Sonntag, 20. Oktober 2019
On tuesday, october 15th, most of our group went to the Science and Industry museum, the other part of the group visited the Arts institute. After the stay in the museum we met in the Millenium Park, where also "The Bean" is located. Afterwards we went on a boat tour on the lake michigan and the Chicago river. from there we also saw the Navy pier, which we also visited afterwards. The last two hours were at our disposal, which many used as a chance to buy the last souvenirs for friends and family. In the evening we all went out for a last meal together and reviewed the last weeks. On Wednesday the 16th of October was our last day in America and thus the return of our journey. In the morning we went to "Willis Tower" which is the highest building in Chicago. We drove with an elevator to the top of the tower and had a fantastic view where we took a lot of pictures. After that we had to say goodbye to America because we drove to the Chicago O'Hair International Airport and took the flight to Amsterdam. From Amsterdam we flew back to Bremen where our families were already waiting for us. That was the end of our adventure.
Freitag, 18. Oktober 2019
My morning started at 8 am.
Everybody ate breakfast on their own, so we weren't able to talk to each other after a too short night.
When we started our trip we needed to change some of our plans because the weather wasn't on our site this day.
We visited the statue of crazy horse and its museum. Because of the foggy weather we just could look at it for a few minutes.
After that, we visited the Mount Rushmore. It was interesting to get to know the history of the four former presidents of the United States.
Then we rode by bas through a Wildpark where we saw a lot of donkeys, bisons and deer. It was cold and windy when we hopped out of the Bus to stroke and feed the donkeys but it was still an unique moment.
Thank you for an amazing day. :)
Dienstag, 15. Oktober 2019
hadn't we just met our new friends? Well, they're going to visit us too, we comforted ourselves. On this last day with them, we wanted to do something together, and spend as many happy
hours as possible with them before we had to pack our stuff for Chicago on finally get everything in our bus on Monday morning to leave for Chicago. It felt weird, the last time we left,
it was just for even less than a week and now it should be final. My Sunday morning began in the worst way possible, I overslept. So I texted my friends with whom I had planned to eat out breakfast.
Luckily, they hadn't gone for it yet. So they gave me a ride and we got breakfast pizza from Casey's. What's that you might ask yourself. Iowa is known for loving pizza from the gas station
"Casey's" and a speciality of this gas station is its renowned "breakfast pizza" topped with sauce, eggs, cheese and either bacon or sausages. It sounds strange, but actually tastes delicious.
So after tasting the typical Iowa cuisine, we tried to decide upon what to do, there was just a little problem. The car we wanted to use was broken. So we were more or less stuck at home.
We quickly changed plans and got to the conclusion that a relaxed Netflix day would be a perfect solution. At first it seemed like an impossible task to find a show everybody was willing
to watch. Mostly, because half of the audience was strongly convinced that horror movies would be a perfect fit, at last we settled on "Stranger Things".
Watching the show wasn't such an easy task though, because the house we were in was also inhabited by three very cute but also very active dogs, which couldn't resist jumping on us, running
around, trying to steal our snacks, trying to lick our faces or begging for attention. All in all, we spend a very relaxed but fun time. In the evening we went to the farewell potluck at
Charles City High School, where we got to meet the whole group: St. Ansgar and Charles City for the last time. Remarkable about the buffet was the wide sortiment of typical pumpkin pie on the dessert table.
At least 6 different families had brought some and we all tried it the classical way: with a lot of cream. After the dinner, we took group pictures and said farewell. In the evening we all went home and started packing our luggage, trying to find every last item that might be hidden in the room while thinking about the fun time we had here in our partner city.
Sonntag, 13. Oktober 2019
Since we didn’t plan any actions with the GAPP group everybody did something different with their host, enjoying the little time that is left.
The day started with four of us Germans, and our teacher Mr. Bleischwitz waking up way to early for a Saturday to do something really exiting: The local radio station wanted an interview with the Germans to talk about Germany, our school and the GAPP program. So from 8.00 am to 8.50 am we answered questions. We were all very nervous, but the interviewer made us feel as comfertable as possible.
After the nearly one hour long interview and a lot of laughing about our faults we did when answering questions, we went back to our hostfamilys.
I went shopping with my two hosts Emily and Lily. We went to a Mall one hour away from Charles City, but even the drive there was really funny. We sang with the radio and made silly jokes until we finally arrived.
We scoured all the shops, and I can promise you there is a lot of funny and silly stuff in the US.
And, of course, at some point we ended up in the bookshop Barnes and Noble, since both, Emily and I love buying and reading books. And let me tell you, two people very fond of reading, are fun in theorie, but resultet in way more books than we probably needed.
With two heavy bags full of books we went on buying even more.
So this was my last Saturday here in the US together with my hostfamily. I had a lot of fun here and I wish I could stay a little longer, but I can promise that the stress of our arrival was worth it.
Samstag, 12. Oktober 2019
After our long bus trip yesterday, we woke up in a Motel in Wall, South dakota. After getting ready we went downstairs for breakfast. At 11 am we left the Motel and drove to badlands nationalpark . It took absolut 10 Minutes to get there. While there we stopped at many observatory platforms to enjoy the incredible view. ( while there we also took the following picture ).We drove and walked through the badlands for about 2 hours.
After that we headed to our lodge in the blackhill Nationalpark along the was we stopped in Rapid City at Walmart to buy some food for the next there days.
From there we drove 45 mins to get to our lodge. After arriving in our beautiful lodge in the Woods we unpacked our stuff and begann cooking pasta for supper. It was really fun. Since the day was so busy and exhausting most of us went to bed early.
Freitag, 11. Oktober 2019
After the game we visited the older sitster from my host, who studies in Ames. We had lunch in a traditional American resturant with the howl family. Later she showed us the Iowa State University which is quite huge and very old. You can get over 100 different educations.
Back in Charles City we met some Americans friends and hang out. We had nice conversations and played some basketball. Finally at 12 pm we went to bead.
All in all it was a exciting and interesting day with unique experience.
Dienstag, 8. Oktober 2019
Later we continued our trip. On our way we stopped at a scenic view point. We had a great overview over the Missouri River and took some pictures of us and a big statue of an indigenous woman.
Afterwards we had to drive another two hours and then we finally arrived in Wall where we had time to visit the shops until 10 pm.
Samstag, 5. Oktober 2019
Friday, October 4th
My school day started as always at 7 am. After breakfast we left the house at 7.50 am. The way to school takes more or less 15 minutes, because I live in a small village called Grafton close to St. Ansgar
The first class starts at 8.15 am, I went with my Host sister Emma to Spanish class.
The second class of the day was History. In this class the teacher wanted me to play a game.
It was me against the Americans. The first one to name 5 famous people from the other student’s country would be the winner.
I would say we ended up in a tie.
We had a really nice bus driver, so we asked her to take a photo of all of us in front of the bus as a reminder.
We drove about 5 minutes to the Grainmillers factory on the outskirts of St. Ansgar.
When we arrived, we were welcomed by one of the employees. First of all she gave us brief introduction about the factory.
Later they showed us how they produce their products and explained to us how the machinery works.
As a departing gift, they gave us oldmeal, which they produce at this factory.
Then we drove back to school and had our last classes together with our hosts.
In conclusion you could say, it was a really productive day, and everyone learned something new.
Freitag, 4. Oktober 2019
Donnerstag, 3. Oktober 2019
Mittwoch, 2. Oktober 2019
After the long ride through the pouring rain we arrived at a small house which was the school-house.
Inside there were children from 1st to 8th grade sitting at their tables in one big room with a board and three teachers.
We sat in the back, watched their math class and listened to their songs.
Then we sang 'In der Weihnachtsbäckerei' to them and showed them how to play 'Ente, Ente, Gans'.
After a lot of fun and laughter we had to say goodbye to the children and went to a house nearby where the bishop of the community told us about the community and answered our questions.
We learned that the Mennonites renounce many things such as electronic devices, alcohol or vehicles with tires and live under the rules of the church.
In the end we got to try homemade cookies and 'Traubensaft' which were very tasty.
Back at the school we ate our packed lunch and went to class with our hosts for 6th and 7th period and after that we answered questions in the german class.
All in all the day was really interesting and informative even though the weather wasn't playing along with our plans at all.
Dienstag, 1. Oktober 2019
Today is Monday and me and my Hostfamily's Day didn't start well because we overslept, so we woke up 20 minutes before class started.
The school day was pretty normal except the right period in wich we went to the elementary school,where we taught the Kids some German words.
After school we all drove to the planned Lasertag wich ended up in Bow&Arrow-tag, Cartdriving and miniature golf. It was really fun because I personally never drove a cart before.
After this some of us went to grab some food at a restaurant. We had to wait really long and when the food finally came,the waitress suddenly dropped some of our food so some of us had to wait even longer.
After all this the day turned out pretty funny and exhausting because it was a really hot day.
Montag, 30. September 2019
My first Sunday in AmericaToday I woke up at about 6am. Because in Germany it's about 12pm and I wanted to call my family. After talking to much on the phone I didn't even get to take a shower before me and my host family went to a Lutheran church at 8am.
Even though the American church has a lot in common with the German church there are still many differences. Time flew by as we sat and laughed with the pastor and it was time to go home. Since Saturday was a pretty exhausting day we were all tired and went straight to bed.
Eventually I got up and lunch was already on the table, some warm and delicious tomato soup and cheese sandwiches.
I was very excited I get to visit the animal shelter since I love cats. After a long time cuddling with the cats I got to play ball with the dogs and pet them. What amazed me was that they all were barking while they were in the cages but once they got out and played with us they were the cutest and softest dogs I ever met.
We went home again and after doing my homework from my school in Germany it was time to visit everyone in St. Ansgar. Everyone brought some self made American food and itf was delicious!
I hope I didn't gain too much weight.
Hope you are having a nice day
Sonntag, 29. September 2019
My day started "dancing" at the After party of the Homecoming game,which is the main event of the Homecoming week,which is a tradition in American Highschools to celebrate the first American Football game of the year, honor
Ex-Highschool students and much more.
The dance ended ad 12:20 AM, but we (Henri, Cael (my host), his girlfriend and I) went to McDonald's to chill and had a midnight snack. Joris and his host were also there, his hoost is elected Homecoming King,which is a title simply won by popularity, but celebrated by the whole school in a big celebration.
At 1:30 AM we drove home,which is a farm 11 miles from Charles city.
I woke up at 8 AM, because I wanted to watch german soccer, who started at 8:30 our time.
At 11 AM we(Henri, Joris, Cael, the mum of cael, Henry(the brother of Cael) and I) drove to Minneapolis to visit the Mall of America, which is the biggest Mall in America.
We arrived at 2 PM and until 8 PM it felt like we visited 20 stores, who all sold the same clothings.
In between that we ate at a typical American restaurant, slowly I can't eat Burgers and Pizza any longer, I don't know how the Americans are doing that.
Now we are on the way back from the Mall.
Donnerstag, 26. September 2019
It was 1:30 PM and we all went to bed in a hotel in Minneapolis after a 24h travel trip. After some hours of sleep we all finally woke up rather tired and went downstairs to get typical American breakfast.
After a round of waffles, pancakes, cornflakes and oatmeal we brought our luggage to the bus and headed for the Mall of America. Arriving there we were stunned. On the inside there was an unbelievably huge shopping centre which even included a whole amusement park! So we all took our briefcases and enjoyed the 2.5 hours we had left until we needed to leave for Charles City and St. Ansgar.
So at 12:30AM we left the mall, packed with shopping bags full of clothes and souvenirs and started our 2.5h drive to Charles City.
At 3PM we finally arrived at Charles City High School where 13 of us took out there luggage and stayed. The rest of the group left for St. Ansgar.
In Charles City we we’re welcomed by the principal and advised to wait for our students who still had class. We were so excited to finally meet the person with whom we would spend the next couple of weeks and couldn’t await the ringing of the bell.
At 3:30PM the classes finally ended and we all got to go home with our host students. Then we got to met our host family for the first time, we got to explore the house, our rooms, maybe also parts of the City. In the evening some of us then went to a volleyball match of Charles City high school and cheered for “our” team. Apparently the cheering helped, Charles City won against Crestwood 3-0.
After saying goodbye to whoever had brought us to the airport, we went to give up the suitcases and to look for our gate. Since we still had some time left, we took some photos and went shopping a little. There was only two stores, so it wasn`t that extravagant.
Five Minutes before we had to board the plane, we suddenly heard an announcement that everyone had to leave and go down again because of a security problem. We all went back to the entrances and waited for a long time before we finally were allowed to go back to gate.
Then comes the first problem: since we had to leave the area of the plane, we had to go through security again. This made everything take longer, because there was yet another line to go through. Since At this point we where tired of standing in lines, so everybody sat down on the ground, which was fine, because it wasn´t moving anyway. This caused us to get a few strange looks, but we were too tired to mind too much.
To add insult to injury, when we finally got back to our gate and into our plane, the pilot told us that we have to wait an hour more because of some organisation problem in Amsterdam (our first stop). So here comes the second problem: We didn’t fly from Bremen to Minneapolis in just one flight. We had to get a second flight in Amsterdam, which, of course was already long gone once we finally arrived in Amsterdam. Because there wasn’t a second flight to Minneapolis, we had to fly to Atlanta and from Atlanta, finally to Minneapolis. Calling this a long detour would be a understatment. We had to wait for the next flight for some hours, but eventualy we got to bord the plane for America.
The plane was pretty cool since every seat had his own little TV. This lead to half of the group sleeping the whole time and the other half watching every single movie they laid their eyes on.
After nine hours binge watching movies, being not able to sit anymore and sleeping, we arrived in Atlanta and switched to our flight to Minneapolis.
In Minneapolis we drove to our hotel and literally fell into our beds. So this was our first day, and the start of the second day. They kind of blended together, in a mess of travel, and time changes. Though we were all really exhausted I think that is was worth the stress to come to America.
Have a nice day
Mittwoch, 25. September 2019
Montag, 24. Juni 2019
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