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What Sophia forgot

and much more

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1. Slippers (new and bought specifically for overseas)
2. Favourite pair of brown shoes
3. Detergent (not a big issue)
4. LAN cable (also not an issue, especially because my dorm hasn't even set the wifi up yet)
5. Bedsheets (would have taken up a lot of space anyway)

That's a list of things I planned on bringing but somehow forgot. Mostly fine that I didn't bring, but very upset about the first two haha.

So, I spent a terrible Monday morning dragging all my luggage around, going to the wrong place and having to walk back etc before finally getting to my dorm. Had to make a call because I was late, but I got settled in pretty soon. The rest of the day I walked around and made multiple trips purchasing the following:

1. Vodafone Sim Card (200mb data)
2. Isana nail polish remover
3. Isana shower gel
4. 2x3x cutlery
5. Ener-bio Nuss-nougat-crème (like nutella)
6. Brot
7. Bettwaesche - flannel bedsheet
8. Cortina - mattress
9. Steppbett - blanket
10. Kissen main (pillow)
11. Kissen small
12. Calgon ultra (detergent)
13. Toilet paper
14. Garnier Fructis (shampoo)
15. LAN cable (3m)

Maybe not very interesting, but I like lists haha.

My room at the start -- bare and empty

Okay, and meantime I explored Harburg, which I feel is gorgeous. I think I love this little town already. I thought it might still be considered winter, but at the grassy patch near the Rathaus (full of politicians and administrators lol. Google it.) there are flowers growing! Purple and yellow, I'm gonna assume they're crocuses even though I have never seen a crocus. Haha.


When I was young I liked to draw up dream houses. Once I attempted to draw a dream town, and tried to have a shop for everything, but obviously I failed. Harbug is a little like a dream town. It has everything in a 2km diameter around the Hamburg-Harburg Rathaus station, from multiple Friseurs (hair dressers), a Euroshop (dollarstore!), multiple grocery stores, a post office and a small mall to multiple bakeries, casinos, the Rathaus, banks, computer shops, phone shops, shoe shops, an internet café (my saviour), and all manner of food shops. The only thing missing is a climbing gym within the radius haha but okay it's not too far away.

The gorgeous Rathaus.


I was so happy as I walked around, I was almost skipping (okay I did a bit)! Everything was so pretty, it was so nice with people walking around, everywhere you turn there's a gorgeous red brick building and a bricked or cobbled path underfoot. And when I was walking to TUHH (my uni) I saw a park! And felt that life was complete. TUHH itself is awesome, a blend of new and old, with red brick, grey metal and green glass in fantastic fusion. Then I got to this mossy area. The moss was soooo thick, soft and springy. I felt like lying down immediately, camping on the moss like an Enid Blyton (etc) adventurer would have done. I pulled a little out (as an adventurer would have done to make camp) and the whole clump lifted away in fat gloriousness. I could have died happy.

Mossy patch

Because my mattress would only be delivered on Wednesday afternoon, I spent the night (and tonight) on my sleeping bag, below my new blanket. Quite ridiculous since my sleeping bag is smaller and thinner than my blanket!

Today I chilled in the morning, then later went to Nordwandhalle, the Kletterhalle at Wilhelmsburg! It's pretty cool, with about the same wall area as OS maybe, including the boulder walls and indoor and outdoor highwalls. Maybe a bit less. Unfortunately I kind of injured my left knee while attempting a drop knee bridge. But it's okay, I just need to be a bit careful walking.


One thing about connectivity: I can't live without it, and I get anxious when denied it. When I didn't have data, and when I realised my dorm doesn't have wifi -- I felt shackled and fearful. Oh my that sounds bad. But truthfully yes. Also, my phone is malfunctioning a bit. Just now, touching any point on the screen would cause somewhere along the same vertical line to be pressed as well. Eg. Pressing 4 would also press 1 and 7 and other points along the vertical line. And it would press the original point multiple times as well. I was freaking out and praying and I really thank God that my phone is okay now. Pray that it won't happen again! I think it's just extra extra scary being alone in a foreign land without being able to communicate with people that I know.

That's a very long post. kthnxbye

Posted by seaskimmer 20:18 Archived in Germany Tagged climb hamburg groceries harburg

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The place looks very pretty indeed! :)

by LT

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