“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all people cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” - Maya Angelou




being an exchange student

- is fantastic
- is meeting hundreds of wonderful people
 - is giving speeches and writing letters
 - is getting fat and, at times, being poor
 - is seeing a new country and experiencing new things
 - is being homesick and, at times, miserable
 - is getting tired
 - is being an ambassador
 - is personal growth

From my Florida outbound student handbook. Reading this now feels so different then when I read it before I left because I'm living it all.


7 weeks

Holy crap. I've been in Belgium for 7 weeks. My mind is blown.

Since my last post I have been to Antwerp which was really pretty and I bought a big Belgian flag :) and I went kayaking with other exchange students which was a blast! My arms are really sore though haha.

French is getting better at least my understanding is. I think I can say that I understand much of what is going on around me and the conversations...most of the time haha.

I got my Belgian identification card so I feel pretty legit.

I love Belgium.

I don't do a lot in school but I try. It's hard to understand the teachers and sometime I just can't do some of the work cause I don't understand at all. But I have french class with like 12 year olds and I love it cause it's so much easier than with my class and the teacher is a sweetie. So I actually can do work and learn it that class.

I'm happy.