On my weekend off from class, the school arranged a day tour of Leipzig, Germany, which was home to Johann Sebastian Bach. Leipzig is a beautiful city with a classic European charm (think lots of churches, cobblestone, and fountains). The tour guides only spoke German to us, which posed a problem for those of us in the A1 level language course. However, I managed not to get lost the whole day, and I met people from the higher level classes who taught me to play poker on the train. We also toured the Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig, which was an interesting museum about Soviet-occupied Germany.
Back in Berlin, I had a mishap that almost ended my life. On my way to school, I tried to cross the railroad tracks just as a tram rounded the corner and almost hit me. I noticed many people don’t pay attention to the pedestrian signs (including me), but this is quite dangerous in a city with multiple transportation lines. I’ve learned my lesson, though, and I’m glad I’m still here to tell the tale and warn others!
It was bittersweet to end German class and say goodbye to all the people I met. I especially was a bit sad to leave my host family, since they’ve been so amazing to me. Just an interesting aside I learned: my host mom told me that Spike actually won a newspaper entry contest for Berlin’s cutest dog when he was about 3 years old.
BTW, I am no A1.1 German level certified! That means I can say my numbers and order some food in German. Hopefully that will be enough to survive for the next 3 months.