From the time we matched to my arrival in the United States, was there a lot of practical things that I needed to do. It was everything from quitting the jobs I had, to my insurance, getting a visa and an international driving license. Besides all these practical things, I also had to say bye to everyone I know and pack my whole life down in boxes. And seriously how do you just pack 1 suitcase and 1 cabin back for a whole year ?? Comparing to many other au pairs I first met when I arrived, I was probably one of those who packed the least of clothes, but I love shopping so why not take this opportunity, to take as less clothes as possible with me, and then go out and almost buy a whole new wardrobe! 😍
The last month before my departure was very hectic, in my private life, my work life and just all over. There was really so many things I had to wait to get done or made at the last minute. And if there´s something that I really hate, it´s being stressed and doing way to many things in a short time.
In terms of work life, I chose to stop 2-3 weeks before my departure, so I didn´t really worked the last 2 weeks. Buuuuut just because I didn´t have any more guards at work, it really didn´t mean that I was completely done with my colleagues or boss. I needed to give everything I had from my jobs back, like work clothes needed to be handed over to another colleagues, my keys, getting the projects completed that I already had started up on. Finding out about the last holiday/day off payment, getting paycheck and all those paperwork. 😳
My private life was SO confusing at the time! I stood 1 month before leaving, with an ex boyfriend who was ready to get the relationship we had built up together on right track again. It was a total shock for him, that I wanted to move to the states for a year, the thing I think was the most shocking news for him, was that I had made this decision without talking to him about it first. But like I said, we were broken up and this was my dream now instead. He had a few days to go on with the thought about me leaving, before we had the talk about maybe trying a long distance relationship. (This is a whole different story that I´ll tell you guys some another day) 😁
A goodbye party with my closest girlfriends was held two weeks before my departure, which was the most strange feeling ever! First of all I was really trying to enjoy the evening/night with my girls, but that the same time, I knew that the day after would it be goodbye, see you in 1 year! Now 8 months later without seeing them, I can honestly say that I miss them SO much, they means so much to me. (But in less than 5 weeks, I´ll see them all again! So excited)
The days up to my departure were used to get the last things ready and packed, and saying goodbye to my family. The night to Monday (March 20 - departure day) I didn´t sleep at all, which was fine with me, because we´re leaving at 2 o'clock in the morning too Copenhagen Airport. At the airport I met up with my first au pair friend, we had texted a little back and forth together in some weeks, knowing we had to fly over to the states together just us two Danish girls. We said goodbye to our families at the airport and then we took our first step together on our life biggest adventure! 😍✈
To be continue.