So far, I'm going to owe somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 euros on this year's taxes. This number will of course go up the longer I work here. Accordingly I should have been saving at least 500 euros a month since January for this purpose. Probably more. I find this blackly, bleakly hilarious, in a way. Because my paycheck has been, on average, at least 500 euro lower than what I was promised before I was hired. There has not been a lot of saving for taxes. And frankly, I don't see it getting better. The summer will be slow, and then we're looking at me closing on a year here. The cycle starts again.
The days are long but the weeks are short.
What to do.
Well, what I'll do, for tonight anyway, is finally gift you, my gentle and patient readers, with the last day of Lisa's and my Thuringia trip well over a month ago.
Weimar, Day 6
Because I haven't mentioned them so far, I wanted to make sure I put in a good word for Labyrinth Hostel in Weimar. Lisa and I both had a fantastic time here. Staff was excellent, rooms were clean with a funky touch (no bunks beds!!), and the common area lively and fun. Overall, a much better atmosphere and experience than Opera Hostel in Erfurt. (Which wasn't bad, but you know.)
Weimar is, of course, very pretty and picturesque, and full of history. Erfurt and Eisenach can claim Martin Luther, but Weimar has Goethe, and they are pretty spectacularly proud of him. Also Schiller.
|Goethe and Schiller, BFFs|
|Stadtkirche St. Peter und Paul|
Weimar has a huge and gorgeous park, Park an der Ilm.
|Schlossmuseum from the park|
Goethe kept a second house here in the park, sort of his getaway retreat.
|One of Goethe's sketches. Dude was multi-talented|
|Goethe's standing desk. Before it was cool.|
|Goethe family plot|
|Other random cemetery coolness|
|Russian Orthodox Church in the cemetary|
What is Mitfahrgelegenheit, you ask? And can it be used as a verb? Well.
Actually, pretty much my entire German experience so far is summer up gorgeously in this mad, Ned Flanders-channeling genius. Please watch all of this, and definitely do not stop when the ad plays at the end. The grocery store bit is... special.
Can you tell I don't have much to give here?