We’ve been living in Germany for over a month now. What do you think of living here?
It’s really nice. In someways I like here a bit more than I do in Boston. Just because of certain things that Leipzig has that Boston doesn’t. I like the tram system. I can take them and I don’t have to rely on someone else. I can just hop on a tram and go somewhere.
Like at Augustusplatz they have that big outdoor mall area kind of like the big on in Charlottesville Virginia. I like being able to just walk down there and grab something to eat.
And the bread. They have better bread here. I will miss the bread.
What’s been your favorite part so far? Why?
Going to see the castles or just seeing older areas in general. We just don’t have things like that in the US. There are places that are so old.
The Food. Enough said. Food is always important to include in your list of favorite things.
Most difficult things about living in Germany?
I’m still working on my language skills. There are times when I get a little panicky and I don’t know what to say.
What do you think about living in a tiny apartment versus our big house?
It’s not terrible, however there are times when I just need to get up and move and pace. It’s just the way I am. When people are in the rooms and I don’t have my space and I can’t pace I get antsy.
You’ve been in school for three weeks now. How’s it going?
Pretty good. There is still some classes that I am sitting in that I have no clue what is going on. I have taken to bringing my kindle to school on certain days. Usually when I have my German literature class, because I can’t really do anything in that class. Right now I am reading The Devil in the White City.
There are some points when I feel a little disconnected from the other students because they are all speaking in German to one another and I’m just sitting there and ‘hey look there are clouds out the window’.
What’s are some new German words or phrases you’ve learned?
I know a bunch of basic polite words. Enschuldiung, Tut mir Leit, Bitte, danke, and a bunch of other random words. Smetterling is my favorite word.
What’s been your favorite food so far?
Knodel, Spatzle, schnitzel
What are you excited about getting to do or try in the next month? Are you going on any trips?
I don’t think we’re doing any field trips at school which kind of sucks. I would like to go to another kletterwald.
Is there anything else you want to tell me about Germany?
Not off the top of my head.