Recap

So my foreign exchange has been the oddest year of my life. Perhaps not the best, not the worst, but the one with the most ups and downs. It’s certainly been a roller coaster. I’ve learnt and realised so many things, not only about American and New Zealand culture, but about myself and my values too. It’s invaluable what I’ve gained from this experience and I’m so lucky to have been given this opportunity.
There’s no way I can sum up my exchange in one post, that’s what the blog is for. No matter what I say now, it’s all going to be cliché, but it’s so true that it’s not the years in your life but the life in your years that count.
I hope you enjoyed my little blog, I sure enjoyed making it.

The homecoming

I’ve been home for a few days now, and I’m absolutely loving it. Haven’t had too much reverse culture shock. The weather is probably the biggest shock, but it’s reminded me of the awesome place I come from. I’m enjoying catching up with all my friends and family, and finally having a legal drink. Driving is AWESOME. The smells of being home has brought back all the old memories and it almost feels like I never left. It’s the same feeling as after you wake up from a really long good sleep. It’s nice to have come home to somewhere where nothing much happens. I’m sure I’ll get bored sooner or later, but for now it’s fun and it’s home.

I’ve said goodbye to all these kiddies today while wasting time in the same room from 4am until I left at 6.45pm. SO bored in that room, it didn’t even have windows. I feel like I’ve already spent the 14 hour flight. It’s going to be a looooong flight home.

I’ve said goodbye to all these kiddies today while wasting time in the same room from 4am until I left at 6.45pm. SO bored in that room, it didn’t even have windows. I feel like I’ve already spent the 14 hour flight. It’s going to be a looooong flight home.

Left Vegas for Los Angeles today. Spent the rest of the day playing poker with the Vegas crew. There’s supposed to be about 200 AFS students in the same hotel tonight. Crazy! I’m the only kiwi. We get up tomorrow at 4.15 to pack and sit in a room until our bus to our flight out of the country. I’ll be sitting in the same room for about 12 hours. I also have one of the last flights out. Yippee.

Left Vegas for Los Angeles today. Spent the rest of the day playing poker with the Vegas crew. There’s supposed to be about 200 AFS students in the same hotel tonight. Crazy! I’m the only kiwi. We get up tomorrow at 4.15 to pack and sit in a room until our bus to our flight out of the country. I’ll be sitting in the same room for about 12 hours. I also have one of the last flights out. Yippee.

I said goodbye to my host family. It was surprisingly light hearted. I don’t think it’s hit me that I’m truly leaving yet. But I did get to spend the day with my other FES’s. Mexican for lunch and a Dairy Queen run at 10pm. I’ll be home soon!!! I’m dreaming about it every night.

Wet n wild Las Vegas. My host dad knew the manager and he gave us fast pass things and a free locker ($92). He was Japanese too, and had a few words to Karen. The Mormon community is very generous. So much fun though!
Finished off the night at Phillip’s leaving party. I’m going to miss being a FES!