Ada Abroad: Living and Working in Germany

An online journal recording two years spent as a Fulbright/Pedagogical Exchange Service Teaching Assistant at secondary schools in Germany. (2003-2004 I was in a village near Bautzen; 2004-2005 I will be in Nordrhein-Westfalen.)

Location: Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

I'm an American living in Germany, working as a foreign language assistant at a secondary school. Future plans: getting my Ph.D. (probably in Germanic Linguistics), becoming a professor, living an ethical and meaningful life.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Sick Day

On Tuesday I evening I hiked from my home village to the village of Kauppa (Kupoj in Sorbian). It´s a really pretty village, surrounded by ponds with little islands in them. Unfortunately I got lost on the way back and spent a lot longer in the forest than I had previously anticipated. Being out in the damp cold for so long seems to have weakened my immune system-- I woke up on Wednesday morning with the flu (or something). Not the puking sort of flu, thank God, just the `my head aches and my back aches and my stomach aches and places I didn´t even think could ache (toes?!) ache´kind.

So I stayed home from school. I sat in my little room and read Buddenbrooks, and slept, and drank herbal tea. I´m pretty darn sure that I had a fever, but without a thermometer I had no way to measure that. It´s just as well, since I don´t know what temperature the human body is supposed to be in Celsius, anyway. At any rate I alternately sweated and had the chills.

During my sick day, I accidentally locked myself in the bathroom and had to call for help, I fell down the stairs (after visiting the kitchen to get a fork with which to eat my pickled herring), and I experienced the great frustration of having a caller hang up on me because she couldn´t understand my accent.

I´m back at school today (as is evident by the fact that I´m able to post this!), but mainly so that I can use the Internet and because I need to go to Bautzen this afternoon and finish my visa application.

I think that I´m slowly adjusting to European culture. I´ve acquired a taste for carbonated water, for one thing. I find myself cooking things like potatoes with curds and linseed oil (the Sorbian national dish). I automatically close doors. I no longer flinch at the sight of anatomically correct garden gnomes.

Perhaps things will go uphill from here.


Blogger christina said...

i'm glad you're feeling better, and i'm also glad you didn't hurt yourself falling down the stairs...with a fork in your hand!

1:06 AM  
Blogger Ada said...

Thanks Christina! No, I didn´t stab myself when I fell down the stairs-- although I did get a little bit bruised. It was just the last five or six steps, thank God.

1:14 PM  

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