Originally Posted by grendel
I was in Belgium around Christmas time a few years ago and loved it. It seems like Europe is much more communal than the US around the holidays with big gatherings in the squares. I got pretty warm on spiced wine. Damn, now I want to travel...
I've wondered where you've been, you've been light on the posts lately! Christmas and Advent is big here and mulled wine is the big drink. The city center is packed most evenings with people standing around getting pissed. I usually take some of my classes out for a round for an evening before Christmas.
If you're interested in making it over this way, you know how to get in touch!
Originally Posted by Klobber
Yeah South Africa - very interesting and attractive country. My family could not stay there long though - we were burgled like 3 times and the crime there is beyond bad. Nice country though, if the crime rate goes to 10% current, I would consider moving there. Great beaches, food and weather. However, I would not be happy going to work knowing there is actually a real statistical chance that my wife could be mugged or raped inside her own home. My Grandmother was raped - astonishing but true. She immigrated down there and the police found her tied up in a closet. Only can happen in South Africa IMO. Absolutely astonishing and sad!I have one good question for you: How did you become so excellent at English? Seriously, you have superlative English and grammar skills, better than mine in fact and I am a native speaker
Kent - yeah Garden of England is funny. Anybody that went to Chatham, Dover, Dartford, etc, I do not think Garden is the appropriate term LOL.
Quite the mystery, eh?
Well, English is a native language of mine. My nationalities are a bit complicated, but to say the least we have a few passports floating around the house. It's funny though, in German I'll begin a sentence in proper German and finish it in local dialect, or vice versa. People are often confused as to whether I'm Austrian, German, Swiss or Dutch
. When my wife and I first met, she had learned English in another accent and both of our vocabularies have merged and I now have a hard time knowing whether a saying or phrase is British, American or a Germanism/translation. Example: I heard someone use the word "ghost driver" in English and I had to check to actually see if it's used in that way in English. (it's not, it's Geisterfahrer in German, but in English it's just someone that drives the wrong way on the motorway.).
The crime rate in South Africa is intimidating to even consider. There is a show called Goodbye, Deutschland! that shows Germans moving abroad and their experiences. One German couple moved to South Africa and it showed their armed security guard arrive to stay at the house with the wife while the husband went to work. It's really awful to hear about your grandmother, I can't imagine living with such a fear every day.