Hello there fellow readers, I have lots to talk about!
Last Thursday, marked the beginning of Karneval festivities. Even though I don’t live in a region, such as Cologne, that goes all out, I am lucky enough they do have something here. On Thursday night the girls in village, Franzi, and I dressed in costumes and were on our way to the hall in Bonenburg to start my first Karneval experience. Well Karneval is basically where everyone dresses up and drinks. There is a show that includes dances and sketches and comedy. I personally didn’t understand the sketches, but the dances were funny. We were out from 6 until about 11, but had school the next day so home we went. It was quite a fun night with all the girls.
We had a quiet weekend, and the second day was Sunday night. We didn’t have school on Monday, so us girls went to one of our houses and got ready and spent a few hours just laughing together, how cheesy does that sound, and then off on our way to a different village, Ossendorf, for quite an event filled night. I think about everyone from my school was there, and it was not that big of a hall to begin with. By about eight, the place was packed, and everywhere you turned, you would see someone else to talk to. I spent some time with my host sister and her friends, then just started jumping between groups of people. It was such a fun night, and I talked to so many people that I had never really met before. All of course knew that I was the American, but to be blunt, sometimes it takes a party or festival and a little alcohol for it to be easy to just to talk to strangers, but everyone was partying and extremely friendly. I have found sometimes it is harder to get the kids to talk to you, maybe since I am this strange American girl, but more likely they have all been together in the same schools, or most of them, since 5th grade. It isn’t always easy to welcome someone new it. But I felt quite welcome that night, it was such fun.
The next day, off to Bonenburg Karneval it was once more. Thursday was for adults, but Monday was for the little kids as well. Many more groups that did dances, and there were children everywhere. The program started around 2:30, and went until 5:00 or so. I was with all the girls again, but this time we sat at the table with all the boys from my village as well. All of the girls are two school years younger, or one school year younger, but the boys are all about my age or a little older. Some of the girls were all helping one little kid group with a dance, so all the girls went to help practice, but I decided to stay and talk to the guys, since I really only knew one of them. I had forgotten how it was to be with kids my age and older. It was absolutely hilarious. I have a group of guys from Providencce at home, predominately cross-country runners, that my best friend, Sarah Kate, and I always love to hangout with because of how funny those boys are. This group of guys from the village reminded me so much of those nights Sarah Kate and I hung out with those boys at home. The girls were gone for a least two hours, but I had such a great time anyways. The program ended, but the music never stopped so we just made up our own fun. Then the girls came back and we probably all danced for two hours. Around 7:30 or 8ish everyone started slowing down, and in the end we were all sitting and falling asleep on each other’s shoulders, which was a telling our night was over quite early. But thinking of how we started the afternoon early, it made for a great day.
Surprisingly almost all of us were on the bus the next day for school. Normally the bus rides are quite with everyone sleeping, but the back of the bus where most of the Bonenburg kids sit was loud with laugher of the day before.
I would say I had quite an amazing, possibly the best, weekend. It makes me love my baby little village so much more. But as I always tell my host mother, Bonenburg IS the center of the world.
Moving right along.
PRESSLY IS HERE! My American sister, who is currently studying at a university in Whales for a semester, came to visit. I took the train to pick her up in Düsseldorf, which we had some problems for her waiting at the gate for me, while I waited for her at the train station, we didn’t really talk enough I guess, but we made it home eventually. I have shown her Bonenburg and Warburg, and today we went to Paderborn for shopping. It has been really nice to see another family member, but the translating thing has been something else. She knows not a word of German, so I am constantly switching languages. My host family can all speak English well enough, but I am so used to German with my family I am always starting in German to Pressly, then having to backtrack. Good thing, right?
I really have realized I am able to speak two languages. My German is still really rough, and the grammar is terrible, but I can communicate enough to get along, I couldn’t ask for more.
I hope everything is well in the states!
Here are some pictures from my Karneval nights!
Roland and Tobias!
I just had such a lovely and very German weekend. I don’t know how I am going to be able to leave this life behind.