Unfortunately, my last America blogpost is here. I’m so excited to tell you about all my last, fun days here, but realizing that this trip is coming to an end makes me very sad.
I don’t wanna bore you with a long introduction so let’s hop on and pick up where we left off in my last post.
Sunday was church day. The atmosphere was very laid back. The church service was held in a high school, a few Americans greeted us and shook our hands, it felt uncomfortable at first, but soon I realized it was nice to feel so welcome, even though we felt like ‘strangers’ . There was a pop band with an electric guitar singing about being freed from the chains, while people were holding their hands up and screaming ‘AMEEEEN’ once in a while. Lieke and I watched it all happening, not sure what to think. It sure was different from Dutch churches (not that we go there… ), but we were definitely surprised by the different church building, different sort of people, different ages, different music and different speeches. The speaker wasn’t a priest in a white dress, but a young guy in Levi’s jeans and the service wasn’t in a church but in a High school building filled with cheerleader and baseball flyers. There are still a lot of things I don’t agree with, but hearing about their morals, being the same as mine or just thinking for an hour a week about life and how we should be thankful for it, was actually very nice. After the service, I felt confused, loved, grateful and … hungry. So we went to FIVE GUYS. Greasy burgers and greasier fries, but soooo good. I just had to send a snap to my Dutch friends to make ‘em jealous hehe.
Later that day, we got our makeup done in the mall and had a photo shoot
with Meg, Jenand Liek. We took cute pictures in flowy jumpsuits while holding the American flag and we ended the day with fresh subs. Not much later we crawled into our comfy beds.
7 am, rise and shine babeeey. Today was beach day with a fun group; Torrey, Michael, Jenna, Megan, Patrick, Matt, Ryan, Zach, Lizzy, Lieke and I.
We went to a beach which was specifically for trucks. (Pretty cool, we need this in the Netherlands!!) We parked Torrey’s truck right on the beach, set up some games and a tent and ran into the blue, refreshing water. We played beach volleyball, Americans against the Dutchies (We, Dutchies won, with some help of Patrick!) and we tanned and talked for hours.
Driving back from Assateague Island, we had an ‘almost like the American movies moment.’ I sat in the back of the truck, felt the ocean breeze on my sun kissed tan, the sand in between the toes of my bare feet and the salt in my blonde hair. We saw wild horses (pretty crazy haaa) and talked about how Americans thought our ‘legal weed’ was pretty awesome, all while we heard American country music in the background. “West Virginia, mountain mamma, take me home, country roads…”
We drove back to Ocean city for dinner, Phil joined us and we all had some good, American burgers. After a long, fun day we had another 2 hour road trip home, packed our NYC bags and jumped into bed, knowing we had to wake up 4 hours later…
Tuesday morning, 4:45 am, we were beat up from the feet up, but NYC WAS WAITING FOR US. Meg, Liek and I met up with Kenz and after a huge, s’mores ice cold coffee from Dunkin Donuts, we were all ready for 2 fun dayss. The 3.5 hour ride flew by, there was tooo much to talk about. We arrived early in NYC, got updated to a room with a view, we all had $20 Uber discount codes and realized we were basically lucky charms. However, a few hours later, we ran out of luck. All our Uber rides got cancelled, riding the subway was a little harder than expected and the weather was either 110 degrees with a lot of back and boob sweat or pouring rain with black panda eyes. However, we made it work. We saw amazing views, were stunned by the flat iron building, had a $40 green, smoking cocktail, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, were amazed by Times Square and had our own personal Gossip Girl moment on The MET Steps. The trip flew by and before we knew it, it was Wednesday night and we were back in our beds.
Thursday, was a sleep in kinda day. Meg, Liek, Kenz, Torrey, Jen and I, had late brunch at ‘The Iron Rooster’, which is apparently the ‘it place’ for breakfast in Annapolis. We had real American, thick, syrupy pancakes which were waaaay too filling and did some last-minute shopping; we got fun souvenirs (San, you’re gonna get your Brazilian gift back, the American way hehe), delicious pop tarts and American candy. Downtown Annapolis was pretty busy so we ended up running into Ellie, Sierra and Carson, people I hadn’t seen for over a year, so catching up was fun.
The moment we got here, I new I’d be dreading the last day, the last full day I’d be spending with my American best friends, the last full day I’d be spending under the American sunshine and the last full day I’d be experiencing the American life. However, that day has arrived. Friday was our last full day, which is sad, but at least we made it a good one! We spent our morning and afternoon in the outlets. We had to get some Levi’s stuff, which is basically 1/3rd of the price in the Netherlands. I got 2 pairs of jeans, a cute shirt for me and two for Willem. After spending almost a full hour at the Levi’s store, we had to go to Tommy Hillfiger, Pacsun, Nike, Adidas, and the Kylie & Kendall collection… you can imagine this took a while lol. We wanted to end our last American night the best we could, so Torrey invited a ton of people over for a bonfire at his place. Matt and Carson showed us how to do s’mores on the campfire (Mine and Liek’s first ones ever!), we talked about the past 2 weeks, and I showed Ryan that I could sing the full lyrics of ‘my first American country song.’ (If you’re wondering, I am obsessed with the country song: Body Like a Back Road by Sam Hunt, give it a try, it’s very American country tho, lol. Be warned.) We ended the hot summer night by changing the bonfire party into a pool party… We couldn’t have ended our trip a in better way.
I wouldn’t be able to end ‘my American blogpost series’ without a thank you to all the people I hung out with this summer. Mackenzee, Ryan, Matt, Patrick, Phil, Carson, Torrey, Michael, Jenna and Megan, thanks for the fun times.
Kenz, thank you for making our NYC trip so so so much fun, thank you for bringing me home safely after a rough night (lol) and thank you for talking my head off hehe.
Michael, thank you for showing me your love for Helly Hansen (and even convincing me to buy something, who would have ever thought so lol…), thank you for helping me out with eating Maryland crabs and thank you for dealing with me being around your girlfriend 24/7 for 17 days.
Torrey, thank you for making me scream my head off while tubing, thank you for having the craziest Dutch-American political discussions with me and thank you for making me laugh about the dumbest stuff.
Jen, thank you for showing us how to rock karaoke car rides, for being my personal shop assistant and thank you for cooking some good American meals.
Meg, thank you for being my nr.1 first blog reader, always, thank you for being my life saver in basically any situation and thank you for being my best friend.
This is not a goodbye, but a see ya soon. X