Our one year anniversary in Berlin is this week so I figured it was time to do an interview and let you know what our kids have to say about that. I thought about editing a couple answers, but I decided to allow them to be candid responses.
What questions do people ask you the most often?
I: People from Europe ask: Are you from England? People from home ask: What is your favorite food there? (Answer: Döner, Currywurst, and Omeletta) Where is your favorite place in Berlin?
L: Where do you like living more? Are you learning new things at school? Do you like the food? Are you making friends?
M: How have I been at Kita? (Kindergarten)
What do you miss the most?
I: Friends and waffles
L: Family, corncakes, friends, colored sprinkles
M: Family and friends
What is your favorite thing about Berlin?
I: There are lots of places to play and rest.
L: I have a friend who lives close.
M: That I am going to go to school.
What do you think should everyone know about Berlin?
I: They are really careful with their garbage (it is sorted) and have lots of trees.
L: People pee on the street.
M: (Lists a bunch of sites to see.) And that there is lots of ice cream here.
What is the coolest thing you have done?
I: Definitely black light mini golfing.
L: Victory column because the view was nice.
M: The Russian fest. I had a huge cotton candy.
What is the weirdest thing you’ve seen here?
I: I don’t know, lots of stuff.
L: A rat in the neighbor’s basement.
M: Dog poop on the sidewalk.
What is your favorite German word?
I: Geil (please note this is slang for awesome)
L: Na, und? (Yeah and?)
M: Spree (the name of the river in Berlin)
Has anything about Berlin surprised you?
I: Yeah, it costs money to use the bathroom.
L: There is better chocolate here.
What was their reaction when I told them it has been almost a year?
I: That is a long time, I still am sad sometimes because I miss my family.
L: (Wide eyed) Um, I feel crazy, because it doesn’t feel like it has been that long.
M: It makes me miss home.
What are you looking forward to in the next year?
I: Sixth graders get out early sometimes. And I’ll be old enough to see other movies.
L: (Deep breath and a sigh) Camp?
M: Going to school. (Said with a fist pump)
Is there anything you want people to know?
I: That I already have friends and a school that works for me.
L: That strangers, like that drunk guy, just come up and talk to you.
M: That I am having fun.
Hope you enjoyed their lists. Another humorous note: we now have two kids who rock socks with their sandals and our daughter has somehow forgotten about the concept of free refills on drinks. I look forward to writing down some of my thoughts about our first year here later this week.