New York City: A Journey not a Vacation

Ehy everybody!
First of all happy new year!! I hope you had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and I wish you the best for your 2015!Happy New Year 2015
During my last week I was in New York City, so I wanna share with you my travel plan and give you some impression and maybe tips.

I’ll start  by saying that we decided to buy the New York pass. It definitely was the right choice, because we saved a lot of money and everything was included! The pass cost 180$ (on sale) it might seems a lot but it was worth it. Here the link.nyCardGuidebook
We also bought the MetroCard with the 7 days unlimited option for 30$. A single ride is 2,50, without any offer, and we were used to take circa 4 rides every day. So imagine the save. Continue reading

The Training School

In our previous posts we told you about our experiences at the training school (here you can find Susa’s), but now we would like to tell you more objectively what happen in the first 3 days of training! We believe that the topics are always the same, just with a different schedule, because Susa had a schedule and Marty another one! Below a list of all the topics and later we will give you more details on how the days work.

  • Rules and responsibilities of an au pair
  • Kids development, distinctive traits of every group age
  • Kids Safety (car, places with water, other situations)
  • CPR and first aid
  • General information about America and American culture
  • Create a positive environment with the host family, avoid fights and how to handle the communication with the family.
  • Driving in the United States

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Once landed in the States a shuttle will come pick you up and will drop you off at your Hotel, which is just outside Manhattan. Continue reading

4th of July. Happy Birthday America

The Independence Day is celebrated the 4th of July and is the national Holiday of the United States of America.0_bab51_fc0c9549_L
It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, with which the Thirteen Colonies detached from the United Kingdom of Great Britain.
The tradition foresees fireworks, parades (in Mapu’s town there was a parade for kids only), barbecues, picnics, concerts, baseball games, and other events that celebrates history, government, and USA traditions.
But let’s see what we did that day.

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The 4th of July was perfectly planned, but things didn’t go as planned (What a surprise??)! First of all I have to say that I am a very lucky girl, because my host dad is working since many years for Macy’s (a very important chain in the States), so he had some free tickets for the NYC’s fireworks in a reserved area and he gave them to me!! Continue reading

What is the most difficult thing? Familiarize

We interviewed an anonymous au pair who is living in the States since February 2013.

“Hi, where are you from and how old are you?”
I’m from Mexico and I’m 22 years.

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“Can you tell us some about your experience?”
Sure, about my story ? Well.. I came to NY on feb 18 I was the second Aupair which was a little bit hard in the beginning, because the girls thought the first one was going to stay forever, so in the beginning they didn’t like me even they were 3 years old it was a little tricky but after 3 months everything went very well , my family is just the best family ever I’m a lucky girl to be with them, i couldn’t be happier.

Being an Aupair was the best experience of my life and know that I’m leaving is so sad I want my girls with me but I’m very happy at the same time to be with my family!
One of the best things was that the first Aupair came to visit us and we became in such a good friends! So for me was very excited to meet all kind of people and exchange cultures!!! Continue reading