My new living situation is awesome. I have free rent and community! I get along very well with the kids (Younis-2, Juliet-8, Josh-12) and Sybille and Ebrahim (the parents) are really lovely people with a stellar parenting style. My privacy and space is respected. I often eat dinner with them. I trade my childcare skills for a room that reminds me a little bit of this painting:
The tub in the bathroom is small and tiled blue, with a window and blue tile shelf to the rear of it. I feel extremely lucky.
I am happy to have an 8 year old back in my life. Juliet is a whirlwind of energy. Latte-skin and dark, curly hair, her English is remarkable. We are going to make a stop-motion film. We start building our small set next week.
My German is much better than it was when I landed here four months ago. It's a fun language, with words like velleicht, abscheulich, and genau. My pronunciation is often bad, but I am beginning to write better in German and my vocabulary is slowly increasing. Instead of taking another possibly bad Deutschkurs, I have sent out requests for more tandem speaking partners. It looks like I will have between 3 and 5 partners with which to speak. I will help them with their English and they will help me with my German. Like evolution, learning a language is about slow change over time.
But enough text for now. I have emails from even more people who are looking for tandem partners, so I'll post some photos and then spend a long time with my German-English dictionary, trying to answer the emails in German.
Lately I've been paying special attention to street art, murals, stencils and wheat-pastes. This is not even a drop in the bucket of the public art that delights my eyes everyday. I hope you like it.
|Neukölln, Military out of Afghanistan|
|Neukölln, I am trying to find this balance, and BOY is it tough!|
|Neukölln, Fight German War Politics|
|Clowns in the window on Reuterstraße, Neukölln|
|Paving stones. Some workers were repaving part of the sidewalk.|
|Along the canal. See the woman's body in the tree?|
|Charlie Chaplin in Kreuzberg!|