After school Celine, Amy, and Vera came over and we watched Beauty and the Beast (in English!) and then went to Sarah’s sister’s play. Although it was in German, I did kind of understand what was going on. I even got the joke when one of the actors said something along the lines of “I can’t believe it! I must be in a play!” So hilarious! After that we went to the ice cream store downtown. So delicious. We stayed there pretty late, with the Germans talking and Jon and I half trying to understand… mostly unsuccessfully. After John and Jan left, the waiter told us that John hadn’t paid…
Today I definitely woke up on the right side of the bed today. The sun was shining and I felt almost completely fine. I got to wear my new skirt today too! We had to do our first presentation in Evi’s conversational English class. Honestly I was kind of bored, but I have seen it about three times now. Some people actually asked questions, so that was pretty cool I suppose.
During fifth and sixth period the girls from the class walked to the pool for swimming! It was fun, but I remembered how out of shape I am… because maybe I haven’t found any time to go running yet. Anyway! After that a little group of us walked to get ice cream (again…) and Sarah, John, Jan, and Jan’s girlfriend Rebecca and I ended up staying for a couple hours. John did actually pay this time, but he just couldn’t leave without causing some trouble and broke a glass instead. I’m pretty sure that he may never be allowed back…
The rest of the evening I spent reading Pillars of the Earth, and I’m halfway done now. It’s a fantastic book, although some of the characters are the most terrible people.
Oh yeah, and I hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July. I may have almost completely forgotten about it… whoops!
Man, the days are flying by! It’s already been a week since we left.
Yesterday was a decent day. I felt a lot better after sleeping an ungodly amount that night, and the extra-long school day wasn’t too bad. In Latin we started The Life of Brian… in German with English subtitles. Our lunch break was longer than usual because the English teacher wasn’t there* and most of the class watched American Pie. It might have been kind of funny if I actually understood it, but it was in German so I didn’t get enough for it to be funny much at all so it was just baaaad. Amy, Jon, and I pretty much got kicked out of the Physics class (which was okay because it was two hours that day and the teacher is terribly boring) and decided to walk downtown to the bakery and so I could get some cash.
Which brings us to the point I got to before:
*I really love how this school works. Overall, I think there are much higher expectations for responsibility than at American high schools (or at least high school as I know it), which goes hand in hand with more freedom. In the upper grades (the school is from grades 5-12) there are no substitute teachers. If the teacher isn’t there, the students simply have a free hour. Also, aside from science classes and religion, the teachers are the ones who switch classrooms. It’s interesting to see them being the ones coming in late when at Hazen we have such ridiculous punishments for it. When students are late it really doesn’t matter that much, so long as you have a decent excuse. Kind of going along with that, it doesn’t phase anyone if you just walk off campus in the middle of the day. It makes it feel like you actually have some control over your life, rather than being forced to go to school, you know? The only thing I’m not so sure I like is that people aren’t involved in the school like at Hazen. There isn’t really much of a way to do so though, as far as I can see. Maybe it’s a good thing though— it separates learning from socializing a bit, maybe? Whatever, really. It’s different and different things are often fun, so I’m going to enjoy it while I can.
Sorry for the lack of posts about yesterday! It was pretty uneventful… we couldn’t go canoeing, so Amy and Celine came over. We watched The Aristocats and Ratatouille (in German with German subtitles…) and played more card games. It was a very pleasant lazy day.
Today us Americans spent a couple hours walking around downtown Langenzenn, doing a scavenger hunt. Amy, Bryan, and I won but we may have fudged our answers a little bit… Regardless, everyone got chocolate! I tried to get some cash from the German ATM thing, but because of some weird thing I can’t actually get it from where it is. So I’m moneyless until that gets sorted out. *sigh*
We came back for the second part of the day and I realized that I have a really annoying little cold. Once we got home I slept for two or three hours, and not I feel a little better. Let’s cross our fingers that I feel totally fine tomorrow, because the weather’s clearing up and I may finally be able to wear some shorts!
Yesterday after we went to Nuremberg the four of us went back to Celine’s house to have dinner. It’s pretty astounding how much good food there is here! We learned how to play a Bavarian card game too, which was tricky at first but really fun. We didn’t get to finish, and don’t tell anyone, but I’m pretty sure I was winning.
This morning a pretty big group of us were going to go canoeing, but it’s pouring rain so we pushed it out to next weekend. We’ll probably go see Pirates of the Caribbean later… in German because it’s not out in the English theater right now. I have been understanding a tiny bit more German though! And even speaking little sentences every now and then.
It’s essentially a beer festival with a few carnival rides that lots of villages have, a little bit like a (very) small Oktoberfest. At least, that’s my understanding. It’s actually pronounced Kirchweih, and there’s a Wikipedia article about it, but it’s in German and very confusing in English!