How are you today? Did you sleep well?
Yes and Yes.
We’ve been living in Germany for five months now. We’ve officially passed the half way point. What has been the most surprising thing about living abroad?
Just dealing with the language barrier. When I first came here I remember panicking a lot about the language and not being able to understand or worrying about being understood. I felt this, particularly in Rome, since none of us speak Italian. There were English speakers, but not everyone spoke English. I thought it would be harder and it wasn’t. You could still make yourself understood. You could still buy things and order food. It really isn’t that big of an issue.
What has been the most difficult things about living in Germany?
The most difficult thing for me is making friends. I find it difficult to make friends anyhow. But here it’s even harder because of the language. It’s hard to be a part of a conversation when you are just learning the language. I tend not to bother. I know this is more me than anyone else. I just have to work around it.
We just went through our first holiday in Germany. What was your favorite part? Your favorite gift? Your favorite experience? Thoughts on Germany during the holiday
Felt a lot like Christmas back home. I miss the Weihnachtsmarkt. It was really nice. I’m sad we don’t have them in the US. My favorite gift is my StarWars tshirt. It’s really soft and cool.
New Year Eve was very different. I hadn’t really heard about what happened here at midnight. I didn’t realize that they go all out and fireworks are everywhere. We had the TV on and were watching it happen in Cologne and fireworks everywhere as far as everyone could see. Then we realized it was just like that here in Leipzig. It was so loud with fireworks everywhere. I’m really surprised that the boys didn’t wake up.
You’ve been in school for four months now. How’s it going? Favorite subjects? Struggles? Accomplishments?
My favorite subject is Chemistry at the moment.
I didn’t have Chemistry last year I had Biology. I don’t always understand, but the teacher speaks a little English and she goes out of her way and will print me out the worksheets in English. My last class was on Thursday and she was teaching us how to draw out chemicals. That was really cool. There are still some classes I don’t get at all. Mostly the ones with politics. Like Ethics and Government. And the German lit class. I usually read in those classes.
What’s are some new German words or phrases you’ve learned? How do you feel you are doing with the language?
I’m doing alright. There will be times where I sort of feel like I can understand everything and sometimes it’s the complete opposite. I definitely want to continue to build on my skills. I’m thinking on going to college here so it’s important to me.
So we’ve purchased our tickets to head back home in June. How does that make you feel? Are you excited about our month in London?
I’m excited to go home, but I’m also a little upset cause you are going to enroll me back into school for the last three weeks. I’m scared about what I am going to do. I am excited to go back. The time difference has made it hard to keep in touch with my friends back home. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again.
So five months into it …. and the question is, How has this experience changed you as a person and would you want to do it again?
I definitely would want to do it again. Thinking about my future career I think I want to work as a translator as a grow up. I am considering going to a college here and then getting a job here. I really like Europe. I definitely want come back. I’ve also been able to participate in a couple of the older classes. They have been talking about America its been interesting to see another prespective on American government and laws.