|The Wolf of Wolfenbuttel|
|The namesake for Wolfenbuttel's unofficial nickname, Wolf's Butt.|
The library is also home to many other scholars and doctoral students doing their own research. I live in a dorm with several others and we all gather for coffee at 1:30 on weekdays. The HAB (as the library is called) prides itself on fostering a community for the scholars and students who work here, which is great for a social creature such as myself! I have already met a handful of other doctoral students from all over the world (Italy, Germany, America, Switzerland), and they have all been very welcoming!
So I arrived on Tuesday afternoon and went straight to my new home, the Feierabendhaus (literally translated as "retirement home"). The house was originally built in 1895 as a home for retired teachers from the girls' school in Wolfenbuttel castle. They have a website in English! I have a two-room apartment there-- one room for living/dining/kitchen/office and on room for bed/shower. The toilets are a couple doors down from my room. I have extravagantly high ceiling, and great big windows, so it feels airy and spacious despite its small square footage. The apartment came fully furnished, with dishes, pots, pans, coffee maker, toaster, tea kettle, iron (hah!), bed linens, towels, etc. I have already started supplementing the provided furnishings in order to make the blank white walls feels cozier!
|Those windows with the lights on are mine! |
The skinny window is in the bedroom and the larger one is the main living space.
|The Sun Room-- LOVE the windows!|
|Our "Backyard"-- The Oker River|
The Zeughaus is one of the main library buildings, where books printed after 1920 are located. There are large reference sections and endless stacks of books to comb through-- I can't wait to get my hands on them! The Herzog August Bibliothek building houses the older books and medieval manuscripts. There is also a museum inside the Herzog August, which currently has a exhibition about fifteenth-century manuscript illuminations!
On Wednesday, I attended my first coffee break at the Anna-Vorwerk-Haus! I got to meet several of the other guests and see where my office is located. I have a desk in a shared office space inside the Anna-Vorwerk-Haus, which is very nice because you can be around other scholars while doing your work and it means you don't have to take all your work home with you. Compartmentalizing can be important.
I also ventured out into town to find groceries and other essentials. While grocery shopping, I also bought some Christmas decorations for my apartment. Duh. The town currently has its Weinachtsmarkt up and running, and it is so cool! I will do a whole post about this later, so I don't want to spoil it here. But stay tuned!
|This is the bridge I cross to go to the grocery supermarket.|
|Looking back at the Feierabendhaus from the bridge over the Oker.|
So far today I cashed my first stipend check (wee again!), went to coffee (met more nice people), and then went to the Auslanderamt (Foreign Services Office) to make an appointment for getting a visa/residency permit. Life is good, y'all!
|This morning's sun through the sun room windows!|