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Celebrating my final 3 days in the USA (in pictures!)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hello Everyone!

It’s been an amazing, overwhelming 24 hours on many news and activity fronts and likely the last entry I will write from the United States. I fly to Essen Germany this Saturday and begin working as an Erzieherin this upcoming Monday!

Yesterday was my last day at my corporate office job. While inevitably there were some ‘haters’ and gossip (that’s the nature of offices) a vast majority of my co-workers were wonderful and I already miss them.

I brought in this cake:

And wore this Dirndl shirt, perfect time of year since its Oktoberfest season (there will be actual Oktoberfest parties in many parts of Wisconsin next week.)

I thought that would be the extent of our celebrations, but no, my lovely colleagues kept asking me ‘Sam when are you going to break?’ They waited for me to go downstairs and get water as I often do….and in a mad rush did this to my work cube! :

I love the wonderful messages left in this card:

I have been working straight since last Tuesday, Monday having been a holiday, straight 12 hour shifts. I love to be at work so this is not an issue and I think will serve me well in Germany but it was so hard to clear my desk and go!

I commute home from work via bus every day and over the last couple of months there’s been a very nice driver that I often speak with. She’s very kind but surprised even me when she came up to me as I waited for my connection last night and said: “Would it be ok if I prayed for you?’ I thought that was fantastic, I said yes but also asked her to pray for the children and adults I’ll be working with

…and then comes what I found out via email. You may remember my soon to be colleague ‘A’ who was denied her German visa not once but twice. Well it doesn’t matter now---appeals canceled---because she has been awarded a fantastic contract in Denmark! With a generalized interest in working in Northern Europe this is a great opportunity for her and we couldn’t be happier!

…the second email. My cousin on the Reuter side just graduated with his degree in secondary education specializing in English. It’s very hard for any teacher to get their first contract, especially in an area with some overfill like high school English in a state that has gone massive education squeezes like Wisconsin. He’s done it and will be starting in his classroom Monday just like I will.

This song ‘Der Letzte Tag’ is stuck in my head...yeah I am a Tokio Hotel fan ha!

I want to thank you again for your love and support I know a lot of what I write is not easy to read at times. It is my pleasure, it seems to finally, be able to write a blog entry that is 100% positive here.

Today I’ll be packing and Beagle hugging, and on Saturday visiting my Brother and Nieces before flying to Zurich and onto Dusseldorf!

I’m (almost!) ready,

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    I couldn't be happier for you! Have a safe flight and good luck as you begin this new chapter in your life!
    2722 days ago
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    Have a safe flight Samantha
    So very glad all worked out in the end ..
    Will look forward to hearing from you soon .. If you ever meet up with Karen (ever hopeful) give he a big hug from me ..
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    2724 days ago
    have a save journey will love germany.and just in right time for october fest,lol. emoticon
    2724 days ago
    Good luck on your new adventure!
    2724 days ago
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