As Christmas neared, I was really home sick for a while, but I am out of that rut. When Rotary prepares you for exchange and tells you your emotions will be like a roller costar, they mean it. As of writing this, I still needed to buy presents for family, friends and secret Santas, a chore I find relaxing. Many Christmas markets have sprung up all around Hungary and I love to see all the tourists and things being sold. The smell of cinnamon Kürtőskalács and forró bor is tantilizing and gets anyone in the Hungaran Christmas spirit.
Something I have learned throughout my exchange that I think is very important is that not everybody will like you, but to also be OK with that. I do feel as if I have matured in these past months in ways I could have never imagined. I would be lying if I said exchange was a walk in the park and great all of the time, but I still recommend students to consider doing it. It opens up your world to all sorts of experiences, people, and places.
Grace Heneghan is a Cooperstown Rotary exchange student who traveled to Hungry. To read more about her adventures, visit her blog at www.graceheneghantohungary.blogspot.com.