How did it end?

If you ever wondered how my au pair adventure ended, today I’m here to tell you everything about it.

If you were following my blog, you probably know that I haven’t posted anything after my 11th month.
In my second year a lot of things changed, I started working more hours and I travelled like never before. Weekends were always busy, if it wasn’t travelling it was hanging out with my friends or spend time with my host family. That resulted in me abandoning my blog.

During my second year I met a lot of new people, americans, but also au pair. Continue reading

Ninth Month: Being busy is good

This month I was very busy with college, I had two tests, and the GED, the teacher was keep asking me more things to do. However this month proved that I am building strong friendships.
I also started running. Hope to be back like I was in Italy soon.1422528_962798110406729_7750041429330884108_n

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I am very glad that I always had something to do because it wasn’t a really happy month. I mean it wasn’t bad, but all my friends and I were a little bit depressed, all for different reasons, and this influenced also my month. Continue reading

Seventh Month: A “planning” month

The first half of my experience is over. The email for the extension is arrived and I am now working on it, so i am not close to the end! Also I started thinking on how I can use my second week of vacation…

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This month was ok. I mean, it wasn’t one of the best because I felt a little bit lonely. Yep lonely. I realized that it is very hard find real good friends. I know a lot of “random” people, whom I hang out and I have fun with, but it is very hard being part of a group and/or find people you can really count on and have that particular feeling that marks a friendship…alone-vs-lonely

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Merry Christmas

Because today is Christmas and i don’t have much to do, i wanna tell you how i spent Christmas with my host family here in America.

Let’s start from the Eve.
We went to my host dad’s mom for dinner and there was the entire family. Everybody brought something, but as I already told you for Thanksgiving, they don’t have big meals in which everybody sits together around the table, Most of the time they stand and eat super fast. Even this time there was this sort of buffet, with tons of chips, some veggies and sauces to deep everything inside, then there were a couples of salads (one made by my host mom of course) chicken fingers and the only first dish was mac and cheese made by my host mom’s dad. Continue reading

Sixth Month: time is flying by

This month i realized that half of my time here is already gone. It scared me, because i still have so many things to do. I hope to stay another year because i know that i am not done here, yet!

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This month it was a mixture of exciting and sad events.
Both thanksgiving and black friday experiences were so much fun, but when my friend Julia left i was really sad, and what made me also sad what that my friend C. said that her host family is not gonna have another au pair after her, and also A.M.’s host family cannot have another au pair because her host mom lost the job… Continue reading

Fifth Month: Let’s Party!

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some days were a little bit boring, for the rest everything was perfect!

HOST FAMILY
With my kids everything is fine and a little bit at the time I’m tring to teach them the right daily things they have to do and sometime we have some constructive talks. In particular this month they were about death and malformed people1253161768777_f

With my host parents everything is perfect, but I forgot to tell you something I wanted to share with you. Continue reading

Au Pair Salary: Tips on how to manage it to have a year without regrets

Today I wanna talk about the au pair salary, since one of the first questions we asked ourselves, and I asked myself, is: but 197,50$ per week are enough?

Of course if we were earning more it would be better, but anyway any amount would be good to complain. So let’s see how to manage our weekly pocket money to achieve all our goals without problems!pubblicazione1 Continue reading

Fourth Month: You never get bored

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This month was really busy, so I didn’t have time to get bored.

HOST FAMILY
With my family everything is perfectly fine, every day we talk about new and interesting topics to increase my vocabulary or simply to share info about the differences Italy/America.
With my host kids everything is good. It was a weird month because one week was perfect, the other one was tougher and the rest was on average. The kids randomly behaved. Continue reading

Au Pair and Tattoos

Here’s a topic that is important for many girls, since 1 out of 4 has, even if small, a tattoo on her body and many are worried that it could be a problem with the host family… therefore the question is: should we say it or not? We are not talking about lying, but simply omitting… We asked this question to tattooed au pairs and are already with a family and they told us their experiences and the advices they have for all future au pairs.1170907_10200923336980335_1423252412_n Continue reading

Third month: new experiences one after the other

Even my third month arrived at the end. Man! Times really fly by

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Everything is fine like always, I’m not homesick and I feel happy. This month I was bored only in few sporadic moments, but for the rest everything is good and I always find a way to keep myself busy.

HOST FAMILY
My host family is always amazing. They treat me well and I can’t ask for anything better.
I want to tell you something that happened to make you understand how special and supportive they are. This month I had a car accident, I’ve been rear-ended. Continue reading