I had my “Day in Switzerland” post all ready to go for today, but then I realised that it was only Wednesday (brain fail!). I’ve never officially said that I’ll publish the “Day in Switzerland” posts on Thursdays, but I’ve done it twice already and wanted to continue this way. I didn’t have anything else in the works, so I thought I’d give you a quick update on my German course.
I’m still not used to my alarm going off at 6:30AM, but to be honest I don’t think I’ll ever be. I used to get up at 5:30AM when I was working in London and that was YEARS of torture. I’m just not built for early starts! Moaning about the start time aside, I’m actually really enjoying the course. There are 14 people in the class so far and everyone seems super nice. We are all from different parts of the world*, which makes it interesting when trying to communicate together. A few people can speak English and I’ve enjoyed getting to know them and their reasons for moving to Switzerland. Many of us are here because of our partners/spouses. We did an exercise today where we had to say where we worked, 13 out of the 14 responses were, “ich arbeite nicht” (I do not work). It’s reassuring to know that I’m not the only unemployed bum in Bern.
We learned how to say numbers in German today and I’m awful at it. I keep mixing them up with the French names, “eins, zwei, drei, vier, funf, sechs, sieben, huit….huit? Nein, ACHT!” So for the rest of the afternoon I’m going to be learning my numbers, while watching my Real Housewives of course.
*China, Slovenia, Macedonia, Japan, Serbia, Italy, Portugal, Mexico, Thailand, Turkey and Canada (that’s me!).
Photo: Bern, reflected on the River Aare