I just under a week I'm leaving for a quick trip to Munich, Germany to visit our friend Siw. We met her while sitting on her jump seat from Barcelona to Munich after our transatlantic cruise two years ago and then on the return flight from Munich back to Chicago four days later. She and I have stayed in touch since then and even had dinner on one of her subsequent Chicago layovers. Now it's my turn to see where she lives from her eyes. I'm really sad that Adam can't go with me due to his work schedule but I know that we'll be back there soon enough.
My little vacation also has a second purpose...to get some real experience with the limited German I've learned. One of the downfalls of learning a language from a computer program is that you have no one else to practice with. With time zone differences and varied work schedules it's not often that Siw and I can chat via Skype...so I don't have a lot of options to try out German with her. So, here my limited German and I go...off to Deutschland herself. I'm really nervous to try and converse basic sentences with people but Siw said she'd be at my side the entire time in case I don't know what's being said. I do have two important phrases down. "Wo ist die Toilette?" And "Ich Mochte eine bier bitte." Wonder if that will get me through three days?