For all the travel lovers out there and those who need the support and encouragement to take the first step!

Leaving family, friends and your home behind is always hard. It is not easy to make the first step but trust me you can learn so much out there and you won’t regret it! Your family and friends are not going anywhere and you won’t miss out on anything!

 

 

After I graduated High School I packed my stuff and went to the US. I planned to stay for one year. It wasn’t an easy decision at all because a whole year sounds like quite a long time but sooner or later I figured out that one year is nothing of your whole life.

It went by so fast! I got to travel to 18 States and I met people from all around the world. This year meant everything to me and I don’t regret one second of it. I actually even extended my visit and decided to stay for another year.

 

 

Don’t get me wrong! It is not always that easy, fun and beautiful. There are hard times too! The important thing is to fight these hard days and to not give up! I’m really happy that my mom always supported me and talked into me on FaceTime for hours or just listened to my thoughts, worries and moods.  These days/ weeks don’t hold on for long, that’s what you need to be aware of. Keep yourself busy and try to be around people or friends you made during your travel.

What you learn about cultures, people, destinations and especially about yourself can no-one take away from you and that is more valuable than anything else. You get so much more independent and you start to notice the little things that are important.

Never forget that home is just a flight away and that it is always waiting for you!

 

 

In this post you can read about horror scenarios and horror host families. I can define myself as lucky because I had 2 wonderful, amazing years with mine and you will hear about them in my next blogs. To all of you out there who live in bad host families – read about the stories of Au Pairs I met during my years and hopefully you feel better after or leave comments with your stories.

 

  • Au Pair comes home from the grocery store and notices a typed letter on her bed. She starts reading it and could not believe her eyes. In big capital letters it said “Instructions in how to make the beds”. The father of the family seriously typed her a letter of how to make the beds of her 16- and 14-year old host children in 5 easy steps.  -Not that she never made their beds… The father just wanted her to make them perfect.

Really sad that some host families communicate with letters instead of just talking to the Au Pair. To make such a big deal about making the beds of teenagers? In my opinion they should start making their beds by themselves.

  • The 16 year old teenager got sick so the mom asks the Au Pair to work the whole day, even that it is her day off and she is a only supposed to work 8h a day. The Au Pair is willing to cancel all her plans to take care of the poor and sick 16 year old. In the evening the mom comes home from work and blamed the  Au Pair that her 16year old son didn’t drink enough water.

If a 16 year old boy/girl is not able to drink water by him-/herself I would honestly start to get worried.

  • It is a Saturday morning and it is raining cats and dogs in Chelsea, NYC. The Au Pair is supposed to have her day off and suddenly the host mom knocks on her door. She sends the Au Pair to walk in the rain to the store to get her milk for her coffee.

It is really crazy how some people act. If you are ever in a position like that stand up for yourself and don’t let them treat you like their personal assistant!

  • The rich and wealthy host family is throwing a party in their loft. The Au Pair is chef, waitress and cleaning woman for tonight!

It is your job to take care of kids, not the host parents and neither their guests!

  • The Au Pair is sitting in her room. Her phone is ringing. Another email from the mom who is sitting in the room next door. The email is about complaints that she didn’t clean the dust today from all the picture frames, cabinets and other furniture items. Right after she writes about other tasks for her. One of them is to organize the kids’ wardrobes. She needs to sort the clothes by colors and fabric.

Please don’t be afraid to go to your supervisor and ask for help. Even if you go into rematch, there are so many awesome families out there waiting for Au Pairs. This is supposed to be the year of your life not a fight for survival!

 

Take Me To New York

I still can’t really describe why NYC is the greatest, most exciting, most beautiful and best city in the world – but I can ensure you that it is!

 

I lived in New York City for 2 years and I just moved to Florida. I guess I miss it already that’s why I chose it to be my next topic. I’ve been reading a lot about the city and what other people think and say about it. These are probably my favorite quotes and I’ll tell you why.

So I went to New York City to be born again. It was and remains easy for most Americans to go somewhere else and start anew. I wasn’t like my parents. I didn’t have any supposedly sacred piece of land or shoals of friends to leave behind. Nowhere has the number zero been of more philosophical value than in the United States…. and when the [train] plunged into a tunnel under New York City, with its lining of pipes and wires, I was out of the womb and into the birth canal. Kurt Vonnegut

One of the reasons I decided to go to the US was because I needed some time off from my usual life. It gets boring to live in the same city for years, with the same people and the same activities around you. My best friend talked me into being an Au Pair for a year and that we can have so much fun. After long talks and deep thoughts I said to myself, just do it, one year away can’t be so bad. I really didn’t care in which state or city to work in and I also wasn’t really able to decide it. It was fate that I ended up being in New York City and there wasn’t a minute I regretted it. I started a new life, a new beginning and definitely a new adventure. I improved my personality in every possible way and my attitude towards the whole world changed completely during my time here.

I love New York City. The reason I live in New York City is because it’s the loudest city on the planet Earth. It’s so loud I never have to listen to any of the shit that’s going on in my own head. It’s really loud. They literally have guys come with jackhammers and they drill the streets and just leave cones in front of your apartment; you don’t even know why. Garbage men come; they don’t pick up the garbage, they just bang the cans together. Lewis Black

This one made me laugh and it is true. New York is very very noisy but I love it and probably it doesn’t bother anyone who really lives there because you just become acclimated to all the blast and buzz. You get used to it so much that in every other city you think something is wrong and you feel scared because it seems too silent. Trust me I experienced it. In some point you need all that noise to feel comfortable and home. It gives you the feeling to never be alone and the noises proof that you are surrounded by people every hour and every minute of the day, no matter if you walk on the streets at 4am or if you are just hanging out in your small, overpriced apartment and you hear your neighbors singing, doing constructions or playing instruments.

When you leave New York, you are astonished at how clean the rest of the world is. Clean is not enough. Fran Lebowitz

A few months ago I went on vacation with my bf. We went to Destin to visit some of his friends and as we started talking to them how great it has been for us to live in the city, they started to complain about all the dirt there and that you are not even able to see the sun, stars or just a blue sky. First I didn’t know what they were talking about but when we got back I started to giggle. New York is dirty! Really really dirty! The air seems grey and you find trash everywhere. -But clean is not enough!

Once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough.” — John Steinbeck

It feels like a big community and still you feel like no-one. You can express and live the style and life you want to live without being judged. If you need someone to talk to you will find someone in the next minute you turn around. Cultures from all over the world meet here and everyone is helpful and so open minded. You can’t get bored because there is just too much going on. Every day are different activities, concerts and parades. There are plenty of restaurants, rooftop bars and secret spots which take your breath away. There are parks, buildings and museums you can only dream of and art everywhere. You can practice every single sport and you can watch many different broadway shows so special and spectacular like nowhere else. If you need a night out you can go to several bars, nightclubs or parties every single day of the week. It doesn’t matter what time or what day it is, you can do anything you can imagine 24/7 because people in NYC don’t sleep – they live every second of their life.

 

 

Julia’s Spot4Blog

I would like to tell you a little bit about me, where I am from, what I am doing here, what my goals are and what my blog is going to be about.

 

So I would like to start with the town I grew up in.

klagenfurt

 

I grew up in a town called Klagenfurt. It’s actually a city but since I traveld the last two years, I don’t really consider it as a city anymore. Klagenfurt is located in the south of Austria. I would describe it as beautiful, clean, small, full of nature and with a lot of history. I guess I had a great time growing up there.

When I was 6 years old I walked 15 minutes to my elementary school every day by myself. Americans would look at me like I am crazy but that’s how it was. It was a very very safe little town and mostly it still is. I think I had a great childhood with many friends and a lot of fun. We also have a big lake there which makes the summer really awesome every year.

 

 

Yes there are some lifeguards running around but they don’t care. You can do whatever you want and it doesn’t matter how old you are. You can swim how far as you want, there are slides,  you can jump in the water, you can smoke, you can drink, you can have fun in every possible way. We don’t have a lot of rules there compared to America.

I still need to figure out what my blog is really going to be about and yes maybe you will read a lot about comparisons to Austria and America but for me it is important that people know that there are so many differences in the world and sometimes it can be interesting or life changing to learn about it. I have been living in the United States for over two years now and I have seen and experienced a lot. I also see my home country very different now and I would like to share every thought, every concern, every experience and everything else which comes through my mind and which I think can help or interest you.

I am going to tell you a lot about living in New York City and about all the travel adventures I have made so far. I think my life became really interesting in the last years and I would like to share that with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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