We see us.

“We see us” is a nice bit of Denglish. But, last week, I think “we see us” really worked. It really felt like this place was another home and that we had really made friends that feel like family.

I spent the majority of my week on the train, I would say. My one student that has his classes in Reutlingen was back from work trips and holiday, so I was back and forth from Reutlingen to Stuttgart. I picked up a few new students and with it, a few new Denglish sayings.

  • Jump over your shadow– conquer your fears
  • Raining like buckets (I don’t remember this one as well…)– raining a lot
  • Read the small letters (Kleingedrucktes)– read the fine print
  • Pig good (this is Schwabian, saugut)– so good
  • Lucky (also Schwabian, schweingehabt, literally means ‘pig had’)– sort of like ‘lucky duck’
  • I have a male cat (Ich habe Kate.)– I have a hangover/headache.

I can’t remember all of them, I really should write them down whenever I hear them. It is hard to think to do that when I’m so consumed with getting my student to describe it to me!

NOM. Found a new coffee place.
NOM. Found a new coffee place.
Ahhhh, beautiful day during the week. Everyone is out for their long mittagpause.
Ahhhh, beautiful day during the week. Everyone is out for their long mittagpause.
So much is blooming right now!
So much is blooming right now!
Mmmmm eis.
Mmmmm eis.
Saturday market.
Saturday market.
Saturday market.
Saturday market.
Market
Market

Rob spent much of his week doing new things: he got to visit the commissary at the local U.S. base with our “land lady” for lack of a better term. Basically, our upstairs neighbors. He got a lot of things we didn’t even know we were missing: tortilla chips, spicy peppers, chocolate chips, and malt-o-meal to name a few! Rob also tried his hand at making ham balls, but as a loaf. We didn’t have all the proper ingredients, but we did have mild pork sausage, a ground beef/ham mix, and all the stuff for the sauce. It was DELICIOUS! Best chef ever.

Friday was a Stuttgart day. I only had one class to teach, so we all went in together! Hazel too! Rob and Hazel hung out by the Schlossplatz while I went to a business for my student. It was supposed to rain all day, but it turned out pretty sunny and not too chilly. We just ended up walking around Königstraße area and having Beir, Maultaschen, and Folienkartoffel.

Then we hit our local bar and tried something totally new: Schmalz. It is pig fat that you spread on bread and add a dash of salt to. It was so fucking surprisingly delicious! Not too much, though, the mound you see below is worth 5,000 calories! Two slices was definitely enough, but I can certainly say that our eyes are opened to the wide world of possibilities associated with pig stuffs.

Bread for Schmalz.
Bread for Schmalz.
A perfect piece of bread and schmalz.
A perfect piece of bread and schmalz.
Fabi shows us the ropes for Schmalz.
Fabi shows us the ropes for Schmalz.
Rob loves it!
Rob loves it!

It was our friend, Fabi’s, 25th birthday this weekend and we certainly went all out! Saturday was a very early morning, but it was worth it to celebrate with our friends that feel very much like our German family. We made Fabi a birthday cake, American style. He was very insistent that he did not do “schokokuchen”. But, I said that this was no ordinary schokokuchen, this is Rob’s family’s chocolate cake recipe. And it is awesome! So, we forced it on him– and you know what, he had two pieces! We were happy to share that bit of our America with him and the rest of our friends. As midnight approached we got our candles ready (a 2 and a 5) and the lights were dimmed. Then, we all sang “Happy Birthday”…in English!

Sunday was a hard day, but we all agreed to have a breakfast of Weiswürst (white sausages) and Bretzels (pretzels) the next morning at 11:00. We came, we saw, we conquered. And then went home and did not conquer. But, while we may be getting older, and these late nights are getting fewer, we will always value seeing these friends of ours and experiencing new Schwabian traditions. We love hearing “we see us” at the end of every night/morning. Because, we want to see us again and again.

Posing for a picture before blowing out the candles =)
Posing for a picture before blowing out the candles =)

PROST! =)

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