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Letter: Crailsheim exchange student Anica Bös enjoys KTD, Homecoming

"The only thing I couldn’t understand about the meal was that the German potato salad was sweet. I had never eaten it like this before."

Anica Bös, the 2022-23 Crailsheim exchange student visited New Ulm to experience an American Oktoberfest.
Anica Bös, the 2022-23 Crailsheim exchange student visited New Ulm to experience an American Oktoberfest.
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Hello Friends,

It’s me again, Anica Bös, the 2022/23 exchange student in Worthington. I can’t believe that another month has passed and I am writing my next letter to you. I have a lot to tell you this month.

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I will start with how I’m doing at school. I love going to school here. Of course it is very different from school in Germany, but that is exactly what I like about it. Unfortunately, my first quarter is almost over and I have to say goodbye to a few subjects, such as “Food and Nutrition." I had a hard time with this class at the beginning of the semester, because there is a lot of special American vocabulary here, but with the help of my host mother who helped me a lot, I was able to understand most of it.

I am sad to say that tennis is over for the season. I think that’s a shame because I really enjoyed it. It was sometimes very stressful with practice every day and all the matches. Tennis won’t be my last sport, because I want to start ice hockey as a winter sport this year. This is going to be very exciting as I’ve never tried it before. I will try my best to learn it.

Sept. 17 was King Turkey Day. I was really looking forward to it as I had heard so much about it. I really liked being a part of the parade, too. Here I felt a bit at home like at the Volksfest in Crailsheim. This was a small substitute for the folk festival parade, which unfortunately I wasn’t able to visit with my family this year. What I liked best was watching the turkeys race down Main Street.

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This month Homecoming was also celebrated at our school. It was a nice experience because we don’t have anything like this event in Germany. My favorite part of the week was when everyone threw confetti and powder!

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I now know that time for me in Germany will go by really fast and before I know it, I’ll be back at home in America. I want to make the most of my exchange year while I’m here!
I would like to thank my first host family, the Hennings. Unfortunately, November is my last month with them and I will miss living with them very much because they made me feel at home.
Overall Christmas markets are probably my favorite things during the holiday season in Germany!

Last weekend I was in New Ulm at the Oktoberfest. That was very funny. I found it very interesting how people celebrate Oktoberfest here in America. In fact, here, as with us, quite a lot of people walk around in dirndls and lederhosen, the traditional costumes of Germany. The best thing was that the city actually has a real German restaurant. Here I was able to eat a real schnitzel with fries. The only thing I couldn’t understand about the meal was that the German potato salad was sweet. I had never eaten it like this before.

I would like to thank everyone again for giving me my second home here in Worthington, especially my first host family, the Hennings. I have been made to feel like I am part of the family through all of this.

Sincerely,
Anica Bös
2022-23 Crailsheim-Worthington Student

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