when it didn’t look like the photo below.
Christmas was very unique and fun. On Holy Night (24th), after opening the last flap on my Advents Calendar,
we went to church around 5 and listened to a sermon given by the preacher.When the sermon was over, we went to give some money in the collection plate, then drove home around 7. I then went walking with my host-dad, brother and dog, while the Christkind came and delivered presents. When we came home, the tree was lit up and the presents laid under the tree.
We then proceeded to opening the colorful assortment of presents and packages. I received a new sweatshirt, chocolate, model airplane kit, shirt, smartphone keyboard, candle of the Kölner Dome and much more. I gave each member of my host-family something interesting and unique from the USA, sent by my mother. After opening packages and presents, the rest of my host-family came over and we had “Holy Night Dinner”.
The most interesting thing I found out was that most Germans keep the presents under the tree until after New Years. That’s when the next story comes in….
when MY MOMMY CAME!
I don’t how to describe the feeling of having my mom rolling up in a car and parking in my host-families’ driveway. I stared out the window and ran outside. It was one of the most incredible feelings of my life. We then had lunch and my host-family and I gave a tour of our little village.
We then drove to Grächen. We stayed in our own little vacation cottage in the Alps, approximately half a kilometer from a neat ski resort.
1st January: Real Black Diamond Skiing at the top of Grächen. Real Black Diamond skiing. It took five different ski lifts to get up to the top and the crowd got smaller and smaller at the top. I saw maybe 20 at the top, with more than a few hundred in the middle.
Video in the middle height at the resort. The hills you see in the back is the very top.
We celebrated New Year’s at the vacation home, watching the German New Year’s Celebration in Bayern.
On the way there, we stopped at the FountainBleu, home of Napoleon.
Finally, we went to Brussels, Belgium. There we went to town, ate yummy food and took some pictures. It is a very calm and nice country.
My favorite part, other than Switzerland, was Amsterdam. It is so calm, the people are really cool and, yes, again the food was wonderful.
Our journey was nearing towards the end. My mom and I went to the train station, Bruxelles Nord, where I was supposed to depart and go to Köln, Deutschland. It was so awkward, so hard to spell that word, saying goodbye and then watching through the train window my mom fading into the distance.
The train went fast (around 130 mph/ 210 kph) and arrived in Köln in about two hours. I then took another train home. Life became reality and I was back at my second home. Oh, btw, I’m staying with my host-family until the end of the program!
Near the end of January, we had our Mid-Year Seminar. It was cool seeing how we all changed and speaking the language. We had some time to talk about the first half year, walk in Bonn, go to a German History Museum, bars and clubs. I believe we all had a great time and all look forward to meeting in Berlin.
In the beginning of February, I ended up switching schools and now attend a Gesamtschule, just like a typical US high school.
It is really nice there and I enjoy it a lot. My grades for now are all A’s and B’s. My time schedule is great so I only have school from 8:15am until 1:25pm. I take part in a Mountain Biking club led by a German MTB Master for four years. He is a really nice person and a great mountain biker 😀
So those are the happening of the past few months 🙂
I apologize for the delay. It’s becoming more difficult for me to blog, because it’s like blogging about regular life. I will update every Sunday at 8am Eastern Pacific Time though so be on the lookout!
Have a great Sunday,