I have survived the January winter blues!
Any power and motivation to keep living in a foreign country began to sink down the toilet last month. January was sad. My St. Nikolaus died a week after Christmas. He went to sleep and never woke up. The updates from the America family were depressing and stressful. I stood at a train station and waved another sad goodbye. I went to one of the saddest funerals I’ve ever gone to.
Plus, it’s winter. Dark. Freezing. Dirty streets. Winter makes everything feel ten times worse.
But! That’s not why I’m blogging. I’m blogging to tell you that I SURVIVED. My power and motivation to keep living in a foreign country is back up and running! So. Here I go.
Things in January:
I presented this picture and taught my Spanish class about Dali. I spoke in Spanish and had the whole thing memorized. Two girls admitted that my presentation has been so far one of the best in the class. So bad ass. The thing is, I haven’t learned anything in Spanish. If you asked me what “she is” or “me” or “I eat” in Spanish is, I wouldn’t know.
“Karneval” is almost here! Carnival is a week-long celebration that occurs before lent, but no one knows that. In general, Carnival is when Germans dress up (like Halloween), dance in the streets, sing songs, and drink. drink. drink for a week straight (second week of February). But the people start celebrating Carnival a month before. Marie and her dance group performed inside a village tent full of dancing, smoking and crazy people dressed up for Carnival.
I am with Oma every day after school. We sit in the kitchen and eat mandarins. She drinks coffee, I drink hot chocolate. Some days, we talk for hours. Other days, we rest are heads on the table and look out the window.
Cologne happened. American friends. Big laughs. Headaches. Late nights. Micky.
I have fifteen minutes until my internet goes out. If I don’t get this blogged posted tonight, I’ll delete everything I wrote in the morning and end up not posting anything. So la la la, goodbye goodbye. Have a wonderful February.