1 – Montag, 1 Juni. Unterricht in Bregenz, Österreich.

Ah, homework — my forever nemesis! Oh how I hate you.

CURSE YOU HOMEWORK!

Today has been sehr gut (very good) so far. Outside of getting made fun of once today everything else is going well.
I’m pretty sure for the rest of the trip my mental image will be ^^ Tennant ^^ shaking his fist when someone does something irritating. I mean, it’s a really good use of a .gif. 😀

Heute Morgen (This morning)  in my German class we went over the Hausaufgabe (homework) from yesterday. That homework was harder than I expected, but that’s only because I a) didn’t really want to do it — I mean, seriously, I’m in Austria, I don’t want to do any homework —  and b) didn’t remember as much as I thought I would. Granted, I finished it, and it was okay, but for sure not my best work ever.

After that, we had a quiz that I managed to forget about in less than 24 hours — YAY, GO ME — and I’m pretty sure I just gave up mentally in there somewhere.
If you read this, Laurie, Es tut mir leid.
Out of the ten questions we were supposed to answer, I think I might have answered eight. Casual reminder to self, memorize the different separable prefix words. Now.

My sentence structure is terrible, at least when writing it out I feel like nothing is right, at least not really. I’m going to have to just struggle right through that and figure it out, but I hope by the end of this week it will be better. More practice will help I imagine.

During our class though we got to do something really interesting and I hope it’s something we can find a way to repeat during our stay here. We partnered up, there are only four of us, and we had to go find someone in Bregenz who would talk to us — my partner Kevin and I walked down to Bodensee and after an initially failed attempt, we found a really sweet little old lady who was more than willing to talk to us. It took her maybe all of three seconds to realize we aren’t from here, and that our German is only okay, and started to talk to us in English. Kevin asked her, politely, to only speak to us auf Deutsch, and she happily did so! The conversation was a bit hard to follow because I was trying to write it down as she was saying everything, but I got the gist of the conversation. I even got to ask her a really silly question — Ihre Meinung mach was ist das beste Eis in Bregenz? — and while she mimicked not liking ice cream, she did try and tell us of a really popular place and said that if everyone goes there it must be the best.

After we got back to class and shared what we talked about with our other classmates, and given our homework for today (!!!) we ended our second day together.

For me, I have a second block class so I left from there to go straight to my Leadership course.

Dr. Jeff Zimmerman is an interesting professor, and I’m kind of bummed that I can’t take any of his classes because that means I’d have to go to NKU — nah man, I’m planning on graduating in a year and some change.He says things to make you really think about what all leadership really means and how that applies to different cultures. One thing that really stood out today for me came from how he explained personal bias — He stated that everyone has a personal bias and assumptions regardless of if we think we don’t. —  I pride myself on really trying to be biased towards or against something, because that really closes you off from the rest of humanity, but this struck home. We can’t walk into an unknown situation and just pretend that we don’t think something is strange or weird or … an number of things that directly relate to our personal bias.

Dr. J 'Drawing'

Then, it got fun.
Dr. J tried to draw.

Dr. J's Wheelbarrow

While he’s not the next Monet or Picasso, one could wager he’s further into Picasso’s style than Monet, his drawing made a point.

He told the class,
‘This is a wheel-barrow’
and asked us to write down what we thought about it in the next minute.

Needless to say most of the class wasn’t as nice as I was. Most people gave him only negative responses.

It was through this exercise that we were able to see that most people when greeted with something new and unusual often time the reaction is negative. It makes sense if you think about it from something new that you see with little to no understanding of, we like to project our past understandings of the ‘thing’ we’re experiencing currently, and if it doesn’t line up it’s often a negative reaction.

After discussing the glorious wheelbarrow by Dr. J, he gave us our next assignment — to go out into Bregenz and people watch. That was strange, at least here. Don’t get me wrong, I people watch all the time at home because it’s super easy with my job and whatnot. But here people outright know we don’t ‘belong’ because we don’t quite fit in and it’s really not that hard to spot the roaming Americans. Just trust me, they know we’re note from here.

We were all put in a different place in Bregenz and asked to watch people as they watched us and interacted while we wrote things down about the place, people, sights, smells, and sounds! I have three and a half pages of notes… we were supposed to only have like 3/4 of a page. So, either I write really big, or am just wordy. Based on this post, I’m going to go with wordy. Oh well!

We did that for just about thirty minutes, and during my time sitting on the bench waiting I was interrupted by one lady who asked what I was doing, and I just simply said homework, she said she was sorry she bothered me and walked on as I was saying it was okay. A group of about 8-9 of guys walked past and were being loud and making fun, at least in what words and phrases I could catch they weren’t very nice — therefore, I will call them jerkyjerks. I feigned ‘Extra Stupid American Who Knows Zero German,’ in that instance because it was easier. And then, right before I left, I had one older guy come up to me and ask if I was from the government. Me, the one with pink hair, a Game of Thrones t-shirt, and acid wash red shorts on, from the government?! Ja, genau… (Yeah, exactly…)

I smiled and told him no, I’m just a student studying here in Bregenz, and he puffed up, said ‘OH, OKAY,’ and walked on. His lady-friend who looked to be younger than him just stared at me for a second and walked away too.

Now, for real, homework time.
No more being lazy about homework.
Later is our dinner and I imagine it will be delicious, again.

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2 thoughts on “1 – Montag, 1 Juni. Unterricht in Bregenz, Österreich.

  1. I’m glad you had fun today! We will definitely do more excursions in class. Concerning the quiz: we all forget sometimes. It happens to the best of us 🙂

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