Friday, July 17, 2009
Summer in Germany
During my studies at University and my time at the European Parliament, I have decided to look into doing a Masters in European Politics specialising in Germany. The first problem with this is that I don't speak German very well. So in an effort to change this I have taken a job as an Au Pair in Germany, and what a great decision it appears to have been!
I am staying just outside of Essen in Mulheim an der Ruhr and the family I am staying with are great. They have three boys (aged 5, 7 and 11) who keep me busy all day, but the family seem determined to show me every part of the local area. Essen has been granted European Capital of Culture 2010 (which it has granted to the whole region) and so there is plenty of things going on here. In just a week I have been to the Gasometer (a former Gas storage facility which has been converted into an exhibition) where there is an exhibition on space, to Zollverein which is a former coal mine converted into a museum with art galleries, a castle just outside of Essen, chatted EU politics with extreme right German farmers, Essen Cathedral, and lots more besides!
I am struggling a little bit with my German at the moment, but my lessons start on Tuesday which will move the process on a lot. As for now I know the basics like Bier(beer), essen(eat) and schlaffen(sleep). I'm sorted!