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Letter: List of potential visitors to America keeps getting longer

Hello, Worthington, this is Skyla Rautenkranz, your 2015-2016 exchange student. Last time you heard from me, my Granma Jan and Aunt Jessica had just visited. After sending them off to enjoy the rest of their adventure across Europe, my class and ...

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Skyla Rautenkranz (third from right).

Hello, Worthington, this is Skyla Rautenkranz, your 2015-2016 exchange student.
Last time you heard from me, my Granma Jan and Aunt Jessica had just visited. After sending them off to enjoy the rest of their adventure across Europe, my class and I headed off to Nuremberg for a day of ice-skating. My class was amazed by my great ice-skating skills. Although one classmate knew beforehand and said, “All the “Amees” can ice- skate.” I told him, “maybe not all Americans, but most Minnesotans.”
Unfortunately, I was sick for a while this month with a bit of the flu that had been going around. Although my host mom was doing her best to make me feel better, I couldn’t help but think the home remedies were a bit weird. For example, I had a towel full of warm lard laid on my chest and cold towels on my legs, warm beeswax on my tummy and was told to drink lots of tea and coke My German great grandma in America would have been happy with a few of these remedies. After spending a lot of time in bed, I was finally able get out of the house and do some other things.
I spent a day in Stuttgart with my host family, the Hanselmanns. I love having an older host sister, Alicia. It was fun to have a little girly time shopping together. I was able to go to school but only three days before our Easter break began. On the first day of break, my friends and I stayed in the city and enjoyed one of my favorite foods “donner.” Donner is a favorite Turkish food; it is pita bread filled with turkey or beef from a rotisserie (spit), vegetables and yogurt sauce (a bit like gyros but gyros are Greek). Then, after a silly volleyball practice, I met with my friends to have a pizza party. We talked and laughed until about six in the morning! We were also able to talk a lot about their possible visit to Worthington this year.
During the break, we had many more pizza parties and enjoyed other girl nights that consisted of make-overs, eating, singing and being way too loud. The only thing that varies between girl nights here and at home is the language! I also attend a birthday party of a friend from Fichtenau as well as a bonfire with my friends. Everywhere I go, the list of people coming to visit me in America gets longer. I love to see the many relationships I’m making as well as the amazing memories I will have with these special people. Another night I went to the movies in English with one of my best friends, Aaron. The theater in Crailsheim has movies in English every Tuesday. Although I do understand the films I watch in German, it was fun for us to see it in the original language. My friend Aaron grew up in London and never stops mentioning what he misses, including the language!
I’ve been spending a lot of time with friends as I can feel my time here passing by every minute. I’ve of course been getting to know my new host family as well. We have played board games together as well as done a lot of baking. My host brother will be getting confirmed this month, and we’ve already started baking for it! There is an old tradition of baking sweets for every family or friend that gives a gift to the student. That’s not very typical anymore, but my host mom insists on carrying on the tradition and I’m more than glad to help.
I hope you join me next month to continue to be a part of my year. I encourage everyone to get involved with the Crailsheim program in Worthington. One of the main goals when I write my letters is to help you understand how amazing this friendship truly is and how fortunate we all have been to be given this legacy. I hope you enjoy being a part of my year, and I everyone who made this possible and contributes to this tradition.

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