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Written on: Monday September 10th, 2007

A journal entry from: Fall for Germany

Well, I have scarlet fever or auf Deutsch "Scharlach" (pronounced scha-la more or less). 

I'm quarantined for a total five days (until Thursday) of being on antibiotics, copious amounts of reading, and then I see another doctor who will tell me if I can rejoin life outside Goetheallee.  Besides the fact that I am potentially infecting my entire host family, missing my second week of classes and two excursions, already half way through all the English reading material I brought, I think this is one of the funniest things that has happened to me.  Who gets scarlet fever, anyway?! (ok, apparently the boy in the velvateen rabbit, but I really don't want to think about burning all my stuff). 

It really doesn't bother me much.  I'm pretty much over the cold I had, so I'm mildly itchy, a bit feverish (not much) and highly contagious.  It's a bit boring actually.  It's cold in the house so I'm bundled up in a sweatshirt and pants and I forget that my face is scarlet red until I catch one of the children staring at it.  At least, I think it's cuz it's red.  Might be because I've only been here a week.

The weekend was ok.  The Kaatz's family's favorite dish is a mild Indian dish that is delicious.  We had that on Saturday (and lunch Sunday which was even better).  We had Eis on Sunday (italian gelato) with the kids that live downstairs who are always up here and it was amazing.  After the kids got ready for bed, I had wine, cheese, and bread with my Gasteltern.  Actually, I had water, not wine, because I figured that would be healthier for me while I am sick.  [Yup, a week in Germany and the most I've had to drink is some not great wine, a tiny bit of delicious Bailey's (about 8oz total and both free on the plane) and a bier at Puetzchens Markt.  I would like something I truly enjoy next time.] I watched The Legend of Zorro in German last night and was properly confused some of the time, but it was still good.  I'm stealing the 8 year olds German books for vocab and reading the German books I have.  There is a tv upstairs and I can watch a few movies in either German or English or German programs.  I should be getting some work from the AIB eventually and can work on that.  Otherwise I'm twiddling my thumbs and laughing that I have scarlet fever.  Who get's that?!


From Grandma on Sep 13th, 2007

Hi Julie, Grandpa and I have been praying for you. Hope you are feeling better. Love you.