昨日、私たちはドイツに帰りました。We arrived safely in Germany yesterday morning. It was a smooth journey despite having to lug over 100 bulky pounds of luggage with us from Trenton station to the airport and also from the train station at the Frankfurt airport to the station near Matthias’ house. Upon our arrival at home we enjoyed a wonderful lunch cooked by my schwiegermama (mother-in-law), then we showered,  took a nap, and moved into our new place in a town called Marlen, Germany. The place is very big and spacious and I am hopeful we can have company over once we get settled in and I get used to things. It is such a chamring little town and I hope to take a walk and take photos soon.

一生懸命ドイツ語を勉強します。I am already trying very hard to learn German and carry my stylish little word book I bought at Target, a pen, and a dictionary everywhere I go. In a day, I have written down about 50 words or so. It’s the same system I learned in Japan and how I learned Spanish as well, although my Spanish is much weaker than my Japanese, but I understand it well enough. I am forgetting my Japanese so I will have to work hard to maintain my Japanese, learn German, and also not forgot my Spanish. I love languages, but I don’t feel I am especially good at them; my dear husband, on the other hand, speaks about four languages fluently: German, English, Japanese, French, and a bit of Spanish.

It was hard to say goodbye to my family, but thankfully we’ll be back in NJ in September so it won’t be long until I can see them again. I am sure we will enjoy a wonderful summer in Germany. Every day is an adventure, and I am thankful for that – never a dull moment when you’re living abroad. Tomorrow is Matthias’ younger brother’s wedding day! The wedding is at 2pm and will probably last all day, perhaps until 10 or 11pm.

Here is a link to Facebook to view photos taken during our last weeks in New Jersey.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=437134&id=592960493&l=7dade95eab

I will write more after the wedding. I am sure I am in for a real cultural experience tomorrow!

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