27 June 2011

Preparing for Your Trip

As you are preparing to come to Germany, Eutin is preparing for you to arrive! There is a lot of organization involved in meeting the needs of so many visitors and everything is now beginning to come together. Today I have some new information about a few situations that you have probably been wondering about: internet, cell phones, practice rooms, transportation, and what to bring with you. Some patience may be required with the organization of all these logistics, but of course if you ever have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Let me know if there is anything that needs to be addressed that I haven't thought of.

Internet: If you want to bring your laptop, you will be able to use the wifi at the opera barn. This is the same place where we will have our rehearsals. I have been assured that the wifi will operate at a normal speed, which means that any of you who are doing some kind of online class should have no problem. If you don't have a laptop or don't want to bring one, you have a couple of options. The first is bribing your friends (or asking them nicely) to let you use their laptop. The second is that you can pay for internet on the computers at the Eutin library. There are 6 computers at the library; it costs 50 Euro cents for one hour of internet. If you want to use the library internet, you will be confined to the library hours below:

Monday: closed
Tuesday: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Thursday: 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: closed

Cell phones: I know some of you have phones that you will want to bring with you. If they are relatively new they might have international capabilities, but I know nothing about this so you should probably ask your provider how that works. You can always bring your phone and see if it works and then if it doesn't there may be an opportunity to purchase one for a lower price than in a store. For now there are 30 cell phones available to be purchased for a very reasonable price to be used for the time while you are here.

Practice rooms: There is a room in the Bethesda Haus (the one about 30 people will live in) that can be used for practice, and stands will be brought to the house so that you can take them into the bedrooms and practice in there. For those staying in the hotel and the smaller house behind the hotel, practicing will not be possible in the rooms there because it makes too much noise for the other guests. However the Bethesda Haus will be available and is just across the street. Also there might be a little practice space in the opera barn. We are also working on getting practice rooms at the music school in Eutin. You don't need to worry about bringing a stand because there are plenty here already.

Transportation: There will be a bus for all of us to take from where we live to the opera barn for rehearsals and performances. If you want to go into town any other time, walking and biking will be the options. Eutin is too small to have a bus system but from where we live to the center of town is about a 20 minute walk or a 10 minute bike ride. We are also working on making some bikes available for people to use. However it would be very helpful if you already have a bike lock at home for you to bring the bike lock. That way everyone who rides a bike can use their own lock and everybody can just keep track of their own key or number combination. If you don't have a lock don't worry about it but if you do have one please bring it.

What to bring: I have a few particular suggestions on things that you should probably bring with you and things that you don't need to bring. Remember, people live here and buy everything they need right here. So if you forget anything, chances are there will be no problem finding one here. This especially applies to items like sunscreen or shampoo. You should avoid in your luggage because they could explode all over your stuff, and you can only bring up to 3 ounces in a carry on bag. Liquids are also heavy. So I would just plan on buying that kind of thing here. I would say it's better to err on the side of bringing less because there isn't a lot of storage space and it's easier to carry around your luggage when you have less of it.

In terms of the weather, it is just starting to warm up around here. For the past couple of weeks it has rained almost every afternoon. Hopefully this means it will not rain anymore in July or August, but I would still recommend bringing a rain jacket, an umbrella, and some shoes that you don't mind getting muddy or wet. In the evenings (and sometimes during the day) it can be chilly so you will also want to have some warm clothes with you. I would bring a combination of clothing for warm and cool weather. Last summer it got really hot in July but it's better to be prepared for a variety. And don't forget to bring some black clothes for the performances!

As I have mentioned before some people will be living in the hotel itself and some in a smaller house behind the hotel. These people will have access to alarm clocks and hair dryers, according to the hotel staff. I did not ask specifically about any other items and I haven't seen these rooms. By Wednesday the list should be made available of where everyone is living so that you can see whether you will need to bring these things. If you are wondering about hair dryers, I would not bring one because the voltage doesn't match and you might cause an explosion. If you can't live without it, you may want to just buy one here.

Speaking of which, there is a scene in Spaceballs in which someone can't live without a hair dryer. I would embed it but Youtube won't let me. I'm going to suggest that you just watch the whole film if you don't know what I'm talking about!


  1. Hey Andrea!

    Thanks for your great post. I just wanted to add that in addition to black clothes, I believe the guys also need their tuxes for the stand alone orchestra concerts.

  2. I have a question...for the people in the hotel...will towels be available to us or should we bring our own?