I’ve been in Monzelfeld for about three days. I’m in a different country, so many things have surprised me. However, I didn’t really get a taste of culture shock until today.
Because today, I went to the gym. Or, as my host mom and dad call it, the “fitness studio.” (I suppose calling it the “gym” would be weird, since high schools are called “Gymnasiums” here.) Like the gym I go to at home, it has showers and a sauna in the locker room. Except in these locker rooms, people go around….
Wait. It keeps going.
I mean, the old Asian ladies at my gym often walk around naked. But everyone? Even the young ones? THAT’S SO AWKWARD!!! Today, though, was a special day where it was ladies-only at the sauna. Still awkward.
In other news, Monzelfeld! I arrived at the train station in Idar-Oberstein on Sunday evening. My first impression of the German countryside? This place is super-gorgeous!
Germany, already, is so different from where I live. So many mountains and fields, and the towns are spaced so far apart! A typical drive for my host family is a beautiful scenic tour for me.
And my host parents are incredibly nice. They both speak English, albeit rather broken English, but they express themselves really well! I have to slow down and simplify my speech (which is, as anyone who knows me knows, tough for me to do) but I’ve talked to my host parents a great deal and I’m always amazed at how good their English is. I think my grammar’s been degrading though. Once I almost said “I have unluck” instead of “I am unlucky.”
Since my host sister is currently on a “practicum” in Berlin, I’ve mainly been chillin’ with my host parents for the past days. Basically I follow them everywhere, on errands, to the doctor, etc. Here’s a couple of the cooler places they’ve taken me:
So Germany, so far, is awesome! My host mom has clearly expressed that she thinks too much time on the internet is bad, though, so I’ve made an effort not to go on during the day. So it’s 12:22 AM right now. I should probably go to sleep. Especially because my jet lag hasn’t gone away yet:
So, auf wiedersehen for now! More to come!