So on Thursday, my first full day in Darmstadt, I slept in for a while, got some mint ice cream, had some spaghetti for lunch at Michelle’s and then went to a class with Marius and Michelle at their university. I didn’t understand a word of what was happening, but it was a pretty interesting experience.
Afterward Eric came and picked me up while Michelle and Marius did errands. We were all going to a rooftop barbecue that evening so Eric and I went to the grocery store and got the meat and bread and chips for it, and then met up with Michelle and Marius on the way to the barbecue. It was a really beautiful evening, and everyone their was so friendly. We grilled our food and chatted over drinks, and then when it got dark we all made our way to a club on the edge of town called Ponyhof. It was a neat place, it was an old building renovated to be a club. We all had a good time there, talking and enjoying each other’s company.
And then Friday Michelle, Marius, Eric, and I went to a place in the forest called Kletterwald… which is a place where you basically do parkour course sets 10-20 feet up in the trees. I have never done anything like this whatsoever, and it was honestly so scary. I looked like a complete chicken the whole time, taking 3-5 minutes to even muster the guts to start each new part, but nevertheless I did it! Eric stayed behind with me to cheer me on, and we had a lot of laughs throughout, mostly just laughing at me and my scaredy-cat-like behavior. It was actually pretty cool though, because each time I completed a part, it felt so good, like a little victory for myself. But one time of this is really enough, I think. I don’t believe that I’ll be doing that again unless coerced again somehow.
In the evening Michelle, Marius, and I went out to Michelle’s parent’s house in a little village a short train ride out for dinner. We sat out in their back yard, where her dad cooked meat, corn, kebabs, and vegetables over open fire, and I tried grilled plums wrapped in bacon, which was freaking amazing. We hung out at her parent’s house for a while and chatted, and then her dad drove us back to Michelle’s, where we stayed in for the night.