where I go, who I meet, and what I think in Europe

Thursday, May 21, 2009


I finally had a great night's sleep Tuesday night! I went to bed at 10:00 and literally woke up in the same position at 7:00 am Wednesday morning. It felt so good to be well rested!

I went with Birgit to school for the last time. She had a very easy today because her lessons revolved around me. Basically, I shadowed her from class to class, and her students interviewed me. German schools are set up very differently. The students all remain the same classroom and the teacher changes. Birgit must be prepared to teach every grade and every subject. She has no homeroom. It seems this would be difficult because as a teacher she has no room to call her own. Her preparation space is about 3 square feet in the teachers' room. The students asked very good questions and their English was excellent. I could tell many of them were very shy to speak up, but in every room, there was one very eager student. Some of the questions were surprising, but I answered them nonetheless. Questions included:
Do you like Germany?
Where are you from?
Do you have brothers or sisters?
How old are you?
Who did you vote for Obama or McCain?
What do you like most and least about America?
What do you think about the death penalty?

After school, Birgit and I went to Aachen to visit Dominik and Kirsten. Aachen is a B.E.A.Utiful city. It's quaintness reminds me of West Chester a bit. I visited the large Cathedral in Aachen with Dominik. I wasn't allowed to take pictures without paying 2 Euros so I bought a few post cards instead. Maybe some of you will be lucky enough to recieve one....

Birgit, Dominik, and I went to their favorite restaurant called the Chicken Pont. I had Doner for my second time.

They dropped me off at Kirsten's new apartment, and after some time Kirsten and I decided to smoke some Hookah. She is quite the expert, so I wanted to experience smoking with her. We smoke coconut tobacco...yum.

The night concludes with "Crossing Aachen." Basically, this is a bar crawl. You buy a card for 5 euros and at each bar you can get two drinks for free. There were five bars, but we were out from 10-3, so don't worry mom I wasn't out of control. :-) It was a great time, and Kirsten's friends were very nice. At the last bar Kirsten entered a Fuzball table tournament and won 5 games in a row. Good Job Kirsten!

As you can see, I am having a really great time, but there are a few things I miss about America. They are:
1. Daily conversation with my family and friends
3. watching movies online (internet won't allow it here)
4. Peaco (my ugly doll)
5. English (everyone speaks it here so well! However, I miss being able to walk into a restaurant and order my own food. I am trying to learn some German, but it's not nearly enough in just 1.5 weeks)

Bon Qui Qui signs out. Peace.

1 comment:

  1. I remember these questions, my classmates asked some of them. :)
    I don't know if you remember me, but I'm Hatice, I was in the 10th grade, you had visited together with Mrs. Anders, I gave you something called 'Lahmacun' (Turkish Pizza), remember? :D
    Anyways, Mrs. Anders gave me your blogspot, and I just wanted to say hi.

    Mrs. Anders said that you were in Ireland right now, have fun there! :)