I forgot something really important in my last blog! During my 4th week there were two special days: the 26th and 27th of August. Those were the days were the reason why I wasn’t sure about leaving on the 1st.
The birthday of my best friend, Lisa, was on August 26th. I knew that I would go to the US for 12 months, so of course: I would miss at least one birthday. But maybe this birthday was more special than other ones. It was a really hard year, and Lisa fought so hard, stayed positive, graduated and became so much older in one year. It felt weird for both of us to be so far away on this special day.
I sent Lisa a balloon of a cow on her birthday with a personal card. And Iris and I gave her a clock with a photo with the three of us.
On the same day in the evening started the National Championships of Vaulting. And my team and me qualified for the Championships this year. So they were there, and I was here.
To be honest, I was already a little bit used to be somewhere else while my team had a competition. I broke my ankle last April, during our second competition of the year. So during the 3rd competition, which was one day later, I was watching from the tribune. The 4th competition (7 weeks later), my ankle was healed, but I had to work on that day. So while I was at work, they went to the competition. And during the 5th competition I was on a holiday in the Caribbean.. But yeah, those were normal competitions. This was a really special one. A month before I left, I told my team that I had contact with a nice family, but if I matched with them I would miss the championships. They didn’t like that of course hahaha. They were counting on me and when I made the decision to go, they had to change the freestyle for the championships.
Eventually they ended at the 4th place at the Championships, which isn’t bad, but I know that they are better than the first, second and third team 😀
Back to my life in the US.
The 6th week here started with Labor day. Don’t ask me what it is, I don’t know exactly, something with for workers. I know that American people like free days, so if they can find a reason to be off, they will. Sooo, they came with Labor Day.
okay, I just found on Wikepdia what Labor Day is: It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country.
I didn’t do a lot on Labor Day. Actually, I had to work for a couple of hours, but my host parents were both at home, so they came to the conclusion that they didn’t really need me. So I went to the park with some other au pairs. Oh, and there was a camp counselor sleeping with us again. Will, from England. The next day, I dropped him off at the train station, and he would spent the day in New York and flew back in the evening.
Tuesday was the first day of school. The kids had to wake up at 7 and we left the house at 7.45. The boy wasn’t feeling so well in the morning. Eventually, when I came home from dropping them off, I got a text of my host mom that he has thrown up at school. So I went back to school to get him and he spent the rest of the day in bed.
The next day he felt good and went to school. I went to the gym with friends on both days. When I came home at Wednesday in the evening, there were two girls in the living room. Again! Camp counselors! And this time there were two of them.. and it were girls! And I didn’t tell you the best thing yet…..
One of the girls was Dutch and would stay with us for a couple of days. I already met her when I came to summer camp. Her name is Lisa and she’s from Oss. The other girl, Sophie, was from England and she spent one night at the house
The next day I already left the house before they woke up. So, unfortunately, I didn’t speak a lot to Sophie.
The rest of the week I spent a lot of time with friends. We went to the park, to the gym and to Peachwave (where you can get Frozen Yogurt). The 6th week was really busy and I didn’t speak to my family and friends a lot. So, in my 7th week I planned to plan less 😀 And it helped, I finally got time to skype with my friends and family, to clean my room and to watch GTST (Dutch serie).
Last Sunday I went to a game of the Yankees with Lisa (the camp counselor). My alarm didn’t work.. so Lisa woke me up at 7.30, I showered really quickly, ate something and we left the house at 8. We went to Grand Central by train and to Lisa’s hostel with the subway. There we dropped off Lisa’s baggage ( a big bag pack, a smaller bag pack, two suitcases and a handbag) at the hostel. Her fight was on Tuesday, and she wanted to spent her last 2 nights in the city. From there we went to the Yankees Stadium. We went to the Memorial and to the Museum before the game started. Those were really impressive. After that we bought a popcorn, a big drink and we went to our seats. It was 9/11, so before the game started, they had a special ceremony. There was a big orchestra with bagpipes, drums and other instruments. They also had a big flag of America spread over the field, while someone was singing the National Anthe.
It was beautiful.
Eventually the Yankees lost.
After the game we went to the city. We didn’t know what we wanted to do, and actually it was already pretty late. So we walked through Central park and got dinner at Chickpea. I ate a wrap filled with hummus, falafel, chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and maybe something else. I don’t know haha. I didn’t made a picture of it. Every time when I’m eating something special, I realize to late: hey maybe I could have made a picture of this for my blog. But yeah, usually I’m to hungry to think about that.
After our dinner I said goodbye to Lisa and went to Grand Central to get the train to home. My hostdad picked me up at the train station. His daughter had a party in Long Island, so we drove there to get here. From Long Island you had a good view of Manhattan (not in this picture) and we saw the two blue lights for 9/11. These lights were on the place of the Twintowers. We weren’t really close, so you can’t see it really good on the picture.
So yeah, that was the Sunday. The 7th week I spent more time at home to relax. And I went to the gym almost every day with Rike and Barbara. We also met a nice new girl, Anna and she’s also from Germany.
And now I’m in Boston! Daphne, a friend of mine, is an au pair here. We flew together and were at the same orientation days. It’s really nice to see her again, and of course: I’ll tell you everything about my weekend in the next blog!