Getting to know you, Part 2 – Aliese

Name: Aliese Gingerich
Age : 17
Favorite movie: The Lion King
Currently reading: The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
Who is your host sibling? Dominik
Do your host parents speak English? Not really, but I know enough Polish and they know enough English that we can communicate decently well.
What has been your favorite experience so far? Playing volleyball with the ‘women of the house’ (as i like to call my host-mom, host-sister and I) in our family’s back yard. It was fun, energizing, didn’t require to much language and a great bonding moment.
What are you most looking forward to while in Poland? Sports day? Or dancing lessons? Succesfully navigating some part of Lodz would also be quite an accomplishment for me, so I also look forward to that.
What is your favorite Polish phrase to say and why? “Przeprasham” [excuse me/I’m sorry], because I say it when I [accidentally] run into people and they can’t tell I’m not Polish. :)
Up to this point, what has been your favorite Polish food
? Kluseczki (potatoey noodles that you put sauce over – because I know how to say it and it’s delicious) and ice cream.
What is one thing you’d love to bring home from Poland but can’t
? I would bring home the atmosphere of walking everywhere and using public transport because those are two of my favorite things here that we don’t really have back in the U.S. and it would also help my community be more ‘green.’
What will you miss most about Poland? “The people…and the ice cream…and the public transit…and the trees…and especially the people.”
What is your favorite (English) word? Frothy, because it you say it with a British accent, it sounds the cooliest.
What is your dream career? Pacifist ninja
If you had a theme song, what would it be? Bach’s Cello Suite Number One in G Major. it’s probably my favorite instrumental song. It’s intense, eloquent, complex-ish, and beautiful: all qualities I admire. it also gets me thoroughly pumped up and enlivened.

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