a quick update
Dear friends, hi again after a long-ish break.
Let me update you on what I’ve been up to since I last wrote, and, if time permits, also reply to some of your comments, for which I am very, very grateful as they keep this blog alive!
As previously mentioned, there was a family celebration on Sunday. One of my cousins got her university degree (in psychology), and she celebrated it by inviting the whole family to a restaurant for dinner. Our family in Poznan is quite a big one, as my mother has 3 sisters and 2 brothers, each of them married and with children, so this close family consists of approximately 30 people. When we all gather for a meal, it is a noisy crowd! But we enjoy such get-togethers immensely. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my camera along, so I won’t be able to show you any photographs, unless I can copy some from one of my cousins.
What was the ‘party’ like? We spent over 3 hours, sitting at a large U-shaped table, being served various courses, talking to people sitting nearby, later changing our seats so as to talk to other members of the family... It may sound boring, spending so much time at a table, but actually time passed almost unnoticed while chatting to people one sees only a few times a year.
Monday was marked by the football game, where we played Croatia, hoping against hope that we would win and at the same time Austria would win against Germany – a very unlikely scenario, but the only one qualifying us for the quarter-finals. Well, forget it: we lost, Austria lost, and according to some statistics I read in today’s papers, Poland is the worst team of Euro 2008. Condolences to all football fans in my country.
Now a few lines in reference to Sophie’s blogs. I really enjoyed the description of your weekend trip and your graceful presentation of Midsummer Night’s Dream’s plot. I had to read it through a number of times, though, in order to really follow it, so I won’t even try to guess how many times I’d have to read the original to make any sense of it. I recently borrowed a DVD of Hamlet (starring Mel Gibson) from my local British Council library, hoping that this would be a smooth start to appreciating Shakespeare. It wasn’t! I couldn’t make much sense of all that „thou shalt” language, a lot of it not even showing in any dictionary! I wonder if an average Englishman understands that speech :)
Oops, it’s 3.30, and the dawn is breaking... time to go, I’m afraid. See you tomorrow, I hope!
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