Marjane wakes up every morning to the sound of Lucia's hairdryer. The dulcet tones of Steve Innskeep, it ain't.
At school, Marjane is teased for her less-than-expert French: one of the kids tells her the word for "dick" instead of "ruler," prompting her to ask a boy "can you lend me your dick?" (21.17), much to the delight of her peers.
She does make friends, though: Momo, Julie, Thierry, and Oliver.
Soon it's Christmas break and everyone goes home for the holidays… except Marjane. They don't celebrate Christmas in Iran.
Lucia invites Marjane to the Tyrol, in the southwest of Austria, to spend time with her family.
Marjane really likes it there, except for the midnight Mass that lasts until 3 a.m.
After the trip, Marjane feels, "I had a new set of parents [and] Lucia was my sister" (21.51-21.52).