When you go as an Au Pair to the United States, you must also study 6 credits, or 78 hours, at an American college. And there are weekend courses that Au Pairer can choose to go on. A weekend course is 3 credits. Weekend courses are available because it's easy, fun and less expensive opportunities for Au Pairer to get all their credits together.
So this past weekend I spent in Philadelphia on a weekend course. The trip included a guided tour around Philadelphia and an optional trip to Amish country and dinner.
The Friday was not so exciting because the whole day was spent on a bus with about 40 other Au Pairs.
The trip began at 10:30am for me when I had a 1.5 hour drive to Emellina's house, her host parents were kind enough to let me have my car there over the weekend. Then Emelin's host dad drove us and another Au Pair, Alva, to the bus station where the bus would depart.
Then there's the long and boring busride, movies was showing, but I did not watch them. And we also found out who we would share rooms with. Emelina and Alva became my roommates and another Danish girl, Sofie. We also stayed at a fast food place with lots of fast food shops where we could buy food and go to the bathroom.
We arrived at the hotel around 9:00pm and then we just packed our things in the room and then I and the other girls went out for a little while to walk around the city. We walked around for about an hour then we went back to the hotel.
On Saturday, the tour started at 9:00am but we all had to be in the bus at the 8:45am bus because we would pick up our guide before 9:00am. During the trip we got to see so much, and we even got off the bus and saw more in some places. We got to see the librety bell, independence hall, city hall, Philadelphia Art Museum, Rocky Statue and so much more!
The tour lasted until 12:00pm when we dropped off our guide and those who did not want to go to Amish country also went off, then the journey started towards Amish country which would take about 1 hour and 20 minutes. And that time I spent sleeping!
The Amish tour worked in the same way as the Philadelphia tour, we went around with the bus and saw things and we also stayed in some places. We stayed in an Amiah village with lots of small shops and bakeries, I even found Anna's swedish gingerbread cookies, which was both fun and disappointment, because I do not like gingerbread cookies. Then we went on to an Amish farm that had a farm shop, very nice farm. We also got the chanse to look around and see all the animals.
We also passed an Amish graveyard, it was very different from our own. Difficult to explain, but you can see the picture abowe!
Then we went to an Amish bakery, which apparently was very popular. I bought some kind of Woppie pie, no idea what it was but it was good anyway!
Then we went on to the farm where we would have a homecooked Amish dinner. And that was the best food I've eaten since I came to the United States! We also had the chance to ask questions to the family, if we had any. The family was very nice, and we even got the chance to walk around and look around at the farm.
Then it was time to go on the bus again to go back to Philadelphia. And this day, it was also St Patrick's Day here. So when we got back to the hotel, I and Laura went out to see if we could find any St Patrick's Day things to wear, because we were going out to a bar with some other girls. We found some socks and somethings to wear on our heads. Then we went back to the hotel and met up with the other girls and went together to the bar.
I did not stay for long because I was so tired after the day so I was back at the hotel a little after 00:00.
On Sunday we had free time where we could do what we want, so I and some other girls went to get tickets to the independence hall as early as possible before all the people came. Our tour was at 10:20 so we just hung around in the souvenir shop in the meantime. After visiting the independence hall, we split up, Laura and I went to check out some shops while the others went to eat.
Then it was time to go back to the hotel to pick up our bags and wait for the bus that would take us back home.