The end of my first semester in America…

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The month of December has marked the end of my first semester at UNC Chapel Hill. Unlike in Manchester, the exams at UNC took place the week before Christmas break started and so my Christmas break was a lot more relaxing than it usually is. I had exams in all of my classes besides my Real Estate Development class where I had a take-home spreadsheet exam.

While many of my exchange friends left Chapel Hill for good and others flew home for Christmas I flew to the Midwest to visit my host family (my hostparents and two hostsisters) in Missouri. We had some pretty warm days in North Carolina during this month (up to 20°C) but it was freezing cold in Missouri . I hadn’t been in Missouri since 2009 so I had a great time visiting the state where I had spent a year going to High School in 2007/2008.

My hostfamily and I went to Silver Dollar City, a theme park in Southern Missouri the weekend before Christmas. If I had to describe the theme park in two words it would be “typical American”. Everything was lit up with thousands of colourful Christmas lights and we went to several Christmas shows, including s saloon- themed Christmas show. I’d say it doesn’t get much more typical American than that!

My hostsisters and I spend endless days of decorating sugar cookies (including Tar Heel shaped sugar cookies) and also made ugly sweater sugar cookies for an ugly sweater party we had a few days after Christmas.

Christmas cookies

Christmas cookies

Ugly sweater cookies

Ugly sweater cookies

Just a few days before I flew back to North Carolina my hostfamily took me to a Casino and my hostsister, her husband and I went out shooting targets which are things I had never done before.

Dec 2013 - Shooting 1

Shooting!

Shooting!

Silver Dollar City at Christmas time

Silver Dollar City at Christmas time

My flight back to the East coast was very chaotic due to the bad weather in the Midwest. I was supposed to stopover in St. Louis and then fly on to North Carolina but my flight got cancelled so I was waiting in line at the airport to rebook my flight. After standing in line for 1.5 hours I learned that my flight was not cancelled after all (unlike what the display and the airline staff had said) and in the end I had a direct flight to North Carolina.

As I start the second half of my year abroad I wish y’all (trying to adopt the Southern way of speaking/writing) good luck on your exams!

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