Our three-week adventure here in Berlin has almost come to an end, and the students have continued to improve their German language competence, learn more about German history and culture, and have fun! We have been to the Komische Oper, where the Americans and their German partners had a backstage tour and workshop prior to seeing Monteverdi's "Orpheus". We visited Potsdam, toured Sanssouci, and traveled back to Berlin via a ship on the Wannsee. The next day, Frau Frendo taught us all how to dance the hava nagila, polka, and waltz, which most students had never done before. We visited Check Point Charlie and toured the Tränenpalast, which gave the students a better idea of what it was like to live in a divided country.
On Friday we saw "Linie 1" at the Grips Theater, which the students could now understand, since they are so familiar with the public transportation system in Berlin. And yesterday, we had a lesson in German cookery, during which they made Bouletten, Kartoffelsalat, and Streuselkuchen. Lecker!
Today we will have our farewell picnic and see "Cinderella". Many, many thanks again to the administration, faculty, staff, and parents of the Rückert Gymnasium for your generosity, hospitality and kindness! Auf Wiedersehen!