Exchange Year USA

Good morning everyone!
I can't believe I'm already 2 months in Hawai'i. It's crazy how fast time flies by. This month was a really 'special' month for me, because I changed my host family. On Sept 4, I went to Waikiki with a german exchange student to enjoy the labor day on the beach. On Sept 7, I got a call from my coordinator and she told me that I'm gonna move tonight! So I went to my 'old host family' and packed all of my stuff. It was really hectic, but I was so excited to meet my new host family! They seemed to be a perfect match - they share so many interests with me. The next day, on Friday, I went to school and in the evening we had a barbecue. On Saturday we went hiking (Pali Puka) - that was so much fun! On Sunday we went to Dave & Busters. The week after it, was Homecoming week. I need to say, that I was kind of disappointed because it wasn't that big / spectacular as I thought it would be. And I was also sick for the first time in a long long time. The second weekend with my new host family I went hiking again. This time we did the Koko Head Trail. I also went to the Navy Ship on Pearl Harbor and my host dad showed me where he works, what he does and what everything looks like. It was so cool! Last weekend my host mum and I hiked up to the Lanikai Pillboxes and afterwards we went to Teddy's Burger to eat lunch. The view from the Lanikai pillboxes was amazing!! In the afternoon I went with a danish exchange student, Yasmin, down to Waikiki. We swum in the ocean and watched the sunset and pretty skyline of Honolulu. On Sunday we went to the Lulumahu Falls - another hike.

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Exchange Year USA, Travel

Hey everyone!
I spent my Labor Day with another exchange student from Germany in Waikiki. We went to downtown Honolulu to eat lunch at the Hard Rock Café - it was soooo goooood!! Afterwards we walked down the street to the beach. We really enjoyed the weather, even tough it was too hot for me, lol. We went into some shops and bought lots of different postcards!


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Exchange Year USA, Monthly reviews

AUGUST UPDATE
I can't believe that I'm already a month in Honolulu - here's a short recap.

August 3rd - I arrived in Honolulu. August 4th - I unpacked my suitcase, played with my younger host brothers and went to Konor Brewery for dinner. August 5th - We went to the school to get some papers. August 6th - My host mom and I discussed the questions we got from our organization and they planned a 'Welcome Party' for me, so the neighbors came over to our house for dinner. August 7th - We went to Target and afterwards we installed a TV in my room. August 8th - There was a Orientation at my school and I tried out for the White Varsity Volleyball Team. August 9th - We had an appointment with my counselor to talk about my schedule. August 10th - My first actual schoolday! August 11th - Birthday surprise party! August 12th - First football game with Sara and Clotilde. August 13th - We drove to North Shore to grab the famous 'Shaved Ice' and we even met the local celebrity! August 14th - August 19th: nothing special, school August 20th - Snorkeling on Hanauma Bay with Sara's host family. August 21st - 23rd: school. August 24th - Some exchange students went to the Ala Moana Mall in downtown Honolulu. August 26th - We had a Post Arrival Meeting / Orientation at Hickam Beach. It was really fun to meet all the exchange students that live on the island! Later on we all watched a movie outside and then I had a sleepover with Janna, another exchange student. August 27th - Janna and I went hiking. The view from Diamond Head was awesome!! August 28th - 31st - nothing special, school.

So that was my August! I'm really busy with school, so unfortunately I don't have a lot of time to upload things on my blog, but I'm planning on some blogpost that will come up very soon!
Hope you're having a great time.


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Travel

August 20th
A super exciting day at Eternity Beach, Halona Blowhole Lookout and Hanauma beach!

Eternity Beach and Halona Blowhole Lookout

Hanauma Bay!

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Exchange Year USA

Hey everyone'
On August 11 was my birthday! After school I went with Sara and Janna to Target+Starbucks. Then I went to practice and Sara came with me. She was also interested in playing volleyball, so she decided to come and see what we're doing. I invited Sara to come over and eat dinner with my host family! After practice a neighbor drove us home and I opened the door. Suddenly the lights went on and all of my friends and neighbors jumped out and sang 'happy birthday'. I was suuupppeeer surprised!! It was an awesome evening. Thank you all for coming over to celebrate with us!
Here are some pictures of the surprise party:

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Exchange Year USA

Hey everyone, today I'm going to talk about my first week here in Honolulu!

Wednesday August 2nd:

My alarm clock rang at 5am - I got ready, said goodbye to my roommate Olivia from Finland and went down to the lobby. There I got an email with the information that my flight has a delay... 8.40 was it meant to be, and then it was 1.15pm. Eitherways, we went to the airport with another guy and checked in his suitcase.
Then we waited for a loooonnnnggg time and at 12.30 we finally went to the gate! I got in the airplane and we waited two more hours because of thunderstorms above the Hudson River, NY. Afterwards they had to change the captain, so we all got off again and waited on the terminal. Someone picked me up (because I was a minor) and brought me into another room. The people there searched for new flights for the minors... about 100 flights got cancelled and there were a lot of minors - that's why they had so much work!! At 7.35pm I could finally go back to the terminal and at 8.30pm we finallllyyyyyy left (instead of arriving at Honolulu)!!

Thursday August 3rd:

At 12.30am I arrived at the airport in Honolulu! I went to the baggage claim, where my host family waited for me! They made a super nice poster. We drove to my new home and my host mum showed me everything. At 2am I finally went to my bed and felt asleep!
In the morning I unpacked all of my stuff and afterwards I went to my host brothers swimming lesson. Back home we watched TV and I played hide and seek with the boys! In the evening they took me to eat at Kona Brewery - it was so good!! Back home we watched some movies :)

Friday August 4th:

My host dad and I went to my high school to sign up for an appointment to get my schedule! We had a lot of paperwork to do, so we went home to fill out all of that. After we finished filling out the papers, we brought them back and went to a grocery store. In the evening we did bathbombs! That was super much fun - and really easy. We cooked tarte flambée and went to bed.

Saturday August 5th:

My host family planned a 'Welcome to the Loop - Party' for me. It was awesome - I got to know so much more people and friends of my host family. A girl of my neighborhood walked me around our area and showed me everything.

Sunday August 6th:

We labled all of the school stuff of the boys, went to a mall and Target. I did laundry and filled out some more paperwork for Volleyball. I wanted to try Volleyball, because I've played for 5 years when I was younger. The try-outs were already a week ago, so I was the only one trying out hahaha.

Monday August 7th:

There was an Orientation-Day for all the new students at Radford High School. I waited in front of the library to sign up, but then I saw Janna, another exchange student from Finland and I went over to say hello. So we both went to the Orientation together. They showed us the school and we were playing some games to get to know the school (+rules) a little better. In the evening I went to the Volleyball practice. It was weird to try out, because the other ones already had try outs and I was the only one. I tryed out for White Varsity. It was super hard and I played not really good, so luckily they gave me another chance for Tuesday!

Tuesday August 8th:

In the morning I went to the school for my schedule. Oh and I got my school bus pass! I chose my classes and went back home. I skyped with my family and afterwards my host mum and I went to downtown Honolulu. I bought outdoor shoes and a water bottle for school. We picked up the boys and then I went again to Volleyball practice. Afterwards I got home, took a shower, ate dinner and watched TV.


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