--I talk funny (they say "with a 'slang'")
--I ask grammar and vocabulary questions that the Germans just take at face value
--I hardly know how to get around
--I ask silly questions
--I view the culture, people, and behaviors objectively, as an outsider looking in rather than an inside German
--I have to learn a whole new system of laws, regulations, norms, speech, etc
It's weird. I feel like such an American here with my good smelling shampoo and smell stuff, with my flip flops and jeans, with my water bottle, and with all my American "stuff." Weird. I wonder if this American-ness will stay with me all my life or if I will be transformed back into a German throughout the span of this year...
...in the mean time, being quite aware that I'm a stranger on this earth in general. My citizenship is in Heaven.
Stay tuned :)