Airport

Good morning,

I am currently sitting in the airplane. We are standing on the airfield for almost one and a half hours now because of the mist. 

The day began already excellent. When I checked in and gave away my suitcase it was too heavy (only one kg above the maximum weight) and I had to take something out, in the end it was my winter jacket. I wear two jackets now although it will be 26 C in New York. Awesome! I was so furious I started to cry. 

We met my aunt, my uncle and my cousin and walked to the passport check together. In front of it we waited for one hour and talked. My cousin has made me a little book, which is very cute.

Before the Passport check I had to say goodbye to my family. My sister and father were totally cool but my mother cried the whole time. I thought I would cry too because I have started crying the days before when my mum cried and even cried when my little cousin cried because I would leave. But now I was very cool. Maybe because I am so excited and can’t wait to get there. My dream comes true. I am so happy! The last days I looked full of joy towards my departure and only felt bad when my mum started crying but all in all I am very happy. 

Oh we start moving so I turn on the flight mode now. See you! 

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So Leuts,

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. 

Finished

So that was working for my first real job ever. I do not know if I will work again before I leave in 24, ups sorry it’s already Friday, in 23 days. That is so weird I still cannot realise it properly although the pleasant anticipation changes into fear and furry that I wanted to leave in the first place. Everything is fine here! At the moment I get along very well with my family, I have a job which makes fun(most of the time). Okay, I may be alone but I think that is just how I am. I am so scared that I won’t find friends in the US. I see it at work. Everybody ignores me although we have worked together for a week now! Sigh! I am just bad at making friends… 

Working was fun today. Luckily. Although I had to work for the impolite car company. First I was in the part of the people who were responsible for laying the table. It was very fun because this time the tasks were exactly categorized. I had to place the white wine glasses onto the tables with the help of a very nice boy. We had to wear gloves and everything had to be exactly like on the pictures. Ridiculous. While we prepared the tables, the other part served the aperitif. Then we had to go to our areas in which we were divided earlier. There we knew precisely what we had to do too. My task was to serve the drinks but after a few rounds during which I did not drop anything but the people were not very eager to take something as well I started cleaning up where I was busier and people ordered even more drinks when I cleaned up than when I walked around serving drinks. The boy who helped me with the white wine glasses and I talked now and then and he opened the door for me every time. I do not know what was going on today because another boy tried to do everything for me, he tried to take away all the dishes I collected because he thought I could not carry them, he came every time he saw me doing something and wanted to do it for me. That was a really nice thought but it was very annoying eventually. All in all it was fun today. I got along with my colleagues very well this time, we were even allowed to eat some of the leftovers, which were disgusting btw, the German band Münchner Freiheit  was there and even performed their big hit “Ohne dich” which is I admit, older than I but one song I know by heart because my best friend during primary school and I used to sing it when we sang karaoke. 

Moreover, we were allowed to leave earlier than planned. Originally my shift ended at 2am because the event should be over at 1am but at 12am almost nobody was there anymore and we waiters and waitresses had cleaned up almost everything already so when we had to bring down the leftover deserts I just checked out, yes without permission, but almost everyone went home and I am not in the mood to spend my night at the train station again so I went home too. I amam in the train now and looking forward to lay in my bed and sleep. 

Xoxo and good night! Becca

A night at the train station

Hi guys,

I had my first job on the IAA today, okay actually yesterday. It’s 3:41 am right now and I am standing at the Central Station in Frankfurt, waiting for a train, the first one comes in 1 hour and I am so tired. I am scared a bit to be alone here at night. 

I left although my shift was not over but I wanted to catch the last train. Unfortunately, I remembered the departure times wrongly so I missed it by just a few minutes. Almost two hours are already over. 

The job was very exhausting, we had to be there at 2pm although they picked us apart at 3pm. Then there was a short briefing, we got Make-up and were divided into groups. For the aperitif there were drink-waiters, food-waiters and cleaners. I was a food waiter and had to memorize the food and carry very heavy tablet. The first one did not seem so heavy but after the second one my arm already hurt. In the end I had to clean up. I was just happy that I did not have to carry the drinks because I haven’t done it before and was very scared to drop it. Some people really dropped it. 

During the press conference was our second briefing. This time I was a cleaner but was assigned to being a drink-waitress before we even had to work because they noticed that they haven’t got enough drink-waiters. Damn it. Luckily I changed my task after waitressing only once because there were a lot of plates and glasses already so until I finished my shift half an hour too early I cleaned up everything. Okay we were 60 waiters so not I alone cleaned up everything. I had to walk a lot because the room was huge and in the end my arm was numb because the plates and bowls were out of very thick porcelain and with that very heavy. Not only that I had to memorize the menu in German, I had to know the dishes in English so I even had talk a lot of English because there was a lot of international press and two of them made even pictures of me so it could be that you can see me on an image in a report bout the IAA, so keep you eyes open, I am the beautiful waitress! Unfortunately, like it is common with fine cuisine and expecting rich and powerful guests there was a lot of weird food: an example, carrot and ginger lollies with pink ginger gel and chili-pepper-basil pesto. It looked very tasty and smelled delicious. Unfortunately the staff did not get food, they rather three it away and I was to scared to try it secretly. Obviously I was very glad when I was able to leave because I am very exhausted and my arm is shaking. Eventually I almost dropped a few tablets because I haven’t got a lot arm muscles. I was certain that I would catch the last train but when I arrived here, I noticed I missed it. 

Originally I wanted to spend the whole time in McDonald’s but it closed at 3am and opens again in one hour. So in this hour I walk through the train station hall and wait for McDonald’s to open again so I can buy a coffee and sit there for the remaining time. I even walked through the city for 15 minutes but I was very scared so I came back because the train station is open 24/7. 

I am so tired and time does not want to go by so I am very eager to see my bed! It is the first night I put an all-nighter and it is probably not the last while working on the IAA. My mum asked if she should come and pick me up in case you wonder if my parents do not care about me but I refused because I do not want to bother them. I wanted to work so I have to bare the consequences. 

Somehow I guess something like this would happen because I was so lucky this evening: I didn’t had to carry the drinks and I didn’t drop something and had nice colleagues, that’s too much luck! 

When I got here at 1am, a lot of hoboes walked and slept here but by now there are a lot of travellers too. The whole time security is here (one argument I used to convince my mum to leave me here) and I got molested only twice. I feel more comfortable now but it is weird to see the train station so empty! 

I do not know if I have told you already but I am so tired!

Xoxo Becca

P.S. please excuse all spelling and grammar mistakes my brain is out of service.

Could we erase that please?

Hey!

Yesterday was awful. First, okay there was the first football game of the season but the Pats lost! Probably because Julian Edelman is injured… (Okay probably not but let me believe it please). 

I got my shifts for working on the IAA in Frankfurt yesterday. I thought I would work everyday but in the end I only work five days! Great, I almost earn nothing. But first of all, I have a class how to behave and what to do then today to which I am on my way right now. It takes seven hours, seven hours of my precious Saturday! The worst is that I have to go to a briefing tomorrow regarding my first shift on Monday. I work for the customer only on Monday and have to spend my Sunday there exactly like the other ones who are working there the whole two weeks, I mean I have to travel there every time and pay my ticket! It would not be so bad if I had to work there all 5 days but just for this one time is a waste of my time and the briefing takes place during the first football game on Sunday! Argh! My mum says I should not go but then I cannot work on Monday and have only four days left. I do not know what to do!

Xoxox Becca

My first job

Hey folks,

I am on my way home from work. I worked at the stadium today during the soccer game VFL Wolfsburg at Eintracht Frankfurt. I did not know at what position I had to work until I arrived there this morning. I got up at 9am because I had to leave at 10:30am if I wanted to be there on time at 12 pm. At the meeting point everyone from the agency met and we got a sheet of paper with all the important information like where and as what we would have to work. I got to know a girl who did it the first time too. She was very nice. Unfortunately we did not work together. We went to the stadium then and through the security control. After that we had to get our working clothes (just a shirt, a hat and a apron because we had to wear a black pants, black socks and black shoes already) and locker key. After that we had to get dressed and to our working place. The girl and I went searching together because at this time we thought we would work together. We got lost but nice security people helped us finding our kiosk. I was lucky, I worked at a little one with just three registersregisterswhich which just sold drinks while she worked in a big one with 6 registers and food and drinks. When I arrived the only one there was my boss. He is a very nice guy who is just one year older than me. We talked a bit about ourselves until the others came bit by bit. My task was to organize the drinks that means that I had to transfer the drinks from the bottle into cups and to tap beer and Apple wine. Fortunately there was a men with the same task because I would not have made it alone especially 45 minutes to kick-off and shortly before and during the halftime break. We sold water, coke, coke zero and light, Apple spritzer, Fanta, Sprite, alcohol-free and beer with alcohol, shandy and ice tea. Wow, you cannot imagine how much the people wantwho to drink. After the game we had to note all the things which were left and clean up. I started working at 1pm and was finish at 7:45pm but it was fun and during my two breaks I was even able to watch the game! Unfortunately Frankfurt lost.

Xoxo Becca

Job Interviews part 2

I think I have a new hobby: job interviews.

This one was the second this week and the fourth during this month. And it was very exciting and by far the most thrilling and fun! I applied at the airport but not for now but for next year when I return. 

First, I had some problems finding the place (I mean Frankfurt Airport is the biggest in Germany) but I arrived just in time). We were approximately 20 , applicants, the most were dressed very  VERY formal, I felt slightly underdressed, and we had to take a test. The test was about logic e.g. complete numerical series, match fitting words and an English grammar test. I finish first and completed all exercises although the women said that one usually cannot complete all in the given time. Ups. Then I had to talk to the women again about how much I want to work and when I want to start. When they got the test results they either told you you did not pass or they invited to a personal talk which took about 15 minutes and was partly in English. After that I had to wait again. When they think you would fit in you are invited to a 30 minute long talk with a psychologist who evaluates if the job is the right thing for you. I get the result of the last talk within the next two weeks. That was real fun but I was overwhelmed by the last conversation. I think I screwed it up because I did not know what to answer…

Well, let’s see…