I got a facial after work yesterday, and I'm getting my hair done this afternoon. I'm also going to hit the fancy stores and get myself some nice clothes because I'm going to be there for 3 days and my wardrobe currently consists of skinny jeans and worn out T-shirts.
S tells me there are no diners in Germany – you know, greasy spoon restaurants where you can order a burger and fries or a stack of pancakes on a Sunday afternoon. And Sunday afternoon... that's another thing. Nothing's open on Sundays, so you have to do all your shopping and errands on Saturday. It will be interesting to see how well I can transition into my new life. I'll have to look into German classes in Hamburg...becoming fluent in German is going to be my first priority once I am there (aside from the new job, of course). I refuse to be one of those foreigners who moves to a different country but never learns the language or makes an attempt to assimilate.
My ancestors came to America from Germany looking for a better life, and did everything they could to assimilate into American culture, and here I am, one hundred years later trying to do just the opposite. There's some irony in there somewhere.