Dude am I after or what!? I haven't even got to writing about the new year yet so let's speed up and catch up.
After christmas we went to Stockholm for two days. We stayed in this really awesome hotel with the nicest room and best breakfast. I went to meet my cousins and have dinner with my auntie. My host family went home a few hours before me so I checked out and then went for a stroll before going to the airport. I came home to New York the night before new yrs, so at new years eve I fell asleep by 10pm.
Me and Maddie took a course in defensive driving to be able to take the NY drivers license. Probably one of the most boring things I have done in my life, luckily she did it with me. And also we got nuggets and coffee in the break which made it a bit more worth it.
I had my fair share of snow storm. The NY weather is crazier then anything else. The beginning of February we had 18*c and then there was a snow storm. Last one was in the end of March and in between it could be raining, hot, the ups and down were insane. To begin with I hated the snow. I'm not used to being out and having fun in it anymore. Also here when it snows it comes a lot at ones, they don't have the tiers for it and they are slow at clearing the roads. But then I actually went out with the kids, and we kept going out every day as long as the snow stayed. I loved it, the fresh crisp air, the fun.
To stay in this country with a J-1 visa you have to take classes worth up to 6 credits for you visa. I took two classes at Purchase Collage. One was about Consumer psychology which didn't intrigue me that much as I felt we already knew all this from High school. However the other one, Personal branding; Polished & Professional was amazing. It's interesting to put together and go into the subjects that makes up for how we are perceived by others and how it will make them react to us. So even if taking classes for credits is a requirement for the Visa a lot of Au pairs skip this part even though it's a small risk you won't get the certificate for the year you spent as an au pair. I however want to advocate for doing it properly. If your gonna be here a year or more you might as well take the advantage of the opportunity to learn and get more experience.
What else? Well one does go out occasionally go out. And mostly we have a blast. The amount of drunken pizza slices we’ve had. Madde and Sanna, the dream team, always, but especially when drinking alcohol. I think it’s healthy to go out, I mean drinks and pizza is not the best for your body but when you have this job you need to let go and enjoy not being responsible for others for a moment. It’s different to go our here compared to Sweden. Drinks are not as fun here, for some reason they want them to actually taste of alcohol, instead of the drinks or ciders we have at home which does the job but tastes amazing. When I go out I do so to get drunk and DANCE. But it’s impossible not to notice the difference between guys here and at home. At home they dress better, sometimes I think their joking when they show up here, are they seriously trying to look good, cause they are not understanding how to do that. They come there in a flannel shirt with a NorthFace vest over it or a grandpa shirt (like those our dads doesn’t even wear anymore, blue and white, small squares) with too wide jeans, like not even almost formfitting, more the opposite. I don’t know but it disturbs me so much. But then on the other hand they behave better (that's probably not at all the right words, but they overall understand something swedes doesn't tend to). They might be as forward, well might even be more so since they tend to talk, but if you show you aren’t interested they get the hit and they don’t waste their time. Unlike at home when they follow you like a stray puppy and don’t understand the simplest hints or even words. Oh well going out will always be as fun as long as I have my awesome friends with me. Tipping tables, spilling drinks, breaking shoes, paying 15$ for photo both pics, dancing like insane people, eating pizza with your eyes closed, laughing till tears and making memories (if you haven’t had to much tequila will say).
Going to the City is not boring either. Going through the parks sipping on a latte. Having Chipotle is the go too. Loooove to eat there. We’ve been doing tourist thing too, walking through all parks, looking up buildings and shopping. What I’ll miss when I go home is VS, UO, Chipotle and my beloved Sephora.
My kiddos, we had some amazing times. Me and A for instance had a picnic on the Rye pier. Every Thursday we go to Starbucks before going to her gym. They had a multi cultural day, I brought meatballs and lingberry jam, all the food there was amazing. The snow was a blast, we made a snow dog and a snowman. Sledding and rolling down the hill. We’ve been playing a lot of soccer and S is learning how o kick it properly. I’ve brought dancing into their lives and after eating we sometimes dance for up to an hour. I’m so happy to have them in my lives, gosh how much my heart will ace when I’m to leave.