First and foremost, I must begin with the disclosure that my experience is a bit different from most, in that when Jackie, Yesenia, and I planned this trip, we failed to realize that one of the biggest Muslim holidays of the year was set to coincide with the dates that we had selected. For us, this meant that the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market were closed, and many Turkish citizens were on holiday, visiting their families as well as the numerous mosques, palaces, and monuments around Istanbul.
Our time in Horb-am-Neckar came to a memorable close with a written final exam, followed by a party that included our instructors and our host families. Each class prepared a few skits or songs, and a few students performed songs ad hoc, inspired by the cheers and laughter that followed each close of the curtain. Our class, Zimmer 9, performed two skits, videos of which can be found in my previous post titled “The End/Beginning.” The party was held in the very same room in which we had, just six weeks prior, sat in anxious anticipation of meeting the families with whom we would live for the next month and a half. This time, however, the room was buzzing with excitement over our successful completion of our language program.
Here are a few photos from the last week in Horb, as well as a couple videos of the skits that our class put on for our going away party at Hermann-Hesse-Kolleg.
I am sitting at my desk in my room in the Französisches Viertel (French Quarter) of Tübingen. I have functional Wi-Fi. I have no major excursions planned for the next week. I’m only a little bit sick, and I don’t have to pee. And it feels SO good to say all of that out loud (well, to type it, anyway…)