I definitely agree with her assessment. The most minor victories can have me smiling all day, amazed that I actually accomplished something in Germany.
One recent example is that I had to cancel a physical therapy appointment because I was sick. In the U.S., this would be a 2-minute task. In German, though, I had to spend some time prepping for my phone call. Luckily, we have been studying health words in my German class, so I knew many of the words that I needed.
I was ready to leave a voicemail which seems common for this office when one of my therapist’s colleagues answered the phone. Even though I had to speak German with her, my conversation was a success. I was able to convey who I was, that I was sick, and that I wouldn’t be coming in for my appointment the next day. I was so happy with my German abilities that if I had been feeling better, I might have made a victory march around my apartment yelling “Hooray!”
These language and culture achievements make me so happy to live here.
I am also bashful about another feat that I have been delaying writing about. I’ve been nominated several times for the Versatile Blogger Award by some of my kind readers. I am flattered by these nominations and by others who have reached out to me.
Part of accepting this award is sharing 7 things you don’t know about me. I’ve decided that tomorrow, I will tell you 7 embarrassing things I’ve done while traveling.