I know you haven’t heard from me for a while, I have been busy the past few weeks. everything started with my trip to DC at the end of May. But I want to tell you about that in a different post.
I want to write about my difficulty to decide if I want to extend or not here. Continue reading “Extension?”
Reading my title, I have to think of the blue bunny ads thanks to watching too much Chasing life (which takes place in Boston!!!) on freeform!
What I actually wanted to tell you is I am in the US for almost seven months now that means I get the email from Au Pair in America concerning my potential extension this month.
I am quite sure I have told you before how hard it is for me to make up my mind… I have thought about extending even before I arrived, almost every day.
Before I came here I was quite sure I would extend.
Continue reading “Decisions, decisions”
I have less than 24 hours left with my family. I am total panicking, not because I leave ( I think that is going to happen soon) but because I am packing my suitcase since Sunday, okay I started on Sunday and continued yesterday and I have too much stuff. Originally I thought I am really good at packing, everything seemed to fit and I wasn’t even sure if I need the hand luggage but everyone made me feel like I have not enough and now I have too much (it does not fit into the suitcase I haven’t weighed it yet) and I does not know what to leave at home, everything seems important! I have not much else than clothes, is this normal? Unfortunately, the presents for the host family take one third of the space! Ups.
My aunt made a USA – Rebecca is coming Party yesterday. There were burgers and beer (Bud light for me and German for the others, to be honest I haven’t tasted a difference) and I have baked cookie butter cupcakes. There was American music and my aunt wanted to know everything about my flight, my travel preparations, my first days in New York, my future if I want to expand. She said I should not answer the messages of my mum everyday because when I am not at home it should feel like it too. My mum could have killed her.
I am still not nervous because I cannot realise I am leaving tomorrow. Weird.
I crafted the whole week (instead of packing) goodbye presents for my parents and my grandma: a clock full of pictures with typical American images so they know what time it is in Boston and a calendar with pictures from us as well as from New England. Now that I am finish I think it is ridiculous and a totally self centered present but I thought I have to give them something!
What I have to do today is obviously packing, cleaning up my room, it looks like something exploded in here because I have thrown everything I thought I wanted to take with me into the floor and now there is barely floor visible, I want to shower, eat all the stuff which only I eat (happy eating), vacuum at my grandma’s, search the suitcase scale, say goodbye to my grandma and my aunt, cook dinner (Chili con carne), maybe read, oh not to forget quit my job, sleep and I think that’s it.
I had my appointment at the US consulate yesterday. I was not very nervous although my mom told me permanently that my visa will probably be declined. My only concern was that I would carry something with me I was not allowed to bring inside. When I was about to leave in the morning I just thought of my fitness tracker which I left at home then and because cell phones are prohibited too I had no watch! Argh! I had to take train and subway and although I left 2 hours before my appointment I arrived just 15 minutes too early. I was very scarred that I miss it because one has to pay for another appointment then. I.had to pass two security checks. At the first the man spoke German but at the second was a very bulky guy who almost screamed at us. I think being in the military feels like this. It was very weird but because of this experience I started talking with a very nice girl who will make an internship in Harvard and will live in Boston. We had to go to various counters where we had to show our documents until we had to line up before another counter, the interview counter. There was only one counter for 30 people. We were lucky, the line got longer and longer and in the end there were about 50 people and still just one counter. But the time flew by talking wwith the girl and later two guys joined in, the one has been several times to the US already and will stay three months in Atlanta. The other one makes an internship in another office of his company in Pittsburg. Go Steelers!
The interview itself was very short, the man behind the counter asked me what my purpose of my journey to the US is. I told him I want to do an year abroad as an AuPair in Boston, Massachusetts, He then asked what my childcare experience are and I explained him what I have done already. That was it. My visa got approved. I waited for the girl who was behind me and we went to the Central Station together.
In general, I can say that all people who talked in English with me regardless if they were part of the security or behind a counter were ten times nicer than the ones who talked in German with me, okay one exception, the guy who interviewed me, he was very pissed and no the bulky security guy was nice, he even joked when we left.
I will my host family when my visa arrives here. It takes one day to get proceeded says the official website of the consulate so I am hopeful to hold my visa this weekend!
So people, I got the date for my Visa appointment in the General consulate in Frankfurt. Next Wednesday I will go there. The possible dates were all very early and I have to take at least two trains before my appointment so I will not miss it! I am so excited. It is getting more and more real and although I can barely think about something else, I still can’t realise it! Only 86 days until I fly to New York! I am so happy!
I totally forgot to tell you of the events this weekend because I was so excited. I just wrote about me not knowing how my future looks like and that I am in contact with this great AuPair host family from Boston… I skyped with both host parents on Friday. The host dad is as nice as the host mum, they are both very funny and sympathetic. He asked me a few question (some were the same which the host mum had asked a week earlier but I tried to talk a lot and answer them honestly. We talked again for 40 minutes and honestly, it did not feel like such a long time! They wanted to meet my parents and I should meet their kids so we set up another talk for the next day. (My mum was more nervous than I).
First, I talked with the boys, which are adorable by the way, and I barely understood a word because they talked so fast. Luckily the host mum repeated everything and assured me I should now worry much about it, their current AuPair had problems at the beginning as well. Then they talked to my parents who did not say much but they just kept talking. At the end they said they like me and if I want to be their AuPair. That was very surprising for me but without further thinking I said yes and I do not regret it! Guys, I have a match! I am so happy and cannot wait for my arrival in the US in 98 days!
It is a wonder that I haven’t died of boredom yet. I am sooooooo bored. I do not know what to do. I cannot search for a job because I do not know when (and if) I have to leave for the US. Oh, by the way, I have a new suggestion from a Swiss family from Boston with whom I have skyped yesterday. It was awkward and I doubt that they will pick me as their new AuPair. I do not believe that my AuPair year will happen so I am searching for an idea what subject I could study but it either sounds boring or has no future potential. That is so frustrating!
Moreover, I am really down, nothing makes fun anymore (not even reading) and I wish I could sleep the whole day. I thought being finish with school feels better. I wish I could be back at school! (I have never imagined saying this, oh god, it is worse than I thought).
I hope you feel better and have more fun.