When I got here at the airport, it was all good and stuff. I was really happy and hyped up, I guess. I even wanted to go back to school on the same day to see all my friends again. At school nothing has changed. Everyone is still the same and everything looks the same. The thing about Germany that I don't like is that germans are cold. They don’t say hello to their fellow classmates and aren’t happy kinda. They are happy, but they’re not free, open and happy as americans. And the people tell me to not talk so loud, but in America everyone talks like that. 3 weeks are gone now and it’s the 2nd week of summer break. I still think about America every single day and miss it so much, but life here in Germany goes on too.

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My last day has come, I never been so ready, as I was on that day to go home. Last time, when I was at the airport and missed my flight, I wasn’t ready to go back to Germany, but this time, I was so ready than ever. My host family and I got to the airport earlier than last time and the lines weren’t long at all. Everything went pretty smooth and I got myself a pretzel and waited 2h at the gate. Quite long, but worth it. I got goodbye texts by my friends and played sudoku.

The flight to Atlanta was 4h long and it was a normal flight. I had a window seat and got to sleep a bit.

Arrived in Atlanta, I got myself food, because I was starving and got myself to the gate. There I saw a famous soccer player sitting. It was Christian Pulsic, who plays for the US and Borussia Dortmund team. So I took a picture with him and waited another 2h at the gate.

The flight to Düsseldorf was really good. I had a window seat again and sat next to the nicest guy. We had a convo and I slept the first 2h on the 9h flight and watched half of “Beauty and the Beast”. Arrived in Germany, it was just so weird. It already looked so german, when I was getting off the airplane. And having people talking in german to me was even weirder. When I waited in Atlanta and met people that were talking to me in german, I didn’t know how to react, because I was still focused on English. I got my suitcase and carry on and saw Papa and Natalie. It was good to see them again after 11 months.

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This day is my very last full day in America AND it’s the day to celebrate America. At the Fair Grounds the whole town gathered together, because free breakfast got served. After that there was the parade and then firemen came with their big firemen engine and turned up the water in the tubes and sprinkled water over the whole Fair Ground, so we could get soaking wet and have fun.

Around noon, I was hanging out with Anna and Makae and we drove to Vegas and spent our day in the Fashion Mall and tried on stuff just for fun, including a big romper, that makes us look pregnant lol. Back in town, I got my last slurpee and said goodbye to Anna and it was so sad. At home, there was a family party and we’ve been swimming and had burger and hotdogs. At 9 pm, there were fireworks at the Fair Grounds, that we went to and I saw quite a few friends, that I was so happy to see again.

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Since we all have a season pass we can go to Universal Studios the whole year through for free. So we went again and stayed in Cali over night. It was fun there and they added the ride “The Mummy”, which is personally my favorite. The Harry Potter light show was also new.

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I would’ve never imagine going to Girls Camp, but since I missed my flight and Girls Camp was right on the next day, I decided to go with. Girls Camp, is a church camp, where all the girls of Moapa Valley spend 3 days and have activities together. So, I went with my Ward to Kolob. It’s a 3h drive to get to the campground and we set up our camp and had bonfires at night and had hikes, waterslide fun, rockclimbing, etc. during the day. After dinner, all the girls came together and showed skits, gave speeches and that was nice. The cool thing was that I got to see most of my friends from High school at Girls Camp, even though I already said goodbye to all of them.

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I got ready and all packed the night before my flight. The 20th June is my last day in the United States and the end of my exchange year… at least I thought so! We left the house at 4:30. With overweighted suitcase, we headed to the airport. My suitcase was only 52 pounds, so I was hoping, that the peope from DELTA aren’t too picky and will complain about the 2 pounds extra. It was a waaaay long at the Check In line. I thought, that it was normal and nothing to worry about. At the security line I said goodbye to my host family and I started ballin. I really tried to hold myself back, but I just couldn’t. The security line was even longer and I stopped crying. Then I noticed, that I don’t have much time left, till my flight is leaving. So I started hurrying and stressing myself, because I had 15 minutes left till my flight was gone. Then my carry on got inspected and that took time. After that, I had to take the shuttle bus and run to the very last Gate. There were 5 minutes left till the plane was suppose to fly, but they wouldn’t let me in. And that’s how I ended up missing my flight.

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If anyone would ask me, what one of my favorite places have been during my exchange it would be Havasupai. It’s going to be a memory, that I will love to look back anytime and would never get tired of it. And now one more thing is checked off my Bucket List.
Havasupai is an Indian Reservation down in the Grand Canyon and it has 5 waterfalls. There is Mooney Falls, Havasu Falls, Hidden Falls, Little Navajo and Beaver Falls. I did this trip with my church youth group and a few leaders.

Day 1
We got at the Grand Canyon late at night. From Moapa Valley to the Grand Canyon it takes about 5h. Before getting to the canyon we stopped at Panda Express to get our last dinner before the „real deal“ starts. After we’re done with eating we were back on the highway and we slowly starting getting no access to Wifi, because it truly is in the middle of nowhere. A cool thing was, that we saw deers, steers and cows on the way up there and it kept us all awake, cause spotting them at night and having no other light than the car lights was so fun. We got to the parking lot, where the trail head is and wanted to find a spot to sleep there, because we start the hike tomorrow morning. Since it was too crowded there, we decided to sleep a few minutes away from the canyon on a big field. So we got bed ready and slept in our sleeping bags and before the trip we got told, that it’s going to be a bit cold for the first night, but as we got there, it was freezing cold. Colder than expected! I brought the biggest sleeping bag and my warmest hoodie and that isn’t enought! The good thing though is, that we could sleep underneath the sky, which was FULL OF STARS. Oh man, I thought, Moapa Valley has the prettiest sky at night, but no, the Grand Canyon does. It was pretty amazing and I could stare at them all night, but then my eyeballs would freeze out and that wouldn’t be bueno. I woke up twice in the middle of the night freezing and I heard people walking towards the cars, that we came with. I continued sleeping.

Day 2
At 6:30 we got woke up and everyone was talking about how they couldn’t sleep all night or woke up every 20 minutes, because of the temperature haha. We packed up our stuff, headed to the trail head, had breakfast and finally started the hike! J With heavy, framed, 50 pounds (23 kg) backpacks we went downhill the first part of the hike and it wasn’t the easiest thing. It was slippery a few times and I had to pay attention, where I step on, because there are big, small, uneven rocks. Later on, it was all good and it didn’t went downhill anymore. During the 4h hike to get to the village in Havasupai, mules/donkeys were passing us, carrying other peoples framed backpacks and that would’ve been luxury for that moment, because these backpacks were heavy!! At the village, we got our wristbands and then continued hiking to the waterfalls, which took us an another hour. We were all tired, because the sun came up and it was stinking hot. Then we got to the camp ground and took off our backpacks and all I could feel is pain going throughout my whole body, espically around my waist and shoulders. After resting for a few minutes, we started setting up our camp and put up our tents and blow up our air matresses, putting our swim suit, covered ourselves in sun screen and headed to our first waterfall! Havasu Falls looks surreal and no pictures can make it look prettier, than it does in real life. The water was so clear and so turquoise and COLD. It was refreshing for sure. An essential, that I would take to Havasupai are water shoes! They were so convenient, because going through the water barefeet will hurt, because the rocks are uneven. So, the water shoes were a real life saver, if I wanted to hike up rocks or follow the trails to get to one water fall to the other. Later on, we headed to Mooney Falls and that hike was SKETCHY! To get down to the bottom of Mooney Falls we had to follow a trail, that went through caves and was going straight down. We had to hold on the chains and ladders that were there. Personally, I am not that afraid of heights or anything, that would scare me, but THAT was scary. My legs were all shaky and I was so glad, that I got down safely. Mooney Falls just looks like Havasu, but Mooney seems taller. Idk, if it’s true, but it looks like it. There also was a little waterfall, where we could rope swing and that was cool. Back at the campground, we had dinner. We brought down „Mountain houses“, which was dry food, where we just had to add water to have a meal ready. The rest of the night, we just hung out. At night, it was pretty warm and I slept fine.

Day 3
In the morning, we had porridge and then we headed to Little Navajo. Right in the beginning, a few people already started jumping off that one cliff and at first it was all fine, but suddenly one of our group, landed on a rock with her ankle and that is painful! Little Navajo has many little spots to jump off and that is a fun place for people, who are scared of the crazy high heights. Then we got to the big waterfall and there was a cave, where we could sit behind and that was really cool. We just sat inside it and saw all the water falling and dripping down.
After Little Navajo, we got to Hidden Falls and it’s called Hidden Falls, because it really is hidden! It’s quite complicated to follow the trail, because it was so slim and half of the trail was going through water. Hidden Falls was my favorite waterfall place from all the 5. It might not have the greatest and coolest waterfall, but the rocks, where people could jump off, is the most funnest part of Hidden. In the beginning, I was just watching people jumping off the about 50 feet (15 meters) cliffs and I was debating going up there and jump off that thing, because it looks so cool. It was just one of those moments, where you don’t know, if you should do it or not, but after you did it, it was just the best decision ever. I mean it didn’t look THAT crazy crazy high, but it was a bit really crazy high, ya know? So I continued sitting there, seeing people jumping off it again and again and finding even higher spots to jump off. Then I got asked, if I even jumped off that cliff and I said no, so they encouraged me to jump off and I seriously did it. As I walked to the spot to start hiking up, Macy was running towards me and asked, if I want her to jump with me and I said yes, because I was still terrified. We got up there and it was so high, but not as high as I had in mind, but STILL! My legs started getting shaky and as I said, I’m actually not afraid of heights, but imagining JUMPING OFF of this cliff is just crazy. It didn’t took me long up there to jump off. I held my Macy’s hand and she asked me, if I’m ready and said no and then down, down, down weg go. What no one tells you is, that you have to run a bit and push yourself off the rock, so you don’t hit any rocks down there. So that was quite a challenge and pure adrenaline, that I felt. The fall didn’t fell long at all and I wasn’t too deep under water. All the pressure was coming off and I still can’t believe, that I actually jumped off that thing. The quite dumb thing, that I did was, that I got into the water with my eyes open. Yes, my eyes open… So dumb. I got above the water and I just couldn’t open my eyes and it was so painful. Macy was helping me out and then I was alright. After Hidden Falls, we split our groups. A few people went back to Mooney, some stayed at the Campground to rest and since I already been to Mooney, I stayed with my host sister at Havasu Falls, because I was quite tired and wanna hang out and enjoy the waterfall. For dinner we had wraps with chicken and it was so good. The rest of the night, we rest and at night a few people started heading out of the canyon, because it was the last day and they wanted to get there early and come back to help the rest of the group to carry some other weights. I headed out at 3:30 with my group of girls and we had headlights and found our way out. We did quite a few breaks and that one break was just perfect. We laid on that one rock and it was still dark and we looked up the stars and it was just so pretty and peaceful. I loved it. So there is us 4 girls, finding our way out the Grand Canyon in the dark with headlights on. We got really tired, when it got uphill. It was the different path, that we took then we took last time, so we weren’t quite sure, if we’re right, but it went UPHILL!! We felt like dying, but we made it. I think, we got out at 7:30 and up there were a few oft he youth group and we had cold Gatorade and snacks. It was really good. We waited up there for the rest of the group to come and then got IN N OUT and I swear, IN N OUT never tasted so good.

That was Havasupai and even though the hike was probably the most exhausting thing, I’ve ever done in my 16 year old short life, but definitely one of the coolest thing, I have ever done! Seeing the waterfalls was a dream and getting to experience Havasupai with the best group was just a blast.
Since Havasupai we all compare Havasupai to every day things in life. For reals though! We be like „This was not as bad as hiking Havasupai.“
I’m grateful to get to experience Havasupai and consider myself as blessed.

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It was quite the day and the perfect last Saturday, I could imagine spending in this cute little town Moapa Valley.

I stayed over night at my best friend’s house, Anna and spent the morning with her. At 6 am we woke up to exercise and feed her sheep.

Around 10, my host mom picked me up, to get me to the car wash, that my youth group is doing for a fundraiser for Girls Camp. So, I helped there for 2h and there was that one hecka school bus coming. It was sprayed on and just looked so cool, so we couldn’t help it and take a picture with it. A few of us, including me, got into the bus and there was a real party going on. They had a TV, a mini fridge, couches and most of the benches were gone.

At home I got lunch and then we headed tot he Reservoir, which was a big lake, where people hang out. It’s basically a beach. It was the exchange student goodbye party, where I got invited to. Families and their exchange students came and we swam and had food. It was really fun and we (the exchange students) almost crossed the Rez on our floaties, that we brought. So that was fun.

After hanging out there, I got to the other party, which was at my Sunday school’s teachers house. She invited everyone from our class to her house for dinner and I had my first Dr. Pepper float. People actually drink it with Root Beer, but since I’m not the biggest fan of Root Beer, I got Dr. Pepper. A Dr. Pepper float was basically ice cream and pouring Dr. Pepper over it. That this was a typical American thing to do was surprising.


And that was my busy last well spend Saturday here in this town.

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A day after the last school day was the graduation for the seniors (12th grade) at my high school. The seniors got to wear their traditional cap and gowns. For the graduation, there was a ceremony in the gym, where all the graduates get certified. It took about an hour and after that we could take pictures outside.

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​There was a EF Graduation, where all the exchange students of Southern Nevada get together and get certified.

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