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Oct 11, 2009 - England, everyday life, Trips    4 Comments

Fall Break (and so on)

Here my school break scheduleAt the moment I am enjoying three weeks of fall break. Two weeks are already over but in those two weeks I spent my days in south Switzerland at our apartment in the mountains. We had a great and really relaxing time up there. At the end of this post I have some pictures with impressions for you guys.

But today I actually want to write about how this all works with school breaks in Switzerland. Well, as most of you probably already know the breaks are much more spread out over the whole year rather than having a huge summer break and a week of spring break. In Switzerland school starts usually at the beginning of august. Then we have seven weeks of school till we get our next break. The fall break, which is three weeks long, is usually around end of september. My birthday (9.25) is usually in the last week of school, which is really uncool because the last week of school is always filled with plenty of test and quizzes. Not a fun time! For some reason every teacher thinks we have to earn every vacation we get.
After those three week of time without school we have school till Christmas. It is always a very long time and at the end I am always feeling that I am done with school for the rest of my life. But after ten days that we get of during new years and Christmas time we already have school again. But the Winter break already comes after six more weeks. It is “only” two weeks long. But it is long enough the go snowboarding in the mountains!
After getting sun burned in the mountains we have the shortest time of school. We only have to work through four weeks of school till we get the next break. It is called spring break. After those two weeks of spring break there is no more mercy and we have school till the beginning of JULY! And if you think that isn’t to bad because of the many holidays, you are wrong. We have around 3 holidays in the entire year!
When we finally reached july we get five weeks summer break. You see, I have a really tough time here in Switzerland since last year I almost had three month of summer break! Just another reason why I love the United States. But I have to say, besides the short summer break, I like the spread out system better. In five weeks free time I usually forget most of what I have learnt in the past school year. So if I would have three month, I think I would be lost and we would need two month of repetition of the last year. And also I think having shorter breaks but more during the year helps to boost your school performance. You can always “recharge” after while.
Which system do you think is better? One huge break in the middle of the year or small breaks spread out during the whole year? Let me know!

Daniel, my Dad, and Jerry getting started for a bike tour.My Dad painting balcony rail (I helped him xD )Don't think this is a typical Swiss roadA valleyBeautiful flower, don't ask how it is called...Hiking signMy mum doesn't like this hatMoonrise view from our apartmentThat's how I usually woke upPlaying billiard (I won all three games and I did not cheat!)Rainbow (again view from our apartment)Another Swiss roadThis is a hotel =DJust a nice pathCarlina acaulisAnother nice view

Oct 5, 2009 - England, Fun    4 Comments


Since I am on vacation right now and I don’t have much time for my blog, I thought this would be the right moment to post this. This video was a project that I began while I still was in the US but I never got to finish it because I had some issues with it… Anyway here it is for everybody who made this past year such a blast!

PS. I made this with a wall, a lot of post-it stickers, a digital camera and finally my MacBook to put all the pictures into a video…

Sep 29, 2009 - England, everyday life    6 Comments

My B-Day!

Brithday cakeSome of you knew last friday was my birthday! Many of you are probably wondering how does a birthday in Switzerland look like? Some may think it is all about getting chocolate and cheese, but since I don’t really like either of both it looked different for me.

In my family it is a tradition that the one who has his birthday gets woken up by a sweet choir that sings in a really nice tune happy birthday. Usually at about 6.30 am which is really early especially for me since I am not really a morning person. Afterwards there is a nice breakfast prepared with delicious croissants which helps my morning mood a lot. With a full stomach I am going to school where many friends already wait to congratulate. It is not as crazy like in the United States where people usually decorate your locker and stuff, but friends hug and wish you the best for the next living year. Gladly nobody in my class reminded a teacher to sing happy birthday, otherwise that is usually the case and then the whole class sings happy birthday for the birthday-kids embarrassment.

After school I go home where two big steaks already wait for me. My dad cooked them with some spaetzle (some sort of pasta), vegetables and salad. The birthday meal is ready and I am ready to eat all of it! Delicious!

In the late afternoon I finally get to unwrap all those presents which were laid out on the table. I get some sweet T-Shirts (I think my T-shirts collection is up to a 40 by now), books, dvds, a whole puncher, one tire, a calender, sport bag and much more! Isn’t it nice to have birthday it is always worth it.

conveyor bandFor dinner we are going to a special Asian place in Germany. First in this restaurant they serve “all you can eat” what I don’t need to explain to US Americans and second they actually don’t serve it. The food comes on a “conveyor band” and you can pick and take what you want. It is also really practical because if you don’t like something you just put it back on the band and nobody sees that I haven’t finished. (Of course you should not do that!) The day finally goes by and how could I ever better finish a day than with a full stomach? That was great birthday once more.

But the birthday celebrations aren’t over yet. Family and friends come over on sunday and the party and especially the eating goes on! I get some more present and as a return I show them some picture of the United States. We eat, talk, laugh and eat more till late night. And then my big birthday weekend with a lot of celebrations is over!
Thanks to all messages on facebook, calls, e-cards, e-mails, letters, text messages, presents and hugs I received for my birthday!