Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

Dear All,

this will be a short entry to keep you posted on our most recent whereabouts. Before we begin, we would like to extend our warmest well-wishes to you and, of course, wish you a wonderful Fourth of July.

On this past Friday we took a trip to the local Castle Linn and palatial hunting lodge. It is a modest but curious castle, that was once part of the Kleve estate. The name Kleve may remind you of Anne of Cleve, one of Henry VIII more fortunate wives - she was, in fact, of this family. The students really enjoyed themselves, especially because they could roam freely and explore the compound for themselves.

Today was reserved for American celebrations. It has become the tradition of the program to host a potluck picnic next to the castle Linn and the families truly outdid themselves. The parents went through a lot of trouble to find American candies (Jelly Beans!) and American-style dishes. There was even a gorgeous taco salad, which the students and teachers devoured - Mexican food seems to be the mutual item we all miss from home! After the dinner, the students sang both the American and German national anthem and put on a one-act play (a comedy!) of the Founding Fathers signing the Declaration of Independence. As the party came to an end, we let off firecrackers in the courtyard (thank you -  you know who you are!) and played some serious "Go, Ninja, go" -  a game we teachers have yet to understand.

Well, tomorrow is the big day. We will meet the students in the wee hours of the morning to begin our journey to Berlin. We are all looking forward to this trip and really hope that the students will have a great time. The stories must wait for now - they must be made first.

From Germany all the best,
Team Krefeld.

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