Letter: Worthington teen enjoying life in CrailsheimSorry that I haven’t been writing to you! It is a busy but fun life over here! I have been here for seven months, and time is flying by so fast I wish that it could just slow down
By: Haley Rogers, Worthington-Crailsheim exchange student, Worthington Daily Globe
Sorry that I haven’t been writing to you! It is a busy but fun life over here! I have been here for seven months, and time is flying by so fast I wish that it could just slow down. There are so many things that I want to do here still.
With my first family, Staudachers, I got to start school. First day of school was Sept. 13. The first two weeks, I was in the class 10. Then, on Sept. 24 — Oct. 1, I went with the 10th grade to London. Every year they have a student study trip to London. We got to see many beautiful sites. That’s when I made a lot of my friends I have today, and I’m glad I went. But, when I came back from London, I went to the ninth grade. At my school, Realschule zur Flugelau, the last grade is 10th grade. So they have a lot of testing, but my class is very fun.
On Nov. 1 I moved in with my second family, Aschenbrenners. The son, Marius, is one of my friends in my class, and I fell in love with my family on the first day. We never get bored. In November we went ice skating, to a hockey game, to a Merlins game (VIP) and to a lot of get-togethers with the family.
December was also a busy month. For Christmas they have something called Advents Time. Every Sunday before Christmas they have an Advent. It’s either celebrated with family, friends or co-workers. The first Advent is the last Sunday in November. For Christmas, many things! We had celebration with family from the 24th through 27th, even though they only have Christmas from the 24th through 26th.
January was my favorite month. We have a two-week Christmas vacation. During the second week (first week of January), my family and I went skiing! From Jan. 2-8 we went skiing in Schladming, Austria. It was so beautiful! It was my first time skiing, so I was so nervous and excited. Since I’ve played hockey for eight years, it wasn’t so hard to catch on for me. I caught up to speed with my family, and was just having fun. On Jan. 28, my class and I had our Abschluss Ball. We had a dance course with Hillers Tanz Schule. We learned how to do all of the simple dances. We had our class from October until the ball. For the ball we had formal dressing, the girls got flowers, and we all got a fun and full night.
February was more of a relaxing month with only one thing planned. That was skiing with the school from Feb. 20-23. We went to a mountain called Nebelhorn — and “Nebel” in German is “fog.” The first two days it was very foggy, but the last day we had sun with blue skies. Now, these are the only two big events that I’ve had over here in Germany. I’ve gone Fasching, to Volksfest, Silvester (New Year’s Eve), and many get-togethers with my many friends and family over here.