So this post is a bit spur of the moment after I came to a realization in the shower this morning, but I promise it will be the best, mostly because of the awesome German word I’m going to teach you all in this one
das Tohuwabohu – pronounced tow-who-va-bo-who (as fast as you can to make it all the better) das Tohuwabohu is German word for hullabaloo! As awesome as hullabaloo is Tohuwabohu definitely needs to be adopted by the English language.
Anyways, as awesome as Tohuwabohu is (can you tell how much I love this word yet???), there is another reason for this post besides wanting to say Tohuwabohu as many times as I can without making you want to rip your hair out!
While in the shower this morning I was thinking about stuff back in America and imagining the conversation I would have with a professor about a class or MVA employee about renewing my license. This sparked the rather obvious but cool epiphany that I was imagining talking to these everyday Americans in German.
So midway through my conversation (in my head) with the guy at the checkout register in the grocery store I realized I was speaking in German and that’s why the man had a confused WTF expression on his face as I babbled along.
As obvious as it might seem, I had never really thought about how I’m thinking in German even when I’m in America in my mind (and it turns out it’s been happening for a long time). Some of you might say, well duhhhhh you’re thinking in German, but it really isn’t that simple. Thinking in a foreign language is a whole new ballgame, and if you can do it it’s a real sign of how much you know of another country’s language.
So coming to the realization that I think in German most of the time (I say as I write and think in English for this blog post) gave me a great ego boost on a Mosey Monday, and I thought it warranted a good ol’ blog post!
We’ll see whether the epiphanies keep on coming because the past two have been pretty big ones. Besides the two recent realization making me feel über German, some other stuff has been going on too!
Most recently I celebrated my 21st birthday a couple Saturdays ago! Why am I reminding you about my already celebrated birthday you ask? Well because there are a few interesting differences regarding a 21st birthday in Germany as you might expect. If you’ve been reading my posts from the beginning, you know that Germans can drink alcohol legally from age 16 on, and if you haven’t been reading my posts now you do!
This difference in the legal drinking age means that my 21st birthday really means absolutely nothing to the Germans because they can already do everything anyways. Their final legal limitations are removed when they turn 18, and so what was I to do for the all-important 21st birthday in a country where it doesn’t really matter to anyone? That’s why I keep my fellow Americans close at hand of course, and so it was the Americans in my program (who know what a 21st birthday means) who made me feel so special! They made me breakfast (pancakes with Vermont Maple Syrup!), baked me a cake, and, of course, bought me a few drinks later!
That was amazing, but what I really thought was amazing was what my German friend, Ozzy, did for me. I’ve known Ozzy for 6 years now and he is studying English at the Uni here in Heidelberg, so he does know how much a 21st birthday means to us Americans. So, being the great friend that he is, he took me out to dinner for traditional German food, house-brewed beer, and good conversation at a local restaurant. It’s a well-known fact that when you have a German friend you have a friend for life, and my birthday was just more proof of that fact. And everything combined made for an awesome Tohuwabohu!
For even more Tohuwabohu fun, last Wednesday was the 1st of May, and for Europeans this is a big deal because it means the weather is actually starting to get nice again! So of course we need to have a celebration to go along with this exciting beginning to a new season, so in Germany we tanz in den Mai! This means we dance into May, so naturally we build a big bonfire up at the historic Nazi era amphitheater and dance around into May! So basically this just adds to the list of awesome celebrations and things that should come to America in my opinion. So that was another awesome Tohuwabohu, and that’s the last time I’ll say that…in this blog post.
So that’s the (relatively) quick update on life here in Deutschland, and I didn’t even get around to talking about my new classes! O well! More to come soon, so stay tuned for more tales of fantastic Tohuwabohus! Ok I lied…one more was necessary!