Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Getting my hands dirty

As those of you who are friends with me on FB are aware, I've been in Germany since Thursday for work. Everything is so orderly here, it's crazy how different two neighboring countries can be. Plus the very minute I stepped off the plane, I saw a group full of cute men wearing lederhosen. What's not to love?

The down side to this trip is that it is Thursday through late Monday evening, essentially eating up my whole weekend. The thing is though, I actually volunteered for this trip of my own free will in order to help out a co-worker and get some additional training in an area that I know very little about (hence the hands getting extremely dirty part- thank God for protective gloves). And it's true that I was very excited for this trip at first, especially since I've never been to Germany before, but I have to admit that leaving Paris has been less and less enjoyable as of late due to a certain special someone. While I *am* enjoying myself here (my co-worker is great, I'm learning a lot, trying lots of new foods, the people are very friendly and the stores are filled with tasty American goodies), the nights spent alone in my hotel room just seem to drag on and on. Facebook, twitter and blogs no longer seem to hold my attention.

Not to mention that being here has meant some really long days and very early wake-up calls (including a 3:30am alarm set for Monday - eesh), so I should have been sleeping a few hours ago already. But instead I am listening to the village people (ha!) walk through town banging a drum and singing a haute voix, all the while wearing checkered kerchiefs and dragging a gigantic loaf of bread on a decorative sled behind them. Something about celebrating the birth of a child at either six months or one year of age?? It's so kooky that I can almost forgive these crazy Germans for all the noise. *almost*

And now it's back to trying to fall asleep. Bonne nuit tout le monde.

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Blogger poppy fields said...

Stopping by to say hi. I hope you eventually got some sleep, though that does sound like a fun festival outside your window. And I'm glad that work and your private life are going well :)
and my word verification just now was "layed" ?!

October 25, 2009 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger Crystal said...

awww I didnt know you missed me that much :p

word verification is: HimHo...what's that supposed to imply lol

October 25, 2009 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger The Duchess said...

Hope the rest of the weekend goes well and that you manage to get some sleep! Intrigued by the 'someone special', but I'm sure you'll dish when you are ready!:-)

October 25, 2009 at 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As the previous three ladies, I too am intrigued by that special someone.
My word verification was "thornab". Is that German for "baiser"?

October 25, 2009 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger Starman said...

Since you're only going to be there for the weekend, you could have invited that "certain special someone" to come along. Or is it too early for that?

October 25, 2009 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger Ksam said...

Starman, I hate to break it to you, but 12+hr work days and 3:30am wake-up calls do not a romantic weekend make!

October 25, 2009 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger jadie said...

it all sounds like such fun! keep it up, sam...

October 26, 2009 at 2:45 AM  
Blogger The Late Bloomer said...

Yep, I was in Germany in September visiting some of Jean's family, and I think it was something like my 3rd time there, but this time around all the major cultural differences REALLY stood out to me even more... Maybe now that I'm a mom & stuff some things just really jump out at me, like the availability of high chairs in almost every restaurant, the cleanliness of bathrooms all over the place (something I must have noticed before, but now it's even more important!), the helpfulness, the cool foods and harvest themes that remind me of the U.S. and this time of year... It made everything so bittersweet! I sometimes had a lump in my throat. There were times I would think, "Why didn't I fall in love with German & Germany first?" And then I'd realize that it was basically BECAUSE of German! It's just never been a language I've been able to grasp... Wish I could, though! I could use another language...

Great to hear you're doing so well. I finally made it up to Paris for a weekend, for the first time in 4 months, and it just flew by... I do really miss seeing friends and the ease & facility of getting around whenever & however I like! I definitely don't have that here... And I'm now working on trying to prepare le Code. UGH. It's slow going so far...

October 26, 2009 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger emaleejayne said...

I like special someone stories! ;)

October 27, 2009 at 12:36 AM  

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