December 2016

This month has been the hardest month I have experienced since coming to America mainly because of Christmas and normally during the Christmas period I visit my all my family and spend time with them enjoying the winter and the snow all bundled up inside.

This Christmas has been very different, First off I was not bundled up inside because the weather in florida on Christmas day was still very hot and very nice. Secondly I was not surrounded by my family from back home but I was surrounded by my Florida Family instead and lastly my Christmas day was very relaxed compared to normal because at home we travel around to see family.

Christmas away was mainly difficult because my family sent me some presents from home and opening them up while on Skype to them was very emotional. For Christmas we bought a tree for our house to try and lighten the mood and seem more festive. We even put the presents we received under the tree. We all had different plans about who was coming over for Christmas dinner and what was going to happen but luckily on the day everything turned out okay and we had a nice little gathering with people who brought food and different beverages and we had a lovely day full of festivity and fun. I experienced many different tastes of Christmas dinner from all over the world and even got a laugh out of some people trying ‘pigs in blankets’ for the first time!

The day started off great with a type call from my family then one of my roommates came in with a sausage bun she had made for me, I then joined the rest of my roommates in the living room all in our pjs eating sausage and bacon buns! That’s when I knew Christmas was going to be okay 🙂 We had many people over and it was a good chance to socialise and all help each other get over our homesickness.

So this December and Christmas was very different from every other year but I really enjoyed it and wouldn’t change it for the world. ❤


November 2016

This is my second month in America and I can say whole heartedly that I love it, last month i was starting to feel homesick and realised how hard it was to live away from home but now I feel like my roommates are my family and this apartment is my home!

This month we had our busiest event at Harbour Ridge so far  and that was thanksgiving. This national holiday brought all of us so much closer, not just us J-1’s but also the H2B’s that are out here too that we work with everyday.

An american girl we work with called Crystal and her mother Rachelle had there own thanksgiving dinner and party that they invited us all too at there house on Saturday, we all got to mingle a lot more and I can genuinely say that everyone at harbour ridge is my family.

I learnt that thanksgiving is just that, you give thanks to everything you are grateful for there was too many of us at the party to go around and say what we are thankful for so I’m going to take a moment to do it now:

I am thankful to have such a loving and supportive family and group of friends back home to let me know they are proud of me and that they are never too far away.

I am thankful to have such an amazing roommates and co-workers that are my harbour ridge family and I can go to at any time.

I am thankful for the support that Rasheeda, Kerry and everyone at BSG offer me everyday and I know if i need anything they will be there straight away.

and lastly

I am thankful for this amazing opportunity given to me by BSG to make a new family and have an experience of a lifetime! ❤

Thanksgiving has taught me that even though England is my home, I have a home here too! This month I have settled so much and thanksgiving has taught me a lot!

If you get homesick don’t worry too much because this is amazing and I will always be thankful for this experience!

Thank you for reading!

October 2016

Hello, My name is Charlotte, I’m 18 years old and I’m currently at harbour ridge yacht and country club in florida.

This is my first month in America and also my first time away from home! So my first blog post is really relating to that and how things are so different already and also about how big halloween is celebrated over here!

Being away from home has been quite a struggle for me to adjust to not having my mother around all the time is difficult but luckily I have the best roommates who are always there to cheer me up and remind me that being here is better than being back in rainy England.

America is amazing and so different to back home that some differences are still shocking me, one main difference is even though they speak english sometimes its like they are speaking a completely different language, with all the different words they use and especially when they use slang. So adjusting and learning new terms is always fun! Another main difference is how friendly people are here, you could walk down the street and meet 10 different people, I love how you can have friendly chats with the uber drivers and the cashiers where as back home we hardly ever spoke to taxi drivers and shop people.

Halloween over here is celebrated so much! All the decorations and costumes is amazing and so crazy! Even Harbour ridge had a halloween buffet where staff like me had to dress up! I love how celebrated it is, halloween has always been one of my favourite holidays and over here they really bring it to life!

Work life here is also amazing, in my one month here I have been trained to be a hostess which is the most fun job ever! I get to greet the members at the door and take them to tables and hand them the menu’s. I love the small conversations I have with them especially when they ask about me and where i’m from, all the members are lovely and genuinely interested and so many of them are already familiar with me and seeing them does put a genuine smile on my face and makes me feel very comfortable not awkward like I was on my first day! The shift pattern here is amazing and gives me plenty of time to work and explore the area which is amazing!

This is all I have to say for this blog post but thanks for taking the time to read it 🙂

Charlotte Andrews