Sharday, Outbound to Bolivia

Hey there everyone, it has been quite a while and in that amount of time an equal amount of things have happened, if not more.

One thing is that I have received a new family, who I am so happy with. I live much closer to my school and so many other places that were just too far before. Each of my families have been so different from not only each other but also my family back in Florida. My father works a lot and my host siblings go between living with me and my host dad and their mom. I even have a maid in this host family who is so nice and is such a helpful resources with learning spanish and new foods to cook.

Going back to school this month has been a trip. All my classmates are so impressed by how much I've improved with my spanish and that now I can understand them with out needing a translator on stand by. I am getting much closer with my classmates due to this and sometimes I find myself speaking in spanish when there is no need, like in english class, to my parents back home, or even in my head. It is quite funny but it makes me so happy to see how much I have grown and how much more I will grow in these next 4 months that I have.

My 16th birthday was just a couple weeks ago, and I know that I will never forget this one, it will be one of the most interesting ones I have ever had. I didn't really plan on having a party on my birthday, just spending it with my family and some friends. So when i woke up to a cake and my family and their friends, I was a little surprised. Later I went out and got my nails done with my friend, we went back to the house to pick up so stuff before we had to go and meet some other. When i had walked into my house, I was greeted with all the exchange students in my city. There was cake, confetti, a pinata, and many many laughs shared. I got my face shoved into a cake which is a normal thing to do here, and a first time for me. Nevertheless, I loved it and all the people who helped plan it.

One of the best things to happen to me not only here, but ever, has got to be the Bolivia Trip. Spending two whole weeks traveling with all the exchange students in Bolivia was so much fun. We got to see so many different parts of Bolivia, how each department is not the same, the weather, foods, and spanish all vary in each part. It was so cool to no only be able to learn about my host country, but all the other countries of the many different exchange students. This trip was filled with so many different emotions that I never realized we were reaching a close till we were in the airport. That probably one of the saddest days in my life, only to be topped by the day that I finally have to end this dream.

I truly have been loving my exchange, there are its down points. When it greats very stressful, or frustrating when the some words go over my head, or when the homesickness hits me really hard on one day. But then I go out and hang out with my friends, or think about how much I have changed over 6 months and I realize that this exchange is nothing easy, but it is something that is totally worth all its pitfalls.

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