...and other misconceptions I made 10-04-17
2010 Apr 17
November 23rd 2011
And now we are five…

Posted by D under family

First things first - calling MomFor the next seven months we’ll be a family of five. Our 14 year old nephew / cousin N has joined us from Germany. He arrived after flying by himself from Germany via Amsterdam to Portland. Pretty impressive. And he seemed quite cool about all this when he arrived.

KLM and Delta appear to have done a good job taking care of an unaccompanied minor. He was carefully guided through the Amsterdam airport (actually even driven through it) to make sure he made it on the plane to Portland. And here a Delta service person walked him off the plane, through immigration and customs all the way to us (who had to wait outside). After checking my ID she handed him over to me – somewhat tired but seemingly happy to finally have arrived.

Of course the long flight was just the beginning. Once he arrived he had quite a few things to deal with. New family, new house, new rules, new phone, new computer (first time in his life with a Mac).

Much to our surprise he didn’t collapse into bed until after 9pm. Very impressive.


5 Responses to “And now we are five…”

  1. h1 on 23 Nov 2011 at 11:50 pm #

    Yes he is so cool he has to unfreeze for every step he’s making :-) I have been much more nervous than he was.. I’m glad everything went fine.
    When this picture has been taken he was probably at the phone with me. I said that I was glad he made it and his answer was “all I had to do was to sit and let them fly” :-)

    Thanks for inviting him and giving him the chance to experience life in the US !

  2. Christina on 24 Nov 2011 at 4:36 am #

    And he gets to start off his time here with an all American holiday :) Is he doing an exchange program?
    Welcome, N!

  3. D on 24 Nov 2011 at 7:23 am #

    It’s not really an exchange program – in the sense that we did this on our own. We found a school that was willing to take a foreign student and issue the necessary forms for him to get a visa (which was much harder than expected – only two schools within reasonable driving distance were willing to do that). H1 worked with his school in Germany to get him permission to leave (school is mandatory in Germany and kids are required to attend – you can’t just take them out of school, nor can they just drop out).
    So no formal program run by someone else, but our own exchange program for our nephew – run by his family.

  4. Christina on 25 Nov 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    I’m glad that worked out. It’ll be a great opportunity for him :)

  5. michelleJ on 01 Dec 2011 at 5:41 am #

    Wow, how neat! Does he mind if you blog about him? =) Hope that you’ll have some good stories to post about this adventure! Would love to see what he says about experiencing things in the US.
    His English must be pretty good, right?

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