No Snow in Florida

Indeed, it has been a while. Not due to lack of events, that is certain. I have found myself quite busy. The usual, you know: working, discovering new cafés with friends, going to life groups, having family dinners, serving at church, going to the world’s toughest rodeo, watching the super bowl and well, flying to Florida. Yes, another state I can check off the list.

I am so grateful I got to visit Florida with my host mom and her son. It’s not called the sunshine state for nothing. As my host kid pointed out when we arrived: No snow in Florida. We stayed with their family in Naples, which meant that we were able to spend a day at the beach and then drive up to Orlando, where the Magic Kingdom would await. I’ll be honest, I’m not sure what I was more excited about whilst driving: finally getting to Disney World or trying to spot an alligator on the side of the road. Sadly, Mickey Mouse would have to suffice. No luck spotting any gators. Not to worry. Anyone who knows me, knows that I love Disney and that I was getting a kick out of seeing all the princesses and characters. Not to mention Cinderella’s Castle. We spent almost a week at the resort enjoying the pool and lazy river just outside. My absolute favourite thing about Florida though are most definitely the beautiful flowers and palm trees. This trip reminded me of how diverse the US. Flying from almost freezing temperatures to shorts, tops and sunglasses was so much fun. This definitely makes me feel less sad about not being able to leave the country until next year.

Remember when I told you that going to a high school football game and the fair was my most American day ever?

Ladies and gentlemen, I believe I can top that with the most American weekend ever: the rodeo and the super bowl, all in just two days. Patriotism at it’s finest. “…that we are the greatest nation on God’s great earth…” A quote from the opening prayer at the rodeo. Don’t get me wrong, I love the US, but maybe the German inside me holds up a big subconscious warning sign when hearing words like that. I’m going to assume this is a cultural thing. 🙂 My favourite thing about the super bowl? The food and the company 😀 Marisel and I drove up to Maria’s parents’ house with “Mom and Dad” to watch the big game and enjoy some family time up at the lake. At this time of year it was frozen enough to drive on, so we took a stroll and some pictures. I was reminded again of why I chose to stay here. Winter can be so beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As for the game itself, I still don’t understand all the rules, and honestly didn’t really have any connection to either one of the teams. I hope I’ll be able to report more on the game when Minneapolis will be hosting it next year in the brand new Vikings Stadium. Never mind, let’s not kid ourselves, I probably still won’t have a clue what’s going on.

In other news: I have something very exciting to share with you on what I have chosen to do this summer apart from working as an au pair. It’s something I never thought I would do. God has been opening doors and is giving me opportunities to grow in who I am and how He wants to use me. Stay tuned!

Love, Sophie x

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