16.09.2014 - Marburg Day 42…Ich bin fertlg mit meiner Prüfung!
For the morning class, we had our final examination for the A1 level. After all the difficult grammar and vocabulary we’ve used throughout these past six weeks, the exam was a cake-walk. I don’t know my results yet, but I have a feeling that they’ll be better than I expected yesterday before bedtime!
In the afternoon, we watched Friendship!, a German tragedy/comedy (very Shakespearean, actually) about two friends from the GDR (or DDR) who travel to the US during the late 90s. They only have enough money to fly into NYC, but they wish to make it to San Fran, so they end up hitchhiking their way across the US and getting themselves into all sorts of “stereotypical American” debauchery. It was quite hilarious and, in the European style, concluded with a very abrupt and sad ending. And our teacher only had to stop the film three times to explain what was going on!
Later on, we had our Fulbright farewell party / second mingle, where we had dinner and drinks at the Studentendorf’s very own Schwarz Weiß. Funnily enough, I met a kid who grew up near MetroPark and swam fly for St. Joseph’s, so he knew almost all the RBY/CBA boys by name! It’s crazy what a small world this is. It almost reminded me of that time during my freshman year at Bowdoin that I ran into someone I met during my sophomore year in high school when going to a CBA prom. We mixed, mingled, drank, and ate spätzle. AND I began packing. It was a very successful day.
09-10.09.2014 - Marburg Days 35 & 36…Movie Central Up in Here
These past two days have been filled with class and more class. But last night I went with a couple of people to see the “Sneak Peak” at the local cinema. ”Sneaks,” as they call them, are when the German theaters show a film that hasn’t been released in Germany yet for a low price (in Marburg 4 Euro!). The catch is, when you purchase the tickets, you only know whether it’s going to be in English or German…you don’t know the movie. We ended up seeing Million Dollar Arm, which was entertaining, but, like most Disney movies, super problematic (re: glorification of Indian poverty, white savior trope, white-man-learns-culture trope, failing of the Bechdel test, and just overall blatant racism and misogyny). But I digress.
Today we had culture class regarding the economics of the Eurozone. As someone who has never taken an econ course, the professor did a wonderful job breaking down everything into digestible and understandable terms. We saw how the Eurozone responded to the ‘08 crisis and how the Eurozone attempted (but failed to) effectively separate monetary and fiscal policy. It was a very interesting and informative discussion. And this dude was by far the best culture class presenter we’ve had.
After a hectic night last night, I decided that today after class was all about self-care. I splurged on blueberries, ate some chocolate, and watched a movie. For the record, She’s the Man, if you “tip your critical thinking hat to the side” as Bowdoin Prof. GM Foster says, is a hilarious, feel-good, and empowering movie.
Now excuse me while I move on to Legally Blonde!