As many of you are aware, Husband dearest and I have a young German student staying with us until the end of August. Lisa is 14 and hails from Western Germany.
Anyway, having e-mailed and FaceBook(ed) for a few weeks, Lisa arrived safe and sound last Wednesday. A truly lovely girl with manners her mum must be proud of, it has to be said though that we have never met a 14 year old quite like her - very curious as to how we live and the differences between England and Germany she keeps us on our toes by asking many questions.
Anxious to learn more about England, so far Lisa has experienced an English city, library, college and hospital (don't worry no one was ill, I had an out-patients appointment), has had a Greek meal with an English family (Husband dearest's. She will meet mine this afternoon), has tasted typical 'pub grub' (chips with a PASTIE* and baked beans) as well as Spanish Tapas, English style, and has been to the pictures (cinema) to see Eclipse which was interesting as she has never heard the actual voices of 'Bella', 'Edward' or 'Jacob' as in Germany they are dubbed into German using the voices of other actors. What else? Oh yes, Lisa has also handled more English money that she ever thought to (she helped us count well over £1000 at the club) and has tried, as well as a pastie, several other English delicacies - STOTTIE (she liked) and MARMITE (she didn't) included.
So what else have we in store for Lisa? She is going to visit HADRIANS WALL with some friends of ours and it is hoped we will take her to BEAMISH MUSEUM, the coast where she may discover just how cold the North Sea is and tomorrow she will get to see a typical English pub quiz team in action.
Hopefully though Lisa will do a guest post on Pen and Paper and tell you of some of her thoughts and experiences - I hope so.
*Grief, I have just discovered that Pastie has quite a different meaning in certain parts of the world, I'm so glad I included a link to the English meaning or people may well have wondered just what we were doing. (See Wikapedia's entry for Pastie to compare.)