Kat, outbound to Slovakia
I would like to start by saying.. Rotary is magical. Rotary youth exchange makes miracles happen every single day. They did for me. My main goal of exchange was to make at least one life long friend and to hopefully find myself along the way. Thanks to rotary, I can proudly say I have amazing friends from all corners of the globe; Taiwan, Ecuador, Brazil, Australia, Mexico... Not only have I made life long friends, but I have made friends that I now could not live without. Really. One has already bought her plane ticket to visit me in Miami when I return home.
As my exchange is already halfway over, I realize how time is flying by. I have already moved host families and they are wonderful. For example, my host mother just spent 30 minutes wrapping up and taking care of a microscopic cut on my foot. I feel so welcome in this new house and I can easily call it a home.
I feel as if I'm almost in a dream. Of course, the winters in Slovakia are tough. One would think that the lack of sunshine and harsh negative temperatures can really put a damper on a Floridian's time. But what would an exchange be without such challenges?
Long story short: I'm having the time of my life.
With the rest of my time in Slovakia, I will improve my Slovak, go on some more awesome adventures, and take every opportunity I am given.
Posted on Sun, January 24, 2016
by Catrine Fredrikson