Studying German in style at Goethe
@GI_weltweit. I was in #Munich, Germany where I had enrolled myself for a #GermanLanguageCourse at the #GoetheInstitute,Sonnenstrasse25 fabulously located in walking distance from #Marienplatz and #Kaufingerstrasse–one of Germany's busiest and most expensive '#Einkaufszentrum' (as they say in German) or Shopping Center in the heart of Munich. I was wondering at the co-incidence of having three Hallhuber shops (two at Kaufingerstrasse and the third one at Stachus Passagen–the underground metro at the Karlsplatz Stachus, halfway between the Goethe Institute and Marienplatz) in such close proximity not only to each other but also to me or was it my clothes karma that I had attracted to myself yet again! For those of you who don't know Hallhuber, it's one of Germany's most popular fashion label for women offering casual, office as well as evening wear and accessories. I am a great fan of their dresses and absolutely love their scarves!!
It was a gorgeous sunny day and I was really looking forward to my first class at the Goethe Institute at 1:15pm with Professor Berthold Kuhne-one of the best German teachers I have ever had. He is humorous and witty and has an out-of-box way of teaching that is not limited to text books. (I found his classes so much fun that I asked for him again for my next course!). Anyway, I decided that day to leave the hotel (Concept Living Munich–nice, clean and decently priced serviced-apartments with kitchenettes) early and have lunch at Marienplatz before the class and then to walk slowly to the Institute enjoying the beauty of the day and the joy of being in Germany. Before I could begin to enjoy the beauty of the day, I found myself trying out clothes at Hallhuber and you know how it is when one is at a beautiful clothes store–time just stands still and everything else is wiped away from memory! I completely forgot about the time, bought two sweaters, a denim skirt, a top and a scarf and realizing how late I was getting, went running to the class! Even though Herr Kuhne greeted me with a smile, I did not feel good about being late and decided in the future always to take the U-Bahn (the underground subway) to Sendlinger Tor instead of the S-Bahn (the regional train service) to Marienplatz or Stachus to reach the Institute. Sendliger Tor metro station is uninspiring with nothing much to offer except a bakery or a newspaper stand and a fashion store which was always closed for my entire length of stay there. The Stachus underground subway (also called the Stachus Passagen) on the other hand is a shopping center with supermarkets and florists and hair dressers and Starbucks and great clothes stores including my favorite Hallhuber. Anyway, I spent that afternoon in the class sneaking a look at my 'new treasure' every now and then, hopefully the Professor didn't notice or did he.....? :)
Moral: Environment is stronger than will-power!
P.S.: The Concept Living Serviced Apartments is run by very nice and gracious people. If you send them a list of things you need from the supermarket, they can stock up your fridge and the kitchen even before you arrive! This is so convenient especially after you arrive from a long-haul flight! Tip: For quiet ask for a room facing the park and not the road. :)