The Glorious Gap Year

How I feel when I tAlk to German guys

Full on English breakfast! Bangers and mash! London!

Full on English breakfast! Bangers and mash! London!

St.amdrews! A posh town that’s “the home of golf” also the university town where prince William and his wife Kate Middleton.
It has a nice little beach, the northsea.
We went to a great little ice cream shop! I was in hog heaven!!
Went to some charity shops and then are fish and chips! (Out of paper of course it’s the only way)

Went to mnt. Cairngorm! The highest point in Scotland. Very chilly!!!

Saw the kelpies as few days ago. If you are wondering what they are, I’d love to explain but I’m not quite sure of I grasp what they are. I think they are magical horses from the sea who are very strong. :)

Perth yesterday!! Shopping and walking about. Surprising lovely weather. I love Scotland. It’s good to be with family and see all the beautiful things.

Nice cuppa and a  fire on this chilly Scottish day.

Nice cuppa and a fire on this chilly Scottish day.

juggling-geese:

 #how authoritative of you captain tightpants

This is what working with children is like.

Does Heaven have wifi?

So we saw Stonehenge today! Among other things. I loved it!
I felt such awe and wonder in it’s presence and peaceful. It’s a very peaceful monument. With a spiritual presence.
Amazing.

I just want to ask if your agency place au pair from Philippines? Hope you can help me on this. Thank you so much.
Anonym

Hey :) I’m not actually sure my organization is only a branch of a much larger cooperation it goes by several names depending on location. Message me off anon and when I get back from
Vacation I’ll look into it! And hopefully give you some answers :)

Hiya! I saw that you're an au pair in Germany! Me too =D Where have you been spending your year so far, if you don't mind my asking? ^.^

I’m in Essen :) I’ve liked enjoyed my time there a lot! :)

wrinklefucker:

godtie:

fun fact: if a persons body odor smells good to you that means they have an immune system basically opposite of yours! this happens so the chances of finding a mate with the opposite immune system is greater and the chances that any offspring you produce together will have a stronger immune system is greater.

this is fascinating

Hii, I'm an au pair in Germany (Stuttgart) and I've been here for 3.5 months already, I have a nice enough host family,they live in a nice house, I just have to look after one girl and I have a boyfriend here but I am so unhappy. I just feel so tired and anxious all the time, I always think about leaving..I hate speaking german and my host family really pressures me. I know its my problem but I just feel like leaving..urgh
Anonym

We’ll I’m sorry to hear about your troubles. This decision is completely your own and before you decide anything take some time and really think, as well as reflect, on your situation. Ask yourself is this feeling of discontentment just momentary? Is there anything I can do to better this situation? Is it my attitude or my environment? 

Sometimes giving up seems like the easy choice. It’s not. Giving up comes with a lot of guilt. People at home will continually ask you, “hey why are you back so early?”. You may feel like a failure or always wonder what if I stuck it out?
Those things are all perfectly natural. However, going home is not technically giving up.(when it is the right choice for you) It may feel like it at the time though. I’ve found that it takes more courage to change a situation you are unhappy in rather than staying and bearing it. It takes bravery to stand up and change the situation you are in. It’s scary. there’s a saying that fits perfectly for this: better the evil you know than the evil you don’t.

Now to play the devil’s advocate:

I had problems with my host family, quite a few actually. They had a difficult year and were going through a separation. It was easy for me to blame all our problems on just that. But after all that huge mess was over, we still had problems (minor ones). Then I really had to look within myself and ask, what is my role in these things? How has my attitude affected the way my host parent respond to me?

Humble pie is gross, but sometimes to fix problems we have to recognize the part we play in them. 

I am very proud of myself for sticking it out and working through our problems together, I feel it’s made me a stronger person and taught me humility as well as learning to deal with my own (inner) problems head on. I would not trade the time with my cutie little host kids and mom for anything. Everything seems so hard when you are going through it, but in hind sight you had it in you all along.

I would recommend, as I said before, some self reflection and talk with your host family. Always always talk, that is the only medicine for curing things with your host family, even if that means leaving them on a good note. 

Do what’s best for you. It’s not an easy decision, my prayers and thoughts are with you! :)