Well, I’m happy to say that I can finally cross another country off my travel bucket list. I’ve been in America for just over three weeks, although it honestly feels like i’ve been here for far longer! This summer I’m working at Tyler Hill, a sleep-away camp in Pennsylvania. I heard about the camp through my Mum, who worked here thirty-one years ago whilst she was at University. I decided to apply to the camp and have my own American adventure – and so here I am.
The camp is truly beautiful and I feel like I’m gradually getting to grips with how things work around here. I don’t get much free time which means that sadly I haven’t had many opportunities to take many photos of the camp so far. However, I’m hoping that one evening i’ll have a chance to walk around and get all the photos I want. It also means that I haven’t had much time to work on this blog – so I apologise for the slight backlog!
The one downside of working at camp is that, whilst I’m in America, I don’t actually get much time to travel. Our evenings off are only for three hours, so most of our time is split between stocking up on supplies from Walmart, chilling somewhere getting food and taking advantage of the free wifi, or going bowling. However, we do have one 24 hour period off a week, which I’m determined to try and make the most of. Although that’s slightly problematic as none of my close friends have a car at camp! It’s not the end of the world though as the camp is organising three day trips for us on our days off so that we always have an option to do something. Next week the trip is to a water park which I’m incredibly excited about – there are some things that I will just never get too old for!
I was very lucky however as during our day off last week, one of my friends invited me back to her home in suburban New York. She convinced her parents to drive to camp and pick us up, and so I was able to spend the day being shown around Fishkill New York!
‘The journey not the arrival matters’ T. S. Elliot