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Letter: Visit to Czech Republic town is an April highlight

April was great! I continued with orchestra and am working hard to prepare for my concert in July where I will play a duet and solo and with a large group orchestra. I enjoyed my time with the Baumanns. We liked to play games, go out to eat, watc...

April was great! I continued with orchestra and am working hard to prepare for my concert in July where I will play a duet and solo and with a large group orchestra. I enjoyed my time with the Baumanns. We liked to play games, go out to eat, watch movies, go on walks and so much more. It has been a lot of fun to have younger siblings and has been an interesting, different point of view. I also love seeing and spending time with my friends who now have to prepare for their final exams.

 

This month I went to a zip-lining/climbing park. It was about 45 minutes away in a forest near Rothenberg. There were a variety of courses elevated in the trees with different levels of difficulty to climb. Each course would have between five to seven tasks to complete. Some were a straight zip line, while others included wobbly bridges and rock walls. You are always connected to a harness, so it is very safe. I made it through one of the hardest levels where I had to climb a very thin rock wall that was really shaky in the wind, and then I had to climb 15 meters high (almost 50 feet) and jump directly down. It was a hard climb up, but the jump down was a blast!

 

During Easter week I went camping with my host family in the Czech Republic by a town called Cheb, about 20 minutes from the German border. This was my first time camping, and it was a new and fun experience. The campground was on a lake that was very beautiful. My family took their camper, and my host aunt and uncle and their family also came along. We arrived on a Wednesday evening and set up the camper and tents, grilled and then called it a night. Since there were so many of us, my guest sister and I slept in a tent. The first night I only slept for three hours because it was so cold. It was better after that. On Thursday we spent time at the campground and enjoyed many activities including volleyball, playing cards, reading, grilling, exploring the surrounding area and even dipping our feet in the lake.

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On Good Friday we went into Cheb and visited a very beautiful church. We then drove back to Germany to a city called Waldsassen and went to the cathedral. It was the most beautiful church I have ever seen. There were so many hand-carved statues, glass windows and murals. The organ was in its own room upstairs and was made out of a blue colored marble. It was stunning. The details were amazing, and the church looked like a masterpiece inside and out.

 

On Saturday we had another chill day where we relaxed, and I decided to go swimming. The days were warm, but the water was still a little cold so I wasn’t able to swim for long. We grilled again and talked around the campfire for hours.On Easter Sunday we went to church and stopped by a market that had a lot of shops where you could buy name brand items for very cheap. You could barter to get a lower price. I didn’t buy anything, but it was still very fun to see everything. We ate lunch at the campground before heading home to Crailsheim.

 

At the end of the month I moved in with my fourth and final family, Uwe and Liane Reimesch.  They have two daughters, Lisa (19) and Lara (15), and are all very tall!

 

Once again I would like to thank everyone who has continued to support me on this amazing experience.

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