Goodbye Guildford!! It’s been lovely! But I’m ready for something new and exciting. Oh, say, Germany?
I haven’t left just yet – I’ll roll outta here around half past five tomorrow morning. They don’t say five thirty, it’s half past five.
I said my goodbyes to the people in my department, promising to keep in touch, of course. They didn’t let me leave empty handed, however.
I finished up my EADS presentation and decided to go to Town Centre one last time, for one last look around Guildford. I enjoyed a salad and chai latte at Cafe Nero and meandered around for a bit. I’ve been a little low on sleep the past few nights, so before long I was pretty worn out. I did make a few purchases, one being a coin purse since I left my wallet at home.
The other purchase I made is a gift for someone back home and it wouldn’t be a surprise for them if I told you what it was, so you get to see the bag.
I’m currently waiting to Skype with Alex and then I’m going to go do laundry and read my book. Once everything is clean, I will have to pack it all up so I’m ready to go tomorrow. I am planning on getting to bed a little earlier than normal tonight.
Needless to say, I’m so anxious for the next leg of my adventure! Sorry for the boring posts the past couple of days, but I promise that it will get better. I have to get from Munich airport to the hotel tomorrow by myself. That alone should be interesting considering I don’t speak a lick of German. I’ve been brushing up on the basics, just in case. Have a go at it yourself.
Yes –> Ja (yah)
No –> Nein (nine)
Please –> Bitte (BIT-tuh)
Thank you –> Danke (DAN-keh)
I don’t understand –> Ich verstehe das nicht (ikh fur-SHTAY-uh dahs nikht) [HA, yeah right]
Do you speak English –> Sprechen Sie Englisch? (shprekhen zee ENG-lish?) [Oh, man, I really hope you do!!]
Hello –> Guten Tag (GOO-ten tahk)
Goodbye –> Tschüs (informal) (chuuss) / Auf Wiedersehen (formal) (owf VEE-der-say-en)
I’ve been practicing, and I have found it really does help to spit a little when you say some of the words. I think I should be alright, because they say most everyone speaks English there. I just hope I can remember to ask them if they speak English before asking for directions or talking to anyone. I don’t want to offend them by assuming they speak English.
I’m not going to lie, it doesn’t get much worse that lost in Guildford in the pouring rain with two suitcases trailing behind you and no hand to hold the umbrella. That was pretty bad.