Friday, March 30, 2007

Spirit Week at the ACS

This week is "Spirit Week" at the ACS.

Every day students -and teachers! - dress to a different theme (sich entsprechend eines Thema anziehen).

Monday was "Pyjama Day" (Schlafanzug-Tag).
I wore my pyjama top (Oberteil).

Tuesday was "Crazy Hair Day". One of the students sprayed silver color in my hair.

Wednesday was Costume Day. Students dressed like famous people or cartoon characters (like Minnie Mouse or Superman).

Here is a picture of me!

At lunch time there was a "fashion show" of the costumes.

Students gathered in the courtyard (Hof) and watched people show what the wore.

Some students also sold pizza to earn money for their class.

I also held the first meeting of the German Club.

We talked about what we would like to do.

Maybe we will also plan a trip to Germany!

Well, Friday is the last day, then... Easter Vacation!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Living in Beirut

Beirut is a great place for food and entertainment!
Shops have everything you could want. Many clothing stores stay open until after 9 pm. There are many restaurants offering Lebanese, American, French, Chinese food and Sushi!

Many snack stands (Imbissbuden) sell sandwiches and salads, and you can buy a BIG sandwich for 1,50 - 2 EUR !

Lebanese sandwiches are similar to (ähneln) Turkish sandwiches, but there is a very large variety. They are made in many different ways. They taste very good!

You can also get other sandwiches too.

Near my apartment there is a "Dominoes Pizza" (US-Pizza-Kette) place, a McDonalds, a Burger King and a Subway sandwich shop. A Starbucks coffee shop is also not far away.

There are also drink-stands selling BIG glasses of fresh-squeezed (frisch gepresste) fruit juices - orange, kiwi, pomegranate (Granatapfel), banana, pineapple (Ananas), mango, etc. - for less than one EUR.

Even the price of gasoline (Benzin) is very low - only about $2,60 per Gallon (nur etwa 0,50 EUR pro Liter). But I am not eager (ich bin nicht scharf drauf) to drive here. They drive crazy here and you have to be careful when crossing a street!

At night there are many pubs, clubs, discos and restaurants open until 2 or 3 am! The Lebanes like to have entertainment and they don't let politics keep them from having fun.

I like to go to the "Hard Rock Cafe" on Friday nights because then they have karaoke. Yes, I sing one or two songs when I go!

Of course I do actually work and need to prepare lessons for the week now.

By the way (übrigens), I am also forming a German Club (Deutschklub) at the school. Many students are interested.

Germany and Germans enjoy a good reputation (geniessen einen guten Ruf) here.

Well, I will say more later!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

More about the school!

So... here I am again... finally!

And here I am with the coffee mug (Krug) which my 7th grade (7. Klasse) gave me as a "going-away" present (Abschiedsgeschenk).


I'm sorry it has been so long since my last report. I've been quite busy and did not know what to write.

So I thought I'd tell you more about the school.

The ACS is over 100 years old. This year the school has over 900 pupils: from Kindergarten to 12th grade (Klasse).

There are many after-school activities. The school has its own sports teams. Boys and girls have basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton and other teams. They play against teams from other schools. The teams' name is "ACS Knights" (Ritter).

The school has very good facilities for sports: two outdoors playing fields, a gymnasium (Sportshalle) and even a fitness room!

They also have a music band. It played during lunch on Thursday.

The students arrive at school at 8:00 and the first class (Stunde) begins at 8:10. They have a short break (kurze Pause) from 10:40 to 11:00, and the high school students have a lunch break from 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm.

Students can buy lunch at a cafeteria (Imbiss) at the school.

School ends at 3:15 pm.

I live only a five-minute walk (5 Min. zu Fuss) from the school.

Here is a picture of where I live.

I live on the first floor on the left hand side.

Well, I think that's enough for now.
Let me know what else you might like to know about the school, Beirut or Lebanon!