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February 13, 2010 - Tessa Makepeace
Earlier this month, on the 6th I went to visit my first host family because both my host dad and my host brother had their birthdays on January 5th. I baked some muffins with my host sister and brought them with me. My host sister Maria picked me up with her boyfriend and we went to Crackaus’ house. About ten people were there, all family members that I knew already. First we had coffee and cake, then hung out for a while and talked and then had dinner together. It was good to see them again and it was fun because the whole family just always has a good time.
I went to Berlin to visit Carrie Kauffman from home because she is doing a tour around Europe with her college. She happened to be in Berlin from about the 7th to the 12th so I stayed in the youth hostel where they were on the 9th. We went to the Brandenburger Tor, Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag and the Holocaust Museum. We got to see a lot of Berlin and it was a very fun weekend. I met a lot of new people too.
I didn’t go to track practice that much over the Christmas break because I was busy most of the time but this month I have been going more often. We had a meet on the 12th in Magdeburg and I did the 60, 200 and 4×200. I didn’t do that well but it was the first meet I have been in in a long time. We had another meet last weekend on the 17th too but that one was in Halle. From our team, there were five people including me. I did long jump, 200 and 4×200. It went better than the other meet.
The night before that I was in Magdeburg with my class because we had planned a food stand at “The Mile of Democracy.” We did it that day because the 16th of January is an important day in Magdeburg’s history. Magdeburg was bombed on that day in 1945 during World War II by the United States Air Force. On that day this year, about 1,000 Neo-Nazis were in Magdeburg and “The Mile of Democracy” was the protest against what they believe. There were some bands on Breiter Weg, the street in Magdeburg where the whole event was set up, and a lot of different booths. We sold coffee, cake, waffles and sandwiches. The money made is going to go to the Abitur Ball next year, which is like prom except it is a graduation party for when this grade finishes Gymnasium next year.
This week I went to a movie with a friend called Friendship on Thursday and then stayed overnight at her house. The movie was about two guys from East Germany who went to the United States right after the wall between East and West Germany fell because then they were allowed to travel. They flew to New York even though they wanted to go to San Francisco because they didn’t have enough money to get all the way there. The whole movie was ridiculously hilarious. It showed what they experienced as they hitchhiked and somehow found their way all the way to San Fran. I would definitely recommend it.
This weekend I hung out with some friends on Friday and then Saturday, last night, I went to Stendal with my host family to a party. There were about fifty people there from around the area, many of which I already knew through Rotary and through my host families. Two other exchange students from my district that I already know were there too so it was nice to hang out with them. One of the two just got back from skiing in Austria with her school. I leave to go skiing in Austria too with my school in exactly a week!
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