Today was Black Friday and we drove up to Mesquite and St. George, Utah to shop. We left at 7 so we could be there soon enough to get all the good stuff, even though some people started shopping at 2 am or earlier to get the best deals haha. We stopped in a store in mesquite and bought some presents for Christmas and then we were in St. George, Utah in a shopping centre and that was busy there! First when we entered the store, i was like hmm ok alright, but then we were ready to stand in line to pay or stuff, it was like a never-ending line. It went all the way to the other side of the shopping center and it was just crazy... But it was still kinda fun standing there, watching people stressing about what else they're going to get and just see everything marked in red, saying that it is on sale. There were so much good stuff and it made me just happy. I found cute clothes too and went home with Christmas presents and stuff for me. What a successful day :) ohh and they had a waffle iron for 8$, whatttt

bye, bye
michelle

ps: I don't have a picture of my Black Friday experience but I have a picture of me standing in front of the Utah sign, we've been stopping by today, so here it is :)))

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Hello,

today is thanksgiving, which means we got to eat lots of lots of good food :) Around noon grandma and grandpa came for celebrating thanksgiving with us and then we started to eat. And we got turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, etc. all the good stuff :) Then we watched some American football.

And because it is thanksgiving, I'm going to list a few things I'm thankful for:

1. Family & Host Family

2. Friends here and of course my squad in Germany

3. Opportunity to do an exchange year here in the US

4. Buddha

5. Harry Potter, divergent and all my fandoms

6. Awesome TV shows (especially for grey's anatomy)

7. Love, because love is great

8. Being alive

9. Cameras for taking pictures/videos, because they give u the opportunity to kinda relive moments

10. WIFI/phones to keep in touch with my people

11. Glasses to let me see life in 4K

12. Food/water

13. Ability to walk, see, touch, taste, ...

14. good and bad moments

15. Pancakes

16. Running, because running is great

17. Naps, long long naps :)

See ya,
Michelle

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Hello,

Yesterday we came back from our California trip to Universal studios and it took us about 6 hours I guess... to get there. On Sunday we we were driving down to the apartment we've rented and slept there over night. On Monday at 8 am we were in the universal studios in Hogwartsss!! :))) it was pretty lit and during the day we were in Springfield (the simpsons), Shrek, transformers, etc. Most of the attractions are simulations (3D, 4D stuff) so not many roller coasters. The Harry Potter simulation was my favorite one. I'm in Gryffindor btw, I took the test online lol. On Tuesday we've been in universal studios again and did the other rides/simulations. We've been on the minions, Jurassic world and there was one for the walking dead, but that was too terrifying for me. Ah, and there is a City Walk before you enter universal studios. There are many shops, gift shops, restaurants, etc. And there was a sock market, which was so cool! There were sushi, pizza, puppy printed socks and much much more. Yup... on Wednesday we left early to escape LA Traffic and there was still kinda a lot of traffic, but oh well... and for those who wonder why I didn't go to school: It's because we have a whole week off :) so that's nice.

Bye,
Michelle

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hello there,

Thursday night, the 11th I went on a trip with the exchange students to the Grand Canyon. We meet up at our regional coordinators house and drove to to vegas and stayed over night at someone else's house from EF and the car ride was so much fun. We sang all the way up to vegas and stopped for food at mc Donald's.

At 2 in the morning we were heading to the Grand Canyon. We stopped at mc Donald's... again. There we had breakfast and at a gas station we got ourselves more food. Later we finally arrived in Arizona (the state) at the Williams train station around 8 and first when we got out of the van, the first thing what i thought was, that IT WAS FREEZING!!! -1 Celsius!! But we got warned before so that was not a surprise. Then we got our tickets for the train ride. Before that we were watching a western show they were presenting. The train ride was about 2-3 hours long till we finally get to the Grand Canyon!! Finally!! :))) and the Grand Canyon is huuuuuge and sooo pretty! The view was just amazing and pictures cant show beautiful the Canyon was. We've been at the south rim btw... There we had 1h time to get lunch and then we went on a hike. With 3 other girls I did the bright angels walk and it looks even more prettier when u hike. We almost been to the bottom of the Canyon which was pretty cool. But Running/walking up again was tough and not everybody kept on track with me and Kerry (one of the girls I went with). So we went all the way up and it was so exhausting. It took us 20 minutes to get up, even though it took us 1h 30 min to get down, so we did a pretty good job haha. On the way up we met a boy who was walking in front of us and we started talking. He was really nice and we talked about life in america and it's always good to meet people who live here and i like it :) At 5 we got into our cabins where I was in a room with other foreigners. At 6 we ate dinner in a lodge where they had bunch of food. After eating we've been at a gift shop and i got some stuff. I went to bed at 8 and that was my day :)

Around 7am me and some other students were up for watching the sunset and we found good spots to take pictures. It was -2 Celsius and it was sooo coooold. I couldn't take my hands out of my pockets because it would freeze instantly, but for taking pictures I had to go through this lol. Grand Canyon is way too pretty for not taking pictures. After a while my hands were numb and lips were blue haha. We had breakfast and then we went into our rooms to pack our stuff and get ready. During the day we've been driving with the shuttle bus from one point to the other point. Every point has a different view and it was really pretty. We also saw the Colorado river and then and later I walked with 3 other people to the other points, because it got surprisingly warmer and warmer during the day and it was literally the p e r f e c t temperature to hike or going for a run. Not too hot, not too cold. We went to the last station and drove back to the lodge where it started. At the lodge we had lunch. Then I had ice cream with Rafaela and it was so good. For real... we heard that the ice cream there should be really popular and good, so we tried it and it was so good haha. Then we took the train back anddddd on the ride back we saw cowboys riding their horses right next to us. They were right next to us when we looked out of the window. It was awesome and then all of the sudden cowboys were walking through the train haha. When we arrived at the Williams train station there were Christmas decoration already and it looked just pretty and it's just crazy. It's not even Thanksgiving yet and they have their Christmas stuff outside. We stopped at a place where we could get food. Kerry and me were at Pizza Hut and then we were driving back to moapa.
Bye
Michelle

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Hello

Today we picked pomegranates in our garden. We invited some friends over to help us picking them, because we have lots of them! We have like 5 grown out trees which are really big. So in the end of the day we have like 7 boxes full of pomegranates. That was pretty nice.

Goodnight
Michelle

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Hi,

today was Halloween and it felt like I had 3 days of Halloween haha.

On Friday there was a Halloween party at someone's house and we did some S'mores and watched Hocus Pocus and Goosebumps. It was a pretty chill night.

On Saturday there was a birthday party I've been to and we carved pumpkins. MY FIRST TIME CARVING PUMPKINS! After that I got myself some food and then we watched a movie outside in the garden and got blankets and pillows to lay on. We had a bonfire too.

On Monday was finally Halloween. I dressed up as Harry Potter (House of Gryffindor). In school I saw some people dressing up as the house of Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw! So that was kinda cool... At night there were kiddos walking through the neighborhood asking for candy. We've been to Trunk and Treat, an "event" I guess where the whole valley meet up together and get candy and eat food. Everybody was dressed up and it was lots of fun. Well, that was my Halloween!

Goodnight
Michelle

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Yesterday I was at the Logandale Fall Festival with Rafaela, a friend of mine and there was Rodeo, BBQ and Country music going on. At 3 pm we were watching the Rodeo and then we walked to the Fair, where all the food and the booths were. Marina was working at a food truck, so we said hello and met Kennadie (from HS and CC) and her cousin. We hang out till 5 and then they left. At the Festival they sell anything you can imagine. From clothing to instruments to toys and there were chicken, cows, bunnys, goats you could feed. Idk why, but that was pretty nice. Rafaela and I listened to the Country bands that were performing on stage and then we got ourselves some food and talked and talked and guess what happend... A BIRD SHIT ON MY HEAD and it was just growse and I had to swipe it off my forehead and ew. We stayed till 8 pm and it got pretty cold, but at 8 we left and we got driven back home to change our clothes. There was a party going on at a friends house where we were and then we did a movie night at our house with some people. We watched the new Ghostbusters movie and that was my day.

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On the Friday night, the 21st of October, I was with Therese in the Moapa Valley Corn Maze and it was funnnn, but also terrifying lol. For the entrance we have to pay $17. In the Corn Maze there were creatures/monsters hiding in the maze and they try to creep you out and to scare you. There were lots of clowns, pigs, people laying down in coffins, creepy girls in white long shirts and black hair, that were shining in the dark and lots of lots of more haha. Oh and some were following us, they were walking RIGHT BEHIND US. Yup, that was kinda creepy haha. And omg, the scariest thing was in the end. Therese and I only heard the sound of the chainsaws in the beginning and we said, that we're not going that way, because we heard people screaming and it was just noooo. But as fate will, we were ending up where the man with the chainsaw was. So let me explain the scenario: Therese and I were standing side by side and were walking really slow in the big circle, because there was a creepy man sitting in the middle watching us as we go. So we were focused on that man and all of the sudden he was literally sprinting to us with the chainsaw in his hands and making these noises and it was jusr scary.... So we were running away screaming and then an another man with chainsaws in his hands was jumping right in front of us. I almost peed in my pants, seriously. That's why we tried to ran back into the maze where we just came from, but no. There was another one with chainsaws (of course) running right at us and I was so done. 1 man with these things was enough for me, but 3? I was so done hahaha. Therese and I were just running out of the maze, through all the corn and were not following the path anymore. Just wanna leave the maze haha. We just heard the men laughing at us. And I think I would've too lol. We were screaming like girls. Well, we are girls, but like girls girls, you know? We were 30 minutes lost in the maze.

Yup, that was my experience with the Corn Maze and seriously... right after that, I would've done it again, but there were too many people standing on the line, waiting to enter the Corn Maze and nah. In front of the Corn Maze there were other activities to go to, too. We did some Go Kart, were watching the country band performing and there was a Corn Maze for little kids, where we've been. Well, apparently we got lost in there too haha.

All in one, the Corn Maze was so much fun and I would totally do it again. We also saw people from our school and it was just a fun night.

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I just came from a 5K race. My last race for Cross Country. Today were Divisions Finals and it was tough, but I kinda liked it... I didn't PRed, which I'm not proud of, but that's ok. In the last few races I always improved my time, but today was just: Meh. We had to run against the wind and we got uphills and so much concrete and it was just ew. I was 1 or 2 minutes slower than my PR and ran the last 100m into the wrong way. It took me 35, almost 36 minutes to run this course. Ah, I forgot to turn left and ran straight on the track, but oh well. The girl behind me didn't passed me anyways lol. But tbh I could done better today... I walked a bit toooo much and shouldn't have walked and talked with the girl from the other school, but she was so nice. As my last race I should've put more effort in it.

All in one, I'm going to miss running at races and I know it sounds ridiculous, because races are never fun, but the feeling after finishing a 5K or a 2.5 is just amazing. It's the same with practice after school. After dying and melting in the heat, being all sweaty and running in the desert, I can say, that I made it and I'm done.

In 2 weeks are Regionals and maybe we go to state, but only Varsity is running. Me as a JV runner am not going to run, because I didn't qualified. At practice we had to run 2 miles under 20 minutes, but I got 23 minutes. Yup, that's why I'm not qualified. Anyways... at Regionals me and my other running buddies are not going participate, but we're going to be there to support the team, which makes me happy :) ok, I will take a nap now, which will probably takes me 3 hours long, but idc.

Ah u can check my time from every single meet in the internet too.

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Homecoming is over and it was so much fun! I really enjoyed my first and last homecoming and it was just memorable.

Let me start from the beginning. For those who don't know what homecoming is: Homecoming week starts from Monday to Tuesday and it's all about the football game on Friday. Each day we dress up differently and have a "theme" how we are aloud/should dress up. And everynight there are activities at school you could join. Monday was PJ Day, which means that we can wear our Pyjamas- obviously- to school and take blankets with us to school. That was pretty fun... At 5:30pm they offered Sign Painting in the Cafeteria. But unfortunately I wasn't there, because I got Cross Country practice and right after that Powder Puff Practice. Powder Puff was on the next day and in that "sport" girls play flag football and compete against the Frehmen (9th grade) and the Seniors (11th grade). As a sophomore I was in a team with the sophomores (10th grade) and the Juniors. For the Powder Puff Game girls ask the football players for their jerseys. So one week before Homecoming week started, I asked a boy who's in my semenary class and Sunday church and got the jersey.

So on Tuesday was Mathlete vs. Athlete Day. On that day we could wear the football players jersey or something what makes you look like a nerd. I was an athlete. At 6:30pm Powder Puff started and we were pretty prepared and so pumped up for the game. The boys were the coaches and we had a men squad, who did cheerleading. It was so much fun! The game was intense and we got a touchdown, but lost 12-18 at the end, which makes me so mad. We were so good... and lost anyways. I was offense, which means that I block everyone who comes in my way. The other team played rough, but not rough enough to beat me. I was awesome.

On Wednesday we had Squad Day and I dressed up with the Cross country team and we made up to wear our shirts for that day. But when I came to school nobody wore the same shirt as me. So that was kinda a fail. Only two boys of the team wore the same shirt as me, but anyways... At 7pm we had a movie night at school on the football field and everybody brought their blankets and pillows with. Some brought couches with them haha. We watched Pirates of the Carribean 1 and from time to time it got colder and colder till we were all freezing.

On Thursday was USA Day. We dressed up in America's flag colors and carried our US pride with us. In the evening after school we had a parade. The past few days the students built floats for each grade. So we had a freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior float, which also had themes. The sophomore floats theme was India. And the grade who got the best float wins. The whole valley was there to watch the parade. On the parade the Cross Country (including me), soccer, volleyball team etc. was marching and we threw candy and stuff. After the parade there was an Assembly. I don't know if I told you what an Assembly is, but at my school they do Assembly's on special events for example there was one for the first week of school, start of hoco week etc. It's kinda like a meeting where the whole school comes together and people announce special events that are coming up this week, teachers get called out to play games like "imitate the teacher" or once they played Russian egg roulette. One time siblings got called out to play the sibling challenge etc. Everything you can imagine... So at the Assembly on Thursday the king and queen, princesses were presented and they all looked so pretty! One week before Homecoming week started, every student at school was supposed to vote for their princesses, kings and queens. We got a list with all the girls we can vote for and even I was on it. I was pretty surprised! Haha. Anyways... the princesses who had the most votes wore fancy dresses at the Assembly and it was just sweet. They got their crowns on, capes and yup... At the Assembly the cheerleader and dance team were performing, athlete of the season were announced and the juniors float got first and we got second.

On Friday was Extreme Blue and Gold Day. These are the colors of our school, which means that we can wear our Pirate HS Shirts to school. At 5:30 Marina and I were at school again even though the football game starts at 7pm, because Marina is in Marching Band and is going to perform during half time with her Orchestra class. So I was there talking to some people from band/orchestra and saw everybody in their suits and they looked so cute. Then I walked alone to the football field and sat at the bleachers where people I know from school and church sat. When the football game started the princesses and kings stood on their floats and then the marching band and cheerleader came and performed. We played against Rancho HS and won 57-12 or something. I don't exactly remember, but we won haha. It was our last homegame for the football season, which makes me so sad. Friday football nights were my favorites and the school spirit and the cheering was just amazing.

On Saturday the Cross Country team arranged the Kill Hill Challenge for The Valley. Just a few of my teammates ran, but mostly (including me) just helped out. I already ran the Kill hill at practice and all I can say is: Never again. It's a pretty rough course, especially running up the hill killed me and you just got sand in your shoes and everywhere you look is just dirt. And nahhh better not. The first race started at 8am and at 8:30 the 2nd. Around 10am we were done and my homecoming day could start. At 12am Marina and I did a picnic with a couple of friends in the Logandale park and then we drove to our house to watch a movie. Then I got myself ready for the dance. I showered, put on my dress, ate something and then we were at a friends house. There were some other girls who got ready for the dance. A friend of mine did my hair and one did my makeup and I looked so damn good at the end haha. The dance started at 8pm and ended at 11pm. The dance was so much fun! Even though not everybody danced so much as I did, I was rocking it on the dancefloor with my group of friends. The slow dances were kinda awkward, because I was dateless, which reminded me that I was single af, but never mind. There were only 2 or 3 slow songs, which was good, because the rest of the dance only fast songs were playing. My feet were sore and hurting during and after the dance. That's why I danced and walked barefoot at the end of the dance and it felt good lol...

And that's how my homecoming was and it was just amazing... I'll definitely gonna miss it! A lot! And it makes me so sad that it is my first and LAST homecoming :( Even though I spent this week more at school than at home, I love school. I really do...

Monday - PJ Day

Tuesday - Athlete vs. Mathlete (Powder Puff Game)

Wednesday - Squad Day (movie night)

Thursday - USA Day

Friday - Extreme Blue and Gold Day (Football Game)

Saturday - Kill Hill Challenge, Dance

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