Woo, hump day! I feel like I haven't accomplished much this week, but am still glad it's half over. I just want to sleep in, just one day...please.
* My cravings have branched out! Formerly reserved only for difficult things to get like refried beans, root beer floats, and Qdoba crunchy tacos, last week I finally experienced my very first craving (in Germany) for something that I could easily get! And did...yum. A Schokobroetchen (literal translation: little chocolate bread) from Cafe Blank in Neuenheim.
* It never fails to surprise/amuse me that so many Germans are such language lovers. Nearly all, if not all Germans I've met speak at least 3 languages pretty well. Often, they want to know what other languages you speak. And they are surprised when they meet others who aren't interested in learning new languages! One fellow student in Mainz said he wanted to study Spanish because he loves visiting Spain, "but the people in those Mediterranean countries, they just aren't interested in learning any other languages, so you have to learn theirs, ja?" As if it were strange that the Spanish, in general, don't care to learn other languages - I'm used to that sort of populace in the US.
* I really did not expect the sort of disconnect from Independence Day that I felt on the 4th. I tried to get the usual "Woo! Get those damn colonialists out of here!" mood on, but just ended up thinking, "Out of where? Not here..." It's not that I don't like the US, but I just feel so distanced from it. However, every time I read a glurgy/biased email forward regarding some aspect of US politics, I do get a little further away from ever wanting to return to the US environment.
* My husband has declared that "no one in Germany has just one general practitioner/primary care physician." Although I love the idea that people can just walk into any doctor or clinic they want without dealing with the HMO-approved list and other fun aspects of the US system, this feels a little weird to me - and especially after spending five years working in patient safety - a little dangerous due to the resulting disjointedness of one's medical history. Or is there a central databank that keeps a medical history of each person which is accessible by computer to all doctors? (That seems a little weird, too, I guess.)
Time to study for tomorrow morning's German test: using the passive, verbs with prepositions (none of which I can remember to save my life), and the ever-present adjective endings. I sometimes wish I'd grown up with a more complicated language than English so that some of these concepts would seem a little more natural to me.