two months

I’ve been here for two months as of today. whaaaaaaat

Taking a moment to step back and think about these past two months, I can hardly believe how amazing they have been. I am so incredibly happy. I can already see changes in myself. I have become much more positive and independent. I have started to recognize the more important things in life, and I can see beauty in simple things.

I had my first pulkolona (think prom but less twerking and more waltzing), I hiked another mountain, I went to Poland for a cooking competition (I cook?), I’ve failed more tests, learned more Czech, become closer to my classmates, and consumed a ton of pasta.

Yet, these two months have still brought challenges. I’ve struggled with budgeting and trying to raise money. I have had a hard time with my family (the one back home not my host family.) My home situation is fragile and has a very complex dynamic to say the least. The past year of my life was spent having to deal with it on a daily basis. I’m away from it for now. But I probably haven’t dealt with it in the right way. I can’t remember the last time I skyped my brother who I am very close to. I try to keep contact with my family to a minimum and what is said lacks emotion. I do miss them, but I don’t miss the complexity of daily life.

And then there are my friends back home. I can tell that I’m changing way more than they are already. I am much more positive, and I can tell that going back home is going to be hard. I care less about school and getting good grades, and more about living life and gaining experiences. They aren’t going to have the same mindset.

So, I don’t think about home that much because the thoughts tend to be negative right now. I miss my home sometimes, but I love this new one that I have adopted. I love walking around, going to coffee shops with friends, noticing something different every day. Even though learning the language is going very slowly, it’s still kind of a fun process. My friends make fun of me because I talk like a four year old, but I still think it’s an improvement. I am so excited to see what happens in the following months, and I cannot wait to share those experiences with you.

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EuroTour 2015- more information

Alright everyone I think it’s time for an update! I have some more information about what this EuroTour is going to consist of, so here goes…

To begin, EuroTour is from April 25th to May 8th and we will be travelling by bus. The countries that we will visit are France, Italy and Spain. Some of the sights that we will get to see are the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Colosseum, Pompei, Vatican City, Florence, Venice, etc. We also get to take a ferry from Spain to Italy, and get to take a boat cruise down the river Seine.

The cost includes accommodation, along with some meals, entrance fees into certain sights, along with paying for the bus, and finally paying for tour guides.

As you can imagine, this is an amazing opportunity. I may not get the chance to see these places again. The first payment of 200 euros ($252.51) is due in November, and I do not have half of that yet. Please donate if you can, and share this with anyone that you know. Again, I greatly appreciate your support, and will continue to keep you updated!

Here is the link to my campaign: http://www.gofundme.com/f6zk8s