For the last few weeks, I have been giving extra help in English to a woman at the University of Bremen. She has also been helping me with my German, which is such a help. It is much easier to learn a language through teaching your own. Anyway, she invited me to her house for dinner and a study session. WIth my trusty map of Bremen (thanks Jens), I wandered to her home in the snow. I rang the doorbell, and a small girl buzzed me up. In German, she told me that her mother would be back soon, and I can take off my shoes at the door. I was given house slippers (very common in Germany) and led to the kitchen.
Once she had returned, we worked on German and English in the kitchen with the three children at the table, listening intently to our conversation. Once they were hungry, I was offered a typical German dinner of bread, cheese, butter, and salami. We then discussed, in German, customs that I found interesting/ differences in culture between the US and Germany. The little boy had never hear English (as he was so young), so he stared at me the entire night as if I were an alien. It was wonderful to feel that family connection again, even though I was an outsider.
Finals have started officially here at the Uni. I was a bit overwhelmed, but now, I am ready to have them over. After a take home essay, I have a 10 page paper, oral exam, and written exam in March. It is quite a change to have so much time to prepare. (definitely has its positives and negatives). One week left of class! yikes! i cannot believe we are almost done one semester