October 24 Journal
After “untying the piano from my bum” (Daphne Cameron), I decided to write my first journal. It has been a little more than 11 weeks since I stepped off that plane in Hannover, and I have loved every minute of it. From the different language, to the people’s attitudes, I have had an amazing experience so far.
In the first month that I was here, I realized that no one back in Florida could have ever prepared me for what I felt in my new home. The feeling of normality, the feeling that Germany really isn’t that much different as I thought, and that my life isn’t drastically changing to the circumstances. It’s interesting to think that before I left, we did so much preparation and work to come to a country, but in my opinion, I like learning from my mistakes in the language, I like realizing subtle changes in my lifestyle without me knowing of them taking place, but most of all, I love the people. In Germany, and the rest of Europe I assume, people are not judgmental, and very open-minded about things. For example, I went into a German sauna for the first time last week in Berlin in a hotel, and was blown away when I saw both naked men and women in the same room. People here are not prudes like they are in America, and it is quite fascinating.
Family: When I first met my family at the airport, they seemed like a nice family that would be very welcoming, and they turned out to be that exactly. They have been very hospitable, and have made my experience here all the better. I will not say that they are perfect, as no family is, but I really lucked out.
School: School in Germany is quite peculiar, and much different than school in Florida. I go to a Gymnasium, which is the highest level of school, and am in the class 10Music. I am taking a total of 12 classes, and have 24 hours of school a week. One thing that I am not a big fan of is that the teachers move from class to class, not the students. Therefore, I will have all the same classes with all the same students for the whole year. The even crazier thing is that these people have been in the Music class since 5th grade, meaning that they have had the same 20 people in their class for 5 years!
Language: The German language is actually extremely difficult. Much more difficult than I had expected when I started doing Live Mocha. I had no idea that the 3 ways to say “the” and all of the adjectives would change, according to if you were talking about where you were, who, whom or what. It is sehr schwer. And I am yet to have a dream in German.
Food: One word: Delicious! The food here is truly magnificent. From the schnitzel to the goulash, I love it all. And, I haven’t even had to try very many weird things, which is nice.
Things that are different from America:
People greet each other with hugs and kisses to the cheeks.
Bread is eaten at every meal
Buses are the main means of transportation for teenagers.
Walk in closets are a luxury.
Houses are much smaller due to the lack of space.
It costs thousands of euros to get a license, and you have to be 18.
People aren’t fat.
Soccer = Life