Today I had the opportunity to visit Mannheim with Jutta and Bernt Meyer and a friend of theirs and attend a theater festival at the Nationaltheater Mannheim. I really enjoyed watching excerpts from Die Dreigroschenoper by Kurt Weil after studying it in a music history class.
I also had the opportunity to meet Linda Johnke who was the second guest teacher of the second series from 2003-4. She now lives in Fürth (near Rimbach) and works on a production at this theater in Mannheim.
I'm also pleased to report that I'm feeling more comfortable with my German. I still have quite a bit to learn, but I'm less scared of speaking and listening and it is coming easier to me. It is definitely easier to understand people when they speak to me and I have gotten more used to saying the kinds of things that are essential in conversation. My next goal is to spend some time studying grammar and vocabulary on my own. Hopefully I will later be able to report some progress in this regard!