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January 24, 2013

Local Voices From Around the Globe: Adjusting to a new host family has been a bit rough

Happy New Year!!! So to begin with the holidays!

Many people will say how amazing their Christmas on exchange was … I’ll be honest mine wasn’t the best. On Dec. 24, my host mom had a little party that was her friend and her friends’ children. We ate cake, played Jenga, and played Uno. It was fun. On the 25th I had school, yes school on Christmas day. It was only in the morning though because it was closing ceremonies for winter break. That afternoon my host cousin came over so we could play soccer, and stayed for dinner. A friend of my host sisters’ came over for dinner, too. It was a good time and in the end, my host sister gave me a present — a scrapbook of all of our times together.

The next day I changed to my third host family. I have two sisters, one who is a year younger than me and goes to school with me and one who is two years older than me and goes to an all-girls school specializing in music in Osaka. We live in a pretty big house in the “country” side that is about two hours by train from my school. Two hours!! Yes, it’s a lot, but I have learned my way around quickly. I take a train from my town’s small train station to a bigger city and switch train companies and then take that train to a different city and switch trains then take that train to my school’s city and then take the bus to my school. The travel time has been harder to adjust to because it can be so tiring. I usually get up around 5 a.m. and leave the house around 6:15 or 6:30 a.m. and don’t get home depending on nights until usually 5:30 p.m. It’s a long day!

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