expert, but I definitely didn’t expect people who I assume were beer garden supervisors to walk around shushing anyone who were acting a little too loudly. We left the beer garden and had an earlyish night, we had to head to Milan the next day and although we had a hostel booked now it was best to play it safe!

Pretzel bigger than his head

Cheers Munich!
Tune in next time (If there is a next time it may be in about a year) to see what we got up to in Milan!

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Credit for the better photos goes to @dan_magid

@KarlTaylor7 was there too

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Freshers Advice!

Dear Freshers,

Starting University can be a scary experience, you’re going to be leaving your family home and moving in with complete strangers and if that’s not scary enough if you are self catered you’re going to have to feed yourself. The week before I left for Uni I spent most of my time searching the internet for advice on meeting flatmates and what to do in fresher's week. So being the helpful soul I am I've decided to put together some tips and advice for fresher’s week based on my own experience. I am definitely not an expert but maybe i'll be of some use! Here we go…

Try and meet your future flatmates on Facebook first
Nearly every halls at University will have a Facebook page dedicated to helping you find your future flatmates. These are great to use to get to know the people you will be living with for the next year. Four out of five of us found each other on Facebook before we met at Uni. The conversation was cute, cringey but overall very helpful!

Our original group message on Facebook!
Bring more cutlery than you think you need, and make it recognisable
If you’re anything like me you will lose all of your cutlery by the end of your University experience. I have absolutely no clue where any of it went and by third year I had a grand total of one knife and a tea spoon. If I could go back I would definitely bring more cutlery, and make sure there was something slightly different about them. To help me find the cutlery thief!

Make the most of your parents before they leave, get them to take you shopping.
Once your parents leave you its going to be up to you to do all of your food shopping. Make sure to get a good shop out of them before they head home. They will probably want to stock you up with absolutely every essential. Just to make sure you don’t live off noodles and pasta (which by October you probably will be.)

Bring name tags
One of my flatmates brought name tags with her which we gave out during our first predrinks of fresher’s. Although it sounds pretty lame it did mean that learning the names of about 50 new people was much easier and meant we avoided awkward situations on the first few nights.

First night out, with clearly visible name tags!
Buy a map
My flat was home to a map of the UK, we used this to mark down where everyone in our block was from in the Country. Again, not the coolest thing to have but it was a great conversation starter!

Our map during Freshers Week
Avoid twitter and Facebook on nights out
Now if you do drink it is very likely that you are going to be very drunk on at least one night of fresher’s week. In the event of being very drunk try to avoid Facebook and Twitter, as Hannah Montana says, everybody makes mistakes, everybody has those days. But try to make those mistakes a few months into Uni, you really don’t want to be that girl or guy when you’re first meeting people.

These are not my statuses, they were generously donated by a flatmate...
Take pictures, lots of fun to look at in the morning
Fresher’s week is the perfect opportunity to take photos which you can use for blackmail during the rest of your University life. In my flat we had a wall of Fame and Wall of Shame. Many of the photos came from fresher’s, and many of them could not be more cringe worthy if they tried.

Cup on head is a great look
Go to your welcome lectures
Surprisingly fresher’s isn't just about going out. As hungover as you may be after a night out you should probably try to make it to your welcome lectures. Definitely a great way to make sure you have signed up to the right course and meet your new Coursemates.

Sign up for clubs and societies
In fresher’s week there will be loads of fresher’s fairs advertising the different societies your Uni has to offer. Make sure you go! One of the best things about my Uni experience was my involvement in Student TV. A society I might not have joined if I had just stayed in bed and avoided freshers fair. You will probably find yourself on the email list for groups that you have no interest in, but you don’t know which ones you want to join until you try! I received emails from archery society for my whole first year. Pretty sure I never put my name down for it.

Just have fun! 
The most important thing! You only have one first fresher’s week. This is when you will meet some of your best friends and make memories which you will talk about for the rest of your time at University. You might also spend the next three years trying to piece together “Messy Messy Tiger Tiger Wednesday” although some mysteries will never be solved.

And if I can leave you with one thing, you will look back on photos from fresher’s week in despair. It does get better. Below is the first photo taken of me at University. Absolutely diabolical. This is why I hate TimeHop. 

Cringe and a half.
Feel free to ask any questions in the comments below! I'll do my best to answer, remember stay safe, have fun and share your crazy adventures! My next post will be some of the entertaining stories I remember from my Fresher's week!


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