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Getting ready to travel!

March 22, 2010 - Tessa Makepeace

The Europe Tour organized by Rotary starts in four days and I can’t wait! I am going on it with 45 other exchange students from around the area and we are going to see quite a bit of Europe in the three weeks that we are gone. We are going to Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

But since i haven't written in awhile, here is an update on the last month or so...I have been going to school as usual and also going to the volleyball club on Mondays and to track about three days of the week. At the end of February on the 26th, 27th and 28th we had a weekend organized by Rotex in Hundisburg, which is very close to where I live now. That was a week before I had switched my host family but it was actually pretty cool to be on my “home turf” because the rest of the Rotary/Rotex weekends have been further away from where I live. Almost everyone was there who is coming with on the Europe Tour. We stayed in a Jugendherberge in a part of the castle in Hundisburg. On Friday night we had our traditional “Candlelight Talk” where we could talk about how we are doing and if anyone had problems they could bring them up. One of the Rotexers who is a DJ played music after that and we danced a little bit. It was a chill night and we mostly just hung out. The next day we had a full program. We went to the former border between East and West Germany in Marienborn (right near where I lived with my first host family) and in one other location. That night, we celebrated Fasching, a German festival during this time of year, where everyone dresses up in a costume like at Halloween.  I dressed up as a basketball player for the night because I already had the clothes for it. Examples of other costumes were a gypsy, a guy dressed as a girl, a beer mug, a Canadian and several soccer players.

The next week at school was pretty normal. The twelfth graders only have about two weeks left of school before they take their Abitur exams to finish Gymnasium. Most of them are studying like crazy to get everything done. After they are done, we still have school until June 23rd. It will be weird without them there actually.

The next weekend, I had to pack all of my stuff up to switch my host family. It seems like it was not very long ago at all that I just moved into that host family’s house. As a going away present they gave me a CD that we had always listened to together in the car and some money for the Europe Tour. We all had coffee and cake in the afternoon at my new host family’s house together and then we went our separate ways. They went home and I started to unpack my things at the new house. Over the past few months, I have collected so much stuff and I really don’t know how I’m going to get everything home. My new host family has five kids, all under age ten. Their names are Henriette, Theresia, Lily, Carl and Richarda. My host mom doesn’t work but instead stays home with the kids, which is logical with five kids. My host dad works in the farming business. Both of the parents are really nice and also quite busy. The house is very big and very nice too. I even have my own bathroom again! The nice thing about living here in Haldensleben, too, is that I can walk or bike to the train station by myself because it’s pretty close. I don’t have to be dependent on my host parents and wait for them to be home to go anywhere. Now I can be as independent as I like. Over the past week, I have gotten used to living here.

Last week Wednesday, I visited my first host family in Alleringersleben just to see how they are doing and to talk to them. It was incredibly nice to be there again in a familiar place. Then this weekend I watched Germany’s Next Top Model with a friend on Thursday, went to a friend’s house for a girls’ night on Friday. It was a relaxing weekend and I got to hang out with friends a lot.

Now I am just really looking forward to the Europe Tour that starts this Friday!


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