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We're going out to a restaurant later, so that should be great. I bought two nice tops for like.. 2 Euro and they're really sweet, so I should wear one tonight. Hehe. And also, about that crush. Hehe. I really like Beat. He's great to talk to. I had a really good conversation with him just before.

But anyway, enough about boys.

I went ice-skating the other day and fell over four times, so that's enough for me, I have a few bruises and walked around like an old grandma for awhile and it was hard to get up on a horse too, when I was still stiff and stiff from the awful cold too. I get to ride another horse too soon. I hope. It's fun, I've made friend's with the horses. They're lovely. One's called Rafael or Raffy as we call him and the other one is Serina.

I really need my report card hey, just so I can get my booklist. Because I'll need before I get back to school. Maybe when we go to get my new things at school, we can ask for my report card at student reception. Grr!

I think I failed Science.. Ahem.

Beat reckons that Visual Arts is okay, and that Drama is the best. Haha. He does Visual Arts at his school (his is an International School and they all speak English). And he's come to the conclusion that after year 9, all you're really learning is how to please your teacher with writing what they want to read about a certain topic. Haha. That's really true actually. I never realised but I guess it's the mood I'm going to be in from now on and it's going to help. Just to write what my teacher wants to hear will get me good marks because afterall, in life you are always doing something to please someone else, your professors and then your employers. Aren't you?

Anyway, better go now. And also, I've figured out certain things that make my headache worse or come on more frequently:

. The freaking un-pillows here. German's don't HAVE pillows. But I'm trying to make one. I've almost got it figured out.
. My perfume, the one from Shirley, it's seriously haunted. Whenever I use it I get a headache and the other day I didn't use it but I caught a whiff of it when I opened my bag and whoa! It hurt my nose. So, staying well away from that crap.
. And also, I've sometimes don't drink enough water.. But Herr Zirpel bought some Volvic (it's seriously the best water in Germany, it's great) and I'm going to get straight into that.
. And anything else I have no idea of.. Probably the extreme cold. I always go 20 minutes in the cold before I whack my beanie on because my head aches.

I've also been having really weird dreams lately, like I don't know, I can't explain them much. But some are either sad and extremely scary and others are freaky and weird and have no meaning whatsoever. I have about 3 to 4 every night and I remember at least 2 for ages. They creep me out. I can't explain why I have them so often, I really don't know.

Haha. Better go now then. I kind of got a little side-tracked.
Thanks so much for ringing me. I love you all.

Daddykins, Mummys and huge, giant boy, Ethan.
And Pinky and Ebbs and Squirty (who I miss the most, haha!)

Love, Shrimp. Xx
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I’m starting to settle in except I went home early from school yesterday with a really bad migraine. It was horrible. I think it’s from sleeping wrong. The pillows are very different.. Yes, when I say ‘pillows’ I mean that. I sleep on about 4 to 5 of them. Haha. But it’s okay; I make a giant pillow and make sure it will support me. It was just that one night when I didn’t bother and looked what happened? Anyway, I took a day off today because I woke up with a really sick stomach. I asked Johanna if I could stay at home.
I
slept for ages then I had a shower and wandered outside to find that my lunch was out and I could still have brekky. So, I pigged out on chocolate cereal and a Kinder Surprise milk bar, two cups of tea (very strong tea), a sandwich with that holey cheese, a bottle of water and sultana bread. Argh! I have such an appetite here. And mum, I eat bread fifty million times a day. I have bread for lunch, about three pieces and sometimes a mandarin or a chocolate or a milk bar (milk bars are like a chocolate sponge cake or chocolate shell with a milky cream in the middle, very yum). And when I get home I have a big dinner, like last night it was some mild curry chicken and rice. And the other night it was those famous white sausages that Germans eat. You know those? Well, guess what? They taste so good. Seriously, they were really nice. Except they eat it with this special mustard that you can’t have with anything but the white sausages. And it’s yuck. It ruins a perfectly good sausage I tell you, never again.

 

And then at night it is bread, bread and more bread with homemade jam and all different sorts of cheese and salami and meat spread (which is lovely, I assure you) OMG, and I ate this prawn looking things. I didn’t want to, I hate them so much. They are the worst things ever and I still ate them. But I didn’t taste them, I just swallowed them without chewing them, it was so gross. The fish isn’t as fresh here. Herr Zirpel told me this before we were served fish; I got to make out like our fish is the freshest. It was pretty cool because he looked a little embarrassed that German fish isn’t as nice. It isn’t because it smells stronger & doesn’t have a nice taste but the lemon sauce it was cooked in tasted lovely. So, appreciate fish in Australia.

I’m going to write another email but only mum can read it because it’s personal. I’m just a little concerned that’s all. Nothing too serious. Oh, and I’m looking forward to my tour. On Saturday night we went to a disco at Johanna’s dance school. They all dance proper dances in the disco, none of this jumping up and down and so forth. So, I couldn’t dance much. A friend of Johanna’s, who had a very motherly disposition yet was so tall and graceful, taught me a little of a dance and then pulled this guy over to dance with me outside the disco room. Argh! This guy was so good looking too, absolutely perfect. Haha. Really. I reckon he had some Italian or Greek background. Anyway, I danced a little with him. And then I was pulled away to learn something else. And then I was sitting in the disco room and I saw him and he smiled at me. Yay! Sigh, I’m sad. Haha. Overall, at Johanna’s dance lessons prior to that I got winked at by this guy that both Krisi and Jo hate. He’s really up himself, thinks he can dance, but he wouldn’t know a rhythm if it hit him in the face and he asked me to dance. But I turned him down and I told him about me being from Australia and blah, blah, blah. Obviously, that was appealing because later, like I said, he winked at me. What the hell? Haha. Scary. Really.

On Sunday it was the first Advent. This is where an Advent wreath is decorated and four candles are put on the wreath. Frau Zirpel made hers and hung it from the ceiling. It seriously is the most beautiful one I have seen since being here. Mum, you would love it. I’ve taken some photographs but I really can’t capture its beauty, you just have to be here to see it. Anyway, on each Sunday of December before Christmas, you light one candle. I got to light the first candle on Sunday morning. It was great. We even have an Advent wreath in our classroom that Judith (pronounced Yudit) made and brought it in. Christmas is really exciting here. Oh, and before I forget. On the Saturday at the disco, me and Johanna sung karaoke. Haha. It was really embarrassing. We sung Pretty Woman, because it was the only song Johanna knew. And I sounded really bad at the start. But it was just that I couldn’t hear myself but I could hear Johanna and she was really off key and it threw me off but I got on track. And I won another Adventskalender. Yay! I only sung just to get one. This means I have two in my bedroom and one in the hall that Henner, Beat, Johanna and I take turns taking a present on our designated days. An Adventskalender, if you don’t realise, is the calendar that you open up the doors on each day and you get a chocolate in each door until the 24th of December. Frau Zirpel all buys us one and we get it on the 1st December. Chocolate!!

 

On Sunday also, we went to Frankfurt and walked through the Christmas market. Wow! It’s so busy in the markets and there’s so much German food and souvenirs. Frankfurt is a mixture of new and strange architectural, glass skyscrapers which are all for European banks as Frankfurt is the centre for all European finance it is one of the wealthiest European cities in the world and has been for a very long time except during WWII when most of it was bombed because a lot of the Jews and wealth was here, naturally. Surrounding the bottoms of these monstrous skyscrapers are the newly built estates only just completed in the 20th to 21st century, these are quite normal, sometimes ugly houses. Not much to look at. But after these estates come the typical 18th to 19th century houses that are great to look at and take photographs of. Then, we get to the centre part of Frankfurt where you have massive shopping streets with all the designer shops and strange statues everywhere. On the other side of Frankfurt (over the bridge that was built years ago when the city got too crowded for the wealthy) are plenty of villas that dot the shore of the lake. These were lived in by the wealthy Jews and Christians alike. Nowadays the villas are museums for pretty much anything you’ve ever heard of. To name just a few as the street of villas can go for kilometres: furniture, cultural, food, art, architectural, countries, and film and theatre museums. Pretty cool, hey?

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Hello again.
Still a little homesick but I'm really getting there, I'm having much more fun and the weather is not so cold to me anymore. So, yea. I feel a little confident. But I really miss my friends and everything.

I'm very sorry that I haven't got enough information to share with you but this week has been so busy and it's hard to get on the internet to write something because whenever I do it's very late and I'm so tired. I've still got jet lag and not to mention the fact that the keyboard is very different to Aust. keyboards so it takes me twice as long to type a sentence. Man, does it suck. Haha.

Okay, now. If you guys want to leave a comment on this journal, please do. Just so I know that you guys are reading the journal. Ask me a question. I'd love to answer, you know me. I love to answer questions all the time. Yay! Well, yesterday a girl called Ilke bought two girls from my SAGSE group (Ashley and Camille) over to our house and we baked christmas cookies. They turned out really yummy. I like eating them all the time. Oh, and in Germany there is a tradition of lighting one of four candles every sunday in December before Christmas on a wreath. They hang the wreath from the ceiling and it just looks so beautiful. I'm going to take some photos and hopefully get one on here. Bear with me. It still hasn't snowed here though. We've been really busy, to school and back and baking cookies and going out to town. And tomorrow we are going to a disco thing where we dance the salsa. Hmm, Krisi and Jo showed me the dance and I learned it quickly but I only know the basic steps so we'll see how I go. I played sport today. A game that I just learnt to play at Lowood so that was helpful. Haha. Yea, it was heaps fun. And the girls were all like are you too hot when we were playing because I was wearing my tights, a skivvy and a thick t-shirt. I tell you, they thought the hall was really, really warm. WHAT? They don't know what warm is. Haha. The hall was just a nice refreshing cool. And I didn't even sweat when I played and I played quite well actually. But I can't understand a word the teachers are saying in class. It's crazy. I feel like an alien. I really can't describe the feeling of sitting in a room where you're the only one who just can't understand a single thing no matter how hard you try. They speak so damned fast! Argh!
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Well, I'm here in Germany safe and sound with just a little bit of a cough. But
Frau Zirpel made sure that when me and Johanna went out shopping that I was
very warm because she doesn't want me to get sick.

Oh, you should just see this place! So, so, so beautiful. Words cannot describe. It's like I'm in another world altogether. Jo and I put on our warm gear and went out into Lorsch together, to buy meat and bread. How cute. The streets are narrow and the houses are traditional german and old. But it's so cold. Today was quite warm, apparently, I guess it was true, even though it was just 4°C but I don't shiver here, I sweat alot inside.. But I've only shivered a little.

I'm just lucky that this is the warmest place in all of Germany. I'm very homesick here and I wish that my German was better. I always have to push myself to speak German and it isn't easy. My first day at school was good and bad. Good because it was a new experience and it wasn't so long like at home. Bad because I never understood anything really, once or twice I did and that was good. And the English class was great but other than that I find myself hoping that the teacher won't ask me a question in German in front of everyone. That would be embarassing. I made everyone laugh today in English when I told them what the stereotype is of Germany. Once I said 'that you drink a lot of beer' and they all burst into laughter, it was great.

See, it's those little things that make me feel better about being so far away from home. But when I get corrected for saying Johanna's last name wrong (I can't help that I have an Australian accent. It drives me insane how the accent is so important whereas in Australia it doesn't reallz matter if you're accent affects the word, no one's going to correct you!) then this makes me feel terrible and worth the long plane flight home right then and there. Haha.

Well, I'll fill you in some more later. I'm a little tired now.
All my love,
Sarah
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