I've been on break since the 23rd. I went to Berlin that day to do some shopping. Then the 24th we left for Dresden to spend Christmas (which is 3 days here :)) with my host mom's family. Christmas was pretty okay, but it's definitely just one of those holidays that dont feel quite right if you're not with your family. In Germany, Santa comes on the 24th in the evening, when the kids are still up. But he didnt come to our house. So I have yet to see Santa in my lifetime (with the exception of the Santas at the mall. :)) We ate quite a bit that weekend. Waaayyy too much. And I ate deer (Bambi's a deer, right?) Oh gosh, I'm glad I didnt know that when I was actually eating it. Because I didnt figure out what it was until right before I was about to eat it as a leftover. And once I knew what it was, it didnt quite taste right...
Anyways, the next day (Christmas Day) was just like a normal day. It was weird because it's like actually actually Christmas, but it felt like just a normal day. Which kinda sucked. But that's just how it is here. The only thing somewhat Christmas-y was the fact that we ate a big meal, midday, just like in America. Goose...or duck, I'm not quite sure, but both are better than poor, little Bambi. :)
The 26th is really when Christmas dies here. Like, technically, it's still Christmas here, but they dont really do anything. We got up, had a nice, big breakfast, and then headed back to Konigs Wusterhausen.
And that was my Christmas. I have to say, I prefer American Christmases. But probably because I'm American myself. It's amazing how things you think are just ordinary and nothing special are the things you miss the most. Although Christmas is special, but I never thought our way of celebrating was particularly special.
And yeah. My host family still had to work this week, so I was home alone. Which was nice, I like being alone. Everybody's always worried I'll be lonely or bored, but really I have absolutely no problem being alone. I quite enjoy it actually. So yeah, and then Wednesday I headed to Berlin and met up with Sierra. We went to two museums. The national art gallery or something and then the Neues Museum. At the art museum we made a new Australian friend. And we were talking about how it's currently summer in Australia and how (We dont really know her name, we couldnt really hear her, it's either Leah, Mia, or something else that ends with the ee-uh sound.) she was studying in Dusseldorf and Sierra got all confused and thought Dusseldorf had summer break right now and yeah, it was pretty funny. At least I think so.
The Neues Museum took us only 20 minutes to go through (that includes our potty break :)) We were distracted talking about other things. ;) So afterwards we had like 3 hours until I had to catch my train so we wandered aimlessly through Berlin. Which is pretty darn awesome. I love wandering aimlessly through cities of international importance. :)
And today is New Year's Eve. My host family is having a little shin-dig (I totally sounded that out, so dont count on that being spelled right). So that's what I'm doing tonight. We'll see how it goes. :)
Oh, and while I was in Dresden, we went to a castle! It was pretty cool. It was on an island and stuff and just awesome. :) What a way to spend Christmas Day, visiting castles. :)
So to end this lovely post, I'd like to wish y'all a very Happy New Year, and a belated Merry Christmas. :)