Settling Down in Mannheim, Germany

Hallo! Wie gehts?

Sorry for my lack of actual blogging the past couple of months! Life in Mannheim has been pretty full on!

Anyway, I have found a spare moment on a lazy Sunday night to finally sit down and write a proper blog post.

Classes at the Akademie and in full swing at the moment. The hours are long and demanding but I really feel like I am learning so much from my teachers. I still can not believe it has already almost been two months since I started at the Akademie.

One of the things I love about studying at an international school is all the friends you meet from diverse backgrounds. I am so grateful to already have made friends with girls and boys from Brazil, Armenia, Canada, Japan, Poland and America! A cool fact about one of my friends from America called Salina is that her father works for the US Air Force and actually she moved from America to Germany to live “on base” (an American Air Force Base) in Ramstein with her family before moving to the city to study at the Akademie. Last weekend I was lucky enough to stay the weekend with her family! It was such a great weekend! I was so happy to get away from Mannheim and be in the company of people who spoke english. πŸ˜€

The Base is about an hours drive from Mannheim and after arriving on Saturday afternoon we soon got ready to go to KFest in a neighbouring town! The night spent at the festival was so much fun. KFest is one of the main festivals of the year for the area! We spent the night eating delicious German food and wine while also not forgetting to try at least once all the rides the festival had to offer!ImageΒ One of the things I tried for the first time at the festival was a Bratwurst… Which is basically a German hot dog but sooooo much better than any ordinary hot dog! There were also numerous candy and nut stores and I made it my mission to at least try something from each store…. I was in German food heaven πŸ˜‰

All in all, I really did have a fabulous time at the German KFestival… It was a great experience spent with friends that I will never forget! The next day started with an all American breakfast of pancakes, bacon, eggs and maple syrup… (Even though I am pretty sure maple syrup is from Canada.. Oh well!) The late breakfast/brunch was delish and after replenishing our bellies we headed off to the Commissary, which is basically a massive warehouse/supermarket selling only American food! IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE! I was now in American food heaven! πŸ˜‰ Without a doubt American food is one of the best and even before I had left Mannheim I had made myself a list of the foods I wanted to buy! Also, I may have forgotten to mention it before but on Base you can only pay in American Dollars! So it really is like a ‘mini America’! Fast forward 1 hour and I had bought myself everything I could have hoped for including… POP TARTS (the most amazing toaster pasties EVERR), Marshmallow Fluff, Peanut Butter, Hershey’s, Peanut Butter M&Ms and many more items. The following evening I was treated to an true American BBQ with all the sides… which included smoked turkey and beef with “real American” baked beans, Corn on the cob and not forgetting “true” BBQ sauce. Everything was so tasty and after so many weeks of pre-cooked meals it felt so good to finally sit down with a family and eat a proper, filling and nutritious meal… As the evening drew to a close we all sat around the fire and began toasting marshmallows and making s’mores. I had heard from others how good a s’more could be… but it wasn’t till I tried my very own s’more by the fire that I knew what perfection could taste like… I was truly finally in food heaven! I think it’s safe to say I throughly enjoyed my weekend “on base” and I was so thankful for Salina’s family making me feel so welcomed in their home and treating me to such delicious food! Anyway I think I better stop myself blogging now before I continue to write into the night… I now feel like I have so much more to say about my weekend and life in Germany but that can be left for another night and another post.




New Beginnings

Hello everyone,

My name is Natalie and I am an aspiring ballerina from Australia. Recently I left the comforts of my family, friends and home to travel half way across the world to study in Germany. In September 2013, I started my first year at the Akademie des Tanzes in Mannheim, Germany.

Moving to a country where you don’t speak the language and leaving of the comforts of your home is daunting but I finally feel like I am beginning to settle in. Before I moved to Germany I was studying for 2 years full time dance at the Russian Choreographic Academy under the direction of Susan Thomson from which I learnt so much from. I am so grateful for every opportunity I have been given and I wouldn’t be pursing my dreams if it wasn’t for the support of my family. Although it hasn’t been always easy (more of that later).

So far I am loving the training here at the Akademie des Tanzes in Mannheim. In the four weeks I have been here I have learnt so much already. It is so different from Australia where I am use to small classes however I am loving being in a larger class. I have found being in a larger class pushes me even more to be the best of the class. All my new teachers have been so supportive and helpful. Although at times it is hard to keep track of all the corrections (mainly because they correct us in German)… Sometimes I even have to write some of the corrections down to remember them all!

This blog will mainly be about my new life in Germany, my dancing aspirations and everything in between… (I am also a massive foodie! I love to bake in my spare time)

Peace out,

Natalie x