I have now finally arrived back home in germany in order to spend some quality time with my family before heading back for my graduation *hurray*.
Sadly there is not all that much to do here in the heat and everybody else being in the middle of their exams and all that but there is always time for something the football world cup!! This year hosted in Brazil (I just came from watching that match and in between a player scoring at his own teams goal and the wrong decision that lead to the 2:1 it was certainly interesting).
Generally I am not one for football or sport in general I only watch the occasional rugby but that can be quite exciting and bloody at times. One thing that comes about every year during football season is a whole lot of flags. You have to understand there are never any german flags around anywhere!!! We are not a patriotic country but we take a lot of pride and enjoyment for things like the world cup and suddenly they are everywhere.
So now a bunch of people have been going around and took those flags of saying even if they are for the football world cup you can’t have them because it looks nationalist…. I can see what they mean though I wouldn’t really agree with it.
Anyway this is not really what I meant to talk about! It just got me thinking about always remembering where you are from and taking some measure of pride in where you come from. I am really trying not to make this sound dodgy…. I came to the UK so long ago that by now I am not immediately identified as being german and that is amazingly flattering because as a foreign student you will try and integrate the best you can and that sure is a good sign it worked. But still it is important to remember what brought you to where you are and always carry some of your home with you.
International students have their own organised trips and meetups and all sorts of things where you will meant a ton of other people from all over the world and hear their stories and bits about their country you will never hear in any history or geography lesson. It is a great place to be ( especially in the weeks in which they let you cook and taste lots of delicious foreign food)
Writing this just after watching football wasn’t my smartest idea I think but the thing with the flags struck me as really weird and I decided to leave the welsh language one out till next week.
So the message I wanted to bring across was embrace where you are from and bring it with you and people will be interested and possibly quite excited about it. Though I do hope my friends will one day stop saying ‘don’t mention the war’ every time they introduce me to strangers….
So in the next blog I will try and explore the wonders of the welsh language with you 🙂