Homecoming

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Hey Guys!

Yesterday(09/29/2017)  was Homecoming and I thought – I have nothing to do, just write a Blog post. And here we go, my Homecoming Blog Post!

We (Elena, Guiliana & me) were looking the whole week for somebody who sells the tickets for the dance – we didn’t want to go to the game because we were sure we are going to lose this game and, because the weather was bad on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we thought it would just be cold and rainy and we wouldn’t have fun. It turned out that Friday was a really sunny and warm, but not hot day. But that didn’t change our decision, we just wanted to go to the dance.


Things we/I thought about the dance, which turned out to be wrong:

  • Every girl wears a beautiful dress and the boys wear something more or less beautiful too (This dream was destroyed on Monday in the Homecoming week during the first morning announcement:”The dresscode is causual” – Elena had bought already a really cool dress and I had already decided what to wear!- Thanks.)
  • The Hoco(short form for Homecoming) King and Queen would be announced at the dance(even though I already supposed that that might happen at the game itsself) or would at least be there(Okay, maybe they were at the dance but if so, they didn’t wear their “outfits”(dress and shirt + tie))
  • it would be dark(er) (-> they probably had the light on so that they(in the room were about 5 teachers and at least one police officer and in the entrance room another 2 or 3 teachers) could see what we were doing)
  • there would be more students
  • they would play better music ( in the whole 2 hours that the dance lasted, all good songs that we heard were countable on one hand -.-! But I have to say that we didn’t know half of the songs, which could explain why we liked that few songs…)

    On the day of the dance we still hadn’t tickets for the dance what made us freak out a little bit, but during lunch a cheerleader came to our table and sold us the tickets – If we had known how easy it would be ‘XD! We decided that we want to meet and do something while everybody else is at the game. First we wanted to go bowling but then we decided to watch Highschool musical instead. So the plan was that they would come over around 7, 7:30!
    Then we went to our 5th hour (well before that I went through every of the 8 hallways – 2 hallways for each class were decorated in the spirit of the class – Freshmen Neon, Sophomores Out of Space/Black, Juniors Superheros, Seniors Tropical. The Freshmen hallway was pretty boring, but our hallway was pretty cool(my 2nd favorite)- they turned off the light and put black paper infront of the windows, then they hung up lots of strings of light in white or color! We also had some posters with rockets or aliens! The Junior Hallway was the coolest one – they had big posters with the logo of diffrent superheros and ballons in the same color. They also put black posters on a whole wall and drew some skyscrapers on it. They had some small things with superhero logos hanging from the ceiling and in general it was a really good decorated Hallway. The Seniors hallway was okay. In one of their 2 they pute a blue blanket with turtel figures on it under the lights, which made the hallway seem like an underwater world. On one wall they had waves and then some posters of fishs and other animals.). In Fashion (5th hour) I had to write a test and after that the assembly started(To my German friends – you could maybe compare it to SV Karneval). First the Seniors went to the assembly then the Juniors and so on. I usually stand at the Junior section even though I am a Sophomore because my friends are there! My whole section looked lika a huge group of Emos/Punks or depressed people because 99% wore black(like out of space). As this is the 10th year of Southmoore, they invited some former Homecoming Kings and Queens and then they let all the “nominations” of Homecoming Kings/Queens of diffrent sports in the hall. They all wore some really pretty dresses and I ranked them from the most bautiful dress to the less beautiful one. (Fun Fact: 2 girls wore the same dress – drama! *Not really*)

After that they played some kind of a game and then they presented who wron the “Hallway” contest. Their Ranking (+ my ranking in brackets)

  1. Juniors (Juniors)
  2. Seniors (Sophomores)
  3. Sophomores + Freshmen (Seniors)
  4. (Freshmen)

And then – the last thing at every Assembly- The spirit strike contest. The aim is to be the loudest class in the contest, thus the class with the most school spirit. And in the first time in forever(A/N Why do I have to thing about that song in Tangled?’XD) the class of 2019(juniors) won! After that there were about 20 to 30 min left, so I went to T&F, but we didn’t do practise!

After dinner Elena and Guiliana came to my house and we watched Highschool Musical, ate half a giant bag of Kettle Corn and watched some funny videos- we had a lot of fun XD! At the end of te movie Kenzie came around too and we prepared ourselfes for the dance. My host dad had an app where he could see the score of the game, and in the 3rd quarted the score was 7-0 for us! We couldn’t belive it! One time we decide not to go and then they win! At that point we regretted that we didn’t went.(Moreover the crowned the Hoco King and Queen there…)
Well at least the game was boring when that was the score…

As we arrived at the dance the other german exchange student came to me and told us that we lost – that was a shock for us… The app hadn’t updated after the 3rd quater and the end score was 7-14 – so we didn’t really missed anything!

The dance itself was kind of boring but we had fun anyway. We danced silly german and italian dance moves, slandered about the DJ and about weird things other people did – like sitting on the floor and dancing as if they would be a ballerina on the stage! XD

Kenzie’s mother picked her up so there were just Guiliana, Elena and me left. We talked (maybe a little too loud ‘XD) about brazilian, italian and german parties and by the time we were picked up there was just a police officer, our headmaster and some weird boys without a ride home left – so we were literally the last people on the party!

Homecoming wasn’t really how I aspected it to be, but it definetly could have been worse!

See you soon,

Lilli

Sep 6 – Sep 28, 2017

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Hey guys!

A few weeks went by and I finally found motivation to write another blog post!

Last post I told you about the Moore vs Westmoore game and that the Southmoore Westmoore game would be soon(Friday, 09/08/2017) – Guess what, we lost… And even worse than Moore did(Something like 10:51)! No, I am not disapointed. No.

Two weeks later(Friday, 09/22/2017), we played against Moore and most people in my school were sure that we are going to win that game. In all the years our school excists (since 2008) we never lost against Moore. So I went to the game with a lot of hope and believe that at least this game we won’t lose, so that I could die in peace and be able to say that in the 1 year I went to a highschool, mine didn’t lose every game… Seems like I put my hope in the wrong place. Of cause we lost, but at least we played 14:17 so Moore didn’t get that many touchdowns, but anyways – it was quite disapointing! After the game I went over to Kenzy where I spent the night. The next day we watched a movie and went to the fair (it was the day before last day and “finally” the free fall tower as opened – I wasn’t too pleased about it haha).

We already went to the fair on its first day(Thursday,09/14/2017) with my hostfamily. We bought wristbands and so we were able to ride all of the rides without paying for each one. Kenzy really wanted to go on the free fall tower which wasn’t opened that day – at the end of the day even I was sad that it wasn’t opened even though I hate this stuff XD. Kenzy didn’t like things that twist and are upside down, so we just did the roller coasters and the wild water slide. We were lucky that a nearby shop gave us some sachet to put our phones in because we got really wet! At the end of the fair (and after all the rides, including a ride on the largest Ferris wheel of America, which was pretty cool and there were really friendly people with us in the gondola) I first tried a funnel cake and a cinnamon roll – both of them were really delicous!
I think the morning after that I was tired as never before – Thank’s to my Algebra teacher who has a REALLY comfortable couch in the back haha!

The following week started with a day of – Labour day !!!! Whoho!!!! (Monday, 09/18/2017)
Elena and Guiliana(to other exchange students from Italy and Brazil)asked me if I wanted to join them to the mall and of cause I said yes!
It was a really funny and amazing day and none of our hostparents could understand how we could spend so much time (about 5 hours) at the smallest Mall nearby… Well, we went to every intersting looking shop, ate and while we were trying something on we had to get all the oppinions possible – including the oppinion of people 8000km away XD- Okay maybe I should clarify myself- Just I needed that many opinions ‘XD
Please don’t ask me why we went to the smallest Mall okay? It just happened…

This week (09/25(The birthday of my french exchange student XD)- 09/29/2017) is homecoming week. That means again a spirit week and this friday will be the Homecoming game and after that the Homecoming dance.
On Monday was Mix match day (sweat pants, blouse, 2 diffrent shoes), on Tuesday was 80s day(leggings with shorts over it and a neon shirt – At the beginnig of the day a had a ponytail at the side of my had but it started annoying me so I made a normal one), on Wednesday was Stoplight day (-> green single, yellow talking, red dating) and today was Camo(uflage) day(I didn’t had anything to wear 🙁 ) and tomorrow it will be a diffrent spirit for each class(the Sophomores’ is black like out of space). Not everybody is dressing up- most people aren’t what I find kind of sad, but hey, I can’t change it!
Tomorrow I will hopefully find someone to buy a ticket for the homecoming dance because I am not sure if I can still buy it at the dance itself.
As the weather is bad this week and we are going to lose anyway (school spirit and trust in our football team at teir highest points) I am probably not going to the game. Instead, Elena, Guiliana and me are probably going bowling or something else. Maybe Kenzy will join us…

You can probably read about it in my next entry – if I don’t forget it ‘XD

Another thing that happened this week – a girl from T&F told me I should go to Young life – some kind of a youth group with (I think) a Christian background- and meet her there.
So my hostdad brang me to the adress (it was already dark outside, about 7:40 p.m.) and the “gym” was kind of secluded which was a little bit scary. About 50 meters infront of me was another student so I followed that person. On my way I became kind of paranoid and asked myself to what kind of sekt I am going to (A/N I would like to note that I didn’t knew anything about it at this point and it was just a half genuie thought! I don’ want to offend anybody with this!). When I came to the door I was greeted really enthusiastic which made my previous thought a little bit stronger ‘XD. My friend didn’t arrived yet but the others started talking to me (one girl, one of the group leaders, was already in college but most were in my age and from my school) they were really cool and soon my friend and another girl (she lives in my neighboorhood and takes me home from T&F if I can’t take the bus) arrived. We watched some skatches, sang some songs(like shake it off) and just hang around. At the end of it one of the group leaders told us aboout his summer (he kind of travelled the world) and said that he had a lot of fun and that God created the world to have fun. He provided this by a passage of the Bible and then we prayed a short prayer. I reconised that instead of folding their hamds like we do it in Germany they just lower their head. It was kind of weird for me because in Germany, when a lot of young people meet to have fun, we don’t pray or set it in a realationship with God, but this is kind of the American culture and I think it was a good thing to experience. I think I might go there next week as well. Maybe Elena or Kenzy want to come with me and if not that’s okay 🙂
The group will make a weekend trip in October, I think about joining them, but first I would like to get to know them better and I need more information about it and after that I have to ask my hostfamily about it…

I will probably write you soon(er) – and if not I will do it later ‘XD

See you soon,

Lilli

PS: Some crazy/dumb/ weird stuff that happened in the last weeks:

  1. My English teacher told us we would have a catch-up day that day – Took me long enough to understand what a ketchup day is (still waiting for our mustard day)
  2. On Tuesday this week(09/26/2017 – really rainy day so we did Track&Field in the f*cking hallway – whose stupid idea was this ?!) a girl came to me and asked:” So I know you are not from the US- where are you from, because I hear your accent” and I told her that I was from Germany, which made her and the other girls standing around freak out and giving me a group hug – well, I got no clue why but hey- who doesn’t like hugs ?! XD

PPS: Telling me that I have an accent or asking me where I’m from after I said like 2 words, seems to be a thing, they really like to do .-.

 

 

Aug 28 – Sep 6, 2017

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Hey Guys!

This Post will be about my second and third week of school!

Track and Field is pretty hard but I still like it! 2 of my ‘friends’ I made there quitted for different reasons, but that is okay there are other people I can talk to Xp…

One of the girls is in my biology class, and when I speak of it , the schedule of one girl I knew from Volleyball changed so now she is in that class too.

In the 2nd week we wrote some tests but all in all it was okay. Most of the test here are multiply choice which is much easier to the test I am used to in Germany( I just die when I think about how hard it will be to get used to real/hard school back in Germany again XD).

On Wednesday me and the girl from Algebra bought some things so that we can do tie dye shirts for Friday, and we did them the same evening, it was a huge mess but we definetly had fun XD

On Thursday I joined Elenas hostparents to my very first Football game – Southmoore Sabercats vs Deer Creek Antlers – we lost.

On Friday was one of the Moore War games. West Moore vs Moore!

Me and Kenzy(I don’t know if she’s ok when I use her name so I just say her nickname! She is my friend of the algebra class) dressed up for Westmoore. We wore our shirts, put some glitter on our face and made some hairbands, just by preparing we had so much fun! Another girl from Algebra took us with her to the game. Well, we didn’t really watched the game and the evening turned out a little diffrent than we expected but still it was a good evening – and Westmoore won (I think the end score was 50 : 14 or something like this ‘XD)
Well we will see how we make it this week – Southmoore vs Westmoore – I think we will loose but maybe some miracle will hapen haha…

Another thing that happened on Friday was that I changed my schedule from Computer Education (I hated this class btw) to Fashion. Best choice I ever made haha!!!

The weekend we spend with making a birthday cake for my hostparents niece and going to an Oktoberfest which was kind of dissapointing, but besides the fact that should have been some thing German/ an Oktoberfest, we had fun there. I rode a mechanical bull (even with a dress Xp) and we bought some kettle corn which is officially my new favorite candy. For those of you who don’t know what this wonderful food given by god is- Sweet and Salty Popcorn <3

 

 

 

 

On Monday was Labour day, so no school and no work for my hostparents, but some poor people, like the Wallmart employees for example, had to work… Well, for me it was just a day to do nothing!

OH, a really terrible thing that happened in the last weeks – I finished Vampire Diaries and the first season of Riverdale… Just kidding, it is bad, but there are more important things in life…

This week(3rd week of school) is spirit week. My algebra teacher gave me her flower garland for Hawaii day because I didn’t have anythink – Thank’s <3
Wednesday was picture and denim day – This are going to be wonderful school pictures with double denim -.- (Another things besides starting on a friday I don’t get about this school haha)

Well I am tired now…

See you soon,

Lilli

First week at school

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Hey Guys!

How are you? Well I am fine!

So the week before I came to school was basically just another week of vacation. I painted my first Oil Painting, watched some netflix and played some Sims 4. But it was also a week were we had to organize a lot. On Wednesday was “Make up Day”- so all new students had to come to school to pick up their schedule, get their ID’s and buy their agendas. So we (Elena, an Italian exchange student who lives nearby at the son of my hostparents, her hostdad and me) went there. In the hallway was a table where a lot of cheerleaders sat and they had a list to check if every student was there to pick up their stuff. The names were ordered by the grade so they asked my in which one I was in. Clever as I am I said “Somosphore!” and they were like “Do you mean Sophomore?”. Jup, note to myself, check a word twice before you try to say it…

They told us to go up stairs and get everything. We did as we were told and could return home just a few minutes after that. (All the other students/Freshman had been in the Gym listening to a presentation…).

And then it was Friday – My first day of school!

Please don’t ask me why they start school on a Friday – I did and nobody could really explain it. The most realistic answer was “So that we have a whole weekend to get our supplies”…

The day/ the lessons were basically made up of teh teacher telling us what to expect, what they expect, what we have to buy and who they are. So just some kind of basic/ boring informatition, so I am not going to talk about it so much. But I am going to talk about the people.

So in my first hour and second hour I talked with some really nice girls so that these hours went over really quick.

In US History (3rd hour) I didn’t really talke to the other students… Maybe I was just to shy to talk to anybody… My teacher there is making a lot of jokes and the first time we had a lesson with him he was just small talking with us. When he asked me about my vacation I told the class that I am an exchange student and they seemed intersted XD

My next class was biology, where nothing special happened…

At lunch I sat with Elena and we talked about our days.

After that I had computer education and the teacher was not there (On that day I thought the old man who was sleeping in the back of the class was our teacher – no he wasn’t HAHA XD) so we could do whatever we wanted.

After that I joined Elena to our 6th hour Volleyball. There we met another exchange student Guiliana from Brazil. The team seemed really cool and I really liked the girls but after the warm-up the coach asked all new students to come and asked a few questions. Unfortunately, my ‘interview’ was really quick over, in fact afteer she asked my what my story was, where I am from, my name and if I played Volleyball in Germany – for those who didn’t know- no I didn’t. So I had to change my schedule.

At the counselor(who is really nice byhttp://lillis-usa.exchangeblog.net/wp-admin/post.php?post=141&action=edit the way) I had the choice between Soccer and Track and Field, and I chose T&F!!! So she told me to go the the Field House -I had no idea where that was, so I asked her but on my way I lost my orientation (Throwback to my preperation seminar XD – I had to ask the receptionist 3 times and I still couldn’t find it- ups). So I asked some women who were organizing the busses. They were really friendly and told me that the T&F guys are in a classroom and showed me the way. That day I was asked about 3 times if I would play Soccer – well I can’t really blame them I wore the german national tricot ‘XD

On the weekend we bought most of the school supplies and then the real first week of school began.

This post is goint to be far to long and I am a little bit( 2 weeks) behind, so I will summarize the week(Moreover I can’t remember so many things because I am experiencing so much #sorrynorsorry XD)

I sat at lunch alone( Elena was still in the line to buy her lunch) and then some girls came over to my table and asked if they could sit with me and if we could be friends – Well now we are friends, HAHA XD

I hang out with two friends of my Algebra class and we talked, went to Braum’s (where we saw a Troy Bolton Double and they tried to pronounce some german  words- HĂŒnchen for example) and then we went to Bricktown(Oklahoma City’s Downtown) where we went to a really cute little American Candy Shop ( I tried POP Rocks and some Soda with Fufu taste, I think the brand was JONES)!
Even though our actual plan – going to the Dodger’s Baseball game – didn’t work because the grass was too wet (Jup, seriously), we had a lot of fun.

I tried DrPepper’s and Root Beer and liked neither of them- the first one tasted like some kind of mixture between coke and fake cerry flavor and the second one tasted like mouth wash(Fun fact: My US History teacher couldn’t believe I don’t like DrPepper’s(his favorite drink – bring him one  of those when ypu are too late and he might turn a blind eye for you) and when I told him / the class about the Root beer- they were all laughing and told me that the would like to try our mouth wash).

Well, I guess that should have been every thing for the first week – or at least everything important!

See you soon,

Lilli

First few days…

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Hey Guys!

This post is about the first few days (so actually from Aug 13th till August 15th and a little bit about the flights)!

What I forgot so mention was that I read my Abschiedsbuch/Return back book on the flight to New York! The girl who sat next to me read letters from her family and friends as well so I thought it would be a good time to do it (even though I didn’t want to read it in then plane – me and resolutions HAHA XD). I thought that these pages would make me sad and that I want to take the next flight back when I read them, but it happend to be a little bit diffrent…When I started reading it I smiled the whole time and when it came to my friends I started laughing so hard- the girls next to me started looking a little bit confused! The things that stood in that book were so sweet and I could not resist to start smiling. In some of the texts they told me about my character and in others they mentioned things we did together and there were a lot of funny photos in it!!! When it came to the page of my sister I started crying too- so I was crying and laughing at the same time – it must have been this moment that everybody in the plane knew I was insane, but hey, that’s what I am XD

I wanted to thank everybody who took the time to write in my book and made me smile, love you guys!!!

Soooo now I come to the first days in my Hostfamily!!!

As I already said in my New York OC post my first flight was to Atlanta where I had to change the plane. I was really lucky because till that point I had two friendly accompaniments who flew with me and made me calm down. One of them even flew with me to Oklahoma! Unfortunately our 2nd plane was a little bit too late (25min), but we survived it! When we arrived I was so excited and I couldn’t wait to see my hostfamily. So I was freaking out while she told me that we still got time and that I should calm down. I remember that I stood on the moving stairs, jumping, and when I came down I saw that my hostfamily was already standing there-emberrasing. (I didn’t know that in the US the baggage claim is not in the “gated area” anymore. Everybody can come there… I’m pretty sure it is diffrent in Germany).

My hostparents and the father of my hostdad came and picked me up. We drove to a Texas Steakhouse in Oklahoma City. When we came in I was confused about the floor – it seemed like somebody put some bark mulch on the ground, but I didn’t said anything to that. We asked a waitress for a table for 4 and got a thing which would blink when there is a free table. We went back outside and sat down. During that time and the time in the car it felt like I knew them for a while and not just from now (and a few hours of Skype). I liked that feeling.

When the thing blinked we took a seat and I finally got to know what that stuff on the ground had been – peanut shells! We ate some fried pickles and some really good steaks and then we drove home.

The next day we went to my school and I filled out some papers and elected my subjet(Unfortunately there hadn’t been many choices left). So my Schedule will look like this: Algebra II, English II, US History, Biology, Lunch, Computer Education and Volleyball (if I make it in the team… It is up to the coach if I have to show my skills (which don’t exist) or if I can be in the team just so. I hope I don’t have to make a try out 🙂

After school my area rep came around (he is the brother of my hostmum so he stayed at us a little longer :)) and then both sons came around (+the family of the older one, which has an exchange student as well. She is from Italy and really nice) and we just sat together and talked. In the evening the grandchildren came over and we baked something out of the book I gave them as a hospiality present(without eggs which the kids found really strange but they had to admit that the biscuits were nice) and we played a game I used to play with my grandparents named chocolate whitch. We had a lot of fun but on the end of the day I was really tired.

Today I stayed at home alone, because my hostparents had to work. I watched some Netflix and Youtube and took care of the dog because he was a little bit ill. It was good to have some time for myself and to chill out, but if something happened or if I got tired of being alone I could have gone to the son(who has an exchange student aswell).

I am so happy with my hostfamily and they are all very, very friendly… Well thanks Into and ISE for finding such a great family for me!!!

See you soon,

Lilli

New York Orientation Camp

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Hey Guys!
So my exchange year started right now!
On August 9 I stood up really early (5.30 am) to drive the Airport(Frankfurt) where I met the rest of my group. After eating I piece of pizza and saying goodbye to my family, I entered the plane with great excitement!
I had the feeling that 50% of the passengers were exchange students as there were not just the people from my organisation but also from others like Ayusa.
In the plane I sat next to two exchange students so the 8 and a half hours went by quick as we could talk about our years but also our lives in Germany. After arriving in Newark (No I didn’t write it wrong we landed in New Jersey) it felt like hours till everything was ready and we could take the bus to our hostel.

Once we arrived there (I think it was about 6 pm. So 12 am the next day in Germany)we had time to bring our suitcases to our rooms and ate dinner. We were also divided in 3 groups with about 17 people in them which were called the homerooms. Every time we went in the city we had to be in this groups so that the leaders can have a overview if everybody is there. Each of us had a number so if the leader said ‘head count’ we had to say it (Mine was 5)… The first day we had ‘program’ (we just got information about where to be, what to do and what is planned) till 10 pm (4 am Germany). We all were so happy to sleep, you can’t imagine!

So the next day I woke up at about 3.30 am (9.30 GER)- I just couldn’t sleep anymore… So jup, the first day the Jetleg was quite hard and I should have been tired, but actually I wasn’t because we saw so much! New York is really impressive!
We started our sightseeing with a ride with the Subway to… Time Square! Everything was blinking and shining and large, it was overwhelming! There I brought a Hard Rock CafĂ© T-shirts, but I ‘accidently’ took a really large one because I thought I better take it one size larger (so that it will fit me even if I ate a lot :D), but I forgot to convert the size (An american M is an germany L). So yes this T-shirt is like 2 numbers to large, but at least it is comfortable!
After Time Square we went to the Central Station(Some of you might now that from the serie Gossip Girl)! There is a ‘room’ (actually it is just a part of the hallway)  when you stay in one corner of it and  whisper, it will be heard in the other corner!
Then we went to Rockefeller Center- wow the elevator was so fast! I mean it took us longer to ‘drive’ from the lobby to the 4th floor in our hostel than it took us to go from the lobby to the 67 on Rockefeller Center. The view from there was unbelievable and even though there was a building site which was on about 50% of the pictures, we made some really nice photos up there!
After that we had some free time at the 5th Avenue which was pretty cool because that’s the famous shopping Street in New York. We went to Starbucks and to some stores but I didn’t find anything. And last but not least we had some free time at Central Park and went though a big part of it(After a while we had the possibility to choose whether we want to walk or take the Subway. And even if my feet were hurting I walked! I’m so sporty… not.) At the hostel we ate dinner and had another homeroom meeting and then we were allowed to go to bed.

And here we go- the second day!
My Jetleg was nearly away- I woke up at 5.45 am. and the weather was as nice as the day before (29°C and sunny). But sadly a girl in my room caught a cold- the air conditioning is running 24/7 and not a bit no, it feels like it’s winter! You come from 30 degree (Celsius) to minus 10… well maybe I exaggerate a bit but you understand the point!
The breakfast in the Hostel was pretty good especially that day – there were pancakes!!! And after this strengthening the day could start. And it did with a ride with the ferry to the Statue of Liberty where we drunk really delicious lemonade (it was really sweet but I liked it anyways and the cups were pretty cool!). Waited for the ferry to come in Battery Park.
After that we went to the 9/11 Memorial which was sad an impressive at the same time. The next ‘sight’ was Chinatown and Little Italy and on the way to them we went through a mall which looked a bit like it was made from giant bones. I was acually disappointed by Chinatown because I thought that the buildings would look more chinese and not just the signs…

The evening of the 2nd day was pretty much like the other so I will come to the third day!
We had the choice between Brooklyn(more sightseeing) and Coney Island (Beach) and of cause I choose Brooklyn- I think you can go to beach everywhere but Brooklyn you will only see in New York!
So we saw Brooklyn Bridge and even went over it which was pretty cool. After that (and a  million pictures XD) we went to Wallstreet (So the financial district) and then to the ‘Government’ district (I don’t know how it is acually called) and then we went to a park that had been a part of the train that linked Manhattan to the former Meat Packing distict. Long ago they transported the goods from that district by cars but there were a lot of accidents so they built a railway above the streets. Now a days an about 2 km long park was built around the rails. After that we had the choice between Museum (the MoMA (Museum of Modern Arts) or the Museum of Science (I’m not sure with that one)) or shopping. We went “shopping” we had a rest at the Starbucks and went to Time Square again – it was much more crowded than it was on Thursday (it was a Saturday) and we saw the Naked Cowboy and ran down a little more so we were seeing a few of the Broadway Theatres 😉
We took the Subway home, ate and had a homeroom meeting again where they checked the flights again!
And now I’m sitting in my plane to Atlanta where I have to change the plane to fly to Oklahoma!
It was such an exciting time in New York and I met a lot of friendly people with who I hope to keep in contact. I’m sad that the tim in New York went by so fast but I am so excited to see my Hostfamily for the first time (in real life)
See you soon,
Lilli

Gastgeschenke

Photo by http://blog.bernerzeitung.ch/sweethome/index.php/6469/wohnen-im-land-der-karten/

Hey Guys!

Hier mal ein Eintrag nur auf Deutsch!

Heute geht’s um die Gastgeschenke, die ich meiner Gastfamilie mitbringe.

Damit ihr das besser nachvollziehen könnt, hier ein paar Infos:

Meine Gastfamilie, in der ich leben werde, besteht aus einer Hostmum, die gerne kocht, backt und malt und einem Hostdad, der gerne grillt, im Garten arbeitet und ließt. Sie haben drei Enkelkinder, die nebenan wohnen und um die 8/9 Jahre und jĂŒnger alt sind.

Nun komme ich zu dem eigentlich Interessanten Teil, was habe ich besorgt?

  • Kochbuch von Dr. Oekter
  • GrillschĂŒrze
  • Kartenspiel
    • SĂŒĂŸes
  • Selbstgemachtes Buch
  • Salzstreuer in Form einer Bierflasche

In dem selbstgemachten Buch findet man viele Infos ĂŒber Deutschland, seine BundeslĂ€nder und die sich darin befindenden StĂ€dte. Außerdem habe ich Deutschland grob mit den USA verglichen und einige Klischees aufgefĂŒhrt. ZUm Ende bin ich dann noch auf den Ort, in dem ich wohne und meine Familie eingegangen. Auf das Buch bin ich sehr stolz und da ich viel Zeit und MĂŒhe gebraucht habe, hoffe ich, dass sich die Gastfamilie darĂŒber freut.

See you soon,

Lilli

VISA 2 & Pullover

Photo by me

Hey Guys!

My passport with my visa in it arrived on June 7th, so only 5 days after my appointment.
Now it is official! I can stay one year in the USA!!!

When I fly I have to take my Passport and my DS-2019 form with me and only if I have both forms, I can get in.

Below, you can see my new Pullover! A lot of stundents, who go on an exchange this year(2017/18),  will have this(or a similar) Pullover.

On the back, you can read the quote:

Exchangels

spread
your
wings
and
flyaway

On my left arm is written: #teamusa

And on the front it says “Exchangestudent 17/18” and unterneath is a world map.

I ordered the Pullover at spreadshirt.de on June 6th and I am really happy with the size and quality. It arrived on Friday(06-09) 🙂

See you soon,

Lilli

Photo by me

Hey Guys!

Mein Reisepass mit dem Visum darin, kam am Mittwoch den 7: Juni an, also nur 5 Tage nach meinem Termin! Jetzt ist es offiziel- Ich kann ein Jahr in den USA bleiben!

Bei meinem Flug muss ich meinen Resiepass und ein Formular namens DS-2019 dabei haben, nur so lassen sie mich einreisen.

Oben seht ihr den Pulli, den ich mir bestellt habe! Den gleichen(bzw. Ă€hnlichen) Pullover werden wahrscheinlich viele AustauschschĂŒler haben, die 2017/18 ihr Auslandsjahr machen.

Hinten steht der Spruch:

Exchangels

spread
your
wings
and
flyaway

Auf meinem linken Arm steht: #teamusa

Und vorne sieht man eine Weltkarte ĂŒber der “Exchangestudent 17/18” steht.

Den Pulli hab ich am 6.06. auf spreadshirt.de bestellt und ich bin mit der GrĂ¶ĂŸe und der QualitĂ€t echt zufrieden. Er kam am Freitag(9.06) an 🙂

See you soon,

Lilli

Zu Anti-Banner hinzufĂŒgen

Visa

Photo by me

Hey Guys!

My visa documents arrived on Saturday the 27th May via post.

I started immediately to fill out the forms and I finished with everything (The forms + transfer) on Sunday evening.

On Tuesday I could chose my appointment which was at 10:15 on Friday, Jun 2nd.

My mother and I drove to Berlin on Thursday and the next morning we went to the American Consulate in Berlin to apply for my visa.

20 minutes before my appointment, I got in the house.

I had to go through a security checkpoint and then I had to give my documents to the staff. After that I should sit down and wait till I hear my name.

I was glad that there was another exchange student who waited with me because I had to wait about one and a half hours!

When I finally heard my name I went to the counter where I was asked some simply question. For example if I drink or smoke and what I wanted to do in the USA. This interview was really short about 2 minutes I think and then I could go.

The afternoon and Saturday my mother and I spent in Berlin with (among others) shopping.

I think my visa will arrive in about 2 or 3 weeks!

See you soon,

Lilli

Hey Guys!

Meine Visadokumente sind am Samstag, dem 27. Mai per Post angekommen.

Ich habe sofort angefangen, die Formulare auszufĂŒllen, und ich bin mit allem (Der formulars + Überweisung) am Sonntagsabend fertig gewesen.

Am Dienstag konnte ich meinen Termin wĂ€hlen und ich nahm den nĂ€chsten verfĂŒgbaren, Freitag 2. Juni 10:15 Uhr.

Meine Mutter und ich sind am Donnerstag nach Berlin gefahren, und am nÀchsten Morgen, sind wir zum amerikanischen Konsulat in Berlin gegangen, um  mein Visum zu beantragen.

20 Minuten vor meinem Termin konnte ich in das GebÀude rein- alleine versteht sich.

Ich musste durch eine Sicherheitsschleuse und dann meine Dokumente dem Personal geben. Danach sollte ich mich setzen und warten, bis ich meinen Namen hörte.

Ich habe mich gefreut, dass es einen anderen AustauschschĂŒler gab, der mit mir gewartet hat, weil ich auf ungefĂ€hr anderthalb Stunden warten musste!

Als ich schließlich meinen Namen hörte, bin ich zum Schalter gegangen, wo ich einige einfache Fragen gestellt wurde. Zum Beispiel, ob ich trinke oder rauche, und was ich in den USA tun möchte. Dieses Interview dauerte nur  ungefĂ€hr 2 Minuten und danach konnte ich gehen.

Am Nachmittag und am Samstag sind meine Mutter und ich in Berlin (unter anderen) Shoppen gegangen.

Ich denke, dass mein Visum in ungefÀhr 2 oder 3 Wochen ankommen wird!

See you soon,

Lilli

Preparation Seminar

Preparation seminar Hamburg, May 20-21, 2017

Hey Guys!

I had my preparation seminar on May 20th till 21st.

But I already arrived on 19th because my journey lasted longer than 2 and a half hours. So I took my train and was so excited because that was the first time I took the train alone. The whole time I had fear that I take the wron train, etc. But when I arrived at the hostel I was really proud that I did that!

I asked the receptionist and after a while I found the people of my organization and got my room key. That evening 2 more girls came (and one was there before me) and we had a lot of fun- and ate some really expensive pizza( well at least it was worth it!).

On Saturday we had breakfast and the others arrived. We played some games, the trainers explained us a lot of technically questions and in the evening we had a Returnee Talk. It was amazing to hear what the others experienced during their exchange years.

On Sunday we talked about ’emotional’ questions- so everything that was not technical 😀

To sum up we had a really funny and informing weekend where I made some really good friends with who I hope I will keep contact (I don’t think this sentence even makes sense but whatever :))

See you soon

Lilli

Hey Guys!

Mein Vorbereitungsseminar war am 20 bis zum 21 Mai in Hamburg.

Aber ich bin bereits am 19 angekommen, weil meine Reise lĂ€nger gedauert hat als 2 einhalb Stunden. Also nahm ich am Freitag Nachmittag meinen Zug und war so aufgeregt, da es das erste Mal war, dass ich alleine gefahren bin. Die ganze Zeit ich hatte Angst, dass ich den falschen Zug, … nehme. Aber als ich die Jugendherberge erreichte, war ich wirklich stolz, dass ich das geschafft habe!

Ich habe am Emfang gefargt und nach einer Weile habe ich die Leute meiner Organisation gefunden und meinen RaumschlĂŒssel bekommen. An diesem Abend sind noch 2 MĂ€dchen gekommen (und eine war vor mir dort), wir hatten viel Spaß – und haben eine wirklich teure Pizza gegessen (gut zumindest hat es sich gelohnt!).

Am Samstag haben wir gefrĂŒhstĂŒckt und die Anderen sind angekommen. Wir haben einige Spiele gespielt, die Trainer haben uns viele technisch Fragen beantwortet, und am Abend gab es einen Returnee Talk. Es war toll zu hören, was sie(die Trainer und Returnees) wĂ€hrend ihrer Auslandsjahre erlebt hatten.

Am Sonntag haben wir ĂŒber ’emotionale’ Fragen  gesprochen – so alles, was nicht technisch war 😀

Letztendich hatten wir ein wirklich lustiges und informierendes Wochenende, wo ich einige wirklich gute Freunde gefunden habe, mit denen ich hoffentlich Kontakt halten kann!

See you soon,

Lilli

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