It's been now exactly one week since I left Leipzig and I feel really good after this time.
My adventure started with the EF Welcome days at the 26th July and it's been a blast but before I went there I had a real challenge to deal with and this one already started at the airport in Berlin.
My journey started in the early hours of Wednesday 26th. I arrived in Berlin with my huge package and about to start my trip to the USA and the only thing I had to do was to get in to my flight to London and from there to New York but unfortunetly the airport in Berlin had 2 plaines at the excact same time (7.05 am) leaving to London and I didn't know the airline I was flying with so I was looking for the EF ambassador who was helping the departuring exchange students with check-in and so I was looking for him and hoping that he knew more and so he told me to go to the flight with the airline British Airways which should turn out later to be the wrong choice.
So I went to my gate waiting in the queue to check-in but somehow I wasn't the in the data bank and my name was missing on this fly. I had to wait again till things were cleared but the answer came way too late because affter my airplane already took off I got the information that I was booked on the ot the other plaine with German Wings which was very surprinsing and usually not the airline EF flying with but we had to do something so I still could arrive in NY in time.
The EF staff member got the idea that we should try our luck with the United Airlines supervisor and ask him if he could book me on to the outgoing flight to New York. This flight was nonstop to NY which would've been even better than the one I was originally suposed to take not only because I was faster in the USA I was also flying with Clemens also an exchange student and yo instead that both of us were flying alone we flew together. Luck was on my side this time because the United Airlines supervisor was able to upgrade someone and get me in to the fully booked flight. This guy was a reallife superhero and he truely saved my day. When I was thinking about all the stuff that could happen on the exchange I never thought about a challenge I had to take on before I even left the country and this one might sound a little bit cheesy but after this one I can say what didn't kill me only makes me stronger.
I arrived at the Newark airport in New York a little bit tired but very excite and the first thing I noticed was that almost all students waiting at the airport were swedes and norwegians what was very surprising to me but I came very good along with. Later also a group of germans arrived and after a couple of hours waiting we were finally all together so we could ride to the EF academy in Thornwood, NY and we could start in to our EF Welcome days. It took me than a while to check-in but after dinner at 18.30 I went to my room which I shared with Martin from Denmark but he arrived when I was already sleeping so I noticed him when I got up in the morning. We had breakfast at 8.30.
After breakfast we finally went in to our classes #group13) and met our group leader. We were heading towards the school building and went in our class room where we got to know each other through games and learned about things like curfews , american culture, right behavior and other different things which could help us on our exchange. We ate dinner at 6 and had a Welcome Days party at 8. Bedtime was at 9.30.
The second day Friday 28th started just like the first day besides that we got our e-ticket for our flight to the host families and we got information about our trip to New York City where we were about to visit central park, 5th Avenue and the famous Times Square which was really stunning. You can check out some picture I took on my instagram.
We stayed for 6 hours in NYC and after we got back to EF we had a goodbye party with some snacks which was a really sad moment for me because I made really good friends in these 2-3 days which might sound a little bit strange but I think that we all felt that there was something connecting all of us so we got very good along with eachother.
The last day at the EF Welcome Days Saturday 29th was the day of our departure to our host families. I had to be at 3 am in the gym so for all of us who were going to the same aiport were early enough for our flight. My flight went from Newark to Seatec (Seattle) to Helena where I arrived at 1 pm after experiencing some turbulences. My host family and my exchange sister welcomed me there and so we went 'home' after a stop eating pizza.
These couple of days been a real blast with the one and the other challenge but after this I'm very happy being finally arrived in my new life and now I'm ready to start my ADVENTURE.