Jaden, outbound to Hungary
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First, I’d like to fix some mistakes I noticed in my last post:
1)Lake Balaton is the biggest lake in Central Europe, not all of Europe.
2)I wrote about going to the Statue of Liberty but I wasn’t sure of the real name. But that’s it. That’s the name of it. I thought it had a different name. I don’t know why I didn’t research that before I posted it... It stands on top of Gellert Hill with the Citadel/Citadella.
Hungary is absolutely beautiful! I fall more and more in love everyday as I discover new things. I am making the best memories with my new friends/family. I can't believe three months have already passed. It feels like yesterday that I was getting ready to leave. I am so thankful to Rotary for giving me the chance of a lifetime. I love every second that I spend here!
These past few months have been the best and the craziest months of my life. The whole month of September was spent finding my way through this small but seemingly huge country. The highlight of September was language camp. I was able to meet all of the exchange students that live throughout Hungary. We spent an awesome but very short week together. We had lessons during the day and free time in the evening. It was a week of laughter, memories, dancing to Brazilian music, and joining cultures from all over the world into one hostel.
The start of October was when I finally felt at home. Everything was returning to normal. The first weekend I was able to reunite with my RYE family and travel to Vienna! We met with the Austrian exchange students and toured the Parliament, St. Stephen's Cathedral, and Schönbrunn Palace. I hope to go back one day. It is so gorgeous there!
After my trip to Vienna I was back at school and back to my life in Budapest. Some little things I did: I explored Kékes -the highest point in Hungary. I walked through Margitsziget/ Margaret Island after the leaves turned yellow, orange and red. I played for my school’s streetball tournament on an exchange team called “The Foreigners”. We lost both games but it was so much fun to spend time with my classmates! I got to meet and spend a wonderful day with a former exchange student from Hungary, that lived in my grandparents’ house back in Florida! It was so great to meet her family and see her have the chance to catch up with mine through video chat!
The end of October was the start of my Autumn break. It came just in time. I love my school here but I needed a break. I traveled to Debrecen to meet my host grandparents and to see a few of the exchange students! I spent the rest of the week with my friends, some who visited and some who live in Budapest.
I miss everyone and everything back home so much! Whenever I talk or hang out with past exchange students I think to myself: If they can go through a whole year away from home and come back, so can I. Maybe it wasn't easy for them but they did it. Kind of motivation I guess. I love every second I spend here!
Posted on Sun, November 20, 2016
by Terri Wescott