From Germany, With Love

Language is a funny thing. Gerlinde, Dietmar, Martin and Jürgen are my current and gracious hosts in the small village of Talheim. Gerlinde and I have had so many conversations over breakfasts of pretzels and tea and long walks in vineyards and forests. Her favorite topic of conversation is language and the meaning of words.…

Foreigner

My face gets hot, my heart begins to race and once again I feel very ignorant. I say ‘sorry’ in English, too afraid to make an attempt at a word, I know I will fail miserably. Growing all the more ashamed, I hang my head. Desperate to understand, eager to communicate, but too timid to…