Another experience ticked off my bucket list! I celebrated July 4th true American style! Admittedly the above photo and my main celebrations happened on the 30th June but it still counts in my eyes.

We spent our afternoon/evening on our local beach! Which was amazing in itself as I haven't spent a lot of time on the English beaches as they are a lot further to get too and mainly not as nice and also 9/10 times its raining..
Once on the beach we ate sushi! I'm not a fan of sushi so I had chicken noodles and it was very enjoyable. We have cans of beer in the typical red cups and baked in the sunshine. As the evening went on more and more au pairs joined us, I think in the end we had people from Sweden, Austria, Mexico, Germany and England!
The firework display was off a ship in the sea and it was amazing! I actually videoed the whole show but mainly for my parents and grandparents as they love fireworks and they get to see what I saw which they loved

We also brought glow sticks 2 for $5 which I personally think was a rip off but they made for funny photos as we all just left them on our heads..
After the fireworks finished we went back to the car, there was thousands of people on this beach which meant getting out of the car park was a challenge and we ended up singing to old 80s hits whilst sat there. A group of young lads also decided to run up and bang on the window scaring us all half to death as it was dark outside. I finally got home around 10:30pm and went straight to sleep.

On the actual 4th of July we planned to go into New York to watch the fireworks on Brooklyn bridge. Once we got into the city we ended up walking 20 minutes to a park instead to have a better view. I sat down on the grass relieved as I hate walking and especially in the heat! Opened up a bottle of water and then it starts to pour down with rain. We all quickly ran for cover and decided to skip fireworks and start walking to tube station which of course was another 30 minutes.. I ended up getting home at 11:40pm still wet from the rain, legs hurting from walking and I never saw any fireworks so as far as 4th of julys go it wasn't the best but it was memorable ha! It helps when I get to spend it with people who I have known for 3 weeks yet it feels like years!
Brit in the states

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Today I am an emotional wreck! I nearly cried because my bin was too full, but I am told its normal so I'm good ha! I've been with my host family for nearly a week now. This is where my brain starts to process that this isn't a holiday it's a 12 month thing and that it will be 365 days until I have a proper English tea.

I am also trying to tick off as many things in my American bucket list! And it's not as extravagant as go to the Statue of Liberty, see the Hollywood sign etc.. It's going to a cinema, ordering from chipotle, making waffles etc.. And I have totally aced two of them! I am now an experienced waffle maker! (Everyday they are a breakfast choice) I think I am actually sick of making them! And I went to see finding Dory yesterday in the cinema! I love nachos when I go to the cinema in England so of course I needed to try the nachos over here! And I was highly disappointed! I even ordered extra cheese and I didn't even open it! So I think I will just have sweets from now on! And sweet popcorn doesn't seem to be an option either!

I had to miss out on a family dinner tonight, I actually wanted to go but I cannot stop coughing! And I really don't want to be the new girl in the corner coughing her guts up and causing my oldest host child to be sick before camp! So I'm staying home with the dog and catching up on Netflix whilst eating some sort of left overs. Sounds good right?! Also I am driving on my own tomorrow for the first time! If there isn't another post it didn't go very well! Fingers crossed and touch wood everyone and myself is all good ha!
Cheerio!

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It's getting a little harder now, don't get me wrong I am loving the experience but I don't think I am embracing it. I don't know wether I am missing home, my family and my friends or I'm looking for a situation I am familiar with. At the moment every minute of my day is something I am new too and I'm not quite ok with this yet.

I started this experience because I felt I needed a bit of personal development. I lived in my own little bubble where I became too safe and I was surviving now living. This is the reason I am continuing my days here with a smile on my face, whether it is forced or natural. I went to the cinema tonight! And watched finding dory just sitting in the cinema reminded me of home so much and even at one point I forgot I was even in the states! But I soon realised as the nachos here aren't even close to the English ones! (And even they are not that good).

One thing I am proud of myself for is my new ability to be able to talk to anyone. I have made some many new friends over the last couple of weeks from all over the world! And I have even make friends with people I haven't even met in person, we have been put in contact because of the experience we are all sharing and it doesn't matter where we are from. I like this. These people are my 'home' it's weird how much more happy and homely I feel being around them all.

Driving is going good I have been practicing a lot more and I don't hate it as much as I thought! In fact I think I am a better driver over here than I was in England! I haven't done it on my own yet though, I plan to do that at the weekend as I have it off and I can finally go shopping!! Which means all my money will go ha! Well I can't drive far so it may not be too bad! For now my jet lag has gone! And my stuffy nose has cleared! So sleeping tonight should be enjoyable!

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I actually made it! I have done one whole week! And boy am I tired! But I am adjusting to the time zone and heat slowly even if my English skin isn't liking the weather. A few things I have learned over my first week are that I actually like England, I mean it doesn't have the great weather and not all people are as friendly as they are around me but it's all familiar which is something I am missing a lot. Plus a proper cup of tea made with Yorkshire tea bags wouldn't go a miss!

Other things I have learned that even though we all speak English there is still times we don't have a clue what each other are saying, trousers=pants, sweets=candy, plaster=bandaid etc..

I have met so many other people from all over the world! South Africa, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Croatia, Australia, China, Thailand, I could go on! It's crazy that a week prior to the trip we were all in different parts of the world and then boom we the lived and spent 5 days together and even explored NYC with what felt like best friends! Crazy but amazing experience.

Driving in the US is something that caused a lot of anxiety from the moment I applied to be an au pair. I don't like driving in England very much never mind driving on the other side of the road and other side of the car in an automatic in another country! But I had a lesson today and it went super well! It isn't as bad as I thought!

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