1. [09.14.2010 9:39PM] In which I spend hundreds of dollars, feel stupid, meet my mysterious other roommate and then drink pure acid…

    I’ve made the first big mistake as a student abroad, and I’m going to pay heavily for it. I’ve called home like 6 or 7 times and it was only today I thought to see just how expensive it was. I knew it was going to be outrageously expensive, probably several dollars a minute, but still, it would have been worth it to be able to call home and here my parents’ voice…

    Turns out for each call, the first minute was 42 dollars and every minute after that was 4 dollars. 42… FORTY-TWO… That’s not even outrageous, that’s laughable! At first I thought it was just a glitch, until I looked online at my bank account and saw several sets of 40 and 50 dollars taken out. In fact, the 3 second call to figure out the rate cost me 98 cents… Like some final laugh at my expense.

    So now I’m out around 300 dollars for a few minutes talk time with my parents. Where I only THOUGHT about trying to get another loan before, now it’s definite. I was budgeting REALLY closely before, REALLLLLY closely… And 300 dollars gone is just too much to not be concerned about. I’ve got to get my internet set up in my room so I can get all of this taken care of…

    It kind of ruined my whole afternoon/week when I found this out earlier today.

    On the other hand, I finally got to meet my other roommate the other day. She’s pretty cool and speaks much better english than her brother (though he and I were speaking earlier and even he can already tell a difference in my german since the first day I moved in!). She also tried to poison me, on accident though! I know my mother will freak out when she reads this… buuuuut…

    She (Edita) was cleaning out the little pot that heats up water… And I did not know this and I made tea using the cleaning water. WELL! That tea was SO sour! I only sipped it and I thought it was just that the tea I had gotten wasn’t going to be my favorite. So I tried adding more sugar and tried a little sip again. Well by this time my lip was burning a bit and she came out and saw that I’d made tea and was like “NO NO! THIS WATER NO GOOD! YOU DIDN’T DRINK IT DID YOU?” And I started a little freak out session myself. She explained she had been cleaning it with “Citronensaeure” which thank HEAVENS I knew what it was (because I’ve taken to looking at the ingredients to everything I drink just in comparison.) So I had just sipped basically pure Citric Acid. I calmed down a little bit, started chugging water and ate some bread…. Other than a little heartburn, I was fine… But yeah… I met her and then within like 30 minutes she tried to kill me… Heh.

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