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What am I suppose to say?

So, to begin, this is my first day with internet since I have been living in Germany. Therefore, I have not had the opportunity to get on a blog for the past 4 days about how life has been here. I have so much to write already, and not enough time to do it in. So, instead of telling you how my days have gone and progressed, I shall tell you all what I have found most interesting. Enjoy!

The flight was great and smooth, and everything went off with out a hitch. However, I was always nervous to try out my German with the attendants. I was immediately thrown into a situation here in Wittenberg, where I was forced to step out of my comfort zone. Two German guys came up to me and handed me a pamphlet about taking a vacation for only two Euros. After telling them twice that I didn’t quite understand them, they asked whether or not I was from around the area and instantly jumped into conversation (completely auf Deutsch, because they didn’t speak much English). They told me my German was good and clear to understand. They said I didn’t seem foreign at first because I didn’t speak to slowly, nor did I hack German words out, which is so often the stereotype. From this point on, I have done nothing than to purposefully search for people to talk to. So far, I’ve had four conversations, each lasting about an hour with complete strangers about anything and everything. You just can’t do that so easily in America!

Ever since I’ve been here, I’ve had the immense feeling that I could just live here happy. It’s wonderful. There are things here that we just don’t have or cherish in America! Cobblestone streets, amazing architecture, tradition, tiny shops and walkways, absence of cars and popularity of biking or walking…. the list is absolutely endless.

The culture shock is unreal in the best of ways. This whole beginning to the trip has also brought all of us Wittenbergers closer together than ever before, with late night talks, walks, and games. The food is out of this world and may I also just say, y’all should be so extremely jealous of the Bier here. SOOOOO good!

I do not wish to keep this first entry too long (which may already be too late). I’ll have PLENTY of time to update you about everything that goes on while I’m here. Be ready for it! Also, be on the lookout for pictures soon!

6 Responses to “What am I suppose to say?”

  1. Hi Sweetie

    I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I was to hear from you yesterday. Please tell your friend thank you for me.
    The photos Louie and Kevin sent are great. I look forward to seeing and hearing from all of you.
    It makes us all feel so good to hear that you are safe and happy. And you all do sound happy. I couldn’t be more happy for you.

    Proud of you Love
    Talk to me soon
    Love Mom

  2. I wish so much that I was there with you guys. You are right, the atmosphere, architecture, culture, people, etc is so amazing compared to America. When I’m there I never want to leave.

  3. Hallo, Mädchen, hallo!

    Du haben viele deutsche Eigenschaften, die ist, warum sie denken, Sie sind ein deutsches.

    Kommen Sie wieder. Bleiben Sie nicht auf ewig. Bitte.

    Wir vermissen unsere deutschen.

    Wir verbrachten eine Stunde übersetzen auf Google. Wir hoffen, Sie verstehen unser schlechtes Deutsch.

    <3 j&a

  4. Hallo Hallo Mädchen

    Du haben viele charecteristics einer deutschen. Das ist, warum sie glauben, du sind einer von ihnen.

    Wir wünschen Ihnen viel Spaß zu haben. Bitte bleiben nicht ewig. Wir vermissen unsere deutschen.

    Wir verbrachten eine Stunde auf Google übersetzen. Wir hoffen, Sie verstehen unser schlechtes Deutsch

    <3 die Mädchen

  5. Gruss Gott, RT! Wie geht,s? Es ist beinahe eine Woche das du in Deutschland bist. Deine Mutti ist ganz verloren ohne dich. Sie will alle email das du bekommst verstehen. So, ich versuche es auf English zu lesen. Es ist lange Zeit als Ich Deutsch gesprochen habe und habe viele Worter vergessen. Wenn Ich auf dich schreiben, muss Ich jetzt mehr studieren. Ich hoffe das du viele Erlebnisse haben – alles gut und wunderbar. Trink ein deutsches Bier fur mich:)
    Tante Charlotte

  6. German Friend,

    Oh RT I so miss you so terribly, but I know you are flourishing overseas. I can’t wait to hear ALL about it my friend!

    In other news, too bad you are not here for study sessions this term, because I have been staying up til 3 to finish all my work. We actually would’ve gotten to share those early morning moments ;)

    Don’t eat too much bratwurst!
    Emily

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