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Letter: Ballroom dancing, volleyball are recent highlights in Crailsheim

My time in Germany is going fast; I can't believe the end of January marked half a year I have been here already! I have learned so much, and have experienced many amazing things in such a short time. I strongly encourage anyone who is thinking a...

My time in Germany is going fast; I can’t believe the end of January marked half a year I have been here already! I have learned so much, and have experienced many amazing things in such a short time. I strongly encourage anyone who is thinking about applying for the exchange to give it a try. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

 

This month I joined a temporary volleyball team with my school. It is not a very long season, but it is fun and there is just one tournament that will take place later in February. I have enjoyed the new experience of trying this sport. I also continue with orchestra, where I am working on a solo and a duet I will perform at a concert later in the spring. I really enjoy my lessons because I have learned more about the cello and have been able to keep up with knowing how to play it.

 

I am almost done with my ballroom dance class. It will conclude with a ball on the eighth of February. Everyone dresses up fancy, and we perform our dances for the audience. Some of the dances included are the foxtrot, tango, slow waltz, rumba and many more. This has been an interesting and unique experience, and I am so glad I started it. These lessons I can use forever.

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The weather here is a lot warmer than Minnesota’s winter. I hope everyone stayed warm and safe during the cold spell. It was hard for the German people to believe how cold it got in Minnesota, and they are always surprised when I am not cold during their winter because the temperatures are a bit milder.

 

I’ve learned how to make a few traditional German dishes. My family taught me how to make schnitzel, which is a piece of meat beaten very thin and breaded with a layer of crust. It is one of my favorite dishes. In my Family and Consumer Science class at school, I have learned how to make other traditional German dishes. We made linsen and spaetzle. Linsen is a lentil dish, and it tastes very similar to baked beans. Spaetzle is a common and very tasty German noodle. I also learned how to make tiramisu.

 

This month I went to a “Faschingssitzung.” It was unlike anything I have ever seen. The program lasted a little over four hours and was located in an event hall that was packed full of people. There were so many people you could barely move your chair. There was a court of young men and women who would occasionally dance. There were also people portraying a prince, a princess and a president. Jokes were told with topics ranging from politics to sports. There were five men dressed as clowns who told most of the jokes. They also served traditional German food, and I ate schnitzel and potato salad. Everything was super colorful. Every time someone would leave the stage they would yell, “Tschüss, Tschüssi, Tschüssi,” which is a form of good-bye. It was a rare experience.

 

I am beyond thankful to both the Worthington and Crailsheim committees and the people who support this program.

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