Sonntag, 2. Juni 2013

Sonntag, 28. April 2013

London Calling


Breathe in very deeply.

By breathing out, there is not only air coming out: you also let go of all your thoughts concerning
work or school, your family and friends or other commitments. You get lighter and suddenly you're
not in this tiny muggy room anymore. There is sand under your feet. A warm breeze is tickling your
face. In front of a giant pyramid there is a sphinx, seemingly smirking at you.
If you've wondered - No, I didn't celebrate 4/20 too excessively; neither did I lose my sanity or have
problems with my lungs.
I've just wanted to give you at least kind of a sense for how you feel when you enter the British
Museum in London and visit its part of ancient egypt.
I know, I know, you think museums are dusty and boring but this is absolutely wrong. The British
Museum makes you feel like you've been to another world. It was impressive. But let me start at
the beginning and tell you about the whole trip:
On Sunday, the 7th April, the trip to London with my classmates started with a 20 hours (too) long
bus and ferry ride. We finally arrived at England‘s capital on Monday morning. We took part in a
city rally to get to know some sights better. In the late afternoon we moved into our rooms. I had to
share my room with 7(!) other girls. Geez, I was frightened: 8 girls on 10 square meters with a tiny
bathroom and dirty restrooms for everybody in the hallway. Well, the restrooms did not get cleaner
and our room didn’t grow, but the girls were awesome and all the talks late at night were a lot of
fun.

Every day in the morning we had activities with the whole group of 33 people and in the afternoon
and evening we had some free time.
On Tuesday we went to Shakespeare's "Globe Theatre" and had a sight seeing tour. That was pretty
interesting, because especially in my German class Shakespeare and the Elizabethian age plays a
big role.
The next day we went to Oxford. There we could see some locations of the Harry Potter movies,
like Hogwarts hospital, and of course also some future CEOs, politicians and scientists, who are
going to cure cancer.
During our free time there, I had the best burrito of my life and bought some souvenirs.
Thursday we've visited Camden Market. That is one of London's most popular open-air market
areas with stalls, shops, pubs and restaurants. You could find everything you've ever needed or
wanted and food from all over the world. It was amazing to just walk through all those little streets
and corners and hear different kinds of music, smell all sorts of incense sticks and just enjoy the
spirit of the market.

I used my free time mostly to go shopping with the girls and just walk around in the city and enjoy
its atmosphere. The city itself is influenced by so many different people from so many different
countries and cultures; London is truly multicultural and made of so many different shades and
colors. You never get tired of exploring this wonderful capital even if your feet are bleeding.
The only mandatory thing about the trip was visiting a museum. At first I wasn't quite sure what to
think about this, but on Friday I had the experience you read at the beginning of this post. In the
British Museum there are various exhibitions about different ages of human history. I decided to go
to the one about ancient Egypt, because I really wanted to see some mummies. Yet there was much
more to be seen than mummies. There were hallways and rooms in which you could find huge
statues and gates, tables with hieroglyphs, jewelry, paintings and of course my beloved mummies
from 3000 years ago. THREE THOUSAND YEARS! Unbelievable, isn't it? I stood like 30
centimeteres away from things people made with their own hands 3000 years ago. It was so
impressive I've wanted to hold my breath. I felt like being in another time; like being part of that
Egyptian culture. It was beyond words. (You know, I could nearly feel sand in my Primark
sneakers!)

If you are going to London, visit the British museum. You don't have to believe me, but just go
there. I promise, you won't regret it.
After the visit, it was already Friday afternoon and I had to leave London. I hadn't had high
expectations for this trip, but in the end I got to know and love England's capital. I am very thankful
for all the free time we pupils had and that we were "forced" to visit a museum.
All in all it was a wonderful trip and I hope to be back sometime soon.
Globe Theatre

Buckingham Palace

"London Eye"


Tower Bridge

My future university in Oxford

British Museum










Mittwoch, 13. Juni 2012

Au revoir, America.



I just can't believe it. It's ending. It's time to go back to Germany. It's 10 months ago that I packed a suitcase, left everything behind and started THE adventure - living in America.
I can't say it was always easy and just perfect here but it was definitely the "time of my life". If somebody would ask me what the best thing was about this Exchange year, I could say everything was great. Then I would smile and say "Gaining a second family, having Mary and Caven and Jeanny in my life, was the best thing of all".
When I first arrived, I was excited as hell, and not even scared. I just had this feeling that told me nothing could go wrong with those two; my host family would just be great. The feeling was right. They were and will always be there for me. They supported me in every way and they loved me when they didn't wanna kill me. All the card playing, talking about Colorado's beauty, having fun, watching movies, crying together, fighting, teasing, driving, educating, being extremely strict about my English and our trip to Moab was just unbelievable. Those experiences and you guys made my year unforgettable. You guys helped me find the way to myself and made me strong. You, Mary and Caven and Jeanny, were the best thing about my Exchange Year and I don't know how to thank you for everything. Thank you so much for every single tiny and very big thing you did for me. You'll be in my heart forever as my (American) family!
Another thing that makes it hard to leave is the small town of Elizabeth/Elbert and its people. I'd mention everything I experienced with you but from race car driver a.k.a. slut mommy, self-defense classes with the best teacher ever, debates, unforgettable coaches and teachers to a fabulous Track Team, best friends, sitting on a trampoline and just talk, a great Rock Band and holding together would just take way too long. It also just wouldn't be appropriate for all the awesomeness I experienced here. I know a lot of you just want to go to College as soon as possible and leave everything behind, but what you guys have here is just indescribable. The solidarity, "everybody knows each other since kindergarten", doesn't happen that often and is just such a great thing. Value it.
I am so grateful that you guys let me be part of it; that you guys turned me into an "Elizabethian". It is just wonderful to be part of your "family of awesomeness". I love every single one of you and even though I won't see most of you ever again (reality punch) I'll carry you in my heart. Thank you for everything.
All the people I've met and the beautiful landscape turned Colorado to one of my favorite places. Even though I'd stay here much longer it doesn't mean I like the USA better than Germany – I love both countries with all their beauty and flaws. It's just that my life here brought me closer to the person I aspire to be. There's just so much less pressure. I can be whoever I want without disappointing anyone's wrong expectations.
My life here showed me that everybody is responsible for themselves; it showed me that I am responsible for my own happiness and for nobody else's.
This, all the memories and all the love from people, that were complete strangers 10 months ago, are gonna be my companions when I continue on with my German life.

Au revoir America, Hello good ol' Germany.
Be prepared, nothing's gonna be the same.

I love every single one of you. Thank you.

Sonntag, 13. Mai 2012

"Why are you crying? You're one of the toughest."


Hey guys,

I just wanted to share my experience of „Changing of the Guard“ here.
Yesterday was the day. I took my last finals and was done with school here. Every Senior of Elizabeth High School was done. (That sounds already weird, I know, but wait, it gets worse!)
After the graduation rehearsal the whole school had an assembly hall especially for Seniors. This ceremony is called „changing of the guard“ and is basically a big, emotional goodbye from the whole school.
Following happened:
In the gym every class has its own section. Before the Class of 2012 entered the Juniors moved to the Seniors' seats, sophomores to the Juniors' seats and freshmen to the sophomores' seats. After that our teachers and staff build a circle in the middle of the gym.
We seniors were standing in a line in the cafertorium (=cafeteria with stage for concerts and plays) and then it began.
Every student shook hands with every teacher or hugged their favorites. I just entered the gym and there were friends waving at me and I couldn't hold my tears any longer. It was bad. When I came to my English teacher and hugged him he asked me: „Why are you crying? You're one of the toughest ones.“ I'll never forget that again but it made the crying worse.
So we said goodbye to 52 teachers; 52 people that became even something like friends (did you guys also experience that?).
After that all the students came down and everybody hugged each other.
It was breathtaking. There were people I never wanted to let go. There were people, I never thought I would mean something to, coming up to me. There was my best friend I looked for 17-years and yet found here. There were perfect strangers that I got to love over this year.
I never thought the school year would end like this. My first semester was so hard and lonely and now I just don't want to leave that world I built up.
I am crying again at the moment while writing.
All those hugs, tears and goodbyes made clear, for the first time, that everything's gonna end soon and that hurts so bad. Not only letting go of the poeple but also of the world that existed for the last 9 months.
Even though my eyes are still swollen and my tummy still feels that weird, it was just great.
I am so glad I was able to be part of it.

I love you guys.

P.S.: Down there are only pictures from Prom and Senior Luncheon.

















Montag, 2. April 2012

"The clock talked loud. I threw it away, it scared me what it talked."

Hey guys,

Yup, I think it's time for a post in English.

I am back from a 1 1/2 week long spring break and I have to say, it was a blast.
I am now part of the Track & Field (Leichtathletik) Team, or better the "EHS Thrower Family".  Right, I am throwing the discus and shotput. The people in my team are just A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. We had a meet on the last day of school, and my voice was so hoarse in the evening because we all just laughed and "Fat Daddyed" our hearts out. I really love my team.

The week after, we drove to Moab, Utah, one of the most magical places. There we lived in a little Western House (it really looked like a Saloon from old Cowboy films!) and of course we also took all our little doggies. The landscape itself is undescribable. Canyon after canyon, breathtaking moment after breathtaking moment. The National Parks there were just gorgeous!

Yesterday I found MY prom dress. Yeah, I know, finding a fucking dress is nothing really special, but you have no idea how relieved I was. So it's worth mentioning it.

Anyways, on friday, right after we arrived back home, Lars and his host daddies visited us. Lars is one of the exchange students from my orientation group.
It was just the coolest thing to have dinner with him and his daddies.  They're great. All of 'em. I just wished time wouldn't go by that fast.

Time going by fast = horrible thing. There are only 2 1/2 months left. Everything went by so fast. I cannot realize how fast...


Bisous,
Julia