Dustin in the USA

There and back again

21Januar
2012

1/21/12

As I promised that wasn´t my last blog entry. The first day after my arrival were not easy but now it becomes better from day to day. I expected that it isn´t easy to go to a new school after only four day back in Germany. Now I am going to this school for two weeks and after a hard beginning it becomes easier. My current school is pretty large. There are 1200 kids who are going to the same school and after Blue Eye High School (245 students…hahah) I had a hard time to find my classrooms. Last week Friday I had the choice if I take my first in test in English. Since it was English I said yes and finally wrote six pages. Hopefully I´ll get my grade on Monday. But to be honestly: If there is another exchange student and you´ve got the choice to stay at home for more than four day: Do it! Four day are not enough to readjust and going to school makes it not easier.

Two day ago I did something^^ My grandma gave me some money for my birthday and Christmas and I decided to spend it for a…..a good purpose…. I bought a baseball bat made of aluminum, a baseball glove (pig leather) and two baseball balls (which are more expansive than at Wal-Mart). I would love to play this weekend but it´s raining for days and it´s supposed to rain all week so think I won´t play this weekend.

BASEBALL!!

 

@VH: Thx for the IPhone^^

 

@Sabine: I´ll miss my blog ,too.

 

@Mrs. McDonald: I´m very glad to hear from you. I hope you and your students are fine and please say hello to them. My German school expects a lot from me. I chose Computer Science and right now we are working with Java but I´ll handle it. Hopefully I´ll hear from you!

 

Good morning America and good Afternoon Germany!!!

09Januar
2012

1/9/12

Today I had my first day of my new school and I also decided to make today my last daily blog entry. My new school is so far ok and I realized that it will take too much time to write every night my blog for 30 minutes. I try to write something about “things that have something to do with my exchange” so I won´t finish my blog at all.

 

Goodbye, readers!!!

08Januar
2012

1/8/12

The last day of my Christmas Break. Though I wanted to get up at 10am I slept again till 12:30. That makes the day very short.

My mom made very delicious fish and that made my day^^

After watching some TV my mom wanted me to tidy up my room. I bought so much stuff in America that I don´t need all of my German clothes anymore.

After having fun (hahaha) with this I went to my brother´s. We ate dinner at 6.15 and then I went again to my brother´s. There we watched “2012”. We remember that I watched this great (movie) several times in America but this time I found a great thing that I didn´t like: The German language. Seriously, it sounds so much better in American English. I mean the Germans did a good job but English sounds so much better. Especially the Russian guy sounds stupid.

Well, tomorrow is my first school day in my new school and what classes do I have for the first 90 minutes? Right: English^^ That´ll be fun.

I also thing that my blog will be more interesting than it was the last days.

 

Good night Germany and good morning America!!!

07Januar
2012

1/7/12

Another day in Germany is over. Tomorrow is the last day before school begins and I think I could need some more days off.

This day was not bad. I slept till 12:45 (jetlag) and they I ate lunch. That was pretty good. I went upstairs to see how my TV is doing and it´s still working and I watched some German shows. Oh, American TV is so much better……tomorrow is the free TV premiere of “2012” and I already watched it 5 month ago in America.

My family had to watch 2000 more pictures and after two hours we finished. Haha….two hours….

I spent some time at my brother´s and I ate dinner at home. The hot chocolate was pretty good……because it was American^^

I went again to my brother after we finished dinner and we had a very nice time. What did he do for the last five months without me?

It turned 10pm and I went back since my parents want to keep the “silence” in their house. Crazy Germans.

I decided to write no more “What I learned today” because I think I won´t learn much more about the exchange.

 

@Joe: That´s fine. Hopefully we can skype next weekend.

 

Good night Germany and good morning America!!!

06Januar
2012

1/6/11

Since I couldn´t fall asleep again I wrote my blog at 3am. At 6 am I became tired again and slept till noon. My mom woke me up and though I was still tired I took a shower and went to lunch. I went to my brother´s and we had a nice afternoon. We spent two hours with watching pictures and videos but only of the first six weeks. We remember that I have A LOT of pictures and videos.

Then we ate dinner and I went again to my brother´s and we had a very funny night. I need to go back at 10pm and there I went to bed. I am not as tired as yesterday so I won´t sleep immediately.

Most people are helping me to readjust to my home but not all and that makes it much harder. I didn´t belief it before I arrived in Germany but I heard from many other exchange students that the hardest time of an exchange is the arrival in the home country. I didn´t expect it but they are right.

There are so many things I need to change and so many thing that are different:

- realize that I am not in America anymore.

- different people, different family!

- different language

- begin to think and speak in German again

- different food/no Mountain Dew

- a lot of small changes

- no Fluffy and no Midnight

 

What I learned today:

- Readjusting is not easy but I can do it.

 

@Sabine: You are so right.

 

@Joe: I opened the door very slowly yesterday when we arrived at home so that Fluffy and Midnight cannot get out. Then I realized there are no cats anymore.

 

Good morning America and good night Germany (that sounds weird)!!!

06Januar
2012

1/5/12

And that was probably the weirdest day in my whole life. Let´s sum up.

I was still in the plane Chicago – Frankfurt. I ordered a lot of water since it was very warm in the airplane and I watched some more Simpson’s episodes. We came closer and closer to Frankfurt and entered the German airspace. I saw the skyline of Frankfurt which is pretty nice for a German city but nothing compared to Chicago. We landed and the airport stopped. I am back in Germany.

We all left the plane and went to (very German) busses which brought us to Terminal 1. There were a lot of people and I had to stand in a line and show somebody my passport and he said:” Willkommen  zu Hause” (Welcome at home). I followed the other people and I found the luggage claim. I waited for a while and then I saw my suitcase and after some more minutes suitcase number two. They were pretty heave, I went throw the custom and there they were: My German family. They didn´t look different, not even a little bit. The only small difference was that my dad had more grey hairs than ever before. But in fact: That was probably the freaking strangest moment in my whole life. To see them all again after five months. My sister made some signs: “Welcome back, Dustin”. Thanks for making them but I thought about other things in this specific moment. After speaking some words with them I realized that they really didn´t change.

My dad is still making bad jokes (and who is driving me nuts, OH Yes Joe!).

My mom told me to put my hoodie on. I looked at her with veeeery big eyes and I TOLD HER that I was the last five months abroad and that I know pretty good when I need to wear something. I remember what Joe told me: “Your mom will have a hard time. You are her last real child and that will change when you come back to Germany.” Sorry, mom, but that is pretty much the situation right now.

My sibling didn´t change, too. Except, now, they have got cool, new smart phones.

My brother gave me his old IPod and we headed to the car. I entered the car. This car is too clean… in my opinion…

They……we had a pretty bad storm so we couldn´t drive 120 mph. Next time. The drive home was pretty unexciting. After 90 minutes or so we arrived at home in Cologne. And even there nothing changed. The house is the same, my room is the same (need to redecorate it), and everything is same. I got a shock when I saw my bed. It is less than half the size of my American bed!

We opened my suitcase and I gave them all t-shirts I bought or received in New-York or at the Iron Man. Then we ate lunch. My jetlag told me this dinner but I made him shut up. I ate at least a little bit and I also drank this strange German water with carbonic acid. Bää! My brother gave me the last Mountain Dew he bought some months ago and that was way better. I visited Grandma who is living next to us and who was glad to see me. We went back to my room to unpack all two suitcases and more great stuff was found. I decided to visit my brother´s. There he showed me his new games but I became really tired. 28 hours without sleep, jetlag, travelling and emotions make tired. I fall asleep in my brother bed at 5pm (^^) for three hours. At 8pm he woke me up and I went home to my bed and there I slept for 7 more hours till 3am. I tried to fall asleep again but the jetlag made it impossible.

 

What I learned today:

- It is very weird to see the whole family again after five months living in another county, another family, going to another school and having in fact a whole different life.

- German door handles are weird.

- German light switches are weird.

- German beds are small.

- German school starts in four days…

- German weather sucks.

- I don´t want to say everything is better in America but….give me some days to see the advantages of Germany…

- Tomorrow everybody will spend hours to see thousands of pictures^^

- I already miss America a little bit.

 

Good night America and good morning Germany!!!

05Januar
2012

1/4/12

The big day. I got up at 7am since my suitcase was still not prepared to fly 6000 miles. First of all I took a shower and then I finished packing my suitcase. That took one more hour and it the time was 8.30am. The last hours were not very easy for me. We watched some TV and inside my body I was crying. Time went one and it became 9.45am. Time to say goodbye to Nightmare (Midnight), Fluffy and Tonya and everything else. Mhm…….. my favorite cats ;(.

I looked for the last time at the lake and I realized it finally. I gonna leave the USA after five months. We drove to Springfield and during the ride I said goodbye to everything. The mood in the car was very happy and my mood was….well……a little bit said. Couldn´t love about the jokes. We arrived in Springfield and went to Which Wich. I wanted to eat there for the last time but I was not hungry at all and ordered not more than a small package of chips.

We went back in the car and drove finally to Springfield. After seeing a lot of signs we arrived. Everything began it this airport and right here it will all end….maybe not all. I checked in and got all my flight tickets which made me very happy. We weighed my suitcases and…..shit…..

The maximum weight of one suitcase it 50lbs. The first one was 46. The other one 54. We opened both of them again and changed some stuff and finally I had exactly 50lbs in both. I am so lucky^^

Since I brought a second suitcase I had to pay $70 but my credit card worked awesome. Then we had to wait for a long time. More than one hour. It was probably the slowest hour in my life. It turned 1pm and we had to say goodbye. That wasn´t a happy moment so we just skip it^^ ;(

I went to the security and I hadn´t got any problems. I went to gate 9 but I sign that there is an airplane which is leaving to Denver right now. I checked it with one of the schedules and I saw that my plane with arrive after the leaving of the first plane. I waited for twenty minutes before the Boarding began. This plane was even smaller and a woman said there are only 40 passengers. My seat was number 5A and lucky as I was today it was a single seat. The plane moved and began to take-off. I stayed pretty cool and enjoyed the take-off a lot. There weren´t any clouds so I had a great view. I said goodbye to Missouri and we headed to Chicago. I looked all the time out of the window and then I began to see all the houses under us. When I was in Chicago five months ago it was very cloudy but now I had a great view. I waited to see Chicago downtown. And there it was. Though I was not supposed to turn my camera on I had to take some pictures. Awesome!

 

Skyline of Chicago

 

I also saw the Baseball stadium of the Chicago Cups….the looser^^

 

LOOSER!

 

We landed and I left the airplane. I knew I have to search for Terminal one. I saw a big wall where all the flights were scheduled. I found mine and followed the signs to Terminal 1C. Joe told me I have to take a train and I need to go throw another Security Check but there wasn´t anything like this. I found my Gate and asked somebody if this is really the flight to Frankfurt. He said yes so I searched for a plug. I found one but I had to sit on the floor. I called my sister that everything is fine and wrote part one of my blog. After getting up everything hurt and I went to a bathroom and then to my gate. I had to wait for 50 more minutes but that was ok. The boarding began at 5:55pm and I searched for my line.

It was a Boing 777 which was a little bit smaller than the Boing 747 which I took from Frankfurt to New York. I found my seat which was between two others. The great thing about this plane was that everybody had his own small screen in front of them. There we could decide what movies or TV shows we want to watch. We had a very big selection and finally I watched “127 Hours” and “Rising of the Aps”. I was glad that I was hungry when dinner was served. It was pretty good and I ate almost all of it. I watched some more episodes of “The Simpsons”. All this took several hours so I think this day is already over.

 

What I learned today:

- Saying goodbye is never easy…

- Saying goodbye to Germany was easier….but that was only for five months….

- The airline was pretty good.

- Springfield is small, Chicago is big.

- Germany, I am coming!

 

@VH: Hey!

 

@Joe: Thank you Joe! Thank you for all the support during the last months!

 

@Thomas T: He hadn´t got a reason, I´m sorry^^

 

Good night America and good morning Germany!!!

04Januar
2012

1/3/12

 

BEHS

 

I got up this morning and there it was: “The  Feeling”. The feeling that means I realized that I gonna leave in only one day. The night was pretty short because I had a hard time to sleep so I slept till 8:45am. I took a shower and went upstairs and though I was not very hungry I tried to eat a toast. I heard that Joe was upstairs and he was speaking to somebody on his phone. I turned the TV on and watched “The A-Team”. It became later and I wanted to leave the house to go to school. Joe was still talking so I made some signs that I would like to experience my very last day at school. After some more minutes he came downstairs, still talking. We went to the car and drove a very last time to BLUE EYE HIGH SCHOOL. Today was the first Tuesday of the month so expected we would have a character assembly but I was happy that we didn’t have one because the schedule would have been different.

We arrived at Blue Eye. First of all I headed for the office to get my report card of the semester. There we are:

First of all we remember my first quarter:

 

Section

Avg.

Points

Grade

Algebra II CP

-

-

B+

American History

-

-

A

Biology I

-

-

A-

Desktop Publishing

-

-

A-

Language Arts II (English)

-

-

B

Psychology

-

-

A

World History

-

-

A

 

 

 

This is my second quarter:

 

Section

Avg.

Points

Grade

Algebra II CP

-

-

A-

American History

-

-

A-

Biology I

-

-

C

Desktop Publishing

-

-

A

Language Arts II (English)

-

-

B+

Psychology

-

-

B

World History

-

-

A

 

 

And all that together makes my semester report (the important one):

 

Section

Avg.

Points

Grade

Algebra II CP

-

-

A-

American History

-

-

A

Biology I

-

-

B

Desktop Publishing

-

-

A

Language Arts II (English)

-

-

A-

Psychology

-

-

B+

World History

-

-

A

 

I like it. Do you guys like it?

 

I went to my favorite locker (Number 170, I won´t forget). There I saw that somebody took all my pencils. Hey, give me the chance to empty it please! I took my book I finished yesterday and moved to the library. I was a little bit upset because there wasn´t the nice librarian today so I couldn´t say goodbye. Since my book was exactly one day too late I had to pay 5c. You guys can have it. 

There was still some time left before lunch started so I went to my fourth hour class for a second. I knocked on the door and said “Hello” and then the bell rang and I had my very last lunch. I already ate the toast this morning and I don´t have any money on lunch account left so I didn´t eat anything.

It was nice to talk to them all again and we played Dungeons and Dragons^^

The bell rang and I went to my old Psychology class which is now Sociology. The same teacher, the same students, and only a few new faces. We watched a movie and then we did something on the board. The bell rang, I said goodbye to my teacher, and I went to my locker. I remembered that I don´t need anything for Algebra since I already have my grades. Cati gave me my Biology test back when she came in the class room. Well, do you guys remember that I cleaned the lab table in Biology before Christmas? I got 15 bonus points for this and she counted it for my test so I´ve got 49/66 = C.

Before the hour began the teacher who has something to do with AYUSA came in and gave me (finally) my certificate. I also received a certificate for my host family and a German flag which I gave somebody. The hour began and everybody took notes except me. We also got our Algebra test back: 83% = B. That´s fine.

Then I had my last hour: Desktop Publishing. We had a substitute teacher. It seemed like they began with “Flash” yesterday. I didn´t do my assignment and played for the last time browser games. The bell rang. For the last time. I went to the cafeteria which everybody needs to pass. I said a hundred times goodbye, received and gave many hugs and then they were gone. I went to locker with my “Algebra Friend” and emptied it. Good bye, locker!

Joe and Yu Jin waited outside (Cati had Academic Bowl). I looked a last time at the school and we left. Back at home I put all stuff together that was made of paper (even an old book I don´t want to take with me). Then I went outside and burnt this stuff. Joe helped a little bit because we had a hard time to burn the damn book. I went back downstairs and was again busy packing my suitcase. It is still not done so I need to finish it tomorrow morning.

I realized AGAIN that this is the last dinner and my mood was somewhere downstairs. Though Joe made my favorite potatoes I didn´t eat that much. I couldn´t. It is like the last days before I left Germany. I don´t try to fight against it because I know I can when I am back in Germany.

Joe and I left the house and went to church because I wanted to say goodbye to father “Joe”. He´s a good guy. We talked for a while, Joe took a last picture of him, and I said good bye. Back at home I turned my laptop on and suddenly Cati came in the living room with a package.

Well, to be very honestly I expected they are doing “something”. There was always Joe who asked for giving him all pictures I took and Cati and Yu Jin who were hiding in Cati´s room.

But I didn´t expect that!!!!!!

They made a BIG scrapbook (Buch mit Bildern und Abschiedsgrüßen). It is just awesome!!! I loved it and I hope I´ll find a place for it in my suitcase. THANK YOU!!!

My mood went upstairs and I wanted to play Yazzy (how do I spell it?) which is Kniffel. I had the worst score but I didn´t care because I still read in my scrapbook.

My last task for tonight was it to find my cell phone which is actually Lisa´s. I couldn´t find it. After searching for one hour and destroying the last part of the night I found it in a bag and I was so glad.

I went downstairs and set my alarm clock for 7am. We´ll leave at 9.45am and then…..then I´ll fly back to Germany and leave America behind me.

The question is not IF I come back. The question is WHEN I come back.

Another thing. I always write how sad it is say goodbye. But of course I am also a little bit excited to see my "German guys".

 

What I learned in the last five months:    (to be continued)

- New Jersey is next to New York.

- MO is not Montana. MO is Missouri.

- Americans are nicer than (most) Germans.

- Americans are much more religious than Germans (and they eat more fast food).

- The American school system is easier than the German one.

- American schools have after school activities which I enjoyed a lot.

- Everything is bigger in America.

- To be continued…

 

@Joe: As I wrote:

 “I am sure nobody will kill me and when I am in the air we won´t crash in the Pacific Ocean because I am on the other side of the USA.”

I am on the other side of the USA. On the side with Atlantic. Understood?

That are not the school who need to teach kids things. First of all people need to learn how to read^^

Good bye, Joe, Lisa, Cati, and Yu Jin.

 

@Brigitte: I found the picture and I thought it is funny^^ Bake you cake, go running and go shopping. The next time you´ll hear me speak is in person. Do me the flavor and don´t cry^^

 

Actually I could say this is the last entry. But I won´t. I would like to continue with this blog for one or two weeks to show how hard or how easy it is to readjust to Germany. And I am sure it is exciting for the S. to see how my life and my school in Germany is like.

Goodbye from America.

I final quote I would like to share:

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

J. R. R. Tolkien

 

Good night America and good morning Germany!!!

03Januar
2012

1/2/12

ILOVEUSA

 

The last days in Lampe, Missouri, USA. It became a home for me over the last months. I found friends and I gonna miss them.

I woke up this morning way to early at 6. something. I heard the girls who just got up but I went back to sleep and got finally up at 9am. Like every morning I took a shower and I went upstairs to make some breakfast. There I found Lisa. We all remember the big pillow I received for Christmas, don´t we? It is way too big for my suitcase so I also received a funny gadget. This morning we put the pillow in a plastic bag and then we got the vacuum cleaner (kinda “Staubsauger”). We sucked all air out if the bag and finally it was really small. I´ve got a nice video of it for the case you don´t believe what I just said:

 

 

Watching a parade in California was pretty nice and then I had to begin with it…..begin to pack my suitcase.

After some minutes of searching all my stuff I realized that I have A LOT of stuff. How many t-shirts did I bring? 10? 12? Now I´ve got 33!! Some of them are for me but many of them are for you guys!

As I just said I´ve got A LOT of stuff. Suitcase one was filled in very few minutes and Joe had to move to get number two. It took several hours because I always stopped when I saw a memory and I read all letters I could find. I also found my German cell phone and I charged it and called my parents to see if it still works. I heard somebody but the connection was bad. Was it my brother or my dad?

Now I am half done and I gonna finish it tomorrow. By the way it snowed today in Chicago quite a lot but it is not supposed to snow again till Wednesday. But hey: I gonna see some snow in Illinois! I know my mom worries because of some inches (feet) of snow.

Don´t worry that I may have to spend a night alone in the largest airport of the USA with so many strangers and without a place to stay. I am sure nobody will kill me and when I am in the air we won´t crash in the Pacific Ocean because I am on the other side of the USA. So, don´t worry^^ Isn´t that always great to make some harmless jokes about all that? But I also have to tell things that are not harmless: I have to pay $70 for my second suitcase. THAT is not a joke. Well, not my money.

After spending a lot of time with my suitcase(es) I went upstairs and ate a small lunch and read my book. I´ve got only 40 pages left. I gonna finish it tonight. But right now I am wondering: “Does President Snow die?”

At 2:30pm Joe was ready to drive to school and pick the girls up. I promised them to come with him.  We arrive ten minutes before the bell rang and I used the opportunity to say hello to everybody (for the second last time). My report is not done yet so I´ll get it hopefully tomorrow. I said hello to my locker “Hello Locker!” and went to my seventh hour class (Desktop Publishing) and everybody was excited to see me and we had some small talk. The bell rang and a lot of people were glad to see me again I was glad to see them. I realized AGAIN how much I gonna miss this school, its students and even its teachers. Joe, who waited outside, picked us up after this “long” day of school.

We drove home and the girls were tired. Staying at home has its advantages. After receiving an email of my worried parents…..worried mom…..because there are some feet of snow in Chicago. I wrote the beginning of my blog and read the last pages of my book. My book, which is the property of our school library, is already one day too late so I have to pay 5c tomorrow. That were the first series of book I never read in German but in English. And it was a good series and I enjoyed reading it.

Dinner was ready and we ate spaghetti. After Dinner I didN´T do the dishes. Today it was Cati´s and Yu Jin´s job since Joe and I wanted to go to Grandma´s to say goodbye. On the way to her we talked about the Chicago airport and this stuff that gonna happen in two days.

I remember five months ago when I was worried whenever I thought about the big airports. Right now I am calm like Tonya who is lying next to me. I don´t worry about a big airport. I mean there are thousands signs and people I can ask if necessary. I don´t worry at all. Honestly, mom.

 

She was in a very “special” mood today and she told us how the insurances suck and she asked me if I need to wrap my suitcases…???

After talking about 23,000 wounded soldiers I said goodbye to her and I allowed her to hug me. “Goodbye, Grandma.”

We drove to a store to get some cookies for Lisa. On the way back we talked about my AYUSA certificate. We remember that we had two small AYUSA meeting last week but we had better things to do so she couldn´t give me my certificate. I thought she would text me but she didn´t so I wrote her an email tonight “If I, please, get my certificate”.

Then I watched for the last time “Two and a Half Men”.

I found a new gadget for my blog. Look on the left. There is somewhere a card and there you can see where I have been in the last five months.

We checked the weight of my suitcases and they are both under 30 lbs (max. is 50 lbs). That´s good!

 

What I learned today:

- It´s a little bit like it was 2 days before I left Germany right now. I know there is a “change” in only two days but I am still not nervous and I still can eat.

- We´ll eat lunch on Wednesday at Which Wich.

- Need to fight with my suitcases tomorrow.

- Drank three cans of Mountain Dew today.

- I´ll see snow in Chicago.

- Have nothing to read tonight……wait……I can read my blog.

 

@Sabine: It makes me always veeeery happy whenever I hear about people (I actually don´t know) who are reading my blog daily. I hope you learned something about the US and you had fun reading my blog. Happy New Year!

 

@VH: I was never too late. It´s time to take mom to a shopping mall. Joe said he pays.

 

*cough*

 

Good night America and good morning Germany!!! 

02Januar
2012

1/1/12

The first day of the new year. I didn´t slept that long…..till 11am. I received an email of a mother of another exchange student who is reading my blog. It makes me always happy to hear that there strangers who are reading my blog. HELLO!!!

I was ready to skype to Germany for the very last time at 12 o´clock. Everybody was there: My parents (who were ten minutes too late), my brother and my sister. Hopefully my sister will forgive me that I never wrote in her diary. But what is better? Having a short diary entry every night or a long and funny blog entry? Rhetorical question!

We spoke about casual stuff. Joe entered my room in the end and it became a little bit more fun. I said “goodbye till Thursday” after one hour. I went upstairs and well…..we have 2012 so I watched the end of the film “2012”. I really love this movie. It ended it starts over and over again on two channels so I also watched the beginning. That took all afternoon. Actually Joe said we´ll visit Grandma (for the last time) but well….we didn´t. Though I don´t want to get another kiss on my cheek I would like to say goodbye to her.

After watching this great movie (I think I watched it at least 3 or 4 times during the last months) we ate dinner. Joe promised to make fish on Sunday night and he also made the good potatoes. The dished were washed by me and I wondered who is doing this job on Wednesday night……………….probably Lisa again.

I solved one of Joe´s Angry Birds levels, watched Lisa who was also playing Angry Birds and read my book. Only 100 pages left but I need to turn it in on Tuesday at school.

So what am I going to do till Wednesday? On Monday begins the new semester at school but school is over for me and it wouldn´t be make sense to begin with a new semester because I fly back only two days later. I would make it much harder to say goodbye.  So I stay at home tomorrow and begin to pack my suitcase and clean my room (at least a little). I will go to school on Tuesday but only for the second half of the day. There I can say goodbye to everybody, empty my locker, and get my semester report. On Tuesday night we all gonna cry a little bit (except me since I became a men over the last months). And then we´ve got Wednesday…..Wednesday……always the Wednesday….

-It was a Wednesday when I received the letter of my first host family from Kansas.

-It was a Wednesday when I got the message that this family is canceled.

-It was a Wednesday when I received the letter of my second host family (THAT ARY YOU!!) from Missouri.

-It was a Wednesday when I flew to America.

-It was a Wednesday when I had my first day in an American High School.

-It´ll be a Wednesday when I fly back.

 

….Wednesday….that´s kinda weird…

 

What I learned today:

- This was probably the last normal day….who can believe it? I´ll pack tomorrow!

- Having birthday in Korea is weird:

à They count the nine months pregnancy.

à You turn one year older on Jan 1st every year.

- My mom is smiling much more then we skype than she did five months ago……I am really for five months in America??

 

@Joe: one comment……two comments??......THREE comments???? That is always fun when I get up in the morning and I am happy to see that I have three new comments. Then I see they are all the same…

Time becomes sooooo close and we are all happy that skype exists. Hey, I gonna understand you guys when we skype the next time!

 

@manu: Happy New Year to you guys! I´ll do my best!

 

@Wolfgang: Happy New  Year to you and your family! I hope you guys enjoyed it to celebrate 2012 with my parents!

I hope to see you soon and discuss about the America school system.

 

Good night America and good morning Germany!!!

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