This is probably my longest post, just saying. But I want to remember everything</3. Before I started my exchange I had heard people say that camp was the best 10 days in their life. I didn't believe them because I've done some prettying awesome stuff before. But they were right. You cannot compare camp to anything you've done before. Because there is legit nothing like it.
Today was a really sad day for everyone here at camp. We started the day with breakfast homeroom. The last breakfast... I'm going to miss the buffet so bad because it is so good! They have bagels with egg, cheese and bacon every day (man they are so good) and then there are scrambled eggs, bacon, fruits, yogurt, cereals, bread, bagels, jam and peanut butter, porridge and everyday some special stuff in addition to this stuff. I usually ate the bagel with egg, cheese and bacon for breakfast with fruit salad but sometimes I ate a bagel with peanut butter and jam. I loove the buffet really. They also had so much dessert and it was so good. At breakfast they had muffins and danishes.
At lunch there were hamburgers (cheeseburgers), pizza with either pepperoni 🍕 or just cheese (the one with just cheese was one of the things I liked the best) and fruits and a giant salad buffet and also a special dish every day. I usually ate the special but sometimes the pizza. The specials were so good though. They had Spätzle one day, Chinese food one day and chicken another day. Then there was the dessert. The chocolate chip cookies were soooooo good!!! I miss them like crazy. Then I also loved the brownies. There was also cake and lemon squares and muffins and loads of other stuff.
Dinner was the same as lunch. The same desserts usually and the same thing to eat except that there was another special. I usually drank water for breakfast and Root Beer for lunch and dinner. I love Root Beer. It is a strange thing because it tastes kind if like toothpaste but I love it. Once you get used to it, it is something very much else than toothpaste. One of the ambassadors told us it was his favourite drink but that most people didn't like it. He was right but I love it.
After breakfast today however I went with a friend who recently had gotten a new Host Family, to the EF office to check something about her High School. The EF office is a little bit of campus and the building is really fancy and old. As we went inside a lady told us to sit down and wait because there was no staff there yet. They were all in a meeting. We found the cutest rabbit ever outside the window and then we sat down in the old, fancy armchairs in the living room. We weren't alone for long though because after a while an ambassador came in with a student who had lost his phone. She directly started to do the same as my friend Marietta and I did. She made fun of the old and fancy furniture. Then the three of us went around the house suggesting were the entrance to the secret room might be and the ambassador twisted some stuff on the fireplace and made hilarious comments. I'd never spoken to her before that but I liked her immediately. She is so funny!
When we finally had gotten all the information we needed we went to homeroom were everyone was checking in to their flights. We just sat down in the classroom and got started ourselves. I actually was the first person to check in although the others had had like a ten minutes head start. Our ambassador helped and our teacher helped but it took a long time until everyone had checked in and in the meantime another ambassador came in and told us that he had broken his phone the same day as he had been supposed to check into his flight when he had been going to his host family so he had had to check in on the airport. A girl in my homeroom had the same problem. Although she used her computer.
We also signed each others Eagles t-shirts as a memory of everyone before we would leave.
After the check in we all went down to the basement of the Seeger building (were the cafeteria was) to start out graduation. I was so sad by then. I was not ready to leave camp at all!!! All the Madison Eagles had gathered down there because we wanted to graduate together. All the teachers and ambassadors gathered on the small stage that was in the room and us students sat down wherever there was space. Me ad my friends sat down on the pool table. Then it started and the first homeroom to graduate was Beth's and Lea's class. Beth and Lea stood at the front of the stage and called the names of their students one by one and they came up on stage, hugged Beth and then got their diploma from Lea and hugged her to. Then they went on and hugged the other ambassadors and teachers and then they gathered in the back of the stage to later take a picture. After Beth's and Lea's homeroom, Jason's and Paul's homeroom graduated. In between Beth and Rebecca had some little speeches and they both started crying so I was actually crying real bad by the time Jason's homeroom graduated. Me and my friend Kara were seriously sobbing hard because we cried that much. We sat there hugging each other and our other friends were sitting there hugging us too.
After Jason's and Paul's homeroom it was our turn. Our teacher Michael hadn't been crying really before. Only a little. He told us he was no emotional person and he wasn't when we first met him, I promise. But by the time our class was being called on stage one by one he was crying and had to dry his eyes many times. As it was my turn to go on stage I could feel the tears running down my face. I honestly didn't expect me too feel this bad to leave camp because I thought that I wouldn't get this attached to people in ten days. But I've met people at camp who are some of my best friends (they became that in 10 days!) and some people that are like parents to me and some that are like my older siblings. People I trust, people I would turn to if I need someone to talk to. People who mean the world to me. I didn't expect that at all. But there I was, on graduation, getting my diploma from Shony, my ambassador, hugging her hard, crying, hugging Mike, our awesome and good hearted teacher, still crying. Everyone was crying. Then I went to hug the next teacher and she told me that I was an awesome person and she told me that I would do great and more stuff that I don't remember. Then I went on to the next one and I told her that I would miss her badly because she is so funny. She told me that she would miss me too and some more stuff that I don't remember. Then I went to the last teacher and the three other ambassadors. They all said stuff to me too and I to them and it all made it easier to get ready for leaving camp. Because that's what I have too do and I am not ready.
We later took a picture as all of lur homeroom was on stage. Madison Eagles East. That's our homeroom. I will never forget you guys, you made many things possible for me, all the ambassadors and Eagles teachers included <3.
After the pictures we went back to our seats and then Rebecca and Stefans homeroom graduated. Then there were more speeches and more crying and then the teachers gave their ambassador presents. One ambassador got snacks and hugs from the teacher because that was the relationship in a nutshell he had with his her. He got Root Beer and Skittles and a pillow that looked like a bird and you could clip it together to a stuffed animal and unfold it as a pillow that you could hug. It was heart warming to see all that.
Then graduation was over and some people left and others stayed to sign t-shirts (like us), talk (like us) or take pictures. But then we had too leave and we did. I was so sad by then. But I knew that I would never forget people and they will never forget me.
After graduation we had to start the packing but we only had half an hour time so we went straight for lunch. It was sad because it was the last lunch and the buffet is fabulous as I said before. After lunch though we had a talent show. Everyone who wanted had been able to attend and I was thrilled to watch because I knew that the ambassadors would tell us were they're from. One of my friends and me already knew almost all 19 of them though but it was fun to get it confirmed.
The talent show started and there were many singing acts and music acts. They were all really good and some people gave me goosebumps. There was one girl who sang and she dedicated the song to her homeroom. It was sooo sweet and after a while she had to stop singing because she started to cry and her teacher just ran up to her and hugged her. Her ambassador was sitting in the top corner of the room and he sprinted down all the stairs in an incredible speed. I have never, ever in my life seen someone take that steep and uneven stairs so fast before. Because the steps were not always the same size. They were bigger wherever a row of chairs was so like every third step. It was fascinating and awesome to se him running down the steps that fast because honestly it was a miracle that he didn't trip. I'm still amazed by that, it was one of the biggest talents I saw during the show. He then hugged the girl like crazy after he finally slowed down and got his balance back after the stairs and it was so beautiful! The girl, her teacher and ambassador. I wish I would have had that girls courage and talent. She was so brave to sing that and dedicate it to her homeroom was so sweet. I loved her act.
Some people also danced. One of the Washington Wolves classes danced to Cotton Eye Joe and I didn't like it really because they made it look like it was their dance but it was the dance of the entire camp<3. But they were fun to watch, they gave everyone spirit. The talent show was pretty long though and after a while I got bored. Then the ambassadors went out of the room and I figured that they would tell us by then. Then two ambassadors came down to the stage and started singing a song which they dedicated to all the other ambassadors because they are really good friends. The ambassadors are seriously like a family and I love seeing them together because their friendship is amazing. The song the two ambassadors sang was "Count on Me" by Bruno Mars and it almost made me cry because it was so sweet.
After the song the ambassadors had gone back out of the room and a minute later another song started playing and the boy ambassadors came running down the stairs. All of them were wearing dresses. It was oddly satisfying because some of them looked good in them. It was funny and I loved it. They started dancing to "Single Ladies" by Beyoncé and it was so fun. They danced girly. Then the girls came down the stairs. They all wore hip hop clothes and started to dance to a hip hop song. Then they danced to a few songs all together and then one of the ambassadors from my High School went to grab a suitcase. The other ambassadors were standing at the sides of the stage and the ambassador with the suitcase was slowly walking into the middle of the room while a sad song about leaving was playing. The ambassador was playing that he was going to leave America and playing sad and stuff when suddenly, after he had opened the suitcase, "Atemlos" by Helene Fisher started playing and all the German ambassadors came running to the suitcase and took out a german flag and started jumping up and down. Now every country represented by the ambassadors had one song and the ambassador would come and pick up their flag and jump up and down. Then when everyone had done that the entire crowd went down and went to the ambassadors who were from their country. It was pretty fun, but the best part was seeing were the ambassadors were from and hearing them speak in their native language later that day.
This was the last act of the talent show and therefore everyone had to leave and we all had to pack our stuff. I was so sad to having to do that. I had already packed most of my clothes and stuff because I never really unpacked. I just kind of lived in my suitcase at camp. It was pretty comfortable but the clothes were all wrinkly though. We had to leave our big suitcase in the gym because EF wanted to make sure that everyone got ready and packed because they didn't want any problems while loading the busses later at night.
Because I had already packed my big suitcase and still needed my carry on bag and back pack I went down to one of my friends rooms and we sat there talking about leaving. We were both sad and we didn't want to leave our EF family or Muhlenberg College were camp is at. After a while one of our other friends joined us and we went to the gym together to drop our bags of. The line was very long because all the 400 students at camp had the same task. We were lucky though and arrived quite early. We had to tell the people our name and wich buss we were on. We had gotten all the information in the morning while checking in on the plane. I was the only one going on bus 9. I hadn't spoken to anyone else and I didn't know which ambassadors would come with me. Bus 8 however would leave to the same airport just a little bit earlier and two of my friends were on it and one of my favourite ambassadors.
As we had checked in at the desk we were told to go into the gym and leave our bag in the area that was marked with our bus number. My row was pretty empty. As we had left our bags it felt real to leave camp. It felt so strange to leave and it was even more strange that I was so sad to leave something I had only known for ten days. We went to dinner all together for the last time at camp. My friends and me had planned to make a promposal like "thank you" to our ambassador and teacher at lunch but our teacher had to leave lunch early and our ambassador was in a meeting and arrived late so we couldn't do it. We then planned to do it for dinner but at dinner we decided to do it later before prom (yes we had a mini prom after dinner). So we just picked a spot and ate our last dinner. We sat down at a round table and two ambassadors joined us. One of them was a Norwegian girl and the other one was our homeroom ambassador Shony <3. I was drinking my last Root Beer at camp that dinner and I was so sad. I love Root Beer and I am forever and ever going to think of camp when I drink Root Beer. I don't remember what we had for dinner but the food was always amazing. We talked all together and two other girls had joined us too and we joked around with the ambassadors. They told us lots of fun stuff because this was last day if camp and the ambassadors would go home the same day we are going to our host families. They would go back to their home country for the first time in an entire year. That must be super strange for them.
After dinner we had our last free period. It wasn't long at all though and I think that we all just went to get ready for prom. However I had no dress so I just wore a blouse and a pair of shorts. But that was fine. Only a few people really dressed up.
After the Free Period we had one last homeroom. All the Eagles had their homeroom together the basement of Seeger. We had a quick assembly and then every homeroom took pictures and stuff. This was also when my friends and I gave our thanks to our teacher and ambassador. In one of the free periods (the one before lunch) we had made signs that said (sign nr.1) Michael and Shony we just wanted to tell you (sign nr.2) that you are the best (sign nr.3) we live you. We then held up the signs and showed them to them and again we all started to cry. It was a beautiful moment though because they had given us so much and we felt like we needed to give them a proper thank you. We took one last picture and then we went up to prom.
Prom was honestly not that fun. We had one room full of people dancing and a DJ. It would have been fun if the music would have been better. Most songs I had never heard before. But some were awesome. It was still funny but it was of course not a real prom. They also had food. Cookies and drinks and crisps and stuff. It was good. I love their chocolate chip cookies. They are amazingly good! I ate a few:). We danced until 11 o'clock. We were in the front center of the dance floor and I can tell you it was the best spot. All the fun people were up there and it was honestly more fun watching them dance than giving much effort to dancing yourself. But we did a lot of that too. Until 11 o'clock. Then prom ended and the departures started. People on bus 1-3 had to stay awake and in the gym. Us other people had to sleep. And the worst part was: one of my very beat friends was on bus two. We had to say goodbye to her. It was awful. We cried a lot. We also said goodbye to many more people and lingered in the building for far longer than we were allowed to. But then we had to go. Two of my friends and me went to one of my friends room. Although we were told to go to bed we stayed awake. Their wake up time was at 2:15 and mine at 3:30. But we all stayed awake together. We showered and then just sat there, talking and eating candy. It was cozy but we were starting to get tired.
At finally 2:15 we had to start to get ready. We went to say goodbye to another friend at 2 o'clock and then we got ready. I said goodbye to my roommates and picked up my stuff to leave it in my friends room. Then me and my two friends who were left at camp went to the gym. They checked in for the second time and then went to get their luggage. We sat down and waited for the bus to start loading but two other busses were loading first. We talked a bit and then we had to say goodbye. I went with them to the bus and watched them take their seats. It was weird standing there alone. But an ambassador came up to me and asked me if I was alright. She told me she had cried for all the other busses leaving and she made me feel less alone. Then after a long while everyone was on the bus and they waited for the signal to leave. O had to leave before them though because I had to get my bag and check in myself. I hated to walk away from that bus, but I knew that I will see them again. Some day.
I went to get my bag and then returned to the gym. I didn't have to wait for long until my bus number was called and our bus started loading. I was terminal F and was one of the first to get on the bus. I sat down in an empty seat and was later joined by a Taiwanese girl. We talked the entire bus ride from camp to Philadelphia. She was really nice and she kept me from crying. And falling asleep since I hadn't slept since seven o'clock ghat morning. When we arrived at the airport she went of before me and I also saw one of my favourite ambassadors one last time. I had gotten to say goodbye to him like five times and he had been on the same bus as my two friends. It was nice seeing a person I knew again before I had to leave. I didn't know anyone else on my bus. I only knew the ambassadors but hadn't spoken that much to them.
Then we left for terminal F and I got of and everything happened fast. We checked in, got trough security and I only saw the ambassadors who were at my terminal briefly because then we were already gone. I waited with a guy and a girl on my plane plus two Italians and then they all boarded and finally I did too. I went on the plane to Ohio heavy minded, knowing that I was leaving a piece of me behind. A piece I am hoping to collect one day. In my heart I now had another home and even another family. Because that is what we became at camp. We became family. And the love of a family never dies. Not even through distance. Family will always be with you, right in your heart, were it cannot be touched or forgotten.
I will forever miss you, but I will also forever love you guys. I hope you will all have an amazing year in America , find your dreams and live them. For you who already had your exchange, I wish you good luck back home and in the rest of your life, stay as awesome as you are now, you made a great difference in my life! And for my teachers, I wish you the same. Stay crazy people, because that's why I love you and I want you to know that you also made a huge impact in my life!
For my family back home, I will of course always miss you and I love you too, but at least I will see you again for sure. I sadly don't have that luxury with all the people I love ❤️
"It is not a goodbye, it is a see you later" I will stick to that quote and hope that it will not disappoint me. I will see you again one day guys, until then, good luck❤️