I'm sorry I'haven't written in my blog for so long, but there's just nothing new to talk about. Today we had Cross Country districts, and I wasn't supposed to run in the beginning, but Rebecca, a foreign exchange student from Switzerland, who is in the Team too (I don't know if I have talked about her earlier) hurt her ankle and I had to run instead of her, so I was really unprepared, because I didn't take our last week of practice seriously, but I still run 29:40, which is OK for me (I'm always one of the last ones ), because the course has a killing hill, which we have to run twice. It is really steep and long. And we were all freezing during the race, because it only had about 2° C and we run in shorts and tanktops!! But yesterday we got our Country Cross sweater and sweatpants, they kept us warm before and after the race!
Tomorrow is our last home footballgame, and I'm really excited for it, because I'm going to Applebees with some friends after the game, and I'm going to buy some sweaters (They are REALLY warm and comfy!) And we maybe have a sleepover too, but we're not sure about that.
Next week we get our grades for the 1st marking period, at least I think so, because tomorrow is the last day that counts for it. I don't think my grades are bad, but I also don't really care, because I don't have to get good grades as the others do. But they don't seem nervous either, so it's probably not a big deal.
Oh yes, something interested has happend since the last time I wrote in the blog! We had our homecoming game and dance! It was so much fun! At the homecoming game (football) when only about 6 minutes were left and we were 42 to 8 or something like that behind suddenly all the lights went out, and we couldn't see anything, fortunatley the ambulances had big lights, and we could see a little, but not enough to play and since they couldn't get the lights on again, they ended the game early. But it was really cold that day!
The dance was even more fun. In the morning I got my hair done, and in the early afternoon I met some friends and then we got ready toghether, then we went for supper to Applebees, and the dance started at 7 and was until 9, and after the dance we went to Ashley's place and had a sleepover. That was a lot of fun.
I don't know how warm it is in Austria, but here the temperature is Winterlike, it even freezes in the night. When we left for the districts this morning at around 7:40 it only had 29° (That's about -1° celsius!!) I'm always freezing, but were all getting used to it real quick.
Well, that's everything for now!
On Saturday we went to NYC with all the AFS Students in this area (we are 9)! That war amazing. You can't imagine how big NYC is! We only made a tour in Manhattan, and even there we couldn't see much, because we were only for 7 hours there, and we all wanted to shop. We rode their by bus, so I had to get up at 5:30 AM, that was really hard on the weekend, but I made it! The ride took us 3 hours, but it seemed much shorter. Eventually in NY we divided in two groups, and our group of 5 had 3 chaperones (adults, who go with us). Our chaperones were really cool, because whenever we saw anything we wanted to do or we wanted to go, we could, and we even managed to stay together until the end .
We started our tour in Ground 0 (World Trade Center). Then we ate breakfest and went to the harbor, which is next to the mall where we ate. From there we had a pretty good look at the statue of liberty, so we decided not to get on the staten Island Ferry, and we had more time. After that, we tried to find the right subway to Chinatown, and after we looked for it really long, we finally found it. But it took ages to get all the tickets, because we didn't really know how to do it.
But we didn't only looked at buildings, we also did a lot of shopping. I bought soo much stuff, but it is neat to be able to have something to bring back home as presents.
Oh yes, and my birthday was on friday(for everyone who didn't know). We celebrated it at Applebees, where my cousin works, and we had a great meal. I got a lot of presents, mostly necklaces, but also cookies from my friends and 2 shirts. After dinner we went to a cornmaze, but it was already dark and we got lost, so we cheated a litle. But it was an awesome night and I really enjoyed it, even though I know it would have been an amazing night with you guys too. (Taking a little Downtown tour )
Hope you all have a great time!!!
Love and hugs
Sorry that I haven't written anything lately, but here is everything very stressful in the moment! School has started 2 weeks ago, and I'm already longing for the week-end every schoolday. But during the week I hardly have time for anything, because school ends at 3:06 (strange time, is it?)n and then we have Crosscountry until 5:00 +- 30 minutes. There isn't much left of the day, because I also have to do my homework.
But I get along very well with a lot of the other students, that makes school life much more interesting, even though I still have a lot to learn (what when to say stuff like that). I've also already seen my first baseball game (Guam vs. Curacao), ein little League game (kids played) but I didn't like it so much because it is rather boring, and I don't know the rules. I didn't even know why they won. And last Friday I've seen my first football game, Warrior Run (my school) vs. Shikalami (the enemy!!) and we won in the overtime. I liked this game, because it was more a social event, than just a game.
Last weekend my sister from NYC and my brother from Portland, Oregon came for 2/4 days for a visit. We had a lot of fun, because we had a party nearly every night, when we made a barbecue, and a fire in our fireplace, and we had some friends here. That was fun. We also went to an amusement park called Knoebels. There wasn't really much action, but there was a wooden roller coaster, which was great. The funniest thing, was a sign in front of the hunted house (Geisterbahn):
I also spent a weekend with my liasion Ed Coup. He has made a schooling to be a boccia coach and now he trains athletics from the Special Olympis (handicapped people). I accompanied him to one of his practices, and it was really interesting. We also had a great dinner.
And I finally saw the perfect american cat!
So that was it for now!
Hugs and kisses
What I forgot: first: the headline and second this picture, which I really like. This is my little hostcousin Lilly while we were coloring.
Since I just figured out today how I could put some photos in my blog, I will post some photos from NY now.
That's my bedroom in the hotel where we stayed in NYC. Quite a mess, I now.
That's the skyline of NYC, we saw it through the bus windows when we drove to Harrisburg.
And that's the view we had from our room in NYC. Would you have imagined that NY looked this boring?
But now I'm here in Turbotville with my hostfamily since Saturday, and I really had a great time. I've already met most of Nancy's family and friends, and they are all great and very interested in me and where I'm from.
I also got registered for my classes the day before yesterday, and I was really nervous, but it was ok, because the guidance counsaler is a great guy. I hope I can remeber everything I took, but I think it was: Englisch, History, Advanced Chemistry, Global Issues, World Religions, Business, Business Law and French III.
And, even if some of you probably won't belive it, I have joined a Crosscountry Team yesterday! Crosscountry means, that we run a lot that we also have a lot of races, which are about 5 km long. It is really outpowering, and I'm the worst of us all, but the coach, who is really great and nice and understanding, told me I will get better with every practice (which we have everyday about 1 1/2 to 2 hours). And I really hope he's right.
Hugs and kisses
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Hy everyone! (I write this blog in english, because it sounds funny if I don't, even though I'm here with a lot of germans and a girl from Switzerland)
I've been to the USA for about 23 hours now, and nearly all of the time I spent in an hotel in NY. That maybe sounds great, but I haven't seen much than a hotel room and the lobby. But when we took the bus to Harrisburg (that's where I'm staying right now, and for everyone who doesn't know this, it's the capital of Pennsylvania), which was an 4 and a half hours drive we saw a little bit of the city!
The flight was OK, but it was definitley too long! We flew about 10 hours and although we had the chance to see 3 films (I watched "KIrschblüten Hanami" and "Step up 2 the streets) it was rather boring.
Well, that's it for now, because I need some sleep! It's 23:36 here, and I really need a rest!