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October 25, 2012

Local voice from around the globe: What an adventure home on the train


So it has almost been two months since I have arrived and I am finally settling in a little more.

I will be changing host families on Oct. 21, so that should be an experience. My next host family has a daughter who is my age, and a daughter who has just graduated. I have enjoyed my stay at my current host family, and will be going to a Japanese wedding before I change host families.

OK, so I’ve learned that if people know you are a foreigner, they are usually more than happy to help if you need it. So I’ve been stuck on the train. Yes, I was coming home from a party (more like a Rotary hangout) where we had celebrated two of the exchange students’ birthdays, and I got on the train by myself at about 8 p.m. My curfew was 9 p.m. and my host sister and mom were going to pick me up at the train station. So I texted my host sister telling her I was leaving and she said she would be at the train station in about 10 minutes. Well, the train wasn’t moving. I was super nervous, then we moved to the next station and we didn’t move again.

I started to get really nervous because it was rounding 9 p.m. and I had no idea what was going on and over the loud speaker on the train, they kept making announcements. Of course I had no idea what they were saying, so I called my host sister and she explained to me that there had been an accident and all trains were stopped. She told me it wasn’t my fault for being late and to just relax. 

Well the guy next to me had heard me talking on the phone (I’m guessing) and more announcements were made.

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