So who knows the German word for overwhelmed?

Trip Start Jul 24, 2011
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Trip End Aug 25, 2012


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St Johns University, Oakdale Campus.

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Monday, July 25, 2011


Today I learnt the German word for 'duck'. But I'm beginning to think I need to add some more helpful words to my repertoire. Like maybe 'Confused' or 'HUH?'.



Our college is right on the edge of the Atlantic. No gorgeous sandy beaches like I'm used to, but typical city shores. All rocky pebbles & nothing but high rise buildings far off in the distance. One of the German girls I was with had never even seen the ocean. Can you imagine? It was adorable because they reminded me of us as children. Finding fascination in a dead crab on the beach, squealing when they first dipped their feet in the water. We were walking along the beach, & suddenly the little pebbles turned into big rocks & slabs of broken cement. So, as you do, I kept walking. There was a wharf with sand & playgrounds up ahead, so why not push forward? I'd made it about halfway across, jumping from rock to rock before I looked back. The poor girls were virtually stranded back at the start, standing on one shaky stone. It hadn't even occurred to me that they weren't used to this, that climbing across the rocks was only instinctual to me because I'd grown up doing it.


It's all a bit like that. I've mostly been listening in on German conversations. The most I can understand is the occasional word. Laptop, internet, California. Not very intriguing stuff but I don't actually mind not knowing. If nothing else, it'll make me so much more appreciative when I reach Chicago & will again be surrounded by English haha. The campus really is stunning though, even more so in the light of day. It's completely empty of course, everyone's still on summer break so we're virtually the only ones here. But they must be running some of kind of daycare program cause there are children running around on the fields playing sports & whatnot. It gives the whole thing such a holiday feel. I really do love it here. Who knows, maybe I'll have picked up some helpful German words by the end of the week!


All meine Liebe, ich vermisse euch alle,
All my love, I miss you all.
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