It’s me, starting into a little new adventure with my new start with my new host family. It was my first day with my new environment, in this new house and my new sisters and parents and actually this day was supposed to be a normal game day but suddenly everything went a completely different direction because of the smoke.

It was early in the morning when we received the message from Jessica’s Coach (she also plays soccer) that the smoke was too bad for soccer so both of our games has been cancelled. This was the moment that changed everything because instead of playing soccer Jessica invited the whole soccer JV team over to our house for a party and that meant that 10-15 girls came over to the house and stayed the night.

This start sounds crazy but it was a perfect start for me. Instead of awkwardly spending time with sitting in the living room together, I had fun playing sting pong (technically ping pong but when you score a point you get a shot on your opponents back), glow soccer, Slenderman and other fun stuff. This was the perfect icebreaker and after a crazy day we went to church which was a completely new experience and gave me another opportunity to meet new people. I meat someone that spend his mission in Germany who invited me over to his house in the future when he makes German meals.

I’m really glad that I came in this family and I have plenty more stories.

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It has been a while now since I wrote the last time on this blog but this has several reasons.
1. It happens that I want to take my time for the blog but then I forget about actually writing it.
2. I’m busy over the week with soccer and school.
3. On the weekend I’m busy with watching football ;), soccer games or busy otherwise.
It’s been a while now since my last log entry and a lot has changed compared to that.
First of all I got my new, permanent family and there is nothing else to say besides that I feel totally welcome here and I’m already grateful for everyone in this family. I’m very grateful for everything we’ve done so far like going on a country concert in Missoula, meeting the whole family and even if it’s only watching one the thousand movies or the weekly football games.
Let’s go back to the weekend I arrived in my new family. I think I’ve been here now for 3 weeks and it all started up completely crazy. I got here at a Friday in the evening and I remember that I was even more nervous to knock on this door than I was when I arrived in Helena. As I knocked at the door Morgan opened the door and let me in and so I saw my new home but without any preparation on who they are and what they are like but this made it so much more interesting to figure all of this out. My new family is so different than my family in Germany and what makes it so much different are my three sisters (Morgan/Kristin/Jessica) I have now instead of a big brother.
I’ll write more about everything I experienced here so far in the next coming days because I think that those stories should be put in a separate post.
All I can say so far is that it couldn’t have started crazier than it did.

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Finally the day I was waiting for is here. First day of school and I was really excited but also a little bit nervous because everything will be so different than what I'm used to.

This day will be an unforgettable one. You might wonder why, okay let me explain. This day is surely a great day for me because it is my first day of school at an American Hughschool but what happened this day and all the problems I faced will make it trudelt unique.

My day started off with English which should be my first test because I left my schedule at home and so I wasn't sure which English room I had to go to. I remembered that I had a picture on my phone which showed my schedule like it was before it was a little bit changed but I thought that this is still like it was before. I went downstairs to the room it says on my schedule but I fairly found out fast that it was the wrong teacher and so I went to my counslor but instead of meeting her I went to Mrs. T because I was in a time rush and I didn't need to change my schedule.

Now I was set to go in to my first lesson with my actual teacher, after the lesson was done I had to go to ceramics but at first I went in the oppsoite part of the school than the ceramics room but after asking I found the room just in time but when I entered the room I realized that something is wrong and then I recognized that I forgot my smartphone in the English room so had to hurry back, pick up my phone and run back to ceramics which. The lesson was pretty fun because we played pictunary but instead of drawing things we sculpted it with clay and after the lesson I got my locker (202).

Next I went to lifetime sports what was without any problems at all but after it I had probably the biggest problem you can have at your first day of school. Being late to your lesson? Can happen! Having nobody to eat lunch with? Not to big of a deal! Go to the wrong lesson because you lost your schedule and spend the whole time in there without even knowing that you're wrong? That's what happened to me. I lost my schedule after ceramics but at first I didn't realise it because I remembered that I had lifetime sports after ceramics and so I had to look at my picture I took of my schedule but unfortunetly it was only my old one where I had Marketing Ed. in the 4th period and Photography in the 6th period and so I went to the room from Mrs. Conn because it said it like this on it.

At this point you might think that I'm pretty much screwed because I was abscent a whole lesson and was in the wrong room but I need to tell you that you as wrong as you could be. The reasons why its like this is that I made a new friends in Small Business (I found out that it's this like 5min before the lesson was done and I thought it was only renamed from Marketing Ed. at this point), my photography teachern didn't make to big of a deal out of it when I went there to apoligize, Small Business was really interesting and so I'm gonna change it for Photography on Tuesday. The fact that made my mistake really good for me was that I had friends I ate lunch with in their car (sounds weird but seems to be really common here). In 5th period I had American History and it was really ironic because I had with the teacher I thought I'd have English with so it wasn't a problem for me to find it but I remembered that I'll have American History in this period so I didn't go to get a new schedule and I spent also this lesson without knowing that I made a mistake in the classes.

I finally had time to get a new schedule between the 5th and 6th period and when Mrs. T printed the new one for me and I looked on it I died internal because it was the moment I realized that I was in the wrong class and so I didn't have Photography in the next period as I thought instead I had Marketing Ed with the same teacher as I had Small Business with. I got really lucky this time because I met my Marketing Ed. on my way to the lesson and so I explained her my mistake and I went to Photography so I could apoligize my abscent and than I spend the rest of the lesson in Marketing Education. At first it seemed like I wouldn't have any problems this period but after we were done with the introduction somebody brought Mrs. Conn and berry smoothie with cups so we could taste it and when I tilted to cup to fill something up for me it happened. The majority of the smoothie fell out of the cup because it was frozen and dropped right on my arm so I had to clean it up. My last and final period was my study hall which is a lesson to do homework or to read a book if I don't have any homework to do.

Concluded I had a absolutely crazy day. I went several times to the wrong room, lost my schedule so missed my lesson I had to be in, almost lost my phone, ate lunch in a car and as the grand finally I made a relatively big mess so I would say I had the full highschool experience.

I'm already really excited for my next school day which will be tomorrow (Tuesday) because I couldn't go to school on Friday because I had a soccer match away on Friday and Saturday and Monday (today) is Labor Day an american holiday.

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I'm now set for the upcoming weeks and ready for school. I'm really looking forward to school because it will give me the opportunity to meet new people and use my vocabulary so that I can improve as time goes.

Last Monday, my host dad, Jennifer and me were driving to the schools we'll be in and I was hoping to switch from Capital High which I was supposed to attend to Helena Highschool which my exchange sister will be in that's one reason why I was hoping to change. The second reason is that it would be way easier to get to school because unfortunatly East Helana, the part of the city I live in, is part of the Helena High school disctrict what meant for me that I can't go to school buy bus and need to be driven there.

First we arrived at Helena High to talk to the principal but we had no appointment and so we weren't able to meet him because he is very strict when it comes to this part. That meant for me that I will be attending the Capital Highschool this next school yeaar. GO BRUINS!!!

Soon we were done at Helana High and drove to Capital High and to this point I didn't even know if I'm gonna be softmore, junior or senior but very soon I found out that I'll start in to this year as a junior. The next thing I had to do was picking courses and I can tell you one thing. The variety is huge but it makes the choice even harder so I had to pick four classes out of way more than 20 courses and to my surprise they had German 1-4 :D. It probably took me like 15min but after thinking and thinking I finally made my choice. My classes for next year will be English, Lifetime Sports, Photography, Ceramic, American History, Marketing management and I took a study hall so I can do a part of my homework already at school.

Last friday I had my american football practice and so I went there but after the first practice I realised that it wasn't something I want to do for the next three months because I'm not made for this hard contact sport. So instead of playing football I changed to soccer which took place today from 7 o'clock in the morning to 9 and the 2nd practice was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The practice was hard but very fun because finally got to talk to other teenager and students so I get the opportunity to make some friends even before school starts. My schedule gonna look like this for the 2 weeks until school starts at the 31st of August (school introduction for new students and freshman at 30th).

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When I first heard about Montana I couldn't think of anything but after my trip to the Glacier Nationalpark on Saturday, 5th August I have a good impression of Montanas wildlife.

My trip to the Glacier Nationalpark started at 4 o'clock in the morning when we had to get up so we could start the ride at 5 a.m. because it takes 4-5 hours from Helena to Glacier. So I jumped in to the car armed with my pillow so I could sleep a while in the car and luckily the car had 6 seats so my exchange sister Jennifer and I could sleep kinda streched out on a whole seat row.

I've stayed now for more than a week in Helena and I hear daily about the forest fires that are going on in Montana but I was always out of the area that has to deal with such fire. On our car ride we came pretty close to a spot like this.  We saw the firefighters camp and the lake that's water is used to extinguish the fire or at least to get it under control.

We arrive at Glacier at 9.45 a.m. The first thing I realized when I left the car for the first time was that the air is so fresh and clear what was in no relation with the air in a city or even in a small city like Helena. We drove on the top of the mountains where we wanted to park and hike trough the landscape but unfortunately the parking lot was full so we had to drive back down to a different hiking path.

On our way up to the top and backdown we saw huge mountains, glaciers with there snow on it in August and a beautiful variety of nature at its finest. We saw some squirrels on there way collecting food for winter, a crystal clear river that made his way trough the hilly landscape and many waterfalls running down the mountains. Check out my instagram to get a better impression of my experiences.

Backdown again we started a hiking path with the promise of an amazing view and thats exactly what we got. We hiked through the woods where we saw a beautiful river crossing the landscpae and went up and down the hills on the hike and finally after 2.5 miles we saw a hiden lake behind the trees and when we arrived there it wasn't just an amzing view it was overwhelming, indescribable. The lake was surrounded by gigantic mountains and trees and behind it we saw waterfalls running down the mountain. The lake was visited by dozens of people but still a huge silence and calmness existed there because everybody was looking up the mountains and was enjoying these couple moments of quiteness. We left the lake after a couple of minutes and made our way back the 2.5 miles to the car and left this unique nationalpark behind us so that we arrived at 11 p.m. back in Helena at felt in our bed after this long day.

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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.

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Hey! My name is Konrad Fischborn and I'm going to be an exchange student in America, supported by the organization EF, the school year 2017/18.

EF Class of '18.

Home: Leipzig, Germany

Age: 16 years

New Home: Helena, Montana USA ✈

So I'm a normal guy from Germany, having a normal life, having normal friends and having a normal schedule and now I leave my home country to go on the graetest adventure so far maybe even the greatest you can have as a student. Now you might wonder. WHY? Why give up on your normal life and risk everything by going to the USA and jumping in to the unknown. Hard question, easy answer. Why not? Ask yourself! Are you happy with your life situation? Are you happy by going to school everyday in your hometown, meeting the same people day by day and doing the same stuff over and over again? If your answer is no you know why I'm doing this. I'm here to grow, to collect new experience, life experience and not school stuff, I want to meet new people, I'm curious about a new culture, a different way of life. I could go on and on just like this but all summarized I want to live just the way I want to live. In my opinion being able to choose who you want to be and choosing how to live is the most important thing in this world because nothing is more worth than freedom.

On my way here where I'm in the USA I realize that you can barely reach anything on your own because it was mainly my aunt who has been an exchange stundent and my grandma who encouraged me to go this way even though it was me who recognized this opportunity as the perfect one for me. I have to admit at this point that this adventure didn't only start because it was the perfect chance for me to prove myself its been a dream of mine for a while now to visit America and I didn't get chance to spend my vacation there so this was the best way to solve this problem too.

I will be trying to upload a post every week and add some photos during my exchange.

I hope you want to follow me through this year in the USA and never forget. This year isn't just a part of your life it will be a life in a year.

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Hi! My name is Konrad Fischborn. I'm from Germany and this blog is about my adventure I'm about to go on.