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Trip Report Yet another trip report from Pegontheroad.

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Basically, my trip was to Göttingen, Germany, for study at the Goethe Institute there, plus an extra week for just fooling around.

I traveled from Spokane to Seattle via Alaska Airlines, who managed to foul up the transfer of my suitcase to Lufthansa. However, Lufthansa gave me a little packet of necessary items, so I wasn't without deodorant, toothbrush, ersatz nightgown and the like.

I took the train to Göttingen (about 2 hours by the ever-efficient Deutsche Bahn) and checked in at the Eden Hotel, where I spent 2 days recovering from jet lag.

On Monday, May 3, I taxied to the Goethe Institute, which is a really impressive castle-like building erected by in early 1900's by a guy who had more money than taste. The woman in charge of accormmodation, Frau Lutz, bless her thoughtful heart, assigned me a room away from most of the other students so that I would have peace and quiet.

I shared a bath with two young women, whom I seldom saw. The room was fine, but the bathroom was another story. In order to use the shower, one had to climb into a bathtub which had quite high sides. It was hard to get in and out of, so that I was apprehensive about it. I was afraid I was going to break my leg getting out of that tub.

After about a week, I explained the situation to Frau Lutz and asked her if she could find a different room for me. She did just that. She put me in a two-person apartment with a kitchen, and bathroom. I offered to pay the extra amount usually charged for the apartment, but she said no, that she wasn't going to charge me.

On to my classroom. It was on the second or third floor--I won't try to explain why I'm being vague about this--suffice it to say that there were lots of stairs and that it's tough doing all those stairs when you're a bit chunky and you have fake knees.

This Goethe Institute is the most demanding one that I have attended, largely, I think, because the students are studying German with the intention of taking advanced classes at the University of Göttingen.

I'm going to post this part of the TR and continue after I demolish the bag of popcorn that's calling my name.

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