Pfingstenferien

I’ve had this week off class because it is Pfingsten (pentecost). I stayed in Freiburg, which was a great decision. Mostly I’ve spent a lot of time working on my final papers which are due in two weeks. 28 pages in German total! I’ve finished one and I’m about halfway with two more. It’s been great, because I’ve been sitting at cafes with my friends while we work. Very productive.

Last weekend, the first weekend of Pfingstenferien, my friend Joseph came to visit Freiburg. He’s studying in Brussels this summer, but he has no time off, so he was in Freiburg for 41 hours. I packed all the important Freiburg activities in that time, though. We went hiking up Schönberg, we got ice cream and sat on the Blaue Brücke (blue bridge), we cooked spätzle, we ate schnitzel and drank beer, we went inside the Münster.

Other that homework and Joseph’s visit, I’ve had a pretty relaxed week. On Friday, a bunch of my friends came over to my WG to watch National Treasure and hang out, which was a lot of fun. We drank whenever Riley deserved better or Abigail shouldn’t have to put up with this. (Fun fact we noticed: there is exactly one (1) female character in this movie.) I’ve been drinking Melonsecco and Mangosecco recently, which is Prosecco mixed with melon or mango juice, and it is delicious.

Yesterday Julia, Ally, Jessie, John, and I went to the Seepark. At first we just stretched out and sunbathed, but eventually Julia, John, and I went swimming in the lake. It was so much fun.

Today, I’m not doing much. Just some homework, and then I’m cooking schnitzel and spätzle with Teddy and Andriana for dinner. Afterwards, I’m finally going to go to mass at the Münster like I’ve been saying I will.

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Classes are the Same in Every Country

So classes are going well. I just switched a couple today so I am officially taking the following

  1. German Language in Context
  2. Environmental Policies and Green Business in Freiburg
  3. Germany in the 21st Century: A Country Between Past, Present, and Future
  4. Germany as a Location for Business and Industry in the 21st Century
  5. Public Opinion, Propaganda, Political Process

I have not yet attended a class for the propaganda course, since I just picked it up today. Even though I was really excited about it, I had to drop history, because I could not handle four consecutive classes on Tuesdays. I can’t remember how I did it in high school.

Other than that, classes are going as well as can be expected. They are challenging because they are all in German, but interesting because they are all in German. My motivation to do homework is minimal, because there are so many better things I could be doing with my time. Plus, these classes don’t affect my GPA, so I just have to pass. Really, once I get more used to having homework again, I’ll be fine, but for now, it is torture.

English Immersion

This weekend (last night, today, and tomorrow), I am working at an English immersion camp in Switzerland. It is wonderful, and the kids are great. They’re supposed to speak English, and we are not supposed to even let them know that we can understand any German. So here are a few of the highlights so far:

  1. One kid said “Scheiße”, but then corrected herself by saying “oh no, I meant shit.”
  2. Another boy asked me “kennen Sie Steve Jobs?” (do you know Steve Jobs). First of all, it was cool that he referred to me with the formal version. And second, I pretended not to understand, so he explained that he had been trying to trick me into speaking German. Now he’s convinced I don’t understand it at all, so he keeps trying to get away with saying cuss words and insults to the other kids.
  3. There were burritos for dinner, which were great, but the salsa was incredibly bland.
  4. I have free time. As a camp counselor, it’s fine if I leave the kids unsupervised, and I don’t have to break up every fight. They just do their own thing. I’m just here to lead activities.