Sunday, October 16, 2016

[Sunday in Switzerland] The hard part

I've been lax in writing here anything but pictures.  We're in the really hard part about moving: making new friends and making a life.  So weekends are not noteworthy by most standards, being meeting up with people for food and drinks, running errands, etc.

The only truly new experience is kind of lame.  I had real Turkish Delight!  The intern on our team brought some from home.  It's not as sweet as the Cadbury kind, which is all I had before last week.  I first heard about it in the book The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.  The kind I had tasted like dates and nuts all smooshed up until smooth and gummy.  It had unsweetened coconut on the outside.  It was very tasty.

My German class is still going okay.  I now know enough German to make simple past (perfect) statements like "Gester bin ich zur Ikea gefahren" (yesterday I went to Ikea).  So, I can write "what I did on my summer vacation", but I still get flustered and forget how to respond when the clerk at a store wishes me a nice day.  (It's "Danke, gleichfalls" (thanks, likewise) but I always forget that when I'm standing there.

One of the couples we met with for food has been here for 8 years.  She said the first 6 months are the hardest, the first year the next hardest, and the first two years the third hardest.  After that, it's easy.  So, with luck, we're through the really hard part.

Finally, here is some random art for you to look at.


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