After a 6 week break, the kids are back in school!!! We were concerned about Nikolai because he is beginning Gymnasium – the university track secondary program which begins in 5th grade. On Day 1 Nikolai took a 2 hour math, German and English exam. He passed and was accepted into a special program for foreign kids. He made a friend the first day and … Continue reading Good beginning
After a fortifying visit from Babushka, during which kids got love and I got a break, we had a good week on our own. The kids enjoyed a farm camp much more than expected. I’m not sure that they made friends or chatted too much, but they went happily every day. They greeted me with fun stories. No sad sack or tears or “its … Continue reading Good Week
A look at fakebook tells only part of the story of the first 3 weeks of the kids summer vacation. Here’s the heavenly part of living in gorgeous Munich, so close to Italy and German lakes framed by the Alps: Thanks to dear friends in Italy and my lovely cousin and her boyfriend we had many fun, memorable days in remarkable spots. But then there’s … Continue reading Summer vacation: heaven and hell
Mentally ill teens, disgruntled immigrants, a murderous lover. Tragedies dominate the headlines in a usually violence-free Germany. Combine what’s happening in Europe and the Middle East with upcoming elections and a racial crisis in the US and the world seems a mess. It seems like people are more violent, like things are more helpless recently. Sadly violence has been a major feature of the … Continue reading World on Fire
It’s a common phenomenon for us that when we are living overseas the days seem twice as long. Things that happened last weekend seem like last month. Because of that it often seems like we have been in a place much longer than we have. Here in Munich, the kids adjustment seems impossibly long. Nik in particular is mopey, negative, pre-teenish. Nadya loses her mind … Continue reading Long week or was it?
While the kids and I still have 3 more weeks of school (I take German 9-12 every day) the summer weather has finally arrived after a prolonged spring. We went to beautiful Chimesee (largest lake in Bavaria) on Sunday and it was magical. Can’t wait to go back. Meanwhile kids have non stop end of year fun that’s keeping me on my toes – 5 … Continue reading Summer is here
We are 2 months into being here. Kids have been in school for just over a month. Drop offs are tear-free. The kids and I walk to school and at 7:45 they walk through the doors together. I jump on my bike and ride 20 minutes to my German class – three hours a day for ME! I hustle back through busy streets and the … Continue reading Ups and downs