Friday, July 15, 2011

Weekly Update 2

Hellllllooooo from Wolfburg, home of Volkswagon, and our home for this week!

We both had our first week of camp last week and it went really well! Josh was at an overnight camp at a lake with two other counselors and I worked at a day camp close to our flat with three others.  Josh said that it was the most fun he had ever had with kids.  While the language barrier was hard at first they figured it out and were able to connect with all of their kids and everyone had a great time! They swam at the lake, played games, sang songs, rock climbed, and Josh led lessons in all sorts of different sports. While I think we needed a break from being around each other every waking second, it was weird being away from each other for the week and not being able to talk at all!  My first week was at a day camp and I had a group of kids that were anywhere from 10 to 12.  We did most of the same things that the overnight camp did, but I didn’t have to take care of the kids overnight! I don’t know how they did it, because I was exhausted by the end of each night.  Keeping kids busy and entertained is a lot harder than it sounds!
    After all of the counselors returned to the flat from their camps that they’d been at all week, we all went to a Lebanese restaurant for dinner and to smoke some Shesha (hookah).  The food was incredible and it was good to have everyone back together and to share stories from the week.  We really are like one big family because we were all so excited to be back in the same place and to spend time together! After dinner we went over to a local Berliner’s, a girl who works with us, house and met some of her friends that we later went out with.  We have heard that Berlin’s night life is the best in the world and we found out that it definitely is.  We got to this local club on the east side around one in the morning and danced the entire night.  When we walked out of the club, the sun was up and people on the train were going to work.  My body hurt so bad from dancing the next day that I had a hard time moving!
    Saturday a couple people went sight seeing and a couple of us stayed around the flat and went to lunch at a Korean restaurant.  I got to Skype my sisters and my mom for the first time since I’ve left and it was so good to finally be able to talk to them without having to type! We were going to go out again that night, but all of us were so tired that we stayed in and we watched soccer games and just hung out because we all had to be at our next camps by Sunday.
    Josh and I worked together this week in Wolfsburg and it’s been a lot of fun! We have never worked in a situation like this before together so it’s interesting to see how the other works.  We’ve been staying at a house that is more like a cabin in the woods and it isn’t the nicest conditions, but who are we to complain?! We went out on Wednesday night to a local bar where we watched the US Women’s team play France in the World Cup semifinals.  We were those loud Americans that every European stereotypes. We were screaming and yelling and jumping up and down, but when the US won all of the locals in the bar started clapping for us and cheering also!  Sooooo that brings us to this weekend.  The US is playing in Frankfurt for the World Cup and we have been trying to figure out how to get there since we watched the game.  It’s not looking promising for both of us to go together because of the work schedules.  I may be able to go with another group of people, but Frankfurt is 3 hours from where we are at and we have to work Monday morning.  It would be incredible being there in person, but even just being in the same country and going to one of the many public viewings would be so fun!  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we figure out a way to make it happen.
    Stay posted for updates!! Talk to all of you later :)


  1. Hi Kinzer - Love the blog and that kids aren't as easy to entertain as one might thing ... HA! Sure your mama loved that one too. And I love that your dancing and eating your way through Europe. Sushi will seem so tame to you after this trip :) I thought of you on Sunday during the World Cup. Win or loose, I'm sure it was AMAZING being in Germany for that! xxoo, Cilla

  2. I had Sushi for the first time last week and it was amazing!! We went to the restaurant of one of our kid's dad and we he gave us a huge discount haha

    It was awesome being in Germany, I was that loud American that everyone hates in the middle of the restaurant we were at :)