An American in Bremen by Brandon Blackburn ’17

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Brandon Blackburn ’17
Majors: English and German Studies
Minor: Art
Teaching intern at the Ökumenisches Gymnasium in Bremen, Germany
January 2016
Welcome to Germany

—Vierundneunzig, fünfzig Euro bitte.

The woman behind the help desk at DB Bahn Frankfurt smiled expectantly and handed me the printout of my new ticket. I began to run calculations in my head. Let’s see… that’s four.. and nine… no, she must have said ein… but that doesn’t make sense because the tens are zehn… is there another number that sounds like neun? Let’s see: eins, zwei, drei…

—Wie bitte? I asked.

She repeated herself, a bit more slowly this time: 

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