Letter: Visit from German friend is a March highlight
Hello, Worthington. This is Tom Hanselmann, your Crailsheim foreign exchange student. Another month with great experiences is over.A couple weeks ago a friend of mine from Germany, Aaron R?ger, came to visit me. The day he arrived started right a...
Hello, Worthington. This is Tom Hanselmann, your Crailsheim foreign exchange student. Another month with great experiences is over.
A couple weeks ago a friend of mine from Germany, Aaron Rüger, came to visit me. The day he arrived started right away with a big highlight! We went to a Minnesota Wild Game. But, before we went there, we met another German. His name is Jan Opacek. He is going to be here for a half year of working in Minneapolis. He also went to the game with us. It was a really exciting game in which the Wild lost in the end. It didn’t matter. All of us had a great time, and we enjoyed the game.
Aaron was mainly here to visit me. Part of his trip was to spend the school days with me. He really enjoyed it. He got all the experiences of an American school day. He went to my classes with me, which was sometimes really funny because he just couldn’t believe some classes we have here.
During his last week of school, the Ag 12 prepared a breakfast as a goodbye party for him, which we didn’t even know about at all.
One day we went to Sioux Falls with him. He ate at a Five Guys restaurant for the first time in his life and loved it. In general he loves all American food, which I can totally agree with! We visited the mall over there and like everything else. It was a totally new experience for him because he wasn’t used to it.
On another day Cameron, Aaron and I went Frisbee golfing. We did it for about 20 minutes because it was so, so cold. We experienced two different things at the same time: 1. Frisbee golfing and 2. The cold, cold weather here in Minnesota.
On Friday before Aaron left, we went to Minneapolis and spent the night there. The next day we went to the Mall of America with him. Aaron and I were totally impressed, even if I had been there before. We had so much fun - we tried many different foods, flew virtual airplanes and shopped for gifts. After a fun couple of weeks, Aaron had to head back to Germany. I was really sad about it, but it was totally worth it!
I also started golf as a spring sport this month. I am really not talented at all! It seemed much easier when I was watching golf videos on the Internet to “prepare“ myself for the season. But I am really lucky to have two coaches who are bringing a lot of encouragement with them as they try to teach me the skills I need.
I‘m also switching my host family pretty soon, which I am really looking forward to. That means that I have to leave my old host family, the Johnsons. I am so thankful for everything they did for me. They gave me all the experiences I could ask for. As with my first host family, it didn’t feel like I was a visitor. It felt like I was a part of their family. This made it another amazing for months of my trip in the USA!
I also want to say thank you to the Crailsheim/Worthington Committee, which is always there if I need something and made it possible for me to stay here - and of course, to all my friends who are helping me in any situation.