Khandilee, I have to admit I read your blog, so I know a bit about how things are going for you.
Glad to know that you are settling in.
BTW, if you can try to get time off during Carneval season. (Rose Monday is 15th Feb this year.)
http://www.koelnerkarneval.de/fastelovend-op-englisch.html (Highlight: Weiberfastnacht Thursday before Rose Monday and Rose Monday Parade)
http://www.rottweil.de/ceasy/modules/cms/main.php5?cPageId=1164 (from Thursday before Rose Monday to Tuesday)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnival_of_Basel (One week after all the others, 22nd to 25th)
And if you cannot travel far go to Mainz for Rose Monday or Shrove Tuesday.