I’ve never been an early riser. Ever. Ever, ever, ever. And I seriously doubt there will ever be a time in my life in which I enjoy waking up earlier than 8:30. And by 8:30, I mean 9:45.
Since my school is located a bit outside of Dresden, I have to commute a half an hour each day to and from school. This means waking up at (brace yourselves) 5:30 in order to shower and dress and be out the door by 6:30 so that I can catch my train. While on the train, I listen to my iPod, read a book, make last-minute adjustments to my lesson plans – all while trying desperately not to fall asleep (and sometimes to no avail…. oops). When I get off the train, I walk to school from the train station (10 minutes-or-so on foot) and head straight to the teacher’s lounge where I ready my materials for the day.
[Fun fact: nearly every morning, my German colleagues offer me coffee and never fail to shake their heads in collective bewilderment when I tell them, no thanks – I don’t drink coffee*.]
And while each morning on the train, I think I resentful thoughts about my working hours, wishing that I started work at a later time and thinking, “If only I could be in bed right now” or “Why can’t it be a snow day?”, it feels pretty good to finish work each day no later than one-something.
And the best part of having a job which requires of you showing up to work at these ungodly hours of the morning? The rest of the day is yours for the taking! And by taking, I mean sleeping.
*But in related news, have you ever tried a hazelnut steamer? They;re delicious!