I am so sorry for not posting in 3 months!! So much has happened and I seriously don’t even know where to start… time flies when you’re on exchange, I’m telling you….
Actually, let’s start where I ended my last blog post: SEATTLE.
We were in Seattle such a long time ago, I can’t even remember everything… We went to the Sherlock Holmes exhibition at the Science Center and we went up the Space Needle, it was an amazing weekend. We did so many small things as well, went shopping, had amazing dinner and stayed at a fancy hotel, it was just an amazing time.
…that was in November..
In December I started Basketball season and even though it was one of the hardest things I have ever done it was totally worth it and looking back at it now… I made some pretty amazing memories, and that season was probably one of the best things in my exchange year so far.
Also in December, to be more specific December 17th we headed to TEXAS! It took us 3 days to get from Springdale, Washington to Corpus Christi, Texas. But it was totally worth it. We stopped at the 4-corners–a monument where Utah, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico meet, and even though it wasn’t as glorious as I thought it would be, it was still worth seeing.
So my host mom’s parents live down there and they always celebrate Christmas with them, which is why we headed to Texas. It was amazing coming from super cold (-20°F) Washington to amazingly warm (78°F) Texas. I’m telling you, coming back home after those 2 weeks was hard!!! But let’s not forget to mention what all we did.
We went to the gulf of Mexico several times and I even went in there on Christmas day. Christmas was a totally new experience for me. Having it in the morning of the 25th and not at night on the 24th was weird. It was also weird not having our traditions and not being with my family. Another very different thing was the weather. I have never celebrated Christmas while it had 80° outside… and I have also never been swimming in the Gulf of Mexico…
I saw SO many dolphins and I’m totally in love with those animals! I have never seen one in real life before.
New Years was a big disappointment, while at home we celebrate it really big, it seems not to be such a big deal in the US.. or maybe just with my family? We watched the Ball drop in New York about three times, until it was finally our turn to say Goodbye 2016 and Hello 2017! I didn’t even see any firework.. I mean… New Years without firework? What’s up with you America? You’re weird…
Anyhow, on the 2nd of January 2017(!!!) we left beautiful Texas behind and drove towards home. Thanks to the horrible road conditions due to snow and ice in Idaho, Montana and Washington it took us an additional day to get home, yes, we were in the car for 4 DAYS. But it was quite nice because we were only 5 people again… Oh wait… didn’t I tell you? My formerly introduced new host sister from Thailand left us again. I will not say why exactly, just because me and my host family agreed not to spread it to wide, and well.. the internet is very wide! lol. Anyways, let’s just say she didn’t fit into our family plus she made a huge mistake which cost her her second chance in my host family… So we left her in Texas with an IEC from EF who took care of her and did everything she should have.
Once we came home I went back to school and on Saturday, January 7th was my big day… my 18th Birthday! I knew that the 18th isn’t as important here as it is at home and I knew that it’s really nothing special…. But it still made me kinda sad, that my family and friends weren’t there to celebrate this big day with me and I was also a little bit sad that I didn’t have a party… but my host parents made the day the best they could. My host mom made me a cake, got me 18 red roses (which my mom asked her to buy for me, I cried!) and took me out for dinner at a german restaurant, where I was able to speak German with one of the waitresses. All in all it was a pretty decent day!
I don’t really know what else happened those past 3 months, but I think I broke down the most important things. I started Softball season today and I will go to Seattle Comic Con this weekend, I am super hyped and can’t wait!! I will keep you updated (no promises on when I will post again, I will try to post every month from now on, but.. you know.. sometimes life happens!)
Talk to you soon!!
(It’s been 208 days here in the US and only 92 until my parents come over here and tour the west coast with me….time flies… make the best of every second!)