February 23, 2004


I did it! I conducted a multiple-part transaction entirely in German with no problems! I feel positively...Sparkly.

Although last night's snow has melted and the sun is out, it's a pretty chilly day. Colder than it has been. After taking a walk with Scout I decided that a lunch of hot soup would hit the spot, so I stopped by "Soup & Friends," a small soup place about a block from our apartment. They have 12 different soups and some salads.

After staring at the menu posted on the door outside, I decided what I wanted and headed in. I ordered a "normal numer funf" (the regular sized number 5 soup). He asked me if I wanted a roll and I said yes, then if I wanted chives, which was a no. I then ordered still water. The whole transaction went smoothly and I understood everything--not all of the individual words, but what he was asking me, and I knew how to answer.

The soup I chose was good but not fantastic. I selected a Gorgonzola with 4 somethings I couldn't translate from the menu. I decided to follow the Rule of Foreign Foods: Don't Ask, Don't Tell. It had a little chicken drumstick next to it which I took to mean non-vegetarian (all of the soups had either a chicken drumstick or carrots pictures next to them). One of the ingredients was sherry, which I'm not crazy about. The soup itself had more sherry than I would have preferred, but otherwise was very good. The regular sized bowl was a perfect portion size. I'll definitely be going back there.

Hooray for me!

Posted by Shelby at February 23, 2004 04:20 PM