Poem Time with Me

I have now been here for six weeks this fall, and time has gone by so quickly I can hardly believe it. So today, since I had an extremely stressful morning (the lady in the apartment above me flooded her floors, so of course the water dripped down into our apartment and shut off all our power — one thing I definitely haven’t learned in my German lessons is how to explain things to an electrician), I’ve been thinking LOTS about how much I still need to learn in order to really grasp the German language. Most importantly, though, I’ve realized how far I’ve come with my language skills since I first came here last summer. So, I wrote this terrible poem today in remembrance of the me who absolutely could not do really basic things like order German food (thankfully, I’ve moved past that awful part of my past). Here it is:

Schnitzel schnitzel sauerkraut
Wiener please with mustard
I’d really like that Apfelsaft
But now I’m feeling flustered.

See, the food here’s really yummy
And I’d really like to taste it —
But when you can’t speak German,
It’s like all of it is wasted!!

So I’ll keep on looking longingly
At this lovely Deutsch essen
And then I’ll learn to order,
‘Cause now I’ve learned my lesson.

So there’s that — yeah, today has been nuts.

Hiiiii again!

So, it’s been a while since my last post. Things have been a little crazy over this way! Jacco and I just got back from an 8-day trip to Bavaria — my first experience in that part of the country. We stayed in a small village called Füssen, which almost sounds like the German translation of the word feet… Possibly named because Füssen is located at the foot of the German alps, but I thought it was ridiculously cute that the town’s crest consists of three legs/feet making a triangle. Puns are great. It’s the little things…

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So, although it was a work trip for Jacco (the orchestra performed all week at Neuschwanstein Castle), we really had a great time. We got to explore the castle and see many of the incredible sights in the area. Every day was like living in a fairy tale. The mountains were just AMAZING. Inspired by the Hollywood-worthy view, I even climbed up on a rock one day and started (loudly) singing that Lonely Goatherd song from The Sound of Music — I thought I was alone, but wouldn’t you know it —- I wasn’t. I glanced over my shoulder to find a pack of tourists. Awesome. So, I kind of awkwardly walked away but was comforted when one of the older men continued the song after I left. (I was later to come across many, many American tourists singing songs from The Sound of Music — I’m telling you, it ain’t hard to pick out the Americans in this neck of the woods).

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On Saturday, we hiked into Austria. That was a big highlight of the week for me — a new country to mark off my bucket list!
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Our trip was unforgettable to say the least. I’m feeling super blessed to have the opportunity to explore new parts of the world. Now that we’re back in Dresden, it definitely feels like we’ve been jolted back into the real world! Jacco is preparing for the premiere of Die Tote Stadt by Korngold, and I’m hitting my practice time hard in preparation for my audition this week. Exciting, but busy! Just the way I like it.