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September 20, 2009 - Tessa Makepeace
Last week on Tuesday I got to see Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, speak in Magdeburg! She is part of the CDU political party, which is just one of many parties in Germany. It is different than in the United States where we have the two main parties. The election is coming up on September 27th so the candidates are campaigning. There were about seven thousand people at the event, which is not that many considering who she is. It was very cool though. There were some people there protesting but mostly the people there were supporters. Afterwards, as I was leaving with my host parents a guy with a professional video camera walked up to us and asked if he could interview us. He said he was from a TV station in Moskau, Russia! He asked my host mom what she thought of Angela Merkel and she said some nice things. Then he asked me if I was going to vote in the election. I said that I actually come from the US so I can’t. He paused for a second and then went right into asking questions in English! He asked me why I went to the rally if I wasn’t from Germany and what I thought of Angela Merkel. I said I thought it would be a good experience and that it was interesting. I said some nice things about Merkel and then he thanked us and left. It was really random to get interviewed like that but the whole night was just incredibly cool. I mean, how often do you get to see the chancellor of a country speak?
This weekend I went with my host family to my host mom’s mom’s seventieth birthday party. Basically Grandma turned seventy yesterday. There were a lot of relatives there, along with friends of Grandma. From my host family and a few of the other relatives together, we came in with lit candles and a flag from Italy to give her tickets for a four day trip to Rome. The whole afternoon and evening we were in this big room with tables lined up where we sat. First we had coffee and cake and then later dinner. There were all different kinds of cake and it was really, really good. Then we sat around and talked for a while until dinner. For dinner there was so much food. There was soup, wienerschnitzel, rouladen, vegetables, fries, potatoes, and other things. After that we had pudding too.We ate so much food but it was all delicious. Throughout the night, there was music. Some people did an accordion performance and there was also a group of tuba and horn players. There was also a DJ who played some music in between. Some people danced but the music was more geared towards the older crowd. The whole night was actually a lot of fun, especially considering how a seventieth birthday party could be. I sat next to a woman who was a foreign exchange student in Germany eleven years ago who is from Australia. She’s here visiting her host family after all this time. That was actually pretty cool that she was there and we spoke some English too. Also, a bunch of people performed sort of joke songs. We dressed up and looked pretty silly. I thought it might be kind of lame but it turned out to be pretty fun. I did a song with my host dad and it was funny. The whole night was a good timeJ
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