Erfahrungsbericht USA: Barbara 2012-2013

Utah? Never heard of it. Where is that?

Of course this can't be taken very seriously, because my geography really sucks in general. But I really hadn't heard of it. Needless to say, I had an amazing time. There was so much going on that I don't even know where to start.
I had an amazing host family. They made me feel at home from the very beginning, probably because they're just as crazy as I am, and because they got used to my habits very quickly, like sleeping in until 2 pm, or my love for frozen “Reeses” (sweets filled with peanut butter). They made a huge effort to take me to amazing places and to make my stay unforgettable. The whole family was so welcoming, and this family was BIG. They all made me like a part of them and family reunions belong to my absolute favorite moments, because they are crazy. And I'm not even kidding. They're insane, so full of energy and so funny. That's why it was really hard for me to leave them shortly after Christmas, because my host parents and siblings moved to Seattle. It was not until the very last day that I realized how close I felt to them. But my second family was really really nice, too. I lucked out. Again.

One thing that's so beautiful about Utah is the landscape. It is BEAUTIFUL!! I went hiking. And if anybody ever wants to go there, be warned: If you want to go stand under a waterfall in the spring, it's going to be freezing. But I was there with two other Germans, and Germans can handle the cold really well. Right? But at the school we were called "Crazy Germans", so we kind of had to be at least a little insane to deserve that nickname. So we went, and it was FREEZING!!! But it was worth it. But the way back to the car was a nightmare; it took us about 2 hours to hike to the waterfall, but only half the time to get back, because we were booking it back to the car. My senses were so messed up that when I slightly brushed some flowers with my leg, it HURT. But it was a good experience, and I'm really happy I went. Next time, it's going to be a tropical waterfall, though.
That was just one of the countless stories.
I didn't regret to have gone for a second. I'm so happy I got all the support from my parents (all three), and the organization, and also my teachers and friends. I love you all.

Barbara