New Years

Hey there,

you know that I get nostalgic on New Years Eve every year.

My day is not over yet, remember me being at the American East Coast.

My day is not better than the last years, I had to ski for 6 hours, my first time after the first time ever six years ago. I am very proud of myself, my instructor said I was very good and we even went down slopes he usually hits with his students after a few days skiing and I fell just once! He praised me the whole time how good I am. After a time I couldn’t take it serious anymore. After my fall I was not motivated anymore and scared to fall again. Fortunately I was almost done anyway. My host dad picked me up later and we walked back to the hotel. It was so cold! -18 C! I couldn’t feel my toes and fingers anymore. Tomorrow I have to ski with my host family, I hope i can them convince them to leave me behind like they do all the time anyway.

When we came back my host kids and mum went to the hot tub so I could shower. When they came back I had to supervise the boys shower. Then we went to friends of my host parents. Here we stay until next year. Because I felt like disturbing the adults I spent time with the kids watching Rise of the Guardians and The croods until it was dinner time: buffet with Asparagus, Rips, Salmon, mushrooms, potatoes, salad, cauliflower and a lot of snacks. After that I stayed with the adults because I thought it would be weird if I just spend time with the kids but in the end it was weird to be with the adults, they talked about boats and other stuff I have no knowledge about… Right now there singing karaoke and i fell like I am in the wrong place. Maybe I should not be here. Right now I wish i would be at home. They have January already. See you next year.

This year was fine, I enjoy my stay except for the monthly tragic incidents.

We will see where I am today in a year!

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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! 

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.