Wednesday, June 4, 2008
I took two of my friends from my Language class home today...(they are two old Gay men... how funny huh?) and on the way we passed this church...The damage was done by the bombings in world warII...I can't even describe how I felt when i saw it, it looks like it just happend...This church is in the very "trendy" part of Berlin...my friends (the gaymen) were pointing out all of the big expensive stores and then out of nowhere here is this old blown-to-bits church.. crazy huh?
I'm also going to add a video of Tadeus, cause he's just too cute :)
Monday, June 2, 2008
Well I made it through my first "working day" :)... I took the girls to school and Tadeus to preschool, and then found my way to my language class...I really am quite impressed with myself :)... these are not the easiest streets to get around, nor are they very well marked. I'll be alone with Emma and Tadeaus this evening so hopefully that will go well :)... The language class is hillarious... The teacher only speaks German so in order to tell us what things mean he really has to be animated, he literally broke a sweat. I feel so stupid not know what he's talking about... i mean he was talking directly to me and I had no Idea.. it's really just jibberish at this point... he was trying to explain how to pronounce a word to a student and he was saying all kinds of fast german words when i suddenly understood that he was saying "it sounds like when a cow goes moooooo" and I shouted "Cow!.. Ya! I know that!" it was like a reaction, i was just so excited that I understood something I had to let everyone know... it was really embarrasing... then he made me repeat some stuff and after i was done he said "not bad for an American" so i hope I wont have to be hearing American jokes the whole time :)....
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Ok this will probably be a long one cause a LOT has happened in a very short amount of time...sooo I left Vegas at 11:30 on the 28th and arrived in Germany at 3:45 on the 29th... it was a VERY long trip consisting of NO sleep which leads me to my biggest problem thus far, I have the worst jet lag EVER... I go to sleep and different times but i always wake up at 2am! which would be 5pm in NV so i have no idea why my body has picked this wake up call, and I try REALLY hard to go back to sleep, but i cant... I tried taking a sleeping pill one night and I slept for 16 hours!...sooo if I could find some sort of medium that'd be great!...okay now that the bad stuff is out of the way on to the good! The Family is VERY nice...and it seems like this is a very lucky thing because some of the other people I've met or the other families that I've seen seem to be very strict and really serious. They both (the parents...the kids dont understand english to well) laugh at my jokes so that's always nice :)...I am living in a little "flat"/basement apartment two houses down from the family... It's really cute and reminds me of something you'd live in for college :)...Tommorrow is kind of my first official working day. And basically i just have to take the girls to their school, and the boy to his preschool, then pick up the girls. I drove the route myself today, which was a little difficult but i think i got the hang of it :)... the streets are very narrow and the people who know where they are going drive much faster than me. oh! and the lights are Really hard to see! when you stop at them you are right underneath them so you have to really strain your neck to see when it turns green.The Town I am in is called potsdam, this is what the main road into town looks like....and it's apparently right where the berlin wall was... there's is accutally a picture of the house with the wall running throught the back yard. here is a picture of the back yard (we eat dinner out here a lot and they listent to old german songs I swear it's right out of a movie).....And this is the area where Stalin and truman stayed during the communications about the WWII they pointed out the specific houses to me. There is also a little dutch village that is kind of like downtown potsdam, it's really cute......The kids are really cute... the older girl, johanna, tries really hard to speak english aand she really does pretty good! the younger girl, Emma, is a bit more aprehensive about it and I think this makes her not really like me very much... this morning I went with Mathias to pick her up from a friends and she said, in german, I want haley to take my bag!....She may think i am her slave... but I'm sure we'll be good friends in no time :) the little boy is SO funny! oddly enough he is teaching me the most german...so far he's taught me Kliener ball (smaller ball) Nacht Mel(again) Dogh( Ya huh!) and Diene Plotz (your seat) :).. I'm sure there's more but Miene Duetsch is not so good :).....alright i guess that's enough for now....