Sunday, April 24, 2016

Two months

  Hey Everyone! 

I am sorry I haven't posted anything for the last month. The wheather started getting better, so I spent a lot of time with my friends outside. 

I am trying to spend as much time as possible with people, since I only have two more months left. 
Everybody asks me now "Hey, whe are you going back?" , "Are you excited to go back?" and everytime I say the same thing; 
I am going back on June 30, early in the morning. I am actually excited for the flight, I like flying (if the food is good). 
I am looking forward to see my family again, and my friends and to spend time with them. 
I am really excited to eat German bread again, some dark yummy sourdough- bread. 
I can already tell, that I am going to miss the English langauge. Everything just sounds so much better in Englishh than in German. When I read through my creative writing notebook, I can see some improvement in my grammar and use of language. I think I still have a German accent when I speak, but I just hope it is not as bad as in the beginning anymore :)

 We watched the movie "Brooklyn" yesterday. It wasn't the best movie I have ever seen, but it was good. It is about an Irish girl who immigrates to the States, and lives in New York, She terribly misses her family, but after she meets somebody, she starts feeling at home in New York. Then she has to go back to Ireland, because her sister died. She meets her friends, spends a lot of time with them, and sees what she loved about Ireland. An old lady reminds her, that she has someone back in New York, so she has to choose. I don't want to spoil it, but in the end, she goes back to New York.
I felt like I can relate to her. When I got here, I didn't know anybody, I didn't know anything about Oregon or the USA, I just knew what Hollywood movies and the news tell you. I tried to fit in, tried to talk to people, and after a while, somehow I made friends. Now, I have a loving host family I am so grateful for, I have some amazing and funny friends. I am excited for prom in two weeks, and for graduation in six weeks, and for summer in Oregon. 

I already get excited to think about coming back next summer over the summer holidays.
I have learned a lot in the past 8 months. I learned to appreciate whatever is given to you, to make the best out of it and be happy with it, I have learned how to handle difficulties, but what I think is most important; I learned how to appreciate Germany again. I always thought Germany was a little boring, not as exciting as the US, but honestly, Germany is beautiful. German food is delicious and even though Germans sound a little harsh when you first meet them, we are lovely people. I want to show America to my German friends and Germany to my Americans. They would love it! 

I am planning on taking my camera with me a lot more, so I can take pictures of everyone and everything, so I won't forget it. I took some nice pictures when we were down at Mary's River last week.

I hope all of you are doing well, the last month was not too stressful (for all my German friends who had to take the big final last month). 

Lots of Love, Malin

Lance on the jump rope



Aiden, Lily, Lance, Sierra


Aiden, Lance and Lily flippig stones on the water