The Half-Year Interview Series – Em

Hello Em, 

How are you doing today? 

What is that foundation doing there?

Hmm I was asking Daddy to pick some up for me while he was in Texas.


We’ve been living in Germany for five months now. We’ve officially reached the half way point. What has been the most surprising thing about living abroad? 

I think the culture is a lot different. Taking the train everywhere but that is a given. The food is different and that is great because who doesn’t like food. School is different, too.

Most difficult things about living in Germany?

Obviously the language barrier and making myself more social. You know starting school and not know people. I’m actually a really shy person until I get to know you.  It’s a different type of shy. Everyone back home knows me and it’s easy. Here I had to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone.

Do you have my allowance? Taschengeld?

We just went through our first holiday in Germany. What was your favorite part? Your favorite gift? 

I liked the Weihnachtsmarkt because that is something that isn’t in America. I thought that was really cool. I love the handbrots. I loved New Years Eve because that was really different with all the fireworks. Way more then even our 4th of July. You would never see people shooting of fireworks in the middle of a city and it’s illegal in Massachusetts to even have them. It was all kinds of awesome.

You’ve been in school for four months now. How’s it going? Favorite subjects? Struggles? Accomplishments? 

School is good. It’s really good. I have a lot of friends. I felt really good when I got an A because French is hard. I have to translate two languages before I get to my native language. I like gym here because I am good at it. I found out that I am really competitive. I really like my German teacher. I don’t really care for the class, but I love the teacher. I also like kasecookinluckens. Also I like doner.

(She obviously is very distracted. Kasecookinluckins is Jude’s word for grilled cheese. He claims that it is a French-German word. Doner is a fabulous Turkish sandwich.) 

Anything you want to share with us about living abroad as a 12 year old? 

It is really hard at the beginning and it might really suck. However, as you learn the language and make friends it gets way better. I love being able to go downtown and buy food and shop with my friends without adults. I love that you can do that here. I feel like that would never happen in America. People are to scared … of everything.

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 a little bit excited about going to London. Sad to leave Germany because it’s really cool. It’s been a great experience to be here. I am so excited to see my friends again.


So five months into it …. and the question is, How has this experience changed you and would you want to do it again? 

This question is really deep. It’s like I just fell into the Atlantic Ocean …. HAHAHAHAH … Rory! Roar! Rory! did you just hear my joke?!

I’m little more mature, like the slightest bit, like just barely, like just scraping the edge of maturity. I know more German, then I thought I ever would know. I’m also like a lot cooler. Spending time in another country multiplies my coolness by a gazillion. And I eat more food, which is really not that weird.

I would definitely recommend people doing this even if their kids don’t want to. I want to come here again. We will do this again.


  1. It’s great that both the girls want to do this again. Why can’t there be a wine snatch market here? I can’t believe she has a ton of friends. Really so unlike her. Ha!

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