Germany!!! I am here, finally. It is absolutely wonderful, and I am staying in a 700-yr-old nunnery with a group of really awesome, motivated, smart kids (the sort of kids who would go through the very arduous application process.) Hedersleben is exceedingly small, and full of mossy cobblestone. My favorite thing is sitting at my windowsill and reading/being harassed by 12-yr-old German boys. I have written a page a day in my journal, and am very proud of myself. The people who feed as are lovely and make us vegetarian food. 25% of the participants in this program are a vegetarian, and one of them is a vegan. We all eat a lot of potatoes and bread at big Hogwarts-style tables, and I have been teaching yoga classes in the boys dorms (you all should tell me your favorite pose, because I am at a bit of a loss). I also do a lot of sleeping/daisy chain weaving beneath or perched on one of the branches of the willow tree (huge, huge willow tree) and strolling through the streets of Hedersleben, or visiting one of the four stores in the city. I have been going to Catholic mass and watching conference talks on my computer, which is fun, except that I don't get sacrament (there are other Mormon girls, but no preisthood holders).
My roommate is awesome though. Her name is Emily, and she is fron San Diego, and is going to Princeton. She nudges me every ten minutes in the mornings until breakfast, and has lots of movies to watch on her laptop (we watched Casablanca last night).
Learning a new language is exhausting. But I love it.
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