Today we went to the famous Rose Bowl Flea Market with some friends and spent a nice (and hot) day browsing around and shopping old stuff. Afterwards we decided to drive to Pasadena for lunch before heading back home. We had a great Sunday funday and Flo and I are really happy to finally have friends to hang out with over here. But the most important thing that again came clear to us today is that we have stepped beyond most of the language barriers we had since moving here.
In the beginning Flo and I both felt a little shy talking english, talking english in front of each other and especially talking english to each other. But this evening I actually realized that today I didn’t even feel like talking in a different language. Sure I sometimes miss a few words and have to ask for a few things, but talking english by now feels natural. And not embarassing or strange anymore.
It’s still pretty obvious that we are foreign to this country and our accent will probably stay that obvious for at least a few more years. But I feel like without being shy and without thinking about how each sentence might sound, we blend in a lot more than we did before! And that feels sooooo good!