We couldn’t possibly “visit” Germany without trying some of delicious baked goods that come from this country. I didn’t plan to bake a cake, since we try to cut down on sweets here. But we have an upscale supermarket in the neighborhood called Cosentino that specializes on European delicacies. Usually I don’t shop there (too expensive!), but I splurged on a piece of nice chocolate cake to be shared between the three of us. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the famous Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, but Anna was in paradise (and we enjoyed it too).
We also watched my Russian version of The Bremen Musicians after all, and Anna enjoyed it a lot even though she consistently calls the tale German Magicians. She played more with her wooden toys, and at some point pretended to throw an imaginary dice, called the numbers and made various animals move. She makes up a lot of games with convoluted rules – maybe she will grow up eventually to be a game designer – just like her papa :)
Of course, we just scratched the surface of German culture and traditions with this brief stop in Northern Germany. We will return again when Oma and Opa visit us in the end of March. Anna will hear a lot more German then. We have also decided that my husband will take Anna to Germany for 3 weeks in the summer while I’ll stay at home. We hope that this trip and immersion into a real language environment will help her latent German develop into speech. She understands German OK, but she always responds to her father in English. It makes it difficult for him to speak German consistently – he lapses to English more and more, especially if he wants to have a meaningful conversation with her.
Our next stop is Russia (but of course :)), then we will sort of review what we learned before hopping on to Ireland for St Patrick’s week. After that I will let her have more say in choosing the next country to visit or in deciding to spend more time on the country that we already covered.