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August 31, 2009 - Tessa Makepeace
This morning Thomas and Christine, my host parents, showed me around the town we live in, Alleringersleben, and the neighboring village. The dog, Unyx, came with too. In this area, there are many small villages, with about 400 people or less. They aren’t too far from one another and to Magdeburg, a city of about 200,000 Einwohnern where I will go to school, it’s only about 40 minutes on the train. Even in our smallish village of about 400, there are a lot of wind turbines. My host parents said they’re all over this area, which is cool. I’ve noticed that die Deutschen are very careful to preserve the environment. Hopefully I can put some pictures up on here soon so you can get a feel for what our small village is like. They showed me where I can run too.

I met a few of the neighbors and the people living in the town today. Because it’s so small, everyone knows each other. Everyone I’ve met has been very friendly so far. My host dad is the mayor of the town and he helps with the sports organization here too. He has a job too but both him and Christine have summer Ferien, or break, still. He is pretty busy already so when break ends for them I can only imagine how busy he’s going to be. Tonight he was at a barbeque celebration to thank the people that helped at the Fussball Tournier this weekend.

One difference I have noticed here is with meals. At breakfast, we have yogurt, cereal, and bread mostly. Lunch is the biggest meal, with warm food. Then dinner is a smaller meal with bread, cheese, fruit, and meat. In the U.S., lunch and dinner are opposite. Dinner is usually the largest meal.

Tonight I spent time with my host mom. We walked around the village and when I say around, I mean around. It’s pretty small so we walked basically out of town, around, and back home. It is a very nice place. Tomorrow we are going to pick up Hannes, their son, from camp. It should be fun and interesting. I am looking forward to school on Thursday too! It will be nice to meet people my age and to see which classes I’ll be taking. I think I’m going to take Spanish and I don’t know what else yet! I am going to look over the choices I have in a couple of days. Everything is good here J and I hope everything is good with whoever is reading this. Guten nacht!


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