Anyone planning their J1 summer needs to know, the first few days (or even weeks) are HARD! On my first morning there we all woke up very early, the time difference was not our friend but luckily we had our phones so we amused ourselves on facebook until it was time for breakfast, (we were staying in a hotel at first). Of course we got the cheapest hotel possible so breakfast wasn’t exactly the “full-Irish” we were hoping for but we made do! We then caught a bus to the beach front where we set about job hunting. This was the first time we let our naive minds get the better of us. Strolling into shops, restaurants and anything else we could find expecting that they would hire us with a heart and a half! We were drastically wrong. Our next mission was to find a place to live for the next three months, so we took a walk around to see if we could find anything, again we realize now the stupidity! What we did find though, was a sign for an open house and naturally we had to take a look. The only way to describe this house was something of the “Cribs” TV show, not for us since our budget was a bit short of the 2.2 million mark but it entertained us for a while. We sat and waited for a bus back to the hotel, we weren’t familiar with the bus times so we were waiting for ages but we played eye-spy and were okay! We got to our hotel and had great plans to go out, have dinner and go for a few drinks hopefully to meet some new friends and other Irish…but what actually happened was the time change got the better of us again and we literally passed out at 7pm and woke up at the crack of dawn the next morning fully dressed! A full day of failures!
This very day last year was when it all began, all the sleepless nights and day dreams during college exams lead up to this! Left early and headed for Cork airport. There I met with my two friends Kelly and Norrita who would be traveling with me for the summer, (the rest of our gang were flying out from Dublin). Then of course we had the awkward goodbyes with my Mum who started crying, seriously get a grip woman, but what made it even more awkward was both my friend had brought their boyfriends too and were very emotional leaving We first flew to Heathrow, London where we spent three hours running around looking for our next flight (if you’re flying through there plan ahead!) Thankfully British Airways were excellent and our painfully long flight was made slightly less agonizing, I personally watched movies for most of it! When we finally reached LAX airport we suffered what is know as “immigration” which any J1er will tell you is not an enjoyable experience. I got a 10 minute grilling from a stern looking officer who defiantly thought I was a young, innocent child who hadn’t the first clue what I was doing in the USA, and he might have been right! As for poor Kelly, she made a mistake when they were taking her finger print and the reaction she got, we thought she’d be deported immediately. All part of the learning curve I guess!
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The American southwest is one of the classic road trip destinations. You’ve got National Parks, Wild West landscapes, Native American history and Route 66 roadside kitsch – all along the roads that criss-cross the states of Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.
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I have been up the walls lately with my final exams, so just in case you all thought I had given up on blogging completely, I thought I’d give a quick post today. And what better to write about than my top tips for those who, like me, are sitting their exams!
Prepare your clothes the night before; dress in layers so that you are not distracted if the room is too hot or cold and this will save you time on the day of the exam.
Bring water to stay hydrated. It is easier to stay focused when we are not thirsty.
Get a good night sleep. It’s important for clear thinking and
Visualize your successful completion of the exam before it starts.
“See” yourself easily answering the questions correctly. Top athletes use this technique before any important competition. It can really help test taking as well. Sounds stupid but I found it actually worked!
And I just thought I need to see some of the other coast too!
I haven’t been blogging.
In my defense, I have been pretty busy lately. With my class eating up my days, I have been focusing on traveling as much as I can on the weekends. I also have been shooting almost all on film, and as I said before I came out to the East Coast, I won’t have it processed until I’m home in Minnesota again. So there are precious few photos to share as of yet, despite the fact that I’ve been super busy.
My wife flew out for a few days to visit, and we took a long weekend opportunity and headed to the Big Apple for a few days. This is the second time I’ve been to NYC since I’ve been out here, and at first it’s pretty overwhelming. I have spent a fair amount of time in London, grew up in Berlin, and have traveled to…
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I was lucky enough to get to spend a weekend in Las Vegas while on my J1 summer. I can easily say it was one of the best weekends of my life! Here is a Reblog from “On the Luce” to give you all a taste of what it’s like!
Over the last 20 years I’ve visited 35 different countries, covering thousands of miles and spending a scary amount of money to see the world. But little did I know that I could’ve just skipped all that hassle and ticked off some of the most famous sights from Europe, the USA and beyond in just an afternoon in Las Vegas!
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So it begins, the diary of a J1 experience. Thousands of us have done it, thousands more plan to but one thing is for sure EVERYONE should! It is probably one of the best things I have ever done and would recommend it to anyone. Undoubtedly, there is many ups and downs but they just add to the stories! Officially starting blogging at the end of May 2013, at the moment I am just trying to create some interest. I hope to impart wisdom to future J1ers, share memories with those who have been there and provide a few laughs for everyone else! Happy Reading 🙂
Fun pick I found on Tumbler. Really captures the mood of this blog!