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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Oberammergau

This week I have been to a pretty village in the Alps called Oberammergau. The village is famous for its religious passion plays that the people put on once every 10 years. It is also famous for the painted houses. All around the village there are houses with fairy tales painted on the sides. Have a look at the slide show for some telling the story of Hansel and Gretel.

Term one week 10

This is our second week with Mr Geismar. One more week to go before the end of term and everyone is starting to get tired from the long eleven week term. We made fire extinguishers with co2.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

If you go down to the woods today ...

In the Nymphenburg Park, just behind where I am staying, if you are very quiet you might see some local wildlife. Like a black squirrel.

 Or a red squirrel.
 Deer,
 crazy ducks,
 sleepy owls
 and even big toads.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle was built by the lonely, fairy tale King Ludwig II of Bavaria in the 1800s. He built it high in the mountains so he could escape from the politics in Munich. When he died he wanted the castle to be destroyed so no-one could see it. Only 6 weeks after his death and the castle was open to the public. It is the most amazing man made structure I have ever seen. This picture was taken from a bridge about half a km away. 
 
This is the view of Hohenschwangau Castle from Neuschwanstein Castle. It was built by Ludwig's father and is very beautiful itself but nothing compared to Neuschwanstein.
This is the view of the lakes and mountains from Neuschwanstein Castle itself. You can see why Ludwig loved it so much.

Latest Pictures from Munich

This is a picture of one of the hallways in the Residenz, the main palace in Munich. 
These traditional dresses are called dirndls and maybe I'll be wearing one when I come back to NZ!
This is the town hall, believe it or not!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Week eight term two

This is our first week with Miss warren away in Germany. We have Mr Geismar (the science teacher) teaching us for three weeks. He is really fun just like Miss Warren. Our class is coping well and people are behaving for Mr G. We have done science and did the classic baking soda and vinegar experiment.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Learning lots of lessons

It is easy sometimes to coast, to go with the flow and let things happen around you without really taking part. That is what I have found myself doing this week. My reading and understanding of spoken German is pretty good but talking German is what I find really difficult. And guess what they want you to do in a German class? Speak German! And only German. So I sit and look down when the teacher asks a question that I can't answer and I let others answer. I got bored really quickly and found myself thinking about how much longer I had to be there. Who would have thought? Miss Warren is a passive learner, what will Mr Rickard say?

So today I made a decision to get stuck in, answer as many questions as I could, guess at others and just have a go. I got some wrong but I also got loads right. No one appears to think I am dumb and it is so much more fun! I am really enjoying my classes now although having to concentrate for 4 hours, listening to the teacher speak a different language is really hard. But now I have chosen a better attitude (an A) it is a lot easier. Mr Westphall will be proud of me.

Munich photos to follow, can't upload right now.