December 01, 2007

What to bring/pack Spring Semester (Jan-Apr)

The following are responses to questions asked by students coming to Amberg this Jan-Apr 08..

1. Mailing address: Recommend the mail/envelope state the following --

Gerald Orr
c/o Student’s Name
Florian Strasse 1
92224 Amberg

2. We will furnish the linens and towels (nothing fancy) but students are welcome to bring their own.

3. Students should check with their airline about weight allowances and be careful not to bring more than they can carry-- on/off trains, up/down stairs, etc., unless medical conditions require additional assistance.

Not sure specifically what students want to know with regards to packing. By the way--the Army duffel bag is hard to beat for packing/carrying.

Students probably know to dress in layers and bring along insulated socks, underarmour, scarves, hats, gloves, coat, etc. How much clothing and what kind? I'd guess students will do their laundry every 7-10 days, unless they turn it inside out for longer wear :-) Their will be few if any occasions to really "dress-up" but the guys should bring along a tie, sweater and slacks; gals - a dress or skirt, otherwise, casual and practical.

Most anything they might need can also be purchased here to include 220 volt hairdryers, etc., and usually at a pretty reasonable price. Otherwise they will need a transformer and/or 220V plug to run anything electrical. Most computers and electronic devices are 110-240 V and will work fine. In German homes it is customary to take off your shoes and wear 'house shoes' i.e. slippers. They can bring 'em along or buy them here for about $10.

Otherwise, the climate is perhaps a little colder than Salem.

Students may go on-line to check historical weather/temperature gradients. Amberg is usually a few degrees cooler than Frankfurt, Berlin, Nurnberg and Munich, if you are watching the newspaper or TV weather report.

Please don't hesitate to ask questions or make suggestions.


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