Frankfurt European Schools sind gut…

A good time was had by all at the European Schools in Frankfurt over the past two days.

The children are voracious drawers and askers of questions, and like looking at books especially 'if they are in colour'. Most of all, they like laughing and giggling and in the case of one boy: sleeping. The students are from all over the world, and all will have interesting stories to tell one day.

Drawing with the children always make me wish I had their fearless approach to getting an idea down onto the paper. We drew bears and other things, and my favourite part was when Finn had a go at drawing Snoopy, to huge encouragement and ceaseless laughter from his class.

Children's questions are consistently surprising and Germany was no different. There is a recurring, familiar question however and it was finally asked late in the morning by a little girl who asked me if I had any children. I answered in my best German: Nein.

Profuse thanks to Renate, Ute and Stephanie for inviting me to their fantastic libraries and looking after me. More huge thanks to:

Marion (who collected me in her Mini which had been imported from the USA to Germany, and who pointed out the Australian Bar in Bad Vilbel); Finn's mother (who collected me on her school run and described Kentucky to me); Barbara (who collected me at 7am when everyone else was sleeping, met her English husband grape-picking in Australia and explained the workings of the European Central Bank while we were stuck on the autobahn); David (who explained how teachers don't exploit all the capabilities of the Smartboard, and set up my presentation so well); and last but not least Kimberley (from Texas via The Netherlands who drove me to the airport and was misdirected by the poor pronunciation of 'flughafen' by the American voice on the satnav). Danke vielmals.

 Bad Vilbel, good water.

Bad Vilbel, good water.

 Zwei katzen. Photo by Ute Arias.

Zwei katzen. Photo by Ute Arias.

 Before, not during.

Before, not during.