11 months ago, I was packing my suitcase. On July 30th I threw a goodbye party. I said goodbye to my friends and family. And two days later, Monday, august 1st, early in the morning,… More
NO, I’M NOT
okay, that has been said. And now stop texting me Iris Rietberg.
Remember my blog on January 1st, where I said that I don’t really miss “home”? Well, I start to miss a lot of things in The Netherlands. Like, my friends, family, vaulting and foooood. In that blog it seemed like I was going to extend. And it’s true: when I wrote that, I was more feeling like extending. But I also didn’t think about it carefully. And I wrote it down several tips and came to this conclusion. That I want to go home in August and start the next chapter of my life.
After that blog, a lot of people contacted me to give me advice. Thank you all, I appreciate it!
No one said: “come home”. No one said: “stay there”. What my friends and family told me was:
- “follow your heart”,
- “you’re young, enjoy your life”,
- “there’s enough time to go to University”,
- “any decision is right”,
- “make sure you won’t regret your choice”
- “think about it carefully”
- “It’s your decision”
- “I’m fine with anything, as long as you’re happy”
You were all super nice and you’re right. It’s my decision, I’m the only person who can make this choice. But, everyone who knows me knows that I’m not so good in making choices…………And how do I know what my hearts want? Or how do I make sure I won’t regret it?
I can’t imagaine how hard it’s going to be to leave this place.. This family, my family. I’m sure I’ll get homesick to here anyway. But I’ll keep in touch and I’m sure I’ll go to visit them as often as I can.
But I thought and talked about it a lot and I’m sure. I want to go home and I want to start University. I want to start a life. Not that I don’t have a life here, but yeah, it’s hard to explain. Au pairs would probably understand this. It’s like I’m standing still. It doesn’t feel like I’m learning a lot (like I did in school) and the new and exciting thing about it is kind of gone. I’m still having fun and I still do cool things, but a year is enough for me. This experience is amazing and I’ve learned so much. But it’s enough after one year. A second year isn’t going to bring me that much more. I want to do something different now.
I’m super ready and excited for university. I’m excited to see my friends and family again. I’m excited to do vaulting again. To ride a bike. To talk in Dutch. To see my Dutch babysit family again (who are expecting their fourth kid in July Yayy).
I’m looking forward to going home. But, home? Where is home? I’m going to study in Wageningen, what is in the same province as Lichtenvoorde (mom’s house & friends) and Doetinchem (dad’s house). But the public transport (what is free as a student) is terrible in my area. So it would take me two hours from Lichtenvoorde and 1,5 hours from Doetinchem to get to school. I haven’t decided yet where I’m gonna live. Eventually I’d like to find a room in Wageningen, but not for the first weeks. I think I’ll be with my mom during the weekend and during the week with my dad. We’ll see.
I also need to decide what I’m going to do in my travel month. My year as an au pair ends July 31st, but I can stay in the US for one more month. I get the change to travel through the States. But I’m not sure yet if and where I want to go. I kind of want to save money for studying and august is not the cheapest month to travel in. And I also would
like to be home for a few weeks
before university starts… But on the other hand, now I get the chance to see something I wouldn’t see when I’m in the Netherlands. As in, I wouldn’t travel all the way to Alaska from The Netherlands, because it’s really far.
The places in the US that are on top of my list are New Orleans and Austin, but both of those places are super-hot in August. And they’re not that far from the Netherlands, so I could go there in a school break.
Maybe California… I’ll see. Any advice, someone?
Soooooooooo, if you have any questions or anyting to see, post a comment below, email me, text me, facebook messenger me or find another way to contact me.
And if you’re a future au pair, or you know someone who is in the whole matching process: I know an amazing hostfamily and they are looking for a new au pair. If you’re interested, contact me!
Byeeebyeeee, thank you for reading this!
It’s been almost three months since my last blog… I’d like to tell you about everything that happened in the last months.
(scroll down to the end for a summary)
I’m in the United States for almost 8 months now.. and almost six months in this awesome family.
Only four months left… or 10 or 13? I’ll tell you in my next blog what I decided. Yep, I made the decision.
In the end of 2016 my mom and stepdad came here to visit me. They stayed at my home for the first two days. Together we went to New York City, Washington DC, Philadelphia and to Lancaster (where the Amish live). I showed them where I live in Connecticut and they met my host family.
On Christmas day, we went to New York City. We walked through Central Park, saw the tree at Rockefeller Centre and we had a good dinner at Brasserie 8 1/2.
In Washington DC we got a tour in Dutch along the memorials, given by Petra. She’s a Dutch woman who got married and moved to the USA. She has her own blog (in Dutch) where you can read about her life. > http://nederlandseamerikaan.blogspot.com/
We’ve also visited the Pentagon. You’ve probably heard of the pentagon before, but if not: The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. It’s one of the largest office buildings in the world, with about 6,500,000 sq. ft. (600,000 m2), of which 3,700,000 sq. ft. (340,000 m2) are used as offices. 23000 people are working in The Pentagon, but there is place for 40000.
The construction of The Pentagon started on September 11, 1941. Sixty years later, September 11, 2001, shortly after terrorists flew hijacked commercial airliners into New York City’s World Trade Center, another hijacked plane struck the Pentagon, killing 189 people and damaging roughly one-third of the building.
The Pentagon and everything we saw in Washington DC, were interesting and I liked it a lot. I would love to go back there. And if you’re planning on visiting the Unites States, I’d recommend Washington DC! (and if you’re Dutch, do the tour with Petra)
Then we went to Philadelphia and from there we drove to Lancaster for a day. We learned about the Amish people and their culture. This was one of my favorite days. It’s super interesting to see how they live. We did a tour through the area in a van. That felt a little weird. It was like we were looking at monkeys in the zoo. Not that the people look like monkeys, but it was just weird that we were looking and where they live like they come from another planet.
The Amish don’t use electricity. So they don’t have cars, a heating system, a wash machine, a dishwasher or the newest IPhone. Instead of a car, they use a buggy pulled by a horse.
We also saw the inside of a school and a house. These were fake, though. They have small school with one classroom. There’s one teacher who teaches all eight grades. So, the kids are all together in one classroom. Usually the teacher is a girl of my age, like 18 or 19.
The kids use scooters to go to school. They think that a bicycle is too worldly.
Anyway, there’s much more to tell about the Amish and I’d love to tell you, but there’s more I want to tell. If you do want to know more about the Amish, I’d say: go there and see it yourself. Or look it up on Google.
On the last day of 2016, we were back in New York. In the night, we did a boat tour where we had drinks, food and an amazing view over the NYC skyline. At midnight, there was a lot of firework and it was beautiful. (and I think I lost the pictures)
They day after I went back to Weston, while my mom and Hennie stayed in NYC until Thursday.
Tuesday night I took the train to NYC, to go to The Phantom of The Opera on Broadway. With my mom and hennie of course. The show was awesome. But afterwards it was time to say goodbye. On Times Square. It wasn’t easy to say goodbye, but we have had a good time.
And then it was 2017. In the first weeks of January, nothing much happened. It snowed, I guess. It was cold and yeah nothing special.
In the last weekend of January, my dad and stepmom Pauline were visiting me. Yayy. And that was also awesome. They stayed at my home, from Friday till Monday. On Saturday and Sunday, we went to New York and we saw a lot. Oh and we did a boat tour, and that was windy, but cool. On Monday, we went to a Diner for breakfast: typical American. And then in the afternoon they left :(. They got back home on Tuesday and got back to work on Wednesday. How awesome is that. “weekendje weg naar New York”.
We also, accidently, ended up in a demonstration. Thousands of people were marching through the city, while yelling “no hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here”
So, I try to think what I did in the last months, but there’s not that much to tell. I started my classes. I’ve had class about Montreal. That was boring, too long and not really interesting. But hey, that’s done now and I’m super excited for the trip to Montreal (May 5-7).
I’m also taking yoga classes on Saturday, for credits. Yay. I was supposed to start another class last Monday: World travel geography. But that class got cancelled. So, I had to find a new class and I’m going to do a weekend class in April. The class is about “the mysteries of Human behavior”, what sounds interesting to me. It’s in New Rochelle, close to where I used to live. It’ll be two long days, but I’m going to see a friend of mine who lives there and I’ll sleep there. So, I’m excited to see her again.
I think that’s kind of it. A summary of the last few months:
It snowed a lot and it was, it still is, cold.
The kids had a lot of snow days.
I worked, went to the gym, hung out with friends and started my classes.
My parents visited me.
My youngest host kid had her birthday and is 10 years old now.
My host mom also had her birthday.
And it was Valentines days. Two months ago.
We still have eight cats and I’m going to miss them when I’m going back to The Netherlands.
The cats are peeing everywhere. In purses, in the sink, on beds. Even in the toaster.
There were elections in The Netherlands and the “Dutch Trump’s “party didn’t become the biggest. Yay. (my mom voted for me, for D66)
That was it, byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Thank you for reading this 😊
Prepare yourself for a loooong blog. Get a cup of tea and maybe something to eat. And you might need a break halfway.
It’s January 1st, 2017. I can’t realize yet 2016 is over. IT went so fast.. In 2016 I got my HAVO diploma, broke my ankle, went to Curacao to visit my sister and of course I went to The US. I moved to another host family, met amazing people from all over the world, and saw amazing cities: Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Boston as Washington DC
I have no idea what 2017 will bring me yet.. On July 1st 2017 is my 20th birthday. Bye bye teenage life (my 20th bday is on 1-7 in 2017, haha, got it? 20-1-7, 😀 okay, nevermind )
My dad and stepmom are going to visit me by the end of this month! My brother will maybe visit me in April aaaand I’d like to do more trips. To New Orleans, Austin, Seatle, the Caribien, California…
I’m going to do something what’s really scary, but I’ll tell you more about that later.
I’ll start with my classes at a college and I have to make an important decision: staying or leaving.
1,5 week ago my mom and her boyfriend arrived in the US to visit me. Since they’re here I realize how much I do not miss home. Don’t get me wrong: I love that my mom and Hennie are here and of course, there are some things and people in the Netherlands I miss, but overall: no I don’t miss ‘home’. And I write home between the quotation marks, because my home in the Netherlands doesn’t feel like my only home anymore. I got a second home. A home in Weston, a small town in Connecticut. My home is in a beautiful house with an amazing family and the eight cats.
I see a lot of au pairs leaving, with all different reasons. Some have to leave, some are (home) sick and for some of them is the year over. I tried to imagine how it’ll feel to be back in The Netherlands. And now ow I see my mom, it makes me realize where I was thinking off: I don’t miss home. I talk to au pairs who are counting the days until they can go home, who are thinking of going home earlier and who are even looking at flight tickets. And yeah, I understand them, but it makes me realizing how happy I am here and how much I don’t miss my home in The Netherlands. And even my family is awesome, I don’t miss them that much (love you guys).
My mom notices all those differences between the US and The Netherlands. Small and big differences, cultural differences, people who behave different or just simple things which are different. I’m used to this now and totally forgot about that some things are different in The Netherlands Some examples:
- Enthusiastic Americans. American people can be really hyper and glib about something they like. Dutch people are more like: doe maar normaal, dan doe je al gek genoeg. Literally translated: just act normal, that’s already crazy enough. Dutch people are more straightforward and will tell you when they like something or when they don’t. And it’s not that Americans act like they like everything. It’s more that when they like something they can be super
- Free plastic bags . Since 2016 you have to pay for every plastic bag in the Netherlands. Sometimes you’ll pay 1 cent, sometimes you have to pay 30 cents. But it can’t be free.
- Drive-thru’s. Everywhere. Not just a MacDrive, but a pharmacy drive thru, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks Drive thru’s and even the bank has a drive-thru.
- Everything is big cars, road, houses, food, people
- Houses made out of wood
- Bad Roads
- So. Many. Stop signs.
- Little disposable cups in the bathroom (nor sure of those are typical American, though.. since they aren’t easy to find in a store)
And of course, there are many more differences. And as I said, I’m used to these things. I’m used to the American culture and I like it. Actually, before I came here I didn’t expect it to be that different. I thought the culture was the same, the food was the same and people would be the same. Now is America a big country, every state is really different and I only lived in two of them. But it took me a few months to get used to the American life. And I’m still wondered sometimes.
The most important reason I love it here so much is my host family. The kids, the parents and the cats, they’re all great. I can’t imagine to ever leave them and go back to my life in The Netherlands. But, at some point, I have to. And that’s what on my mind a lot. Do I want to go back in August 2017? Do I want to go back after a year in the US, 10 months in this amazing family? I can start my study, Nutrition and communication in Wageningen in September. I’ll be 20 years old then, and hopefully 24 years old when I finish. I need to move to Wageningen, live in my own room in a house full of other students. I’ll need to find a boring job at a grocery store, go to school, do an internship and live the normal student life. When I say it like this, it sounds like something I really don’t want to do. But I do. I’m looking forward to that chapter of my life. I’m just not sure if I want to, if I’ll be ready to, close this chapter of my life in 7 months. What if I stay 6 or 9 months longer? Then I’ll have my travel month in February or May, what is a lot better than traveling the US in August. Then I’ll be back in The Netherlands for at least a few months, before University starts. So I can get used to The Netherlands again, have time to see all my friends and family and I have enough time to find a place to live in Wageningen. I would even have time to make a trip somewhere. Travelling is one of my favorites things to do and there’s so much I still want to see. But, on the other hand. There are things and people I miss in The Netherlands. And if I start university a year later, I’ll be done a year later, so I’ll be 25 when I get my Bachelor. And I might want to study further to get my Master.
Fortunately, I have enough time to think about this. I think I have to make the decision around May/ June. I have the option to extend my year with 6, 9 or 12 months, in the same family or in another family. I would definitely stay in this family. I don’t think there’s any family more perfect (for me) than this one, so I would never take that risk. And I would extend for 6 or 9 months. (And I’ll never tell you what I decide, so I can surprise everyone when I’m back). 12 months wouldn’t make sense to me, because I’m afraid that coming back in the end of August, and starting University in September to quick is. And if I extend with 6 or 9 months, I’ll have enough time to get ready for the life of a student 🙂
But I’ll see.. Maybe in a few months I’m really homesick oooor I don’t like working anymore. I don’t .. We’ll see.
Oh, and I made a trip with my mom and Hennie. We went to Washington DC, Philadelphia, Lancaster and New York City. But I’ll tell you about that in other blogs. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed reading this and feel free to ask me anything or give me advise.
You made it to the end of this blog! Thankyou! And happy new year!
1,5 week ago I went to Chicago with my hostfamily. We stayed there for a few days and came back on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
We flew on Saturday and we arrived late afternoon at the house where we stayed. The house was amazing. It was huge, clean and at a good location. I got a big bedroom with my own bathroom.
That evening we had a really good dinner at a Thais restaurant next door. I ate Chicken Satay (loooove it), Chicken and beef with sweet and sour sauce and drank a Green Tea Bubble Tea.
Sunday was my day off, so I decided to do some sightseeing. My hostparents gave me tips about what to do. I rented a bike. Even though it was really cold, I enjoyed every second of it. I hadn’t ride a real bike since I’m in the US, and I kind of missed it. First I went to Michigan Avenue. It’s the main street of Chicago with a lot of shops. There is also 360 Chicago observation deck. At floor 94 (1000 feet/ 343 meters) I had an amazing view over Chicago. At one side I saw Lake Michigan and on the other side I saw the city.
While I was walking there with all my friends ~
alone~ a girl came to me and asked me where I came from. So I told her that I’m from The Netherlands and she told me that she came from Germany. Actually, she thought I was someone else and that’s why she asked me. But the funny thing is: she’s also an au pair, she also lives in Connecticut and we arrived at the same date, with the same agency. We were on orientation’s together. She was there with an au pair travel class (where I wrote about in my last blog). We talked for a while and then they left. I made a couple of photo’s and then I left as well. I walked further on Michigan Avenue and really quickly I walked into the H&M and bought some clothes..
After that I cyled to Millenium Park. I cycled along the Navy Pier and through the park. It was beautiful. I parked my bicycle and walked to the Cloud Gate. I took some photo’s, drank a coffee and continued my bicycle adventure After a while I had no idea where I was, so I cycled back to Michigan Avenue. Went to the Protein Bar to get a smoothie and went back to the house.
In the evening we went out for dinner with friends of my hostparens. We went to an Ethiopian Restaurant. For me, it was the first time to eat Ethipian food. I didn’t know what Ethiopian food exactly was. What they eat is kind of sourdough flatbread, what looks like pancake: injera. Theytop it with meat, usually a thick stew and side dishes, as a salad. You use pieces of injera to pick up the food. It tasted really good.
On Monday was the big day for my host mom, the reason why we were in Chicago. She had a talk at the University of Chicago. So, that day she was preparing for her talk and me and my host dad took care of the kids. I went to the Zoo with the oldest boy and his girlfriend, while my hostdad took the other kids to a play café. (a place where you can play with birds and some other animals). I liked to be out, but I didn’t really like the zoo. There were tigers and lion’s, who are cool to see of course, but their cages were so small. And basically all the cages were too small, in my opinion.
After the zoo, we had lunch together and we went back to the house. We (the kids and me) didn’t do anything special in the evening and ordered food (at the Thai place) for dinner.
My hostmom’s talk at the University went really goood.
On Tuesday I went with my hostparents, Serafina and Aidan (the 9-year-old girl and 13-year-old boy) to the University of Chicago. The week before I went with a group of au pairs to Yale University in New Haven. Both universities are really similar, but cool and pretty.
That night we ordered food at the Thai place, again. We packed our suitcases, watched a tv show and went to bed.
Wednesday we flew back and when we got home, the rest of the family was there (grandparents and uncle). They were busy with making pies for Thanksgiving.
And then it was Thursday, Thanksgiving! My first Thanksgiving ever. We had an amazing dinner with Turkey (of course),stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and a salad. And the Pumpkin Pie, Apple pie, cookies and whipped cream for dessert. It was delicious and we had a great time.
Thankyou for reading this blog!
Yes! I’m still alive! It took me a while to write this blog, but here it is! I’m six weeks in a new host family now and I’m really excited to tell you about it.
As you know, I moved from New York to Connecticut. From Scarsdale to Weston. Weston is just a little bit smaller than Scarsdale, but they’re different. Weston has a lot of big houses and great backyards. Scarsdale has that too, but there are normal and smaller houses as well. I haven’t find normal houses in Weston yet.. The nature is beautiful, especially now in the Fall.
Weston has about 10.000 inhabitants. What is almost the same as the village I come from (Lichtenvoorde has 13.000 inhabitants). South of Weston are Westport and Norwalk, what are bigger city’s with more stores and stuff to do.
In my first week here, I was working with the old au pair, Ilk
a. She showed me the routine and told me everything I needed to know. The week went fast and we had a lot of fun. Ilka stayed until the next Thursday and then she went back to Germany 😦 In 1,5 week we became good friends and it was weird to be alone after that.
I’m 5 weeks in this family now, and it went so fast. The kids are really nice, smart and polite and my host parents are great. Everyone helps me with learning the language and the country.
My day usually starts at 6. That’s when I wake up and I start working at 6.30. I eat breakfast with the kids, clean the kitchen after that and do some laundry. The kids are going to three different schools. The youngest girl goes to Intermediate school and the youngest boy goes to High school. The schools are in Weston and are all in the same place, but they start and end at different times.
The other two kids are going to a private school in Stamford. I bring them there basically every day. In the morning it takes an hour to get there, because there is a lot of traffic. After that I’m off and then I usually go to the gym.
Around 2 I start working again. I do the laundry and pick up the kids from school. Sometimes one of the parents get some of the kids from school and sometimes I pick all of them up.
If the kids don’t need to go to a doctor, dentist, orthodontist or whatever, we’re home and they do their homework, are watching videos or we do something.
I prepare dinner from Monday till Thursday. On Friday night we have a bigger dinner what my hostdad makes .
Usually on Saturday I work for a few hours, usually around dinner hours. Then I’ll eat dinner with the kids and we watch a movie or we do something fun.
When I was in Scarsdale I never stayed at home in the evening when I was off. Now I stay home more often. Because I work more now (what I really like), what’s exhausting of course. But also because I love it to be home here. Sometimes we watch a show all together, and if we don’t I also like it to be alone and watch Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden (a dutch tv show) , watch something on Netflix, read a book or go to bed early.
Some people asked me when I’ll start school. I came in Weston in the second week of
October, right after the Fall Semester started. I have no idea yet what I’ll do, but I’ll probably start school in January. I’m thinking of doing one normal course at Fairfield University or Norwalk Community College. And then I would like to do one weekend class ( a weekend full of classes where I get half of the credits I need) or a travel class. For a travel class you meet three Saturdays or Sundays to learn about the place where you going to. (I can choose Washington DC, Boston, The Niagara Falls, New Orleans, Lancaster or Montreal). After the classes you’re going to the city or place for a weekend. If I’m doing a travel class I’ll probably do New Orleans or Montreal.
These 6 weeks flew away, thanks to this amazing family and the other au pairs here. I went to Yale University in New Haven, I went to NYC, saw some amazing sights of Connecticut and had fun with other au pairs. The fall here is sooo beautiful.
I get the feeling that I’m welcome now. My host family is interested in me and in The Netherlands and that means a lot for me. I really appreciate what my hostfamily does for me and I feel so lucky that I found them.
My mom and Hennie will come here to visit me at December 23th. That’s in five weeks! They’ll stay here at my home for the first two nights. On Christmas day I’ll go with them to New York City and we’ll sleep there, because the next day we’ll go to Washington DC by train. We’re going to stay there for a few days, then we go to Philadelphia for 2 days. On December 31st we’ll be back in NYC and in the evening we’re going to do boat tour through the Hudson River. My mom and Hennie will stay until January 4th. We’re also going to do a Gospel Tour and we’re going to The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. I’m really excited to see them again!
Thank you all for your sweet messages and for reading this blog.
My next blog is going to be really cool. While I’m writing this I’m in CHICAGOOO! I’ll stay here with my hostfamily until Wednesday. Aaaand Thursday is Thanksgiving!
Yesterday I moved from New York to Connecticut.
And why? Because I did a rematch. Rematch? Yes rematch. It means that I had to find a new to host family and my host family another au pair.
My friends and family know the reason for the rematch. Overall because I wasn’t happy in my family and I didn’t want to stay there for 10 more months.
I told my host family about the rematch two weeks ago. From then I had two weeks to find a new family. Or well actually, I couldn’t look for myself. A counselor of Aupairinamerica (my agency) made a profile for me. This profile is sent to all the counselors in the US. They checked my profile and then they looked if they have a family who was in rematch and would fit with me. If they had one, they contacted me or they gave the host family my email. Then I could talk and Skype with them and see if it’s really a good fit.
I was really afraid to go in rematch. I thought two weeks would be really short and what if I couldn’t find a good family? If I hadn’t found a new family after two weeks I had to go home. And that’s the last thing I want to do now.
In the first days I got 4 interested families. I talked with two of them. Two of them were living in New York, one in the Texas and the other family in Connecticut. From the beginning I had a really good feeling about the family in Connecticut. First I called with the mom and she was so sweet. I’ve Skyped with the current Au pair, I emailed with the host mom and on Friday we talked on Skype and I “met” the whole family. The good thing about being already in the US: I was able to go there and meet them in real. So, last Sunday I went there by train. I was pretty nervous. I was so enthusiastic about this family and if they didn’t want me, I wasn’t sure if there would be another family who was as good as this family.
But everything went well. I had a really good day there and I was really happy when they asked me if I wanted to match with them.
The last two weeks weren’t easy. In the first week I was so stressed about finding a new host family. And I still had to work in my old host family, which was hard sometimes. In the second week I wasn’t stressed for finding a new family anymore, but I was really excited to go there.
But yesterday I finally moved. I’m happy to be here and I’m sure I’ll enjoy the next 10 months.
Yes 10 more months.. I’m here for 2 months already! Even though I wasn’t always happy, the time flew by so fast. I did so many cool things: went several times to NYC, I went to Boston, ate way too much Frozen Yogurt, learned about other cultures and religions and met amazing people. I’ve made some really good friends. Even though I live further away from them now, I could see them in the weekends.
In my new family I’m going to take care off two girls who are 9 and 11 years old and two boys who are 13 and 15 years old.
I’m really excited and I’ll keep you updated!
From September 16th till 18th I was in Boston to visit my Dutch friend, Daphne. The first time I met her in real life was on August 1st, at the airport. We started the same adventure, at the same time. We said goodbye to our families and walked into our new life’s together. We were sitting in the airplane next to each other and talked a lot. At the orientation days we met new girls, but we were still together a lot.
At August 4th, we said goodbye: she went to Boston and I stayed in NY. A couple of weeks later we planned my visit. Friday September 16th I took the bus to Boston.
After a 5 hour trip from NYC I arrived in Boston, around 11.30 pm.
Then I called Daphne. She was waiting for me at the station, but I couldn’t find her. Half an hour later she finally found me.We gave each other a hug and I was very happy to see her again. We went to her home where I met her host dad. He was really nice, we talked for a while and got in bed around 2.
Daphne is taking care of a 4 months old little boy. On Saturday morning we walked with him to the river where we had an amazing view of Boston. When we were back home we ate a delicious breakfast. Her host parents made French toast of really tasty cinnamon bread.
In the afternoon we had a cluster meeting (a meeting for au pairs/host families in the area). Actually, Daphne and her host family had a cluster meeting, but I could join them. The meeting was at a place where you could pick apples. First we drank something, ate some donuts and talked with other Au pairs and their families. I met a couple of really nice girls, but unfortunately they all live in Massachusetts. Later we (Daphne, her host parents, the little baby and me) went to the apple trees to fill our bag. We got a looot of apples. I took some of the apples home and Daphne and her hostparents made an apple cake.
In the evening we went to Quincy Market: a place with a lot of shops and restaurants. We ate dinner at Cheers. After dinner we wanted to get Frozen yogurt, but the Frozen Yogurt places were already closed 😦 So we went back home, talked for a while and went to bed.
The next day we left the house at 9am. We walked to the train and in the train we realized that we were a little bit too late. We booked a ducktour at 9.40. So, we got out of the train and walked really fast / ran to the place where the tour started. I also had to carry all my stuff I brought for the weekend, because we wouldn’t go back to her house. So it was pretty heavy with my backpack and handbag, buuuut we got there on time! We made a photo with the bus/boat and then our 80 minutes trip began.
The tour showed us a lot of Boston, first from the road and later we made the splash into the water. It was a nice tour, definitely something you have to do when you’re in Boston.
After the tour we walked into a kind-of-foodfestival. There were a lot of different stands and almost everywhere we could try some food. There was bread, chocolate, milk, maple syrup, salads, cheese and much more.
Unfortunately we didn’t have much time left after that because my bus departed at 3. So we walked around, I bought some food and drinks for in the bus and we took the metro to the station. I said goodbye to Daphne, got into the bus and late in the evening I came home.
It was a great weekend and I’m very glad to have seen and talked to Daphne again.
Daphne, Thankyouu! And thanks again to your host family !
ps: Daphne is a great photographer and also has her own blog: https://daphneverstijnen.wordpress.com/