This is better than I could have dreamed it would be!

Believe me!

If this is America, i don’t want to leave it ever again. I might be starting to miss home at some point (maybe once a month 😉 ), but I could not possibly imagine to go back now.

Canterbury School has a house system, almost like Harry Potter, just better! The houses are named after founding families: Smith, Parrot, Cast, Paflas, Spindler and Randall. This week is very special: The first important house points can be collected. Everyone has to bring in cans, that will be distributed to the starving people in Fort Wayne. Participation as well as weight counts!

Another important thing: the so-called Cav games, derived from our mascot, the Canterbury cavalier. We had numerous different games: name that tune, obstacle course, trashcan game, roping, dodge-ball, a dance off, soccer competition and jeopardy. It was crazy (good!). Everyone had face paint and was dressed in the most creative ways imaginable. I mean it!

Apart from that amazing experience, the school stuff only gets more. We are in our last week of rehearsals before the official opening night of “How to succeed in business without really trying”. Things get serious! A Model UN conference in Indianapolis is approaching and we got our quarter grades. I am almost satisfied (I still need to get rid of that A- in AP Calculus AB, otherwise I’m happy!)

Time is short and flies by. Unfortunately. But concentrating gets really hard with 6 hours of sleep per night. And that is not even due to homework! It is merely the excitement of the day, that keeps me from sleeping. I’m going to try to sleep at 10 tonight anyway.

More news hopefully soon: our soccer guys made it to State! The game is at 10:30 am on Saturday – GO CAVS! Win that game!

Alice

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Two months behind me and still no crisis

After two months and something of my stay in the U.S., I can say that I really enjoy every moment over here.

It might sound crazy but my emotional cycle was described as one of the extremes during our orientation at Pomfret school, CT. It is pretty much what Mr. Stanley had said: “Everything’s new and interesting, I am something special at my school and everybody wants to speak to me, I made it to the varsity volleyball team, I get decent grades at school…. The line never goes down.” That is exactly my case at St Mark’s school of Texas in Dallas. Maybe there are some ups and downs, but the line never goes under “I am doing fine”. Although I broke my finger and sprained my ankle during the first month (one of the downs), I never, fortunately, felt blue. It is probably my amazing host-family and host-brother Sam that always entertain me or the school that keeps me busy with the homework and tests or volleyball that takes 2 hours and tons of energy per day or most likely all together.

I am involved in so many things that I cannot find time to be homesick or feel blue. Doing two AP classes, learning new foreign language (Spanish), playing piano during free periods at school, playing volleyball after school, filming a video during my free time for local competition, hang-out with friends and girls from Hocaday and doing homework and prepare for test, all these things, I guess, are an appropriate load to keep me busy. Hopefully, everything will go as well as it does now and I will enjoy the rest of my stay. So far so good! Image

Four days at Disneyland

Hi guys I’m sorry it has been so long since I last updated! School is driving me crazehhh (in a good way, though)

Well, we had a long weekend last week so my host family took me to Disneyland in CA with them! It was one of the best vacations that I’ve ever had, partly because it was my first experience with Disneyland. I tried almost all the ride, except the roller coaster; hmmm…how should I put this…

I will never be able to ride the roller coaster, okay?

Anyways, here are some pictures, (they don’t capture even just half of the actual fun though)

– the view from my hotel room:

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– Radiator springs!

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– My host sister and me at the “Casting Agency” :’)
I have more pictures, but I’m losing patience with the dreary uploading process! Sorry guys, that’s all for now.. but I will write more about my school later ^_^

Have fun!

 

 

karlavlatkovic

A solo is basically a 24-hour solitude. All you have is your gear and yourself.

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Erik and Cleo made us a feast as we returned from our solo. We got our packs on and headed up, with Luc and myself as the map readers. We camped near the peak we were going to do the next day, got in our sleeping bags and dozed off.

Alpine start -> 5 a.m., no breakfast. Just get up and start walking. After a couple of hours… Summit conquered! We hiked to the Cleo’s Lake ( we don’t actually know the name of the lake, but Cleo loves it very much ) Sleo, Ashley, Will and Luc jumped in, so they could jump out a second later. There was the Dude Patrol waiting for us as we came back to our camp. We did some chatting and finnaly gave them the…

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karlavlatkovic

A group of 13.

10 days of wilderness.

What happened?

 

Well… We started off with 3 days of community service, which meant building water trenches. During those 3 days we were dealing with with some altitude problems, but eventually got used to it. Getting back to our bus, we resupplied on our food (mostly snacks). Our backpacks got heavy, the mountain got higher and we started our sandals.

Most of the days it was hailing, usually in the afternoon, so we ended up sitting in a lighting drill every now and then. The most interesting one was definitely on day 5. We were on a ridge, 13 000 feet up high, dark clouds everywhere, lightnings, hailing. Erik lead us straigth down to the valley. We didn’t have much choice but to get out of there as fast we could, which meant not choosing the nice path. Slowly, we managed…

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