Hello! Seeing as I only have three full days left here in St. Wendel, I thought I should quickly update you all on my adventures. This last week has been great, a perfect mixture of excitement and relaxation. Here’s an overview of each day since the last post:
- Trip to Europa Park!
- Pros: awesome people and a cool theme park.
- Cons: Woke up at 4:30 AM and then sat on a bus for three hours to get there.
- Intended to watch the Germany vs. Italy game but see above point re: Woke up at 4:30 AM.
- Chill day :)
- Went to rock-climbing gym with my host parents, did three climbs, realized I have no arm muscle, and curled up on a couch reading for two hours.
- Took a nap, watched some Youtube, generally rested.
- Lovely dinner with my host family.
- FaceTimed with my mom for about two hours <3
- No school day!
- Went for a walk around my village in the morning — took some pictures and stopped at the bakery for a delicious treat whose name I do not know.
- Took the bus to Neunkirchen (nearby town) with some of the other Americans and their German students to go shopping! The day was a bit gray, so it was the perfect way to spend the afternoon.
- Wonderful dinner with my host family :)
- Back to school. Went to a religion class and an English class.
- Went to Leah and Sophie’s house for a fantastic lunch.
- The three of us visited a nearby wildlife park — so adorable, entertaining, and beautiful!
- Hung out at Sophie’s for a while before heading home for dinner with my family.
- Samuel’s back! He arrived around 10:30 last night after I was asleep so the first time I saw him was this morning at breakfast.
- There was a sports day for the younger kids at school and our students had to help out, so a group of us Americans took the train to Saarbrücken (nearby city) for the day.
- Had a marvelous time wandering with Natalie and doing a bit of window shopping.
And now the blog has caught up with the present! Once I’m done writing this post, I’m heading out on a run around my village, possibly with Samuel, and then my host family and I are biking to a restaurant for dinner. Apparently they make really good chicken. I’ll let you know.
There are so many little moments that I want to share with you all: how everyone crowds onto the bus in the morning, subtly pushing others out of the way; the look my host mom gives me when I say I’m full because she doesn’t believe me; the joy-fear combination I feel whenever I use the little German I know; the endless conversations with the Americans about “OH MY GOD I’M EATING SO MUCH FOOD”, the chirping of birds that fills the air every second of every day, the…but I can’t write down everything. As much as I wish I could (and might regret not doing it later), it’s impossible to capture every incredible moment because I’m busy living in them. And I think that’s the best way to do it.
Until next time, tschüss!