Posted on Dec 13, 2010
First of all, I want to say: thank you, thank you, thank you. I have no way to express all of my gratitude to you for giving me this experience! I have now been in Germany for about 4 months, and It has been the best time of my life.
Greetings from Germany!

First of all, I want to say: thank you, thank you, thank you. I have no way to express all of my gratitude to you for giving me this experience! I have now been in Germany for about 4 months, and It has been the best time of my life. I have seen so many places! My first two months in Germany absolutely flew on by. Rotary and new friends kept me busy as well as my host family. The first months were great and fun, but these last two are special to me. In the last two months I have grown, learned more german than i thought i ever i could, built great relationships and Germany is now my second home... and just as comfortable as the first. One of the greatest parts of my exchange has been my host family. Going in, I was a bit nervous about the language barrier with my host dad and brother, and lack of knowledge about where i was even going, but now i see that was the beauty of it. I came here expecting absolutely nothing but that I would stay for a year and hopefully learn a lot of German. My host family is family. They have been nothing but welcoming and warm since my arrival, and the language barrier is something i have now overcome.. I speak German nearly always. Although it is not perfect, I can usually communicate what i need and want to say, which is a pretty big award from so much work. My life here is pretty routine :monday- thursday: I wake up at 630, go to school, come home around one, relax at home for about 3-4 hours, go to language class, come back at 9, get ready for bed and sleep around 11. fridays: go to school, come home early due to the fact thaat most of the teachers arent there, and do something with friends. The weekends consist of sleeping in, a sleepover, babysitting on sunday and just going around with friends. It is absolutely insane how fast we can adapt to our surroundings. I have also had a really great time at the weekends with rotary which usually consist of 60 or so crazy foreign kids completely happy, running around signing and dancing -- it's absolutely fantastic! It has also enabled me to see a lot of germany -- hannover, hamburg, wolfsburg and others. As well as the several rotary club meetings i have been too -- a 4 course german meal and a hospital tour learning about new developments in heart research -- they think that they can make heart cells out of a certain part of hair.. insane. All in all -- rotary youth exchange is great! Once again, thank you. I look forward to sharing more of my adventures!

Auf Wiedersehen,
Abbie
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