It’s a cold, rainy Fall day here in Berlin. I’m super comfy lounging in my sweats, wrapped up in my favorite UPS blanket. It’s about 3:00pm and I have to admit that I haven’t left the apartment all day! As I sit on the couch reading and writing email, posting new Facebook photos and surfing the net I decided that it’s probably a good time to start brushing up on my English grammar. For those of you who don’t know, I leave for a 4 week TEFL certification program in Prague this upcoming weekend. I’m excited to get started, learn more about teaching and begin to search for jobs in Berlin! I’m also looking forward to meeting some fun new people! One thing I’m not excited for however, is the glaring fact that my English grammar capabilities are gravely lacking. Seriously, I have not even attempted to improve my grammatical abilities since Mr. Bernstein’s 9th grade honors English class (and let me say that after that class, I moved out of the honors track and back down to “regular people” English). I’ve been doing a bit of reading online, but if anyone has advice on a useful (and possibly fun) way to improve my grammar in mere days I’m all ears.
Other than grammar preparation, I’ve been going over what I need to pack and what I’ll want to make sure to do while in Prague. I’m sure the city has changed since I studied abroad back in 2005, but there are definitely some spots I don’t want to miss! Additionally, Maddie will be visiting me while I’m there. I’m so excited to show her “my city”!!! We’ll definitely be hitting up the big tourist spots- Prague Castle, Old Town Square, Pivovarský dům, the Charles Bridge etc…but again for those of you who’ve been to Prague more recently than myself, I welcome any and all suggestions!
Other than minimal Prague preparations, we’ve been taking it pretty easy. Yesterday Dave and I decided to check out a Berlin museum and headed over to the Altes Museum. We had a great time looking at the vast collection of ancient Greek, Roman and Etruscan art. My favorite piece was a sarcophagus featuring the story of Jason and Medea from Euripide’s play Medea. Essentially, Jason and Medea are married, but he leaves her for the daughter of the king. She doesn’t take the news well and while pretending to give her blessing plots her revenge. Basically, Medea poisons the new wife, the king and then kills her and Jason’s children before offing herself. (Don’t mess with that woman!) A little morbid, but the carvings on the sarcophagus were gorgeous. See the pic below!
After our museum outing we grabbed some delicious German food (lots of meat and potatoes) at a restaurant close by. A couple of half litre beers were also on the menu:) And that brings us to today…
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