Em, Outbound to Brazil

Even though it has only been just over a month since my last blog, a lot has happened. I went on my first Rotary trip to Pantanal and Bonito, I had my 19th birthday, and I am getting ready to go to the beach with my host family and one of the other inbounds here from Mexico. I can't believe how quickly this year has gone, I have been here for 115 days and it feels like yesterday I arrived but in reality I am over ¼ through my exchange year. I was really homesick for the first 3 months of my exchange and I still get home sick every now and then, but now I am loving it. I am not too sure if I will get homesick over the holidays just because I have so much going on, like I live for the beach on Thursday for a week, and I leave for the beach again with my second host family on Dec. 20th, and then on Jan. 4th I leave for the Northeast trip which is a month. I would say though, it was very weird not doing anything on Halloween, but I was also traveling that day too so I wasn't so homesick. This month I will have only gone to school for 5 days this whole month, yeah that seems crazy, but for the first 2 weeks I was traveling with Rotary, and then we had Wednesday off because of a holiday, Thursday my school had testing so I didn't have to go, and then on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week they have testing and Friday is also the last day of school and we're on summer break. Which is also crazy to think about, another summer break when I just had one 4 months ago, and then when I get back I will have another one, that is 3 summer breaks in a matter of 1 year!

The Rotary trip I went on to Pantanal and Bonito was amazing, and it went by so fast and it felt like a dream that it feels like a dream to me. I went on the 2nd group which means I got to meet the other two groups that went, so I got to meet all 100 exchange students who went on the Pantanal and Bonito trip. The trip in all was the best part of my exchange so far. I also got to meet people from all over the world! Some of them are only here for a short term, 4 month exchange and my friends and I were talking and we can't even imagine what they must be going through, that they have to go back in less than a month and if I were them, I would not be ready for it. But I also made friends with them, and everyone else on the trip, and now I truly have friends all over the world.

My district here in Brazil is really small and we only have 16/17 exchange students in all, and we're about to lose 4 of them. For 3 of them, they started in January/February so their time is up. The other one though, who is from America, has to go back because he has an internship that he needs to do, but he might come back in May for 6 weeks. It's hard to believe that when I got here, the 3 who did a calendar exchange were half way through their exchange year, and now 2 of them are leaving in just over a week. That means I am almost half way through my exchange year and I honestly can't believe it. I really don't want to go home, because I will be leaving my home here. I know it's a long time away but I just can't believe how quickly time goes by when you are having fun. I will be switching families on Dec. 14th, 4 ½ months through my exchange. Wow, that is really hard to believe. Brazil is my new home and I can't believe how quickly time is going by.

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