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Jul. 8th, 2005 @ 04:05 am A story I never told
Current Mood: happyhappy
So I'm back in Chicago.

Wednesday night, I was at a barbecue at a friend's house in Annweiler (where Trifels is, the castle where Richard Lionheart was briefly imprisoned after his stint in the crusades). Got home at about half past midnight...and woke up again at 4:45am on Thursday to chug some coffee, pack my toiletries, and make my way to the Landau Hauptbahnhof. My train left at 5:54am, I was in Frankfurt Flughafen by 8:06am, where I was selected for special screening. The only thing that the inspectors were interested in checking out was the teddy bear that ensignredshu had sent me for Valentine's Day (and whose head was poking cutely out of my backpack. I suppose I look more like the type of guy who would try to smuggle drugs in a teddy bear's tummy than sleep with one.

Anyway, two flights, several hours, and Rush Hour 2 and In Good Company later, I was at O'Hare. By 5pm (midnight to my poor, tired self), I was back home in the apartment I hadn't seen since September 4th. I managed to stay awake and social with ensignredshu until about 8pm (3am) - unpacking, shower, Pizza Hut, birthday presents...but the attempt to watch Firefly was too much for me, and I conked out. And now, at 4am in the morning (11am), I am wide awake, writing an LJ entry.

Gotta love jet lag.

Anyway, at my friend's house in Annweiler, my last night in Germany, I found myself telling the story of my very first night in Germany...a story which I never actually related in LJ. And so here it goes. weiter lesen...Collapse )
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Jul. 5th, 2005 @ 11:49 am Übermorgen.
Current Mood: accomplished
I'm sure I've mentioned it before, but übermorgen is one of my favorite words in German. The day after tomorrow. We need four words and seven syllables to say the same thing. People look at all the impossibly long compound words in the German language and shudder...but really, there are lots of things that are just easier to say in German than in English. Like übermorgen.

Übermorgen I fly back to Chicago.

I'm generally not much of a meme/quiz person. Some of the stuff that floats around LJ is kind of amusing...I mean, who wouldn't want to know which Sith Lord is a member of his/her pirate crew? And sometimes it can be amusing to read about people's favorite bands/movies/crushes from highschool (especially from those people who have actually been out of high school long enough for the answers to be funny). But I don't really do that type of stuff in my own journal.

Today, I'm going to make an exception.

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Jul. 2nd, 2005 @ 10:51 pm Hier gilt rechts vor links
Current Mood: amusedamused
I just got back from a trip to Dessau, which is a pretty decent hike from Landau...not quite as far as the distance between Chicago and Pennsic, but still far enough that the gas & bathroom break midway through the trip is very welcome. Back in the fall, the teachers had put on a production of Moliere's "Eingebildete Kranke," and we were heading into the former DDR to see a professional production of the same (on Friday), followed by a tour of the gardens in Wörlitz (on Saturday).

And damn was it a good performance. I'm not a huge Moliere fan (even though I've been in two Moliere productions this year), but this was great - over-the-top, hilarious performances from pretty much everyone except Cleante, who was a bit bland (but only in comparison to the rest of the cast, which was outstanding).

But my theme today is driving, not theater.
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Jun. 30th, 2005 @ 04:40 pm Der letzte Tag der Stipendiumzeit
Current Mood: weirdweird
Earlier this afternoon, I had my final class at the Maria Ward School (a West Wing episode and discussion with the 11. graders who surprised me with a birthday celebration last week). It's been a very odd week...I meet with each individual class only once a week, which means that every day has been a day of Abschied. Constantly saying goodbye is, well, for lack of a better word, difficult. Over the past month, I've often felt like it would be easier to just head to the airport and disappear, no goodbyes, nothing...but as awkward as goodbyes can sometimes be, it's better than not saying goodbye.

I feel like this entry should be longer - final thoughts about my year as a Fulbright grantee, things I've learned, more sparkling commentary on the differences between the German and American school systems...but to be honest, I really have nothing much more to say. My muse has left the building.

In one week, I fly home. I'm looking forward to seeing ensignredshu and my family and all my friends (and American-style overpowered air conditioning)...but I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I'm also a bit sad to be leaving.

Alla dann.
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Jun. 25th, 2005 @ 02:13 pm Viel Glück und viel Segen
Current Mood: happyhappy
The Germans have several different birthday songs, and they like to sing all of them. (Ironically, one I almost never hear is "Wir gratulieren...", which was the German birthday song I learned in high school.) I'm at a rather musically gifted school, and since there are no pubescent boys with cracking voices to throw everything out of whack, it's actually quite nice to hear the girls sing. Of course, it can also be a delay tactic to get out of instruction - whenever one of the girls in one particular class has a birthday, they all just start singing, going from one birthday song to the next, and will cycle back through already-sung songs if nobdy steps in to stop them.

Anyway, yesterday was my turn.
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Jun. 21st, 2005 @ 02:01 pm Die Franzosen sind so...lieb
Current Mood: energeticenergetic
Or: how you can tell you've left Germany and entered France.

First of all, the Paris trip was great. Short (Friday to Sunday) and hot (mid-30s C, mid-90s F), but great. Still, I do have a few things to mention about the French...
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Jun. 17th, 2005 @ 01:33 pm Nach Paris
Current Mood: happyhappy
So I'm heading out to Paris to visit science101. I live pretty close to the French border, but I've only made it down into the Elsass region...never been out to Paris before. Just for the weekend, which is far too little time, but you take what you can get. My time out here in the Land of Wine Festivals is rapidly coming to an end...

(And I think this may well be the shortest LJ entry I have ever written...)
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Jun. 15th, 2005 @ 03:35 pm Mit der 13. Platz ausgeschieden
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
There's a big volleyball tournament in Landau this week. It's not a bracket tourney - there are thirty teams competing, divided into six groups of five. Each team plays each other team in its group once, and then the best 2 teams from each group advance to the finals, which take place tomorrow. In all, there are 12 qualifying teams for the finals.
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Jun. 13th, 2005 @ 06:30 pm Die Würde einer Schoppe Schorle
Current Mood: goodgood
I've mentioned Schorle before...in the generic sense, juice or wine mixed with Sprudelwasser (carbonated mineral water). Since I am in the midst of wine festival season out here, any reference to Schorle in this post will be specifically to Weinschorle.
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Jun. 11th, 2005 @ 12:50 pm Wir testen die Besten
Current Mood: awake
For some reason, I woke up early this morning. I know, it's a Saturday, and I should be sleeping. I first remember looking at the clock sometime around 6:30. For about the next hour and a half, I tried (with only marginal success) to go back to sleep. I finally gave up on sleep, and went downstairs to eat breakfast and read the newspaper.
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