Rose, outbound to Netherlands

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When they told me that this year would fly by, I had no idea just how fast it would go. I move out of my first host family's house and into my next one. Although the houses are pretty close, I am going to miss my first host family. The have done so much for me and I can't think of anyway to thank them enough. 

Last weekend I went to a nearby city called Zwolle to meet with some of the other exchange students. My host mother drove me halfway there and I took the train from there. I would just like to say that the public transportation system here is amazing. I wouldn't have been able to do half the things that I have done if not for this. Anyways, I love the other exchange students. We've all become so close in such a short time. We always have a blast together. After a couple hours of hanging out with them I took a train back and I saw a movie with a Dutch friend of mine. The movies here are all in their original language, just with Dutch subtitles on them. The next day I went to Rotterdam with my host parents. We went to the Maritime Museum, took a water taxi (craziest taxi I have ever been on), and ate at Hotel New York. We also went to this new food court and I tried haring for the first time. Honestly, for raw fish, it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I had a great time that day despite the winds blowing me off of my feet. Literally.

A couple weeks ago I went to Amsterdam with my host parents and my Italian friend. We first went to the Anne Frank huis. In my opinion, the museum is very humbling and a very well done memorial to the Franks and to all of those percecuted by the Holocaust. After that we all went to the Ballet and Opera house to watch what was the best ballet I have ever seen. The cast of La Bayadere was perfect, I honestly didn't see a single flaw. The costumes and make-up were absolutely breath-taking. The building all by itself was really a piece of art. I was amazed to say the least. After the ballet we had to walk back to the train station, so we went the shortest way. We were walking, Anneke and Rick in front of me and my Italian friend when all the sudden the surroundings seemed to get darker. I looked up to the street sign to see "Bloedstraat" which translates to Blood Street. Then I realized exactly where we were: the Red Light district. I couldn't stop laughing. Although me and my Italian friend where terrified, we joke about it all the time.

My art class and my theatre class have finally started. I love the both of them so much. In art we are doing sculptures and I am very excited to start mine today. Also, we are doing a play in my theatre class that I once saw on Broadway and absolutely fell in love with. I am so excited for that as well.

I never would have thought that this is what would happen in my exchange, but I wouldn't change it for the world.