Kassie and I each finished up our respective language classes last week. I think we were both surprised at how much we enjoyed class, mostly because of the new friendships we were able to develop. We’re making progress in day-to-day communication, too.
We don’t have formal language class during the month of August. Instead, we’ll practice in daily life and use the Rosetta Stone software to build our vocabularies. Even without “school” this month will be busy.
This week we are cleaning and painting as we prepare to move into our new apartment. We were given an astounding deal on an apartment in our neighborhood. Moving to an apartment complex (as opposed to staying in the house were we currently live) will help us meet people and improve our language. Also, it’s a new complex, so we will get the chance to be welcomers to future neighbors. In a city that is over 1,000 years old, being part of the first wave of anything is a rare opportunity.
We’re hoping to do a few fun family activities, this month, too. August is a month when lots and lots of people here take vacations. We don’t plan to travel far, but instead see some of the sites in our city and spend time together as family.
I will work to finish another class towards my Masters degree this month. It’s an online class about general theology.
Our friend and nanny, Michaela, arrived here a few days ago. We’re so excited that she’s here and we’ll spend a good amount of time helping her get settled and find her way around the city. She’ll help us as-needed during the month of August and then full-time starting in September when Kassie and I got back to intensive language study.