One more week to go...
Trip Start Dec 29, 2006
23Trip End Feb 20, 2007
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And a big 'hi' to my cousins Evan and Kristy who have recently decided to be my friends! Yay...
I am currently experiencing a lonely Valentines Day. I am talking to Scott online but it's just not the same...
My classes have pretty much come to an end. We found out how we did in our second exam. I got 20 more points which was a fantastic improvement. If I had have gotten this score initially I would have been in the 2nd top class, so that means that I am intelligent and I have learnt something!!!
However I am so glad that I was put in the bottom class because we got the best teacher by far and also... a whole heap of really fun people. I may not have had as much fun if I was with the brainy kids if u get my drift.
I have recovered from being ill on the weekend. I am telling u, sleeep is fantastic but so is an immune system builder called astralagus. It's a natural herby thing in tablet form and it really works.
I am kinda sad that there's not much time left here, but I am happy that I have fulfilled all of my cultural aims. My last one was fulfilled Monday night when I went to the Essen Philharmony. I didn't see Mozart, Bach, Beethoven or anything German but it was FANTASTIC... I saw the Chinese Orchestra. It was there to welcome the new year of the pig.
The instruments were not what u would usually find in an orchestra, but similar. They had flute-looking things, violin-ish sounding ones and weird keyboard/piano sounding things. And really cute little twangy guitars. The percussion section was amazing! And then there were solo artists. One solo artist brought a flute onto the stage that was probably 3 metres long. 3 people held it and played the notes with their fingers and the one guy blew into it! Incredible, low, hollow sounds! Wow!
I really loved the imagery that accompanied the music. There were always pictures in my head. I didn't buy the program because it cost nearly as much as my ticket and I couldn't justify it. (The last week of a holiday u want to live like a rich man, but must live like a poor man). There was a beautiful song which I am sure was about a woman on her wedding day. I really wanted a copy! We went to the stall where they were selling the CDs but because it was all brand new music, they hadn't recorded it yet. Gretel (from Cuba/Sth Africa) bought a CD from the Orchestra which I intend to copy so that u can hear it along with my German Phantom CD.
Last night I didn't do anything, just started to pack up my room a little and tried to finalise buying my presents. I cannot find any of the Baby Born stuff that Emma wants. I have been to every toy shop in Essen. I am so so sorry, but maybe Ebay is the better option aunty Noni...
I am certain that I will have too much weight so I will try and post a package home as well. It'll cost a fair bit, but at least then I will have everything at home (I can't pay the excess baggage fee at the airport! It's absolutely insane!!!)
And so I will leave u for another day. If I have time to tell u about my other adventures before I come home I shall. If not I will give u an outline of what my week holds:
Tonight I am going to see the opera 'Don Giovanni'
Tomorrow we have our last official classes at uni and we have bought a bracelet to give to our teacher to say 'thanks'. After lunch I have IKK and have to give a presentation about Australia in German. The idea is that I give everyone an idea of how Aus is so that they won't experience culture shock if they come to visit. I have to do it all on my own. The Argentinians have to do their's altogether.
Thursday night we have a break up dinner in Essen and after that I am going to Düsseldorf for the start of the Karneval festival. It's Weiberfastnacht. (That means that the women have the power and the town goes crazy! We can chop off men's ties and shoe laces, infact , we are supposed to do it!) I have bought a costume for the evening. It is a Tirolean ( a cute German dress with an apron. Don't worry, I am sure u will see pics of me in it later...
Friday we are given the official certificates for passing the course. After that I will post some stuff to Australia and then pack my bags before going out to a Salsa club to celebrate my last weekend in Essen.
Saturday I am going to Belgium with Annabel (who is also from Melbourne) we'll take the bus and leave early in the morning come back late.
Sun I am going to celebrate karneval in Köln before taking the train to Frankfurt and staying in a hotel and then catching a train Monday morning to the airport where I will come home to Australia.
Wish me a wonderful time and I wish u also a fantastic weekend.
See u next week!!!!!