On the last day with my host family we went to the Ritter Sport Chocolate Museum. We had to pretend to be under 17 because that is the age limit for creating your own chocolate. In a room surrounded by six year old children at a birthday party, I felt a little ridiculous, but spending that hour with my host brother making our own chocolate bars, it was so much fun. Almost everyone in attendance spoke German with the exception of me and a few others, so it was very challenging to listen to all of the history in directions in another language. However, I do feel that at the end of my two weeks in Germany, my ability to understand German increased immensely and I was really impressed with myself. I felt proud that I was able to understand the majority of what they were talking about, and no longer got a headache from trying so hard to process it all. Those last few hours with my host family were so incredibly special. On our last night, I bought the fixings for tacos--ground beef, taco shells, onions, tomatoes, cheese, avocado, black beans, corn, etc. and made my host family a true Sheridan-Style taco night! They had so much fun with it, and we all enjoyed it so much. It was nice to bring a little piece of home to Germany, and I was so glad that they enjoyed it. They told me that they had never made tacos at home before, so I was happy to introduce them to it!
We spent our last evening around the dinner table, sharing tears and a lot of laughs too. We talked about how we would come back and how they would come visit us too. We took pictures out on the balcony and laughed at our dysfunction. It was such an amazing experience. Hugging my host family goodbye was extremely emotional. Mostly because it is not certain when we will see each other again. The love that I have for my family is uncanny, and I never knew it was possible to fall in love so fast. I am so thankful for the opportunity and everything that I learned along the way, even if it isn't something related to the classroom, I learned about love and life too.
I will hold these memories near and dear to my heart forever. Thanks for the memories Germany, until next time!