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Saturday, 19 February 2011

German lessons, Hungarian visitors and Garmisch

Alan und ich lernen Deutsch zusammen. Wir gehen in der Schule. Es heisst die Volkshochschule. Wir haben am Montag morgen begonnen. Es dauert von 9Uhr bis 1Uhr Montag bis Freitag. Alan ist in der erste Klasse und ich bin in die dritten Klasse. Der Lehrer und Die Lehrerin hat uns gut gefallen. Ich habe drei Lehrerin und ein Lehrer. Alan hast drei Lehrerin. Wir haben viel schon gelernt.

Auf Englisch:

Alan and I are learning German together. We go to a school that is called the Volkshochschule. We started class on Monday morning. The class is from 9am until 1pm Monday - Friday. Alan is in the beginners class and I'm in the third class. We really like the teachers (male and female). I have three female teachers and one male teacher and Alan has three female teachers. We have learned a lot already!

Last week we had our area leader (Cathy) and another missionary from Pioneers in Hungary for a visit. It was nice chatting with them and getting encouraged by them. They were also able to attend our church housegroup that night which was great. Alan and I were able to share a lot of our early anxieties and stresses that we experienced when we first moved here. It was good because we got a lot of confirmation that what we were going through was completely normal - especially given we're also expecting our first child and are so newly married.

Right now we're on a church retreat in Garmisch, Germany. It's on the border of Germany and Austria. We weren't sure we should go given we are so new to Germany but it seemed like a good opportunity to get to know members of the church better so we made the decision to go. We're staying at a hotel called the Edelweiss which is a military hotel and it's really strange because there are armed guards at the entrance and you have to show military id or be accompanied by someone in the military to get in. Apparently the US military purchased this hotel to entertain soldiers and it's very nice but the security is a bit over the top for me.

Tonight the church group is going out for an early Bavarian dinner together. I think I'll try and go with them to the ski hill tomorrow so I can watch Alan ski some. The World Alpine Ski Championship is also going on this weekend so I might be able to watch some of the mens giant slalom if we get there in time. It wouldn't be a problem but we have to leave for another hotel for one night only due to a mix up here. I'm not sure how many rooms are moving but in a way I'm glad to move away from all the security.

Unfortunately we'll have to miss school on Monday so hopefully we won't fall too far behind. We have really enjoyed getting to know the people in our classes. In my class alone there are over twelve countries represented. We have two girls from Poland, a girl and a guy from Brazil, guys from Iran, Sri Lanka and another place I can't remember and girls from Australia, Chile, Kirkistan, China, South Korea, France and India. What a great group to learn German with!

Well, I just got off skype with mom and dad and sweet Charlotte. In just a little over a week her vocabulary seems to have doubled. She is amazing but to me it's a little sad she's growing up so fast! And without me too :(. Ah well, Chloe will love growing up with her cousins and talking to them on skype. Family is great and we are truly blessed.

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