Yesterday we went to Sparkasse to open a student bank account for rent and other expenses to be paid from. Like many other services, it was near the glamorous 161 meter high Ulmer Münster. It is famous for being the tallest church tower in the world, and a kind of midpoint of Ulm. Oulu, the city where I come from, being about as populated as Ulm is architecturally much more different and boring; going to places here one can not be but to admire everything around. Everything looks so ancient and decorated that I would fancy a picture from all corners 🤩
Outside the bank were all the Chinese students waiting already, so after greetings we went inside respecting the safety distances and wearing masks of course. Although Anita was there to assist us linguistically if needed I started to realize I could understand most of what the bank official told me in German: they surely required a lot of signatures. Whilst waiting for the others to sign their contracts I managed to book an appointment for a doctor about my plantar fasciitis as I would like to get a covering note for orthopedic insoles for my shoes. All in German, and I succeeded.
Today I visited the citypraxis (which also lied next to the dom by the way) and with just a little help from my brother writing me a correct sentence in German I managed to get that covering note. I was really surprised everything happened so easily without a hassle and that I could actually passably communicate with German already.
Important: At this point I have to say that by no means have I come to Germany in order to utilize health services and benefit from the system. I really am here to study, create relations and have a great Erasmus experience, but for that I really don’t want my feet to be totally destroyed as all this experience might ultimately lead to stress fractures and even developing a bone spur.
Next thing for me to do was visit a foot orthopedic store I had by chance come across near my accommodation place, so I took an electrical scooter to save my feet a bit. The referral was completely valid and I got to get my feet scanned for the insoles. The specialist barely spoke english so I had to completely get along with my German, and guess what: I did that with a spectacular succession! I mean my own articulation probably wasn’t even close to perfect, but sufficient enough and most of all I could understand everything she was saying, and the procedure went smoothly. I felt that it went much smoother than any exercises on yesterday’s 5 hour-long German lesson. I am finally starting to be able to communicate in foreign language swiftly and I am really happy about that 🙆🏼♂️🥳
Next thing for me to do is buy me some good pair of shoes. The specialist gave me an address for a place full of medical shops that sell decent shoes also for plantar fasciitis. But now to have a short pause before another long German lesson session starts…