I was staying with the Marks. My host-dad's name was David, Beth was my host-mom and I had two host-siblings. McClain, the younger one, was my age and we went to Miramonte together. Living with him was just one big adventure and I would say I experienced everything possible with him. My host-sister Meghan was two years older than me. She was in Paris for three months while I was there. I have never had a sister before, so it was a great experience too. I am really grateful for everything they have done for me!
As for Miramonte, I usually spent the whole day there. I took Pre-Calculus, CAD, 3D Art, Physiology, English, Sports Medicine and US History. Sometimes it was pretty tough schedule to have every single day. My favourite classes? The Physiology and US History were definitely the classes where I have learned the most. Sports Med. was a great fun. We were going on games of all kinds and were taking care of Miramonte athletes. Right after school I usually went to the Crosscountry practise. I have met many people there and I have not gone out of my running shape at least.
The most? I loved so many things I did while I was there! The music festivals like Outside Lands or Snowglobe were totally unforgettable. The Bay Area was just awesome place. All the cities I have visited were amazing... Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, Lake Tahoe, Berkeley... I have just fallen in love with California. That's it.
Sometimes I missed the freedom of hopping on a bus and going out whenever I wanted. There were no buses so I had to ask someone to give me a ride everytime and my host-mom did not want me to bike. Fortunately there were four members of our family and each one had his own car so it was not such a big deal.
You just have to be yourself and open to everything, otherwise you will miss a lot. Don't be shy. Try to do as many things you can handle. Enjoy the chance you have!
It was my third day in California, I was still little sleepy in the evening (jet lag). However, I was partying hard at Outside Lands with my sister and her friends. I did not have american SIM card in my phone yet, so I had to stick to them well. But. There was fourty tousand people partying with us and unfortunately Meghan met a guy who was supposed to be her future boyfriend. Of course I got lost pretty easily. I was super lucky to meet one of her friends at 2 am. His phone was dead. At leats I had someone who knew where we were. We met Meghan at a MUNI stop near to the Golden Gate Park. That could have been a bummer!