Thursday, March 23, 2006

be a leaf and soak up rays

I can't believe I only have one more week left of school and then I am out for Easter break! School is pretty boring so I have been going to different classes with some of my friends in the 11th grade. The English teachers here can be pretty funny because their accents are terrible... a mix between German and British. Last Friday I spent the afternoon at Laura's house. Laura is in the Theater club with me and her mom is from Hungary so we looked at a lot of pictures of Budapest so that I will have an idea of what to do when I am there. We had a traditional meal of Goulash as well. REAL goulash is actually a meat soup of beef chunks served over chunky handmade noodles and sour cream on top. Sunday I visited Björn at his house and saw lots of picutres of Vancouver (where he was on exchange last semester).

Then Tuesday I played baseball. I decided a couple of weeks ago to try and start a baseball club. Well... there is another kid at the school that knows how to play and the two of us managed to get 200 euros from the school to buy baseball equipment. Pretty cool! Only thing is, I don't know how to play baseball very well. Only Laura and Björn and Tobias (the kid that knows how to play) showed up Tuesday... but we will try again next week. There are a lot of tests this week, so not many people have time. We will see and cross our fingers that more people show up.

Tuesday night I went to church! My french teacher approached me Monday and asked if I wanted to go with her to her church. She attends a ''Free'' church... meaning that it isn't supported (more like propped up) by the state and it is very much like American churches. There was a live feed from Munich where some big event was going on that we watched over an internet connection through a projector onto the wall. One of the English teachers at the school goes there as well, and both of them said that they would take me Sundays. I'm really excited. Now... I've never been one to be overly exstatic about sunday morning church. But after almost 8 months of being away... I really miss it.

Anyway, this weekend we are going to the Sauerland, a region in the middle part of Germany for Clemen's parents Golden wedding anniversary. How many years the ''Golden'' anniversary is, don't ask me, but it must be something over 30 because the 20th is the porcelain anniversary and the 30th is the silver. (I know this because people have some really wierd house decorating traditions when it comes to anniversaries of different things including baby carriages on roof tops, strings of socks everywhere, and porcelain plates pinned all over the house).

The weather is finally making signs of coming out of winter ''horribleness'' and the sun has been shinning all day. It makes me want to be a leaf and soak up rays or something. ... speaking of leaves, I'm learning about photosynthesis for the 5th time (!!!) in my bio class. whooooo.


Christa said...

Hi Becky,
Deine Erlebnisse in der Schule sind witzig....
"Golden" anniversary ist 50 Jahre und "silver" ist 25 Jahre wie auch in den USA. Wir haben an einer Goldenen Hochzeit in Amerika teilgenommen.

David said...

Hey! That baseball club you are starting sounds like a lot of fun! Yeah hopefully more people will at least wanna come out and learn how to play. and speaking of weird traditions, they're not the only ones with porcelain plates all over the walls, we have over 50 of them! haha. Now you know where that comes from i guess. Hopefully the weather there will continue to get warmer. It's still pretty cold here, but as far as snow we have had practically nothing all winter! Never more than an inch or two at a time. Well have fun playin baseball and goin to church I'll be here doing more homework and EURO...ugh. Only one unit left! Thank God! ttyl!

Grandma M. said...

Hi Becky, It is great to hear about your friends and activities. April is going to be very exciting and busy for you. Your goulash sounds like what we call beef stroginoff with the chuncks of beef, sour cream and served over noodles.

Grandma & Grandpa V. said...

Hi Becky, yes it is really me, grandpa usually does the messages, but this time I am adding some notes. I just wanted to tell you that I was lucky enough to be able to get into Westminister Abbey and also the Tower of London, including the torture chamber. The steps up to the chamber, I understand, have been updated to real steps, is this true? Before it was very steep and damp. The goulash does really sound good. We miss you. Love, G/G V.