I know I haven't updated y'all here for a long time. That was partly because I was super busy and partly because I was too tired to do anything. hahah
Anyways, my adventure officially started on the 26th of June. The week before that day was spent with saying goodbye to my relatives and freinds. That was really hard. I already miss my little cousins and everyone soooo much.
On that day I had to be up at 2 AM because we had do drive to the airport pretty early. My mom and my stepdad drove me to the airport and waited for me to be checked in. That all went really well but I had to day goodbye. Goodbye to the people I love the most and goodbye to my home. It wasn't easy at all.
After saying goodbye (and maybe or maybe not crying a little) my journey to the USA started. I had to catch a connection flight in Madrid/Spain and I nearly missed that one because there were so many people waiting in the line for the passport control. No worries, I made it to my gate - just 5 minutes before my boarding time was ending. haha
Once landed in NYC I needed to go through passport and visa controll again and I was super happy when everything was going well. I picked up my luggage and made my way to the exit where a staff member of cultural care was waiting for me. I even had a privat driver who drove me to the training school in Tarrytown, NY. During the one and a half hour drive we passed Manahttan, drove through the Bronx and had a lot of fun talking. I was so glad to finally be in the training school and everyone was super nice. I shared a room with Anna; who's living closebye and Camila who's also not that far away from me. During the school we learned some basics and had a CPR class. Overall it was a fun time and I met a lot of great people. One afternoon was spent in NYC and we went on 'Top Of The Rock' - AMAZING VIEW OVER NYC. I'm already in love with that city.
On friday it was time to get to my host family. The bus tour started at around 9 AM and was amazing. We talked a lot and even had live music because a friend, Amy, brought her guitar. (: I got more nervous with each minute we got closer to my destination. Around 3 PM we finally arrived in Baltimore and I already did sport my host-mom, the two lovely boys and their old Au Pair. I am not gonna lie, I was pretty damn nervous but they are super awesome people and they even had a 'welcome Julia' sign with them - isn't that just super cute?
I took a ride home with my host mom and the kids and the Au Pair took the other car. It felt weird to suddenly be here but it was the good king of weird.
The first weekend actually was pretty hectic because my host-parent had friends with two kids over and it was the 4th of July weekedn. On Friday we had Tacos (first ever tacos for me and they were freaking yummy), on Saturday we had a Burger BBQ with friends and neighbours and on Sunday we had Maryland crabs. Monday was spent in Annapolis and on Tuesday we went to the local 4th of July parade. OMG there were so many cool cars - I think I am in love. hahah Anyways, Wednesday came and so the first 'normal' work day. We woke up the kids, got them ready for school and drove them there. Then we had off from 8;30 AM to 4 PM. And what do girls do during their freetime? Yes, we went shopping and their old Au Pair showed me around in the neighbourhood. At 4 we picked up the boys from school, played with them, made them dinner, played a bit more and then mommy and daddy arrived from work and took over.
Yesterday was my first official day alone with the boys and everything went well. We had a lot of fun and I think it's gonna be a great year. Today was the same and we even went to the pool and had some pizza in the evening.
I have to say, I couldn't have picked a better family to spend my Au Pair year with. Eventhough I slowly feel the homesickness kicking in, I know that I am gonna have a lot of fun here in the USA.
To be continued....
- Julie xoxox