Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Abt's are my 3rd host family :)

I have gotten in contact with my 3rd host family through meine Gastmutter (host mom) Daniela, she is the mom in my 2nd host family. I have only talked with the 17 year old son (Johannes) from the Abt family, but Johannes (Jones) is awesome! He is in 2 bands and I plan on learning a little guitar from him :) also he plays beach volleyball and trampoline? We have yet to understand eachother.. But his English is not to bad. Elke and Dietmar (the parents) and elias amelie eva tim are the other members of the family. Unfortunetly I do not spend to much time living with them. Also they live in a different town then where I am originaly living (Albstadt-Ebingen). Jones calls it a "village" becuase it is so small. The name is Harthausen. And he gestimated 15 minutes away from Ebingen.  From what I've seen on google.. it is still much bigger then Friend. But then again it dosn't take much. All the towns seem beautiful and I cannot wait to enjoy and experience them first hand. Nächstes Blog ... Deutschland! :D:D

Monday, August 1, 2011

minor set back..

My whole month early plan.. most of you have noticed was a crash and burn. Apparently I am to thank for Rotary's new International rule that NO you may not go earlier. So when you see that rule know that yes, I am to thank. ;)

Now that the dreams of leaving the states early is out of the picture my departure date is set for September 1st at 5:45 a.m. from the Lincoln airport. I will arrive in Stuttgart, September 2nd at 8:00 a.m. My flight I believe takes 26 hours.... ha oh joy. My mom has been telling me to take these pills to make me sleep on the plane but with my luck I will end up half way drugged when I reach Stuttgart. So I plan on taking the safe option and arriving very jetlagged. I cannot wait to arrive and see my host families bright and shining faces waiting for me in the airport and then the shocker of I have no idea what your saying. I am beyond words excited to begin living with the Eisele family!

My school "Gymnasium Ebingen" is unreal. It is so big and i feel the need to show it off on my page so here it is... and by the way 30 dayssss!!!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Garuntee Form----> OMGGGG!

I cannot believe the time is finally coming for me to depart to Germany! It's unreal... after a year of saying I'm doing it..I'm doing it..I'm actually doing it!!! When I received my garuntee form in the mail.. my heart dropped. There is no wimping out. I'm going! :) I have received my first two host families, the Eisele's and the Goder's; both sound awesome! In the Eisele family the father's name is Frank, the mom is Christine, a 15 year old host brother named Max (who will be traveling to Florida on his exchange..lucky boy ;) & then there is my host sister named Hanna who is 11. I have skyped with them and I'm more than certain I'm going to have a blast with them. The sport I am most anxious to try out is rythmic gymnastics with Hanna. My next host family is the Goder family. Ernst shall be my host father, Daniela my host mom, Johanna will be my 18 year old host sister, and then Theresa who is 15 and will be gone on her exchange to Equador. The transfer of families will be different.. But I'm looking forward to seeing both aspects of German culture! The Goders are English riders :) I love horseback riding for all of you that didn't know! I ride western style so learning English I'm so excited for! From what  I read in Theresa's letter, the family travels quite a bit.. such as to Italy to go windsurfing (which is important to Ernst)! The family is also into skiing and sowboarding in Austria, My host parents give carriage rides in the winter.. I thought that was pretty sweet as well! I'm just pumped.... I don't know how to exactly tell you what I'm all feeling. ALSO I may be going a month early to visit a very "good friend" up in Genthin! Main purpose of the 1 month early trip... work on German! Becaue I left this small but very big contributing factor out.. My first host family speaks barely any English! I speak barely any German... not a good mix ayy? I believe this is a good thing on my part. The less English they know.. the less tempting it is to try and talk English. It will be all German since the moment my little 6 1/2 American foot touches German soil! Well a early good luck to my families ans and I'm so excited to have you guys share in this experience with me. Ich kann nicht für Deutschland warten. Bis bald! (bye for now)