Thursday, November 26, 2009


marks the day of my three months being here. The day I arrived was August 26, 2009. wow. It seems like such a long time ago but three months is nothing. It’s a summer basically. I am being harder on myself with learning the language because everyone knows English here and I really really want to master Croatian. Or at least carry on a conversation in Croatian. I will, I know I will.

Thanksgiving marks my progress here in this amazing city. It’s surreal, really, that I am even here. I am living this dream. My dream. I don’t know how to explain it. Anyway, I am doing better at trying to be better at Croatian (does that make sense?) and I have friends and I love my life. I don’t want to go home. I am supposed to be here and it’s great.

I don’t know what else to say? Wish you guys were here to experience this so I didn’t have to find words to describe this crazy dream. Christmas is going to weird I feel and I desperately would like a Jewish Christmas with my exchange friends just to avoid the awkward Christmas celebration with my host family.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Studenog 2009

It’s my sister’s birthday today! And she is 13! HOW SPECIAL.

and I am in Croatia. November has been a good month. Lots of laughs, lots of fun and lots of being comfortable where I am now. It might have taken some time to get fully adjusted to my new where abouts but it has finally happened. And I have also come to the conclusion that there will be set backs but you will always get up and brush off and move on with your life.

So learning Croatian is getting a little bit easier now that we have moved on from learning the genitive, locative and the accusative of nouns…yippy. THOSE WERE FUN! Anyway, we are now learning verbs…verbs verbs…are my favorite because we are learning to conjugate them!! And now I am thankful that I took three years of Spanish because it taught be about all the wonderful verb tenses and conjugation! Let’s see what I can come up with:

Ja volim spavati puno. I like to sleep a lot.

Ja jedim dobro hvana. I eat a lot of good food.

Ti si čitaš moj blog. You are reading my blog.

Ja sam Amerikanka. Take a wild guess.

So this might not show you the best results of my process in Croatian but at least I am getting somewhere.

So Zagreb has already decided that Christmas can’t come soon enough so they have put up LIGHTS everywhere. But they are not lit. BOOO. There is only about 40 days till Christmas now….ahhhhh.

so I don’t know what else to tell you, email me, facebook me or something! IDK.

TO SUM THINGS UP! I love my life here, I love all my wonderful friends here and I never want to go back to America!

Good luck to those who are applying for exchange next year!

Saturday, October 17, 2009


It’s the middle of October and I can’t believe that it’s almost over. I have been here for two months and a half and really can’t believe that. It seems like yesterday that I boarded the plane and was hoping that the next three months would speed up because I was homesick and lonely. But now that I have somewhat of a life I am very happy to be here and am so blessed to have this experience. I think I am picking up more Croatian by the days and I really enjoy trying to learn it. Even though I have been told we exchange students are not expected to fully understand I desperately want to come back home and speak Croatian to my family to prove to them I actually learned something! Looking back on the past two months I know I went through some trials of my faith and as a person for sure. And now when I do look back I feel that I have grown so much stronger from experiencing all that I have here. I also feel like I know  myself and who I am know a lot better than I did when I was back in America.

So some things have changed since I last posted my blog like my school and travel opportunities. Okay, so about two weeks ago I asked the head rotary lady and my rotary counselor if it would be possible to switch schools where I would be doing something rather than nothing because I started to feel like I wasn’t learning anything or that there was no reason for me to be at a school where the teachers ingore me and I just sit there and do nothing. Yes, believe I tried to teach myself something in Croatian and do translations. I even bought a Croatian magazine and started to translate that but my attention span lasted for about fifteen minutes. So I thought I would ask because if you never ask you never know what the possibilities are. The next day, I got a “no” from the head lady and when I went to school that day, I realized I could make the best out of my situation and came to the conclusion that this is the way it’s meant to be and I can’t change it so let’s move on. I was ok with it. So the next week I find out that my rotary club is making all these plans to move me to a different school. I was in total shock and told my host parents repeatedly that I was fine where I was and that it’s ok, that they didn’t need to do this for me. But the night that I was told that it was in progress I went to Croatian class where my friend Paulo told me that someone from America from Gym. 18 was coming to his class. So basically the decision was already made without me in the process! Basically there was a lot of miscommunication between me, my host parents and my rotary club. And after finding out all that they had done for me I was very grateful and happy that I could change schools but I know the head lady from RYE is not happy with the changing of schools because there are four of us exchange students in one class. I completely understand that she doesn’t want us to buddy up and only talk with each other and since I have been to my school I have tried really hard to talk with the Croatian students and make friends. And I really my school now. I have five classes in English and it feels like a real high school instead of my other one. I was so happy to actually feel like a part of the class in my new school. so that’s the story with school.

Since I have switched schools I am not going on the trip to Austria to Bratislava with Gym 18 students and the RYE district conference is not this weekend anymore it’s going to be in December soooo no traveling for me this month.

Other than that, that’s what new in my life. I am really looking forward to craving pumpkins with my host family soon because Halloween is my favorite holiday.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

things are looking a little more like home

Rujan is officially completed and done with and I am so happy about that fact. Usually, I hate the fact that time slips away from you and you can’t believe that it has gone by that fast. But today I am especially happy that Rujan and gone and over with because that was possibly the hardest, just adjusting month of my life. I feel like I have changed a lot from just that one month and I am completely out of the funk that I was in. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t think about home, I do, but I would much rather be here.

I was just thinking about (I have a lot of time to think) how I have grown to like my new surroundings and how it’s not weird to me anymore. When I first came here, I thought that the calendars were really weird and the showers…ohh those darn showers!…I am still forcing myself not think about how it is back home with the showers! ha-ha. Anyway, my new host home is lovely, and I don’t feel weird about being here anymore. I really thought that feeling of uncomfortableness would stay with me but luckily it hasn’t.

School is going by faster these days with my new coloring book and thankfully my classmates have started to label things for me and even started to quiz me…which I don’t like but I will eventually start to memorize. There are a lot of things to look forward to this month. Starting this Saturday, I am going to the zoo in Zagreb (OMG!) I am super excited because my friend Nora got to go last week with her class and now me and my friend Sierra are going with her host parents. I don’t think I’ve been to a zoo since I was in middle school and now it’s even more exciting because I am going to a foreign country’s zoo! Last night I was so excited about going to the zoo, I started to make flashcards with animals names on them!

Then on the 17-19 of Listopad (October) there is a Rotary District Conference in Salzburg! I am sooo excited for that because we get to meet everyone in the eastern European countries! And I get to miss school! YIPPY. Then the next weekend (24-25 of October) I am going to Austria AGAIN with my class to Bratislava and Bec. We are going on the biggest river in Europe, exciting, and just doing some site seeing!

Croatian classes are going ok, I guess. I feel like I try really hard to understand the grammar and what the teacher is talking about but sometimes I just want to speak Spanish because that’s what I know! I am going to get my Croatian book today hopefully so then I can really start to study the language.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

One Month Complete

I can’t believe it’s been a full month since I have been here yet at the same time it feels so long but so short! I was thinking today how I haven’t grasped the whole Croatian culture yet and how if I did a short term exchange I wouldn’t have gotten as much out of it as I wanted to. And I think I am out of the funk that I have been in for awhile now and I am adjusting better.

School is soo boring. I don’t do anything so I have a lot of time to think about everything basically. So I have been writing notes to random people that I think of like my friend who is living in France right now and I even write notes to myself. It’s entertaining for about five minutes.

Two weekends ago I went to Pliticika Lakes with Rotary and is was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. And it was a lot of fun too! All of us rotary kids were saying how it was like a fairytale or something and we were just waiting for the mermaids to pop up and sing to us.

I have recently lost a lot of weight being here from walking and eating a lot healthier so I really need some better looking clothes. Plus I am totally American here and I desperately want to look Euro.

I don’t know what else to say about this month…that it was crazy? naww..that is was interesting? YES. Best word to describe it.

Monday, September 7, 2009


So today was the first day of school and it was amazing! I met so many nice people and all my classmates are awesome! They all are friends it seems and they are very accepting! I am so so happy because I really thought that I wouldn’t be talking to anyone on the first day much. School it self was boring…all the teachers speaking in Croatian…so I couldn’t understand much. And they had a lot of breaks between classes! And everyone smokes or at least 80% do and it’s kinda weird to get used to.

But after school was great to because we all hung out at a bar where I guess everybody from our school does also. So we had our own little group and some people mingled with others…it was different from what I am used to but I am so happy that they asked me to come! But now I have a name to live up to because they had a girl from FL as an exchange student and they loved her! And hopefully they will love me! So the school year has started off great and I can’t wait to see what the rest of school year is like.

Saturday, September 5, 2009


I know it’s not the end of the month or anything or have much to say about Rujan (or september) but I wanted to blog about my experiences so far in Zagreb. As you know things didn’t go so well the first week that I was here. They started off well with good flights and a great stay in Seline but up until I got sick it was awesome. So being quarantined for about five days really sucked because it made my homesickness even worse and the culture shock was a little weird for me. Usually when I go on trips they are with friends and family and this one was…well…different because I am alone in the sense of living with a another family. But I know that there are about ten of us who are going through the same thing so I am very happy to know that we are all in the same boat.

After going out with Nora (Quebec), Victor (Brazil), and Paulo (Brazil as well), I have realized how lucky I am to be in the city that I am in and the place. I didn’t realize up until now that I am a very fornutate person to be living in a city such as Zagreb.

Today when I went out with the exchangers we just wandered around aimlessly and went to Old Town…and it was AMAZING! I love love love Zagreb and still can’t believe I am here…I mean it’s now actually hitting me that “yeah I am living in this place…and I actually like it”. I mean my experience could be so much harder than it is right now and I am truly blessed to be here. And school is about to start on Monday…and I am actually excited…for once! ahha. All my friends back at home commented on my pictures saying that they want to trade places with me because they hate school and such! And this makes me really happy because it just makes me feel like I should be here even more. Nora and I are going to the same school but she will be in a grade higher than me…I hope to see her around… and probably will since there are only 500 kids in high school! ah.

I am taking Italian and Spanish which I am psyched about because I know Spanish and Italian is really close to Spanish (or it’s one of the romantic languages) So by the end of the school year I will hopefully be fluent in Croatian (if I work really really hard at it) and know how to say a few phrases in Italian. I am telling you that the school system here has a much higher standard than America does…I mean we only have to learn one language…and it’s not even knowing the language anyway. I bet you anything that only one third of the people at school can speak a different language pretty well with being taught in the classroom. I mean I know a lot of people that love to learn Spanish and French but that is so rare in my school back in home. Here, everybody knows English and on top of that they are learning, Italian, French, German, and Spanish. It’s amazing. I mean I could be totally wrong about the students speaking other languages but if they all speak English I am just guessing they are pretty good at other languages.

SO exciting news…I rode the tram today all by myself…it was so so fulfilling! I felt so independent and one with the culture! ahhaah. And this old guy started to talk to me in Croatian and I felt like I fit in! HAha. I mean everybody looks pretty much the same here so it’s not like I stick out as American but it’s awesome to feel like your in with what’s going on in this city.

Anyway, this is a better start to a wonderful year! And I can’t wait to blog more about it!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Maybe now that I have a clear head and I am in a better state of mind I can actually blog about what has been happening in my life in Zagreb. It’s going to sound boring right now because there is not much to say.

So I arrived on the 26th and my host parents were there to greet me with lots of gifts. I was so so surprised and happy that my host family is very nice and caring. So they took me to their home and I unloaded everything in my suitcases and made things feel a little like home. Then Ivan Sr. and Jr. took me to their friends houses to visit and naturally they all were speaking Croatian. So I had no idea what they were talking about. It was a good feeling not having to pay attention to what they were saying, so I could just relax. But I saw some interesting homes and enjoyed spending time with Ivan Sr. and Jr.

The next day my host parents took me to the seaside and it was beautiful! I was excited to see Seline and go to the shore. Their house was really different from what I am used to but I was ok with it. There was one small kitchen, one bathroom and two bedrooms with no living room area. But I figured out that they spent a lot of time out on the patio instead of being inside. I met my host sister’s friend Eva, who has a house in Seline and she was a lot of fun to hang out with. It was good to talk to somebody my own age and get the down low of what’s going on in Seline.

The second day of being in Seline, we went to Zadar with my host parent’s cousins. They were very nice and Matija showed me around Zadar. I liked Zadar very much and there were so many people out and about. On friday night, we all went to Starigrad, another seaside village like Seline (actually right next to each other), and explored some more.

I got very homesick during my stay in Seline and it was quite overwhelming! On sunday I ate some bad pizza and I threw up and started to have a fever. That was probably the worst of my lows! Homesickness+Culture Shock+Physical sickness do not mix very well! Before I got sick my host parents took me on a hike with their family and we went into the mountains that over look Seline. It was very beautiful.

Then after we got back from the hiking we went to Nin, the smallest town in the world I believe. They had a lot of small things there. Like the smallest cathedral in the world and the first roman temple or something like that. So I saw a lot of history. I also went to Pag on saturday night and I loved it! There were some buddist Croatians in Pag for some reason and I thought it was very funny. Jelena and I went to the salt museum and learned how salt is harvested and such. I am so glad Croatia has a lot of english speakers and english writing everywhere!!!

Monday we returned to Zagreb because Jelena was concerned with my fever and she wanted me to rest. It’s been since sunday that I have had a fever and today I went to the hospital to check on what going on with my body. They drew blood from me which was quite an experience because I have never had blood drawn from my arm. I cried like no other! Then the doctor examined me and said that I have a viral fever and it should go away by friday. If it doesn’t go away I have to go back to the hospital on friday….great. The doctor was a little concerned about my heart and hopefully it is nothing major but if I do have something wrong with my heart I want to go back to America so I can do the procedure there. Augh, I love being sick! I am getting used to being here in Zagreb and now I don’t want to go home for homesickness but if it comes down to heart problems it would be better to go home :( and that makes me even sadder! I am just getting out of my funk with culture shock so I want to keep going! I know that God has a plan in mind for me so if it’s meant to be it’s meant to be.

keep me in your thoughts and prayers!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Officially Packed

So I packed everything today and the day seemed to fly by. I can’t believe that my adventure will truly start tomorrow. WOW. I can’t even explain to you the emotions that are running through my veins at this moment. It still seems so so surreal to me that I am going to be traveling to this unknown place and spending almost a year there. AUGH.

I have been reading everybody else’s blogs who have already left and I envy what they have already encountered being for not even a week! It’s insane and I can’t wait to meet my host family and get to the seaside. When I look back all that has happened this year with Rotary I see how everything has fit into place but as I think about it in the present nothing is adding up to be reality. If this doesn’t make any sense, sorry, but I just don’t know how to explain it any further.

I am so excited to see what God has in store for me this year.

Tomorrow at this time I will be on the plane to Zurich, Swis. AH!

ps. this weekend went too fast!! My goodbye  party was amazing and I am going to miss everyone! And my friend Hannah’s going away party was awesome too! I met so many cool people there and got to hang out with my RYE buds.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

5 days?!?

AUGH. That's how I feel right now. It's a good AUGH and it's a bad AUGH. It's what I want to say over and over again as I pack and prepare for my next big adventure. I can't believe summer has flown by this fast and I am already saying goodbye to the people that mean the most to me.

Tonight is my "going away" party and I am very excited and yet very sad. This might be the last time I see my friends but then I think about the exchange it all becomes worth it. I am having it at my mom's house which is (what else?) great but depressing because I have lived and grown up in this house for almost eleven years! Many of my neighbors are coming and they have known me since I was seven! It's going to be alittle weird having all these people coming over and saying "good luck" and "good bye". It's going to be an awesome night and I can't wait to see all my friends.

So I finally got my Dell Inspiron Passion Purple laptop the other day and I love it!! I also got skype so I can talk to all my friends across the sea and with my family too. AUGH...and the packing is going great even though I have packed all my clothes and have nothing to wear for the next five days! ahha.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Predeparture Life

Okay so my blog hasn't been much help about the process of applying for RYE and only has really been about my thoughts and feelings about LIFE in general.



So the application is about 15 pages long...WAIT don’t run off! ...yes it's long but you can get it knocked out in a weekend if you really tried hard enough. BE PREPARED...

THINK about where you want to go BUT don't have a set idea about a place or country you really want to go to. Odds are you probably will not get the country and if you do you'll probably be disappointed because of the set expections you had for your imaginary "vacation" country.

THINK about why you want to go on the exchange. Is it because you would like to be more culturally aware or decided to go a different educational path that not many people are doing?

I felt so lost during my application process because I thought I had to majorly impress people to get into the exchange program. YES, being impressive will most likely get you into the exchange program but I let that rule my perspective of how I should be at all times. What Rotarains really like is you being yourself most of all and showing that you have confidence in yourself means you will have confidence in going abroad.

You should familarize yourself with the FOUR D's because that's what you will be expected to follow on the exchange.
1. No Drinking
2. No Drugs
3. No Dating
4. No Driving (...why would you do this anyway?)
OH and if you are in the ohio-erie district you should know that there is a fifth one..... 5. NO DUMB STUFF

So after you have done your application, you will arrange to give it your Rotary club's district chair for youth exchange. They should email you about times and dates for the interview and that's the fun part!

THE INTERVIEW was nerve racking.
Be prepared to answer:
questions about your family and how you will feel about leaving them for ten months
curveball questions that might be a little personal
questions with "how will you deal with this is if happens"

BASICALLY be confident and be yourself.

OKAY so here's a concern that many people might have: MONEY

So I come from a divorce family of four years and yeah, money is not the best subject to bring up at the dinner table. Just imagine bringing up me leaving for ten months to a foreign country that nobody has heard about! and somebody needs to fund my little adventure. But if you REALLY want to do this you will find a way to do it.

Well if that is an issue for you, Rotary is very supportive and giving so get to know your Rotary club and address the fact that you might not have all the cash to dish out on your exchange. You don't know if you don't ask.


1. Exploring a new place and becoming more culturally aware
2. Setting yourself apart from people appyling to college
3. Having a new perspective and a new maturity that many of your classmates will not have because of what you experienced.

You must be thinking "what does this girl know? she hasn't even jumped on the plane yet!"

FYI: once you sign up for this program you sign up for immediate learning!

I have already met people from Germany, Thailand, France, Italy, Brazil, Chile and India! Just being with them for a weekend opened my prespective of how big the world is and how you bond with people who are going through what you are going through also!

Once you meet people at orientation and the big "oreintation" you find yourself making all these friends because EVERYBODY is going through the same thing you are and are about to make the biggest life changing move in your far!

Rotary Youth Exchange can open up your whole entire life and even though I am not there yet, I can already tell you that my whole "future" has changed. I don't know what I want to do with my life right now except the exchange but this gives me hope that I'll have some purpose on this earth.

Enough with the basics....let's hear about my predepature life

As I might have mentioned, it is pretty overwhelming right now! My mom has been an angel to me with getting my forms organized and sending them to translators...GO MOM! And maybe I'll actually get to leave on time...anyway. In the beginning everything was so magical and dreamlike, very upbeat and inspirational. It seems that the past month has been very chaotic because of late forms and rushing to get things done.

I am reading "The New Global Student" and I absolutley love it! It make me what to go and do things I've always wanted to do. This is what I've been waiting for. I have been waiting for someone or something to totally agree with going against the current and not succumming to the traditional high school educational experience! I've always been about following your heart about your life and before this book I was being brainwashed by my evil school that I should be doing what everybody else is doing. (AP, IB and SATS!)

As I have said before I have no idea what I want to do with my life I know as of this year I am going to Croatia to start my new "global" education and find my undiscovered capabilities. This book is making me more excited about my future instead of depressing myself with the idea I'd be stuck as a "would you like fries with that" kinda of gal.

I know this year is going to be very difficult. My croatian dictionary is going to become my new best friend for all I know because I don't have a dang clue about Croatian.

So I kinda sorta finished my photo album for my host family and I ordered my backpack finally and I got a luggage set!! Now I just have to see how much luggage I can bring for the Swiss air lines.

So the iternary is pretty interesting! I get to fly to Chicago at 11:13 and have a six hour lay over!! WOOWho. But I atleast know one other Croat that is going to be there with me. Then We fly out of Chicago to Zurich Swis and have 45 minutes to get on the plane to Zagreb! Then at 1:10 I should arrive at the Zagreb airport to meet my lovely host family and possibly Rotary club members?

I still can't believe this is happening...hopefully once I get on the plane I'll realize that it's not a dream and hopefully not have a meltdown.

OKAY well this has been an entirely long post and don't expect this much when I get over there because I am sure that I will have a lot to do but I promise to at least update once a month!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

the time is near

I don't quite know what to do with myself for the last month of being in America. This summer has been the weirdest summer I have ever had and it makes me question whether or not I am ready to leave my home. I can't picture myself in Zagreb and probably willn't be able to until I get there. All of this is still a dream and might come true if my travel agent ever calls me back! I have been talking to my host mom now for a while and she is really cool and even reminds me of my own mother. There is nothing more to talk about than my fear of being the one person in the RYE program that doesn't get to go because I forgot to get a form signed and the ambassy of Croatia will not let me in. For now atleast I can just pretend that I am not going so my nerves don't get the best of me. I have been doing a lot of traveling lately, going to D.C. to see my capital before I go live in another, went to the beach and revisited my childhood in VA. It's all been great but it's a little weird coming home and having nothing to do and finding out that most of my friends have changed a little. They have all spent their summer together and I was off traveling. I guess it is better to be deattached from the ones you love before you go and live somewhere else for a year.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

!6 baby

finally I am 16 and I have the power to drive!

unfortuntly I won't be able to drive my little vovo but being able to drive is making exciting! Luckily all my friends drive so I don't need to depend on myself quite yet. My parents think it would be better if I waited to get my license next year when I come back...ugh. It's worth though. America vs. Croatia? Umm pretty hard. Hahah. I am so lucky to be able to go away next year. It's going to be insane. I have begun to talk with the people that are going to Croatia with me next year and they are all really cool. I can't wait to meet all of them. I really need to start researching and actually learning CROATIAN!! AHHHHHHHHH
The courses that I am taking next year are insane...well atleast three of them. I have to take Croatian (which is our verison of English class), first foreign language class and a secong foreign language class!WOW. I am going to be multilingi after all of this. It should be interesint how everything plays out next year. I have been reading a lot of other RYEs blogs and they are all so smart. I don't even compare to them. I will have to work really hard next year. Word to the wise...if you want to RYE, get major credits done for high school out of the way as soon as possible!

Saturday, May 23, 2009


I am basically counting down the days til school is out! There is only about 22 days left and after that I'll be counting the days to go to Croatia! It's getting more exciting now because I found out what city I am going to and my host family contacted me last week!

Zagreb! There are going to be 13 Rotary exchange students in Croatia and we are all going to be in the city of Zagreb. I am so happy. I was really hoping that there would more kids than just me! Haha. For a second I really thought I would be the only American exchange student. But there is actually 9 Americans! In the host club that I will be in there is another girl and she is american too! It's so releiving to have another american with me during this whole process.

I found some of the other exchange students on facebook and we have been talking a bit and we are all getting so excited!!! Zagreb looks beautiful! And my host family seems so nice and awesome. My host sister will be going to Florida while I am there so I will be in her room and I also have a host brother. I have not gotten to talk with the rest of my host family because they are all on a trip so hopefully I'll hear from them soon.

I still can't picture myself there. I believe it but I don't believe in it. It's all a dream to me really. Just wait. I'll be walking on the plane and they will tell me to wake up and go home. Not that I really think this is going to happen but I have never done anything like this! The look on my friends' faces tell me they don't know what to think and quite frankly I don't either. It's going to be the best time of my life and I am really anxious to see what happens.

My host sister tells me that my school is a thirty minute walk?!?!? Well by the end of this I am going to be in the best shape (hopefully). I can also take the bus or train so it's all good. I still want to test out the walking theory and see how it goes. I think my whole speaks English which is awesome but then again is that a bad thing too? All the exchange students that came over here HAD to learn English and me? I really hope I don't become lazy and only speak English over there. I think the school that I am going to is going to be all Croatian. Soooo good and bad to everything like I always say so I'll suck it up and go for it.

I am really excited because the Rotary Club wants to take us all to the coast and to the Plitvice Lakes!!! Talk about lijep! And to Dubrovik? OMG. SO SO PRETTY. We are going to have so much fun....ahhh when do I leave?

Thursday, May 14, 2009


hello my lovely blog. it's been awhile since I have even looked on this blog. So the update...Okay well...I still have not heard from Croatia yet but I am betting that I will hear from my host families in June. About two months ago I went to Oreintation in Asheville where I met all the outbounders from my district and as well as some others. We got to hear from a girl named Adrianne who went to France last year and she brought her rotary jacket which was cool because she had tons of stuff on hers. My mom and I had a lot of fun in Asheville and I met some really cool people. I really clicked with this one girl, Hannah who goes to Myers Park and we had so much fun at the mrytle beach trip.

At the RYE District Conference all the youth exchange student were there and 500+ rotarians! It was crazy! I met all the indbounders and reunited with Typhaine who goes to my school and she is so much fun. We were only there for a weekend but we all got along so well and I miss them all so much!

I roomed with all inbounds! It was awesome. Franz is from Germany, Kamillia is from Norway, and Ilaria is from Italy. We had so much fun in the room and just goofing around. I wish I could do it all over again!

I wish we would all be together next year, like this was our group of inbounders for next year.....

But luckily we all live close enough to see each other again. Hopefully the storms will hold off and tomorrow will be beautiful because my dad is hosting a bonfire for some of the inbounders. Typhaine, Carol and Ilaria are all supposedly coming so I am excited for that.

It is so awesome that we are all making plans to see each other again because I really do think we all have a great bond. And next year is going to be great because Franz has invited a bunch of us to go to Ocktuberfest in Germany next year!! Life keeps on getting better!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

fifthteen in america

hey! My name is Mary Catherine but I go several different names like Sucka MC or M to the C or Teapot or Mary Kate or MJ or Mary Jane but primarily I go by M.C. It's sort. It's simple. It's sweet. It goes with anything.

About a month ago I got accepted for foreign exchange with Rotary! The process of completing an application form was quite the experience. It was fifthteen pages long!!! Yah talk about some work, but I made it through.

Yesterday I got THE CALL. The call that was going to change my life forever and determine my fate of which country I was going to live in. Am I making this suspenseful enough? Hhah. Anyway, so I was talking to my dearest friend Mackenzie when a call came in that I didn't recognize. Naturally, me being the telephone screener, tryed to ignore the call by hanging up on it. As fate would have it I ended up talking to Ms. Linda from the rotary club! I was so so excited to finally hear from someone from rotary because it had been atleast a month since I had last talked anyone. So she gave me the good news. "If you couldn't go to Spain, where would you go?"
"uhhh, Croatia...Itaa---" Before I could say Italy she called out "Yup! That's where you are going!" YES YES YES! I had a feeling that that's where they would put me. So last night my mom, my sister and I went to the bookstore to get some books about Croatia!

This whole day I have been looking things up about Croatia and reading some Rotary youth exchange blogs. They are interesting. They seem so independent and stable in their countries! I really hope I get good host families! All of those bloggers made me want to create a blog so here I am creating my first blog entry! Yahhh!

I can't fathome the idea that in a year I'll be at my halfway point in Croatia!? How exciting! This just means that I've got a lot of preparing to do! Last night I read most of my books about Croatia and the one thing that stood out is their love of art! THere are so many art galleries I am sure there would be local studios where I could take some classes! Yes! That would be so much fun!

It looks like to me that anywhere in the country I would love it. First you've got the coast. The lush beaches are breathtaking and the peacock blue waters are so beautiful it's like a dream. Then you go inland where it has beautiful country sides and the city's capital is not bad as well. It seems like Croatia is a booming country and I can not wait to be a part of it!

It's becoming more real for me now that I know where I am going. When I think about myself living there I can picture myself going to soccer games and art classes. I see myself walking up stony streets and through coast line cities. My greatest fear of all is feeling left alone. I would love some guidance and direction through this whole process and once I get used to life over there it will be a piece of cake. That's for sure.

The main reason I wanted to create this blog to 1 for my friends and family to get a taste of whats happening while I am gone 2 get some advice from other foreign exchangers and 3 to be of assistance to anyone in the upcoming years who wants to become a foreign exchange student.