United States of America · 37 Days · 54 Moments · July 2017

2017 Study Abroad & Adventure in the US

1 September 2017

Just some thoughts again. I don't know if I mentioned before about the offer of one professor back home for my bachelor thesis. I didn't hear anything from her so I wrote another email to her. It turns out that she is also in the USA. She asked me in which university I'm, it turns out that she is also on the CSULB! Today is her last day on the campus and in the USA so we're gonna meet up in the foundation building. I mean, what are the odds! I'm sooo happy right now. Just that everything works so well. My dad said that I'm such a lucky girl. Yes, I AM! πŸ’• Last night Y holt a house party, I didn't go. Because I have so many things to do. And on the weekend we're traveling so I won't have the time. They all got a LB-T-shirt from her. Of course I don't. Sometimes I don't feel like that she is that nice as she seem to be. I don't have any evidence on that, it's just my gut instinct. And normally, it's turns out to be right.

31 August 2017

You don't really learn the difference unless you see and experience it. This is when you pay 6400$ (instead of 321.€) for one semester! And one can also notice that the students are more concentrated and dedicated to studying πŸ€“ Good thing that I'm in the exchange program! πŸ˜‚

29 August 2017

I'm gonna read the most books in English as I ever done before in this short period of time! πŸ™ˆπŸ€“βœŒοΈπŸ˜‚

27 August 2017

Little trip to LA πŸ’•

25 August 2017

BBQ at home 😍😍😍
Pool Party in the Orientation Week, this is the only pics I took πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚

24 August 2017

M wrote me a message today to wish me luck and fortune in the USA. It was like 5:30 am in Germany. I haven't answer him yet, because I neither know what to say, nor want to give him an answer this quickly. I'm just not that interested any more. Because he always disappointed me somehow. I don't want to think that he missed me or dreamed about me or stuff. I did really hope something would happen between us, but now I don't know if I want it any more. Just like with Z. Now he is really dead for me. Sometimes timing is everything. It's sad, but it's life. πŸ’•
Women Soccer CSULB : Northwestern (?) Didn't watch to the end because it was getting too cold! And Lily wanted to buy a bikini for the pool party tomorrow πŸ™ˆ
Shopping in the bookstore, so many good stuff!!! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
So convenient!!! πŸ’•πŸ‘

22 August 2017

Moonlight Movie, the view on the beach is much better than the movie itself πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

21 August 2017

LA - Walk of Fame; Cheesecake Factory There we met a lot more people from other houses πŸ’•πŸ’•

20 August 2017

Little walk in the park near our house. Met soooo many squirrels!!! 😍😍😍

19 August 2017

Sunset on Signal Hill ❀️

18 August 2017

Naples, Long Beach What a beautiful neighborhood! Heard a lot of interesting stories about the houses and residents there, really a fun tour! ❀️
Whale Watching 🐳 No 🐳 but a lot of dolphins 🐬😍😍😍 And it was so fun to ride the boot an the ocean! ❀️

16 August 2017

Yarina texted me in the morning if I want to come with some other students to drive around the city with her. I said sure. And I should ask the other girls if they want to join us. Of course nobody wants to miss this. So we all got ready very fast and went out. That was fun. They're all great people. We really had a great time ❀️ We were at the Queen Mary, had lunch in Bubba Gump Shrimp at the Pike, very delicious πŸ˜‹ a bit expensive tho. And then to the real Long Beach, after that she dropped us off at our house.

13 August 2017

Inspired by the American grocery store πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ This would be much easier when I cook πŸ‘¨β€πŸ³
We went Asian grocery shopping today. This was the cart of the owner and me. While the other one of the girls is only 1/4 full πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚ I got almost everything I needed. Really really happy πŸ˜‹ Btw, the meat here is really expensive!
This little girl called Kiki. The dog of the owner of the house. She liked me immediately as she saw me. They said that usually it will take about one week that she won't bark at you. I think I'm rather a dog person in that respect πŸ˜‚πŸ’•

12 August 2017

Slept like 3 hours or so... πŸ˜ͺπŸ˜ͺ They both got up to drive me to the airport. It turns out I didn't have to wait at all. Neither at the counter nor at the security check. And at the gate there is only one other man besides me πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚ I have to sleep on the plane otherwise I couldn't survive the day. My wound looks now worse as days before, or I think so. Gonna check it when I finally in LB, hopefully it's nothing serious.

11 August 2017

One thing I still have to mention before I try to sleep again: I have been reading A Song of the Ice and Fire these days, and I think I could notice some improvement of my English already. It was not easy to get started with, but then I couldn't stop reading. Here is why a good book is essential. While the bad ones do the job other ways around. I checked the activities in the orientation week and the clubs we have. There're really some interesting ones! And we also get an email with information about attractions in and around LB. There are so many things to do!! I can't wait any longer. πŸ’• There are really differences between people. I only have half a year here, but it would not stop me be active and getting involved with things I'm interested in. While others just hope to finish their study and do no more. Never get out of the comfort zone if not necessary. How could people do this? I'll make the most out of it, and still have a great grade, I know I can do that. πŸ’ͺ
I'm very tired, and I have to get up early (4am) tomorrow to catch the flight. But I lay in bed for more than an hour now, couldn't fall asleep... I'm excited, looking forward to it, with a little nervousness. Tomorrow I will be in LB, the place I'll spend the next 4 months in. The room, the owner of the house, Yarina, the campus, the city, the beach, the people, the courses, the quizzes and exams, the clubs in the university, the trips... all the things unknown, waiting for me to explore. And there's more: I got an email this morning from a professor back in Germany, she told me that there's one project with a company related to product development, she would like me to do the research and tests etc. And it will also be a good subject regarding to my thesis. I'm really flattered. I'm getting one offered while most of my friends are troubled with what they should write about. It will be hard and stressful, I know it already. But as Krissi said β€” that it will always be πŸ’•
小θ‚₯ηΎŠπŸ˜‹ We went out for dinner today. All three of us. It was nice to be here, with my family. We had such good laughs, always until my belly starts to hurt πŸ’• I've gained about 2kg weight now... have to work on that when I get to LB. πŸ™ˆ

10 August 2017

I was with my uncle about 3 hours on the way today. All was to find a certain dried vegetable for a dish that I wished he could cook and teach me. We went to 3 asian markets, none of them had it. He said it never happened. So we went to 3 different markets hoping that we'll finally find one. But no. I've already given up by the first one. But he wouldn't. Until there was no hope at all. I could still laugh about it when I think back. We made something else instead, also very delicious, but he could not stop talking about that I didn't get to eat and learn it. That showed me clearly the love he has for me. ☺️ Too bad that we didn't have so much time together all these years, but it has been always good ones when we get together. ❀️

2 August 2017

We were 8h+ driving until we reach Boston... πŸ˜ͺπŸ˜ͺ Then a quick visit at the Havard and MIT

1 August 2017

Night view of the Niagara Falls 😍 We were really lucky to get a hotel near the falls (10min. walking). They had fireworks later (round 10pm) but I was really tired so I went back to hotel. πŸ™ˆ
Diner at the food court. This one was really really delicious!!! πŸ˜‹β€οΈ
Niagara Falls - Maid of the Mist 😍 Canada is on the other side of the river.
Niagara - Whirlpool State Park
Old Fort Niagara State Park
Corning - Museum of Glass

31 July 2017

Washington D.C. - Korean War Veterans Memorial "Freedom is not free."
Washington D.C. - Lincoln Memorial
Washington D.C. - The White House It's just a building where the president of the USA is living, not such a big deal. Btw I used to mix it up with the US Capitol πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Washington D.C. - National Air & Space Museum The entry was free for everybody, they really have interesting attractions but we only had about 90 minutes for the museum and lunch. Otherwise I could really spend all day long here. 😍
Washington D.C. - National Mall
The breakfast was great πŸ˜‹ I also bought a box of fresh fruits for the day. It is not easy to get some on the way of traveling, so I was really happy and grateful β˜ΊοΈπŸ’•
Philadelphia - Liberty Bell & Independence Hall We drove from NY to Washington D.C., it's just a stop for us to get some breakfast.

30 July 2017

NY Station 6 - Madame Tussauds The lady in the last picture was a real person, she suddenly ran to us after I took that picture, everybody including me was screaming, but it felt good somehow πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Until now I didn't know where the "Bi Bi King" of "Qipashuo/ε₯‡θ‘©θ―΄β€ comes from πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ’•
Coincidentally I saw this sign: "Bergdorf..." it's almost the same as the place is called where my hometown University is (Bergedorf) πŸ’•
NY Station 5 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art We went with our tour guide. I learnt a few things more about art ☺️
NY Station 4 - Aircraft carrier INTREPID - Sea, Air & Space Museum ✈️ 🌊 πŸš€ The temperature was too hot and I didn't feel well. The🍦was my lunch πŸ™ˆ
NY Station 3 - Statue of Liberty - Sight seeing cruise 🚒
NY Station 2 - Wall Street πŸ’°πŸ€‘
NY station 1 - ESB πŸ˜ŒπŸ‘Œ We got there before it opened, but there was already a long line... Really beautiful view up there ❀️

29 July 2017

Welcome to New York! 😍😍😍 Time Square, Nicht View of Manhattan, really beautiful ❀️ But the traffic is really really bad... 😡 Btw. the bus driver and his colleague were trying to flirt with me, I wasn't ready for that so I turned them/him off, kinda... πŸ™ˆπŸ˜… And the streets were full of garbage by the time we were leaving (round 9pm) and the air stinks 😷...
On the way to New York City for the Night Tour 😍
Red Roof Inn Edison. Finally I got to my hotel. I was the last guest in the bus. The room is fine. I ordered a meal with delivery service, but it was not delicious at all 🀒 Well this is it when you are on the way.
The flight was 7:30am, so I woke up at 5:30am πŸ˜ͺ Ate breakfast quickly and then headed to the airport. I checked myself in last night and got my boarding pass on the phone. And I don't have any baggage to check in so it was pretty smooth. Slept on the plane all the way here to EWR, really really tired 😴 When we landed, a girl from the travel office is already waiting for me. I was her last guest she had to pickup today so we went to a mall together to kill some time, because we couldn't check in until 3pm. We chatted a little bit and changed our Wechat account. On the way to the hotel I met some other people of this tour. I experienced again how bad temper and how bad educated our Chinese are. It's a fact. Sad, but unfortunately true. 必鑻要说一ε₯οΌŒδΈ­ε›½δΊΊηœŸηš„ιƒ½ζ˜―δΊ›θ ’θ›‹οΌ

28 July 2017

The lunch today. Very very spicy chicken wings πŸ˜‚ My uncle wanted to let me have a try and ordered a small sized of the hottest one called blazin. It was very hot, but still possible to eat. I ate only one of them because it was really burning πŸ™ˆ At the end he ordered an extra sauce of the blazin as dip for the other wings, the waitress was very surprised because it is really hot! My uncle he always wants to prove and tell that he is the best one. No matter what. But I have to say, he is now much better than he was a few years ago ☺️

27 July 2017

First things first, I got my wireless gear today.✌️ To have a prepaid card without contract I had to buy a cheap cellphone (49$) with a SIM card in it. Because my existing iPhone is from Germany and it's not compatible for the SIM cards here... 35$/mo. for 6GB data and unlimited talk & text, I think it's a pretty good deal. Only the quality of the connection is not always good. But I think I can live with that πŸ˜‹

26 July 2017

Arrived at the DFW after 16h traveling, so exhausted... πŸ˜ͺ Waited for a long time to go through the passport check, fortunately the packages were already there when I came out. Btw, I could/must check in all my suitcases in HAM because they don't have enough room in the cabin, so although the weight is already over the permitted number due to the ticket, I don't have to pay any fees for it. ✌️ Still not real for me that I'm gonna stay in this country for six months, but I'm really looking forward to it! ❀️