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Dear parents/guardians, from now on we will post updates about our time in Krefeld and Germany once a week - so check the blog regularly!
Friday, June 4, 2010
One of the most popular foods you will find in Germany is “ein Döner”. This delicious and addictive meal can be bought for a few Euros in almost every city in Germany. Although based on Turkish cuisine, the “Döner” as we know it today was create by Turkish immigrants in Germany.
Traditional döner is made from milk-fed lamb but a healthier alternative—tavuk (chicken) döner—is popular as well. Today it's not unusual to see twin döners, lamb and chicken, sizzling side by side. For all the vegetarians among us, don’t worry, there are alternatives available that are equally delicious. In addition to a choice of meats, one can also select various ingredients ranging from yoghurt, red & white cabbage, cucumber, feta cheese, and much more.
To honor this delicious food, the IU Honors Program has established the “Dönertag”. Every Thursday (or Donnerstag – get it?) during lunch, we go and visit the local Dönershop around the corner. Although everyone has to pay for his or her own lunch that day, it has been extremely popular – some students even ate Döner everyday (not recommended).
Check out the video by Wazzy Bourdain.
For other popular ‘fast-foods’ - in addition to the ones you know (e.g., McDonald) - check out “Currywurst mit Pommes”…
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
On Tuesday afternoon, we will hold a special ceremony to celebrate the honor code. Each student and instructor will sign the German honor code demonstrating that he/she fully understands and complies by it.
As a reminder, you are required to speak German the moment our plane touches down in Düsseldorf (but you can start earlier if you want). You will be able to speak English again once the plane lifts off at the end of the program AND when visiting schools in Germany. In the past, English teachers have asked to have native speakers contribute in English classes. ;-)
Der Ehrenkodex – Krefeld 2010 “einfache Version”
- Wir sind in Deutschland um unser Deutsch zu verbessern.
- Wir kommunizieren nur auf Deutsch!
- Wir sind mit allen gut befreundet und helfen uns, aber wir suchen keinen festen Partner!
- Wir sind gesund. Wir trinken keinen Alkohol und rauchen nicht.
- Wir denken nach, bevor wir etwas machen und wir fragen um Erlaubnis!
- Wir sind zuverlässig, - in der Schule und in der Freizeit!
- Wir respektieren unsere Gastfamilie!
- Wir verreisen nur mit der Gastfamilie oder mit der Gruppe und nie allein!
- Wir sind fleißig und folgen dem Ehrenkodex.
- Nach dem Programm werde ich ein Deutschfan in der Schule sein, denn Deutsch ist am besten!
Honor Code – Krefeld 2010: (english version for parents)
- We are in Germany to improve our German.
- We communicate in German only!
- We are good friends with everybody and we help each other but we are not looking for a partner!
- We are healthy. We don’t drink alcohol and we don’t smoke!
- We think before we do something and we ask for permission!
- We are reliable – in school and during free time!
- We respect our host family!
- We travel only with our host family or with the group and never alone!
- We are hard-working and follow the Honors Code.
- We will be a fan of German after the program because German is the best!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
- The weather can vary from rainy and cold to very hot, so try to bring clothes that can be layered. Last year, we faced cooler weather in the beginning and people were wearing sweaters and light jackets. Although it might be unheard of for you due to the conditions here in Indiana, you might have to don a sweater in June!!! And a light rain jacket will keep you dry and warm.
- Bring some form of entertainment that you can enjoy on your own (iPod, book, drawing utensils) and with the group (cards, Frisbee, chess). There will be down-time when waiting for trains or flying in the plane (8+ hours) and it is a good opportunity to make friends and get to know everyone. Of course, German word games are always encouraged…
- When packing, roll your clothing to save space and avoid wrinkles.
- Carry your passport and money on you when travelling. We also recommend that you bring a print-out of your itinerary if you plan to travel to Chicago by plane. Domestic flights tend to charge for your luggage but if you can check it through to Düsseldorf, you might avoid these fees! More money to spend on souvenirs!
- Don’t overpack! You can only check one free piece of luggage (up to 44 lbs) and you will have to get it through customs (and to our bus). So, leave towels (too bulky!), bed sheets (won’t fit!), hair dryer (different voltage), and anything you can find in Germany at home. Also, somehow one always brings more things back…
- In addition to your instructors cell phone numbers, write down your host family’s address. You can show it to cab drivers should you have trouble communicating in German…
And finally, ‘pack’ a positive attitude, your curiosity, and sense of humor. ;-)