Last night, I don't think there was a girl in the world who was luckier than I was. I got to see one of the greatest bands of all time, live, for free (tickets were gifted to me by the best host dad in the entire world!), in Berlin! I can't think of anything else I would rather have been doing. It was an amazing performance, and there were so many people but I wasn't further than 200 feet from the stage! My host brother went with me, and we had so much fun. I'm still over the moon! There was a woman standing next to me at the Radiohead concert and she said that last time she was at the venue, she was watching Pearl Jam. I think I found my people.
This is a video I took of Radiohead getting on stage. Unfortunately, my camera died at the end so I couldn't take more photos or finish out the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QNiu8-Tpfw&feature=plcp
This is Radiohead performing one of my favorite songs last night, off one of my favorite albums! (Weird Fishes from In Rainbows)
It was the best ending to a great week!
This week was really irregular at school because it was the week before a big break, and most classes were on a class trip. For the entire week. In other countries. How cool is Europe, again? Throughout the entire week we did pretty much nothing academic. Monday, we watched fail videos throughout the entire Math block. We did work in English, though... unfortunately. The one class I don't need help in.
On Tuesday we went to a Kletterpark in Potsdam as a class bonding exercise. I don't know the English word for 'klettern'. Google Translate says 'to climb' but it was so much more than that! We were attached to a harness and basically went through obstacle courses 16 meters above ground. Thank the Lord I have no fear of heights. It was so much fun, and I'm still sore!
Wednesday we had a class breakfast, then Thursday and Friday we watched more videos. It was so laid back, a stark contrast to the weeks before.
Friday night I went shopping with Jürgen for Lederhosen, as he's going to an Oktoberfest party in a few weekends. I couldn't believe it! You know you're in Germany when..
Afterwards I met a friend Gretchen (she's from the other side of Philadelphia, lives here in the other side of Berlin) in Alexanderplatz to go to the movies, we saw "Ted" in German. I could understand pretty much all of it, I was so proud of myself! It's a lot easier to understand a movie when you've seen the trailers in English, because then you have some background. Also, the tickets were 8€. Back home, the tickets cost $11. That's plain ridiculous.
When we were waiting for the train back, we stopped at Dunkin Donuts where I got a Coffee Coolatta. With Gretchen. I wouldn't be sharing so many details if it weren't for the fact that the day I left for Germany, my sister drove my best friend back home Gretchen and I to Dunkin Donuts where I got Coffee Coolatta. Too weird.
Yesterday morning I went to a farm down the street (yes, actually down the street) with my host parents. There was a little festival there, lots of little kids and animals. There was also a farmer's market and food stands. Really cute! I saw all the fall decorations, and I could just picture our house right before Thanksgiving, with the mums and pumpkins from Produce Junction on the brick steps, the paper-mache turkeys in the kitchen that my siblings and I made in art class ten years ago, and the yard covered in leaves that I try my best to get out of raking.
Uncle Jack, one of our Rotary leaders, said that the hardest season of the year would be from between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I'm preparing myself for the worst, but regardless of how homesick I am and how much I'd give to spend the night on my couch back home watching "NCIS" with a bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats and my puppy Daisy Belle, I know deep down that I couldn't leave here. I'm having too much fun!