So I stayed in US during my Christmas break. My sister came over from Poland to visit me. We stayed couple days in Chicago , then came back to Purdue and after that went on a trip to NYC. We spent the Christmas day in my apartment on campus, I had my Brazilian friend staying over and my American roommate, so we had an international dinner 🙂 It was a big relief after waiting for the final results. Yes, the first semester ends before Christmas break, as well as the final exams. Luckily, I passed everything 🙂

It was an amazing experience, cos we used Couchsurfing everywhere we stayed. I highly recommend that way of traveling. We met local people who show us not only the tourist areas and attractions. 🙂 We stayed in Brooklyn. Visited most of the districts in Manhattan. My favorite one is Little Italy, all these Italian restaurants are just adorable. You can really feel like you moved to the Godfather movie.

New semester at Purdue started very rapidly, I didn’t even notice when. The only thing that I can complain about is the weather – it’s SO COLD in here! All the time around -15 degrees and the snow. I have enough…and the spring should come hmmm in April! That’s why I can’t wait for the spring break to go to some warm places.

Some pics from my trips:

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Chicago Bean

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View from the SkyDeck in Chicago (110 floors!)

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

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Hard Rock Cafe NYC

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Times Square

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American Museum of Natural History NYC

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Rockefeller Center NYC

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Central Park NYC

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Statue of Liberty
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9/11 Memorial

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Manhattan View

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At the moment I`m enjoying the weather here, because it is not much colder than the winters I am used to back home in Germany. But, the winter starts and the snow arrives much earlier here than I`m used to! I’m already wearing my thick winter clothes, so it’s going to be interesting to experience Ottawa’s extreme winter weather later on which is apparently often more than -30C! Continue reading

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As promised, here you have the second part of Expectations and reality, in case you missed the first one, click HERE. In short, in these posts I will compare and analyze my expectations of the exchange program before I came to Bowling Green, USA and how they turned out after more than 3 months living here. Today I will be looking at the social life and the free time.

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Waw! Mae dwy fis a bron tair wythnos wedi mynd. Dyna ddeuddeg wythnos ac ond chwech ar ôl. Dwi’n dymuno’r gallu i rewi bysau’r cloc neu ymestyn y diwrnodau yn hirach er mwyn gallu cymryd cam yn ôl o bopeth a phinsio fy hunan i sicrhau’r bod hwn yn wirioneddol yn digwydd. Does dim tamaid ohonof sydd yn difaru fy mhenderfyniad. Dwi’n dysgu sgiliau newydd a dwi’n dysgu mwy amdanaf; fel person. Dwi wedi dod yn llawer fwy cymhelliant ac yn gyrru fy hunan i wneud yn dda mewn beth bynnag.

Ers fy mlog diwethaf dwi wedi bod i weld fy ngem gyntaf o hoci iâ gyda’r teulu America ond rhan fwyaf o’r amser doedd gennai ddim cliw o beth oedd yn mynd ymlaen gyda’r rheolau a pam bod rhaid i’r myfyrwyr sefyll i fyny i wylio’r gêm a chydio mewn papur newydd o flaen eu hwynebau pan gyflwynid y chwaraeir o’r tîm arall. Parwyd y gêm am awr; ugain munud ar y tro gyda chwarter awr o frêc rhyngddynt lle fyddai’r merched yn gwneud ryw berfformiad ddawns ac yna ddaeth Freddie a Frieda, y masgotiaid, i sglefrio o gwmpas a chodi llaw ar bawb. Yn yr egwyl ddiwethaf ddaethant a darn o bren oedd yn ffitio tu fewn i’r gôl lle oedd angen anelu’r ddisg ddu mewn i un o dri thwll er mwyn ennill rhestr ddiddiwedd o fwyd. Yn anffodus fe fethodd. Roedd yna hefyd egwyl pum munud yng nghanol y gêm lle’r oedd y plant iau yn dod ymlaen i gasglu unrhyw rew oedd wedi ymgasglu o amgylch y gôl.

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Wow! Two months and about three weeks have already gone. That’s twelve weeks and only six left. I wish I could freeze the fingers of the clock or stretch the days longer and take a step back; pinching myself to make sure that this is real. There’s not a single thought inside of me that regrets this decision. I’m learning new skills and I’m learning more about me; as a person. I’ve become more motivated and I’m thriving to do well whatever that might be.

Since my last blog I’ve been to my first ever Ice Hockey game with my host family but most of the time I hadn’t got a clue of what was going on with all these rules and why all the students had to stand up for the entire game and holding a newspaper to cover their faces when introduced the other players. The game lasted about an hour game but with twenty minutes played three times and a quarter of an hour break in between where these girls did figure skating then Freddie and Frieda (BG mascot) would come and skate around the arena; waving to everyone and after they brought a wooden cutout that fitted into the goal with three holes at the bottom where someone had to hit the puck in order to win their meal which was an endless list of fast food. Unlucky he didn’t get them. There was also five-minute brake where the younger children would come and clear any ice that collected by the goal.

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I have decided to come with this new format of posts, which will analyse and compare my expectations of American college life I had before arriving here (Bowling Green State University) and how they turned out. I think it can be very interesting to go back and see how ‘wrong’ or ‘right’ I was,  and furthermore how I culturally adapted to these differences.

My ever first post then will be on the Life in a dorm and Course work! Of course there are many pictures to illustrate things I will be talking about!

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Dwi wastad wedi hoffi’r syniad o drafeili ond byth wedi gallu chwilio’r amser i wneud, tan nawr. Fyddwn yn siomedig petaswn yn gadael yma heb fynd i weld unlle arall a fydd yr adeg yma o’r gwyliau yn amser gwych i fynd i lefydd na fyddwn wedi mynd os na fyddwn wedi mynd i astudio tramor.

Penderfynodd fy nain a fy nhaid i ddod i’m gweld i, felly fe logwyd gar a theithiom tuag at Ogledd Ddwyrain. Fe hedfanwyd i Fichigan yng nghyntaf i weld perthynas ac yna ddaethant i Bowling Green ar ddydd Mercher ac aros y noson mewn gwesty gyferbyn y campws. Mewn fflat hen bobl mae cyfnither i Nain yn byw ac fe arhoswyd nhw yno mewn fflat ar gyfer ymwelwyr, ond oriau iddyn nhw gyrraedd dyma dân yn dechrau tua pum drws i lawr ac fe orfododd i’r berthynas adael ei fflat am gwbl o ddiwrnodau, ac roedd hynny yn hynod o anffodus.

Cerddom lawr i ganol dref ac aethom am baned yn Panera cyn cerdded tuag at Chamber of Commerce gan obeithio y byddent fedru rhoi cyfarwyddiadau gogyfer ein siwrne. Fe brintiwyd map i ni ac fe ymchwiliwyd mewn i ardal Amish oherwydd soniwyd bod gennym ddiddordeb i ymweld a. Daeth Cyfarwyddwr y busnes allan o’i swyddfa ac wrth gwrs roeddent nhw gyd yn medru dweud nad oeddent o America oherwydd yr acen. Fe atebon gan ddweud y bod ni o Gymru yn nhref Aberystwyth a bod Nain a Taid wedi dod i ymweld â fi yn ystod y gwyliau ‘Fall’ a fy mod i yn fyfyrwyr yma yn Bowling Green fel myfyrwraig cyfnewid. Fe newidiodd ei hwyneb yn syth, roedd hi’n ymddangos fel ei bod hi wedi synnu. Fe ddysgom wrthi fod ei mab hi wedi gwneud yr union yr un peth ond y ffordd arall ryw bum mlynedd yn ôl. Dywedodd hi fod ei mab wedi astudio yn Aberystwyth am flwyddyn i fod yn ddoctor yn Aberystwyth a’i bod wedi dwli ar y lle.

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I’ve always loved the idea of going travelling but never have found the time. Now I’m in America, it will be sad if I left here without visiting other states or cities and fall break will be an excellent time to go to places that I would never of gone if I hadn’t decide to study abroad.

My grandparents decided that they wanted to come and visit me so we hired a car and traveled up North East. They flew to Michigan first to see a relative and then on Wednesday they came down to Bowling Green and stayed at a hotel for the first night. My grandmother’s cousin, Sue, lives at an old people’s apartment which had a flat that visitor’s could stay, but soon after they arrived, a fire broke out in an apartment; five doors down so she had to evacuate for several days which was very unfortunate.

I took them to Main Street and we stopped at ‘Panera’s bread’ for some tea before heading towards Chamber of Commerce in the hope they could help us with directions for our journey. They printed the directions and the instructions for each destination as well as information about an Amish village, which we mentioned that we would like to visit. The Executive Director then came out from the back office and obviously by our accent they all knew that we weren’t from here. We replied by saying that we are from Wales; in a town called Aberystwyth and that my grandparents were visiting me as it was fall break and that I’m currently studying abroad. Her faced suddenly changed, she seemed so surprise and we learnt that her son did the same but reverse about five years ago. She said that he came to Aberystwyth to study as a doctor and he’d absolutely loved the place.

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Dwi’n teimlo fod angen ail ran i’w gael o’r blog diwethaf oherwydd bod cymaint yn digwydd, mae’n anodd meddwl am bopeth a’i fynegi mewn geiriau.

 

Dwi wedi bod i America dwywaith ond hwn yw y tro cyntaf i mi fod yn Ohio. Disgrifiaf y lle fel cymuned glos, debyg i Aberystwyth. Yma, mae yna lefydd bwytai, archfarchnadoedd, siopau dillad ac wedyn mae’r  cefn gwlad gyda’r ffermiai, caeau ŷd, melinau gwynt. Felly mae yna elfen o Gymru yma gyda mi.

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I feel like there should be a second part to my previous blog because as I said; there is so much happening, it’s hard to think about everything and cram it all into words.

 

I’ve been to America’s twice but this is the first time I’ve been to Ohio. I would describe the town as a close community like Aberystwyth. Here you have a town with restaurant, food store and clothes store and then you have the farms, the corn-field and the countryside so there is an element of Wales here with me.

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