No crickets in Germany
FOR Orara High school student Danika Cooper, the wierdest thing about spending Christmas in Germany was the lack of the summer night-time sound of crickets. "I'm so used to hearing them when I go to sleep at night," Danika said. For fellow student Philip Lewis, the short days and no beach were the things he missed most about Australia. A skiing trip to Austria, with its snow-capped mountains and good snow-boarding, was however excellent compensation. Both agreed the time they spent in Germany as part of a student exchange program was worthwhile. "I had to get myself around, so my language skills really improved," Philip said. "I also enjoyed being treated as an adult, which you are over there at 16." Danika said it was her listening skills that were most honed and her understanding improved 'a thousnad times'. Both Year 12 students, who only began learning German in February last year, plan to study the language for their HSC. Philip sees a future for himself in advertising in Germany and Danika believes having a language will enhance her plans to work in the arts.