We’ve made it! We have arrived in Germany! Let the German language and culture bath begin!
After waiting in the Seattle airport for our flight…
And checking last minute email with free wi-fi in the Seattle airport…
We flew the friendly skies and arrived in lovely, lovely, lovely northern Germany, home to my husband’s mother, sister, brothers, aunts, uncles and numerous friends.
We sleep in my husband’s childhood home, walk in fields where his family’s dairy cows used to roam and mow the grass in the back yard where he played as a child with his siblings…
…and we are made happy with the food that Oma prepares for us each day (there is no comparison to real German food!).
The best of all is when my kids receive an Überraschungsei from someone (here they open theirs with their aunt)…
The Cost of Multilingualism & Multiculturalism
It cost us over $5,000 to get here (airplane flights aren’t the cost that they used to be) but it is worth it.
When families ask me what they should spend their money on so that their children can become bilingual/multilingual, I say: TRAVEL! Visit the country where the language is spoken and submerge yourself and your children in it all: language, culture, food and more.
Many of my friends gasp when I say that we spent $5,500 on airline flights so that we can spend a month with my in-laws in my husband’s hometown. We could put together a nice college fund with those funds!
But that isn’t the point. Maintaining family roots right now is the most important thing in the world for us. It will forever fill my children’s minds and hearts with love, joy and fascination. They will never forget these childhood days with their German family.
Is it is expensive? Yes! We can hardly afford it!
But it is worth every penny (and more)!
And now we are off to the island of Sylt for a week.
See you next month!