You log onto this website. Select Karlsruhe, then Flatshare. You stare at a long list of entries and click pretty much every entry located in the actual city, read the descriptions and hop to emailing. Some furnished. Some not. Some mixed gender. Some 5 bedroom, some 2. Some updated kitchens. Some look like they survived WWII. The sad thing is, you don’t care because it’s WG hunting in Karlsruhe.
You wander down a residential street, surrounded by unfamiliar buildings. Old and up to 5 stories high, one of these could be your new home. You recheck your notes for the address number and find the correct door. Upon arriving at the door, you scan for the last names of people you have never met. These people may well be your new roommates. You ring the bell and wait to be buzzed. Once again, you don’t know where to go until you walk up stairs and some more stairs until encountering the curious face of your host at the door. Your first thoughts, well hello, we could be living together for a looooong time.
This is what I’ve been going through the past few days and boy am I glad it’s only been a few days because I can’t do this daily. It takes a lot of energy to work all day and then go through this routine of trying to make a wicked awesome first impression so people will want you to live with them. Let’s just say I was a WG Search All-Star and got super lucky and was offered the room in the first WG I visited. I will be living with all Germans, 2 dudes and a girl, all older than me, in an unbelievable flat. It’s also unbelievably rough to get to, as it’s the top floor of the building and elevator-less. This is really exciting though as I now have the best opportunity ever to vastly improve my German.
This whole living-with-random-people concept is so foreign to me. Sure, I’ve had roommates, but you bet you’re butt we picked eachother, picked our empty apartment and decorated it all by selectfully pitching in items. I am oddly stoked about it though. Europe has totally open my mind to things like this and I love the random situations and great people that the past 16 months on this continent have brought me.
If you’re still with me here, be sure to check out my Texas frand in France’s blog today. I posted a fun little travel blog game for everyone to play. And howdy to everyone who is stopping by from Sara’s blog.