I’ve been here officially for five months now! I can’t believe how quickly it went, and it won’t slow down anytime soon. For the rest of the year, I have many exciting trips and events to look forward to! This weekend, I moved host families. This year, I only have two host families so I won’t have to move again. As I’ve mentioned before in previous posts, my host family lives outside of Rakovnik. They live in a small village—Rynolec. The connection to Rakovnik is pretty good, but the latest bus returns just after 8 pm. Therefore, I won’t be able to go out with my friends as frequently as I did while living in Rakovnik. Although this is a pity, there will be opportunities for me to sleep in Rakovnik once in awhile! Luckily for me, I’d already met this family because Nick was living with them before me. They are lovely people and I am looking forward to the rest of the year with them. Currently in the house, I have a younger host sister and an older host brother. They have a third child, but she is on exchange to the US right now.
This week has been an odd one for me. Since I have changed my school schedule, I have some classes with a class that isn’t my class (confusing I know). This class was on a ski trip for the entire week, so each class I had with them was cancelled. Therefore, some of my days ended shorter than usual or started later than usual (which I didn’t mind!). Thursday I had a free day because my class went to Prague to see some presentation about universities. I took this day to pack everything from my first family. I definitely have a lot more items now than I had before! I’m thinking that before I leave, I won’t have as much because books and schoolbooks took up the majority of space. Thursday ended up being my last night sleeping in my first home. It was definitely an odd feeling, and I reflected on all the memories that I had with this family!
Also on Thursday, Nick and I travelled to Beroun to our Rotary club. The Governor of Rotary had come to meet our club. We got to introduce ourselves in Czech and talk to him! Friday night, Nick and I were invited by his host family to go to a ball in Nove Straseci (a ‘town’ maybe 35 minutes out of Rakovnik). During this night, I learned the typical Czech dance (polka) and tried to learn other traditional dances. It was difficult and I learned that I should have paid more attention in grade 8 and grade 9 dance during PE!! It was fun to watch everyone throughout the night and meet some new people.
There were not very many people (or young people) at this dance, but we were promised a “disco” (some dance party) after the official part was over. There were maybe fifteen people and the music was not so great, but we tried to make the most of it! We ended up arriving home around 1:30-2:00 in the morning. We went to sleep then in the morning I took a bus back to Rakovnik. Once I arrived, it was time for the sad departure. I finished cleaning out and vacuuming my room. Then, we had our last lunch together and talked. I played a game with Kuba and then it was time for me to leave. I know that this won’t be the last time that I’ll see them, but it was sad that this part of my exchange had come to an end! I was definitely very sad, but I am very thankful for the time I got to spend with them. We had so many great adventures and went on many fun trips! I definitely did many things with them that I would never have done in Canada. I learned so much and had some of the best days of my exchange with them. I left, then we made sure that Nick was settled into his family which is just down the street.
Unfortunately I am sick, so my first few days haven’t been the greatest. I am very thankful because this family has been taking very good care of me! They are giving me some natural medicine that I’ve never tried before and making sure that I am warm at all times! I am looking forward to the rest of the year with them and all the adventures to come!