I'm Off on an Adventure

Overseas and away I go! This blog follows my final year in high school which then continues onto my year away to Germany and on the biggest adventure I'd ever have ✌

Friday, November 7, 2014

Recap Time

Oh goodness, it's been a month or so since my last post. Well you shall wait no more, its recap time.

So in September after my Berlin Trip I moved in with my current host family, the Possekel's. Tammo my father, Simone my mother, Sina my sister and Jannis my brother. In my first week here we had Jannis's 17th birthday. Happy Birthday Jannis!! (if ever so slightly belated) Sina cooked one hell of a delicious two layered chocolate cake topped in smarties and surrounded in kitkats. Heaven on earth.


Up next that week Sina and her boyfriend Marco left for AUSTRALIA for a few months of work and travel. They had a small going away dinner with a few drinks to be had. It was quiet which surprised me but I have learned the Germans don't seem to have quite the send off Australian's have. But nonetheless it was nice.

 The gathering of people to well wish the leavers. 

 The car ride to the airport. Sina (middle) and Marco look very happy indeed.

And finally the airport send off.

Through out my stay with the Possekel's I cooked the Aussie specialty Meat Pie and Pavlova. And it seems they were a hit. No one can resist a good Pie. 


The Pie and Pav were pretty darn cook, both cooked from scratch. No frozen family pie or Pav egg here folks. 

Now Neinburg was up next on my adventure. That Rotex weekend was something else. There I got to catch up with my fellow oldies but also got to meet all my newbies. Now you may thing oh yeah ok sure you're just meeting some people but let me just say that there is about 50+ newbies and most of them South American. Oh hot damn was their noise. That is something I have learned over the months that no matter how few or how many South Americans there are, there will always be ample amount noise. But that's also the beauty of it. There's always something going on. So at this Rotex weekend we had a scavenger hunt throughout the town, a BBQ dinner with Rotarians and a "Bad Taste" party. It was wonderful. 

 Dat Pub. No more words are necessary for the description.

 The Church that we had a tour of. All the way up into the bell tower.

 My two ultimate loves on my exchange. Decklan (my Aussie) and Cat (my South African) 
PS someone remind me to never let Decklan wear my clothes again.

 Luis! Mexico. Such a character

 Carlotta, Rotex. Carlotta and I are best friends haha.

 Emily USA. Crazy little thing

Joey USA. We are but kindred Ginger spirits that both have a wicked sense of humor

This weekend was pretty dang good. The Rotexers are very relaxed towards the oldies, as we are only 5.. well 4 now. But that's another tale. 

So that's September done, October brought in new fun with a basketball game between Bruanschweig and some other team that I can never remember the name of. But Braunschweig won and that's the important thing here.




And there was Boys Night with Chengiz and Justin. 3D movies were watched and coke was drunk.
 We sat and laughed, they let me watch the movie in English and I giggled like a spaz when they asked question about what was said. All I can do is blame my sugar high from candy and coke.

 Now to my more tragic part of this retelling. My Darling Decklan has chosen to return to the Motherland, Australia. We had a beautiful time together my friend but you must go now. No seriously some complications came up and my Aussie other half is going home. But whilst disappointed he says he's had a wonderful 10 months in Germany and now he's just going home a little earlier. I admire him for that and even though I will miss his greatly. So in his last few days I made the 3.4 hour train ride to see him (and that's only one way) His beautiful town of L√ľneburg is truly breathtaking.




L√ľneburg had an amazing history with over 1000 years under it's belt. The town was lovely and Decklan took me out to eat lunch then walked me though his town, after meeting an other exchange student we all went with him to get a haircut and then I was back on my way home after a goodbye with Decklan. Good luck back home. 

That concludes our recap my next post will be of my school holidays and the trip I took to Tenerife for a week with my family.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Berlin

Berlin, I have finally visited you..

On Tuesday the 2nd of September at a bright an early 6:30am Gaby and myself took off on our next adventure to Berlin.. By bus. Not that it was at all a bad thing, it in fact reminded me quite a bit of Euro Tour and I sat in the same spot on that bus that I did on Euro Tour. But after a good 2-3 hours on the road my eyes lit up as they saw Berlin. There we stayed with Gaby's son Frank and his family.

Day 1 - Arrival and city tour

 The train I used and the stops.
 Poseidon
 The radio tower



 The British Embassy
 The Jewish memorial
 The Embassy for the United States of America
 Brandenburg Gate

 The Presidents of Berlins Estate, there was a welcoming party for a foreign King or Minister
 The entrance to the Zoo
 The first traffic light in Germany
 Checkpoint Charlie


 The famous Currywurst!!!!
 Karla and myself


Day 2 - Karla's new school

So we went in to pick Karla up from her new French school and had a lovely brunch at an adorable restaurant/cafe called the Einstein. 



Later that night the whole family and the two of us went out for dinner and had doner and it was delicious!!

Day 3 - A day with Nathan

And so I met up with one of my plane buddies Nathan (Australian) and he took me around Berlin, exchange style hahah. We walked and talked and went to and Australian shop and then found some food and a park and relaxed.

 The Australian Shop
 True Blue Aussie Hats
 Leni, the dog that found us in the park. He just sat with us for about an hour and then we read his collar and rang the owners. They were quite happy to find the little guy.
 Poseidon the God of the Seas
 Berlin Bear
 First slushie in 8 months :D
The oh so traditional selfie with Nathan

Day 4 - Chocolate Factory day and Souvenirs

Now just to explain the Berlin bear thing, the bear is the symbol of Berlin and throughout the city there are these bears and each one has been decorated differently. Moving on. So today Kuno, myself and Gaby went through Berlin to find the oh so magical Ritter Sport chocolate factory!!! MAKE YOUR OWN CHOCOLATE! And that's exactly what we did. So whilst the chocolate was setting we went upstairs to their cafe and had our selves a little treat. Then we were off for souvenirs.

 Kuno and a bear
 The Ritter Sport bear

 Chocolate milkshake, chocolate muffin and a tiny chocolate
 Gaby and her tea
 Another Bear
 Brandenburg Gate at sunset

Where the old Berlin Wall was once

Day 5 - And we're on the road again

Saturday was my last day in Berlin and I spent it with Karla. She took me around and we visited a few different places close to where she lives. One stop was an adorable little sweet shop. Yes I did buy something there. We headed towards her old school, Kuno goes there and it's not too far from the house and we went to cute little craft shop.




Coolest sign ever. Converse for life!

We headed home late afternoon and it was a scary ride home. We drove in a rainstorm that was full of lightning, although it was quite a lovely show. Overall my week in Berlin was pretty awesome, seeing all that history was epic. Thank you to Gaby for taking me places and looking after me, I really, really appreciate that. But I must say the bed was calling to me after the week.