Wednesday monring, 8:00am.
I guess this is the earliest time i got up this semester ;) Wolfgang drove me to Cameron where I waited at a McDonalds for Brit and Jeff to pick me up and head north. Geez, it got cold! And on our way trough Iowa, we got into a little blizzard...but we finally made it to EP, where somethings have changed quite a bit since my last visits, but still, when I'm going down Pioneer Trail... I feel home.
When we arrived, we chilled with a couple of beers and some wine, played darts in the basement, etc. And for the first time since end of august I got a 8 hours straight sleep...ah.. "my bed" in ep is just so much more comfortable and bigger!
Thursday, Thanksgiving Holiday
Yummy Yummy Turkey in my tummy....what a nice meal.what a good wine.
We had a pretty relaxing afternoon, with some nap taking, watching tv. We needed to rest for one of the craziest things i have or will have ever done. ever.
At 23:20, Gina, Dean and myself got into the car, headind for Albertville Factory Outlet Mall. After-Thanksgiving Sales in the states seem to have a big tradition... Those sales are really worth it shopping for, you can get really amazing deals on stuff. Man muss sich das ungefaehr so vorstellen. Sommer-und Winterschlussverkauf bei Aldi, wo's auf alles 50% Rabatt gibt, und man einen Laptop fuer 100 Euro dazubekommt, doch dazu spaeter mehr.
Kohls (wie Karstadt) open their dorrs at 4am. Best Buy (wie Media Markt) at 5am. The Eden Prarie Mall at 1am. But the mall we we were haeding to opened at midnight. once again. it opened at midnight....in the middle of the night.
So you think we were they only ones who were trying to make some good deals there (there are like 120 different stores!)?
3 miles (5km!) before the exit on the highway we got stuck in traffic! nothing moved!we put the car in a parking position!! it took us more than 1,5 hours to get to the mall...this mall is huge... but finding a parking space was impossible.
Eventually we were ready to go. It was freezing cold outside (minus 8 celcius) and 1:30 in the morning - perfect conditions for shopping?!
Since Mindy and Gina were up for some "fancy cloths", we spilt up. They went to their favorite store... and I was running to the other part of the mall, with factory outletstores of adidas, nike, old navy, hilfiger, gap, aeropostle, etc.
There were waiting lines for several stores to GET IN!!
The waiting lines to actually pay for the stuff you bought - ridiculous! I wasn't in the mood for waiting an hour to pay for a single item. So I cut down my shopping to one store adidas. they had an additional 25 % off everything in the store (das sind schon fabrikverkaufspreise!)...my receipt says i saved 50 dollars on my purchase (at 2:12 am) just because i bought stuff on that day...
Mindy and Gina did some "bargain" shopping for themselves and Angela (they spend 500 dollars, but with all rebates going on, they also SAVED 500 dollars!)...
At 2:45 pm we decided to leave the mall again - enough crazy black eye shopping.
for me. gina and mindy got up at 11 do some more shopping (most of the stores were open till noon!). I decided to spend an additional time in my big bed.
In the afternoon, we played some "family"tennis... The girls (Gina&Mindy) against the boys (Dean&me)...i don't have to tell the final score, do i?
for dinner, lionstap - best hamburger place ever! OMG how i missed that place
Since it was a Friday night, Jeff, Stude (jeff's roommate) and a couple of other guys and me went downtown to go to some bars... which was quite a lot of fun, but those bars are quite expensive as well.
Saturday - gameday
After sleeping in - what a great feeling - I was pumped. Ahead was the best steak in the world, and an exciting football game between Kansas University and Missouri University. Jeff and Brit are both Jayhawks (KU), they sold their tickets for 150 dollars each (! soviel zur bedeutung des games!).
Wildfire's. The most amazing place I know. AMAZING!!! This Black Peppercorn Steak. I'd run around naked through Bamberg for that. And the chopped salad. All i have to say is that i was LOOKING FOWARD to eat a salad. that should be enough praise for a salad :)
The game was pretty exciting, however, with an unsatisfying resuld. We (the Jayhawks) lost. But it was fun to see some people again that i haven't seen for a while. And yes, even American water (that's how i call their beer) can sometimes taste quite good ;)
Yesterday (sunday), I just met Hersh to pick up some lunch at the mall, he's now working for KPMG in NYC, living right next to Madison Sqaure Garden. I guess i have to visit him next semester... Then it was time for leaving my second home again.
And on the way back the airconditioning in the car must have caused a cold... i'm on some cold drugs now, since i had such a sore throat like i never had before, maybe i have a little fever as well, but with those drugs i'm feeling quite fine... hope i get well very soon, got a lot of stuff to do for school. But today I missed my first class in this entire semester...
So long... i gotta get back to studying...
Hope you're all doing just fine...