Obviously my phone did not work and my German was mediocre at best. After asking four people where the street was I found the apartment and my roommate waiting for me.
We walked around Munich and enjoyed a beautiful sunny day, not realizing that these were few and far in between.
This semester started off fast. It was intense and fun. We met a lot of great architects, designers, engineers, and friends. We joined our design team with the TUM students and we became the greatest design team that Studio Mensa has ever seen.
We traveled to beautiful cities all over Europe and saw a great amount of architecture. We hiked in the alps, planted trees in Czech Republic, joined in on the fun at Wiesen (Oktoberfest), saw snow (and froze).
Some days were sunny enough to lay out in the English gardens to read and sketch. Other days it was cold enough to freeze. We all spent a few hours sitting outside collecting our data for our class climate walks (renamed frigid walks soon after).
Minutes after starting the data collecting device, we lost feeling in our toes and fingers. Coffee did not stay warm longer than two minutes. And conversations were no longer possible as the shivers took over and only mutters came out.
We started this semester as classmates and now have grown closer to become lifelong friends.
Thank you all for making this semester a great one and I look forward to working with everyone again in the spring.
Happy holidays to all!
Text and photographs by Megan Recher