I’ve had a brilliant first week here in Kiel, where I’ll be interning until August.
Apartments along Olshausenstraße
Not exactly sure what this is, but it’s near the old city center and it’s beautiful.
Kiel is located in Schleswig-Holstein, the northernmost state of Germany. It borders Denmark and is on a fjord of the Baltic Sea.
The German Naval Yards in der Kieler Hafen (Kiel Harbor)
From a ferry on the Kieler Förde (Kiel Fjord)
The winds on the sea move the clouds through Kiel very quickly, so the weather changes all the time. This is a picture I took between periods of rain showers/sprinkles/sunshine/downpour/sunshine/sprinkles on my first day here.
Also, the average summer temperature here is in the mid-60s to mid-70s, so if you’re roasting back in the Midwest, THINK OF ME AND BE JEALOUS! Actually, jokes: I’m gonna die when I come back to school and it’s 90 and I have no air conditioning…
The first few days of this week were filled with administrative stuff—registering with the organic chemistry institute where I’m working, registering at the city hall, getting lab keys, getting apartment keys, opening a bank account, getting a Kiel Mensa card, getting a bus pass, SO MANY THINGS—but in the midst of looking for a bank to exchange currencies (I would personally advocate for getting your foreign currency at home before you leave, if possible), we found ourselves taking a tour of Kiel.
r-l, Adam (another RISE intern), Shruthi (an intern through another program), me, Matze (Adam’s mentor), and Matti (my mentor). Photo creds to Shruthi Shreedharan.
Das Kieler Rathaus (city hall)
Moored in der Kieler Hafen
In der Alte Botanischer Garten (Old Botanical Garden)
Kiel is a city, but it feels like a small seaside town. From my apartment, I can walk past campus and down a couple blocks to Kooper Weg and Holtenauerstraße where a lot of restaurants and shops are (like “real-people” restaurants and shops, not “High Street” restaurants and shops) faster than the time it usually takes for me to get from the Towers to the Ohio Union (because that’s how I measure distances now). Walking to the water or the city center only takes another 15 or so minutes.
€1 Eis (ice cream) and €2 Döner Kebab (um, I don’t think we have this in the Midwest…) places on Kooper Weg yassss
From finally meeting Matti (and the rest of my lab group) to learning how and where to grocery shop (gotta remember to bring bags with me because they charge for them here) to meeting the other RISE interns in Kiel (hi guys!), to learning my way around the city, everything has made me pumped about living here for the next 2.5 months.
These strawberry pods (which sell the freshest and sweetest strawberries I have EVER tasted) are everywhere around here.
There are also lots of bakeries, which means that for the price of a morning walk, I can get fresh strawberries AND fresh bread. I could definitely get used to this!
Until next time…enjoy these gorgeous views from the top of German Naval Memorial tower during our trip to nearby Laboe.
On one side, Laboe and the fjord…
…on the other side, the Baltic Sea, Denmark in the distance, and literal waves of grain.