Rathaus (Mayor's Mansion) in Quedlinburg
Well, it has been a pretty crazy week. It's almost been non-stop rehearsal, but I don't mind because the musical selection is great and I'm really loving getting to sing on a regular basis again. Last night (Wednesday), we had our first konzert at Blasiikirche (St. Blasi's Church) here in Quedlinburg. We had a pretty good turnout actually, about 50 people. Which, according to one of the ladies there, was good for Quedlinburg. It really is an amazing town. In class we've been learning about the history of the area, and the town's significance to Germany. It was actually home of the first king of Germany Heinrich I. It is also a international cultural heritige sight, because it is has more half-timber houses than anywhere else in the world.
Learning German is really kicking my ass though.
Quedlinburg town square
There are so many similarities to English, but the pronunciation is off just enough to be confusing. I've been trying to go through the alphabet everyday to try to get a better grasp of the sounds so I can start trying to put things together phonetically. My host mom, Sonja, and my host brother, Tim, helped me quite a bit yesterday afternoon with some basic stuff. I've been keeping a journal of all the words I'm learning and writing down new ones
I see and looking up the definition later. It's coming, slowly. I'm getting better at processing numbers, which is great because when I would buy something I would just stare blankly at the person behind the counter when they told me how much it was. I find, if you smile and hand them a 50 euro bill then you're pretty much covered.
Today is market day on the square. There are several vendors that set up their booths to sell their wares. I was all meat, cheese, vegatables and flowers, so I went down and got lunch and some fresh feta cheese and fresh rasberries. There are some really great shops here, so I'm trying to find presents for everyone.