This is the mail I just wrote my friend Monique in Michigan. It's kind of a summary of what happened so far and if someone cares...here it is!
The last few weeks there have been some complications and I had to change families last week. My hostmom and I just...didn't connect. Everything was great until my french hostsister (she moved in two weeks after me) became more comfortable. First we did get along pretty well, but then I got to know her more and she really is a person I could not live with. I called her "spoiled little princess", because that's just what she is.
But my hostmom likes her better, because she is very confident (too confident for my liking) and she went out more on the weekends. But that's just because she became friends with this other exchange-stundent from Italy (apparently her only friend) and they lived close + they could pick her up and bring her home.
My friends lived at least 30 minutes away and we really lived on a farm outside town, 7 miles to the next bigger (2000 people) town. And my hostmom refused to drive us further than that. So I was stuck at home. And I do Cross Country in the afternoon, so she had to pick me up from the activity bus every day after work (she picked me up right away, without going home first) and I had to work hard to do all my work for school so would not miss anything. I had one very low C in English, because I missed one homework and some papers, because we had a XC meet. My hostmom got so upset about it.
My hostsister is actually failing Chemistry, but my hostmom did not say anything. She really did favor her and in the end it got so bad that I could do nothing right and my sister could do nothing wrong. Every little thing I did I had to worry about getting yelled at for doing it. Talk about patience. I just wanted to go home because I felt so awful. So I called my area coordinator and she talked to me for a long time until I agreed to move to her house, at least for two weeks, to see if I really want to go home or if it's just my hostmom I don't get along with.
Right now I'm at her house and I'm pretty comfortable here. She just understands me and my German Germanishness *lol* better than my hostmom did. When she picked me up from the house, my hostmom tried to blame everything on me. That I'm arrogant, self-centered, I want to be the best in everything and proof it to everybody and that I'm too serious, not outgoing and just want to be around adults. Ooookay. Riiiight. I don't want to be the best in everything, everyone keeps telling me that I'm not proud enough of myself (really no clue how to say that...I hope you get what I want to say).
But that's done and over with, so I can tell you some things I did since I've been here. Well, my flight was ok, except for the fact that my suitcases did not arrive in Salisbury (MD) and I had to wait for two days to get them. The first few days felt like a dream and I kept saying "I can't believe I'm here!" *g*. Since I've been here I've already been to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, what was like a break from "the American Way of Life". I'm still not used to McDonalds, BurgerKing, Subway,... every 500 yards. And if you drive on the highway trough a town, that's all you see. There was a time when I tought that American towns only consisted of restaurants/shopping outlets and gaited communities.
Now I live in the center of Delmar, which is a little bigger than Millsboro and has about 5000 citizens. They even have their own Junior-Senior High. Maybe I'm going to transfer after the first marking period, but we don't know if the principal is going to let me, because they already have two exchangestudents and he only likes Brasilian girls like my friend Camilla, who's an exchange-student in this school. It would be perfect, because I could walk to school...in 3 minutes! Now it takes me about 1 1/2 hours by bus and it picks me up at 6:45!
But my school is awesome. It's one of the best in the nation and we have special technical classes. Mine is Digital Puplishing and Print Design (DPPD), which is pretty much just Graphic Design. We also have Driver's Ed and I will be finished in 2 weeks, yay! I also took English 11, American History, World History, Spanish 1 and Photography. Everything is pretty good, but some teachers go pretty fast, so it's still hard for me to follow.
I already told you that I'm doing XC in the afternoon and I really enjoy it. Well, not the running itself, because it's hard, but the good feeling you get afterwards and my team. I love them to death and I just want to put them in my suitcase and take them back to Germany with me. When I tell them I never had an Oreo before (or waffles and pancakes for breakfast) they are always like "WHAT??????" and the boys are always like "Hey Anna...that's American tradition!" (stuffing trash in each others shirts, smearing candy all over their faces,...). I know why our coach said he never coached such an immature bunch of boys before in his life. He worries more about them injuring themselfes by beating the crap out of each other than tripping in a race. But they are really good and they have a really good chance of winning the State Championship this year.
Ok, that's it for now.