For all of you who have been keeping up with my blog lately, you know how much trouble I am having dealing with the fact that I have to say goodbye to Berlin and everyone and everything I have learned to love here.
However, I didn't let it get to me this week. The school part was uneventful, aside from the fact that Computer Science is kicking my butt right now. I went to a Rotary meeting on Wednesday in Potsdam, where afterward I could enjoy the nice weather by walking around the beautiful city. On Thursday, my host grandmother came (and is staying for a week), and on Friday began Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures) in Berlin.
It. Was. Awesome.
I went after school on Friday to meet up with some of my exchange student friends, so that we could all head to the 'multi-culti' market sponsored by the festival. One of my friends bought an African drum and carried it around the square, and almost everyone that passed him couldn't resist playing it. I got my palm read with another friend of mine, and boy was that an experience (Although I don't believe in it, it still was something I always have wanted to do).
First the palm reader looked at my hand, looked at my face, and said, 'I know you're seventeen, but I really can't read much of a future on here'. I didn't know what to think, and still don't. Mom and Dad, maybe that means you get to save on college tuition?
The other two major points that I remembered was that I will be majorly disappointed twice, but after that everything will work out, and that to 'nurture my soul' I need to travel a whole lot. Another excuse to hop in a plane!
We all stayed pretty late, there was live music and DJ's and the biggest collection of hipsters I've ever seen. And not just Ray-Ban, plaid flannel hipsters but actual hipsters that out-hipster hipsters in South Street tattoo parlors. That was a lot of fun.
On Saturday we had planned to return (it was a four day long festival) but the weather was terrible so I wasn't feeling up to it. Instead, my host brother came in from Berlin to have a little BBQ lunch with us as a host family together.
The parade for Karneval der Kulturen was on Sunday, and we went but stood in the wrong spot so didn't see much. However, the weather was amazing and the atmosphere was really fun and friendly, so I wasn't that bothered. I mean, it's not like it was Carnival at Rio de Janiero (which is a recent addition to my 'Things To Do Before I Turn 30' list), the parade was a little... tame.
I stayed anyway and we all ate and hung around and talked, but I decided to call it a night a bit earlier. After all, I was going out Monday too.
My school had off both Monday and Tuesday, so on Monday I met with school friends by the lake and we all hung out around a bonfire. It felt so comfortable and natural to do that, I felt like a normal high-schooler again.
Today I went to the Museuminsel (specifically: the Alte Nationalgalerie) with my host grandmother, and we finished the entire museum within 3 hours. The exhibitions were really cool - I tend to like classical/modern/romantic/impressionist paintings a lot better than sculptures, so the museum really fit to my taste. It was also very manageable, I didn't feel rushed and I didn't leave feeling as if I had missed something (because I had seen everything), unlike the feeling I got after having to leave the Louvre after two hours. Berlin has really amazing museums.
We then headed over to the Humboldt Box and ate lunch while watching the Stadtschloss be built, and took the bus/wandered around Berlin for the rest of the day. It was really nice to spend time with a grandmother, because I have missed my own so much.