12th week / Philly :)

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So this week started out with a little work. The boys didn’t have school on Monday and tuesday, so I worked both days ten hours in a row. We spent lot of time outside on playgrounds and and walks, the big highlight were the three hours at the Zone, the Lasertag place in Ashburn. We ran into Daleen while we were there so we all together hat lots of fun there 😊

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Even though we had fun, I’m not looking forward to snow days during the winter where the boys will be home the whole day because work is on a whole other level on those days.
So the next few days were pretty easy again, breakfast, school, homework, dinner, bedtime. As always.
And then finally it was friday 🙂
Guess, where I spend the night 😀
Alex picked me up at 10, we shopped at harris teeder, got enough money for the weekend and drove to Rabea, where R and M were already baking appepies, to take them with us. We went to bed way too late and needed to get up way too early, so we could be at our bus at 8.
From that moment on, the weekend had officially started! We spend about 3 hours in the bus to get to our first stop: Lancaster Central Market. We spend a little time there, which was really nice. There were amish people and farmers who were selling their vegetables and fruits and self-made quilts and meat and everything you wanted to have. They even had a German stand which was really nice, but also way too expensive for us poor au pairs 🙈 So we basically just went through the big hall, looked at everything and went out again before we spent all of our money in food 😃
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Back in the bus we headed towards a little quilt store, where everything was handmade. we got everything explained and had time to buy some stuff and take some pictures, before we went on to a Mennonite farm (because Amish would not let you look around on their farms or even take pictures of everything). It was really interesting and we had a mennonite with us who told us a lot and showed us around.😊
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‘just’ a blanket for 700$


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totally in love 🙂
Then it was finally time to eat and it was DELICIOUS. We got everything the amish would eat and it was more than enough 😊
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After dinner we finally drove to Philadelphia, but as it was already late and dark when we arrived there, (and also we are underage), we walked around in the city a little bit and then went to bed, so we would be wide awake on Sunday.😉
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When met for breakfast at 8:30, we went to the Reading Food Market, where we had some delicious food and of course coffee..

yummy berry – waffle with strawberries and whipped cream 🙂

..before we were at the bus around 10 to have a 3 hour sightseeing tour.

The tour was okay, we had enough time to get off the bus to take pictures, which was good 🙂
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IMG_4751 let’s recreate that statue! 😀
our tour guide :)
our tour guide 🙂

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we made it!
the liberty bell
We had the afternoon for ourselves and because we were so many people, we splitted up our little group and Marie, Victoria, Juan and I rented some bikes and drove through Philadelphia and got some (GERMAN!)  food afterwards, before we left the city behind us and headed home again, which took us about 4 hours.
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yes, it’s Radler. yes, it’s even without alcohol.:D
I had another great weekend with probably the best people I’ve met since I’m here.:)
Love, Kathi ❤️
oh and btw, we got ourselves those necklaces with our names, just because we always wanted to have one and we had the possibility to by them.✌️

8th week / Tyler Ward / Weekend Class

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Hello! Another exciting week went by, here’s what happened:

About 2 weeks ago, I read a blog entry of a girl who is an au pair in Atlanta at the moment, who went to a Tyler Ward concert, which made me a little bit jealous. But I didn’t really think about it afterwards until Monday, when I read on Facebook about him being in Vienna (a small town 25 miles away) on Tuesday. So I called a few people, found 3 more who wanted to see him, bought tickets and on Tuesday night, we got to go there! It was a really nice show with a nicely small crowd, we all got to talk to him afterwards (which was weird because we needed to wait in line), and we met his friends, who are on tour with him, because they were selling t-shirts (yes, of course I bought one!) and we had a great time with them while we were waiting.:) He is a really nice guy and I feel so lucky that I saw him! 😍

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I used my Wednesday morning to talk to my all time favorite people in Ukraine and Ulm, because we didn’t get to talk about all the interesting stuff that happens to us and to the people we know. I really enjoyed it and I definitely need a repetition of that!😊

I love you, girls!
I love you, girls!

On Tuesday morning, I went shopping with Daleen, because we really needed some winter clothes. Guess what we bought. And guess what we still need 😃🙈 (yes, all the shirts were on sale!) So I will need to give it a second try, but that’s totally fine, we still had an awesome time 😊


And then it was finally me my favorite time again: THE WEEKEND!

I worked until 7, because I went to a parade of a few schools with my family. It’s comparable with the German carnivall. Students have small groups (the Footballers, the basketballs, the cheerleaders, the homecoming kings and queens…) and they make a parade where they march from one school to another and give candy to the people who are standing on the sidewalk.

Afterwards I went to Rebounderz again with Rabea, Julia, Hanna, Alex and Emily. It was Family Friday, which means that every group with more than 3 people gets to jump 2 hours, plus 2 slices of pizza plus one soda! We had a lot of fun jumping around, and the pizza at the end (you’re not allowed to have the pizza first, so no one can vomit on the trampolines. yes, it’s reasonable.)


We were so exhausted afterwards but we also decided to do this now once a month, so we get enough exercise. (And pizza! ❤️🙈)

We left Rebounderz because they were just about to close, so Rabea and I drove home to her house, where we met her hosted and his father. We talked to them for a bit before I needed to face my homework for our weekend class on Saturday. It ‘only’ took me 2 hours to complete an essay about G. Washington, a comparison about the German and the American Constitution and a worksheet we got in our first lesson. It was horrible. We went to bed at 2:30 and got up at 7 again. Thanks God, there ist this amazing place called Starbucks, that gives you as much coffee as you need to wake up, so we were at the Archives (the place where we met our teacher) on time. We went to 3 different museums, which were okay, but not the most interesting ones. The lunch break was good, though, we went to Vapiano with all the German ones in our group (and the spanish girl, Rabea and I are sharing room with in Philadelphia)

And yes, there is ONE boy in our class. I’m not sure if this is heaven or hell for him🙈. But he is very nice 🙂


After our class, we decided to make some plans for the night, to hang out in DC together, but the plans turned out to be starting right after class, because there was not enough time to drive all the way home again. So we did a little shopping, had some more coffee and wanted to go play pool. We got to the pool bar, just to realize again, how hard it can be to be under 21. There is no chance of doing something fun in cities like DC. (We asked some firemen about it, they told us to go home and watch tv.) I FEEL LIKE I’M 15 AGAIN! 🙈

So we just went to the cheesecake factory, where we had some food, and afterwards we went home, not without making some new plans for Sunday.

I slept over at Rabea’s again (sorry for giving you a hard time while I was asleep). Btw, thank you for the last 3 weekends! There will be more! 😊


We kinda slept in on Sunday, had breakfast and headed out to pick up Vici, to go to a Miniature Golf and Baseball place, where we met everyone else from the day before again. We had a fun time on maybe one of the last sunny Sundays and I’m excited to see you again next weekend! (Or at least in 2 weeks.😃)


I had a wonderful weekend and I hope the next one will be even better!

Love, Kathi ❤️

P.S.: Tomorrow is Columbus Day and I can sleep until 12! 😍