105 days?! I absolutely cannot believe I have been gone for so long already. It feels like I've been away for a month, no more. I miss it all but by now I can say that I'm fully immersed in this new life of mine.

The German speaking is coming along slowly but surely. I began to make serious progress at the end of October and I continue to improve every day. This exchange has been the best thing to ever have happened to me. It has also been the busiest I have ever been which explains how it has gone by so quickly. I've blogged about every significant event I've done throughout these four months (except the many parties I've attended for various things, sorryyyyy) and I have to say I've done quite a lot already. And I still have over 200 days of this wild adventure!

I realize my posts have become less frequent but you should know it's not because I don't want to write but simply because I'm too busy. Let me give you an idea of what my schedule looks like. In a normal week I have five days of school (obviously), soccer practice Tuesdays and Thursdays, a German class Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and sometimes a Rotary meeting Tuesdays as well. And that isn't even counting the weekend which is always jammed packed with events. The problem with having 55 exchange students within your reach is that someone is always asking to get together and what's better than hanging out with exchange students? Literally nothing in the world.

Just last weekend I was with them all in Münster for a Christmas weekend. We went to one of Germany's famous Christmas markets and went ice skating! Plus we got an entertaining visit from Santa. I'm seeing them all again this weekend for a final party before our oldies leave in the next two months. I'm not ready for that. My exchange mentors aren't allowed to just walk out and leave, completely unnacceptable.

Here are some pictures from that weekend.


In the month ahead I have a five day trip to Berlin, CHRISTMAS, a short trip to the Netherlands, and a ski trip with my most favoritest German sister in der ganzen Welt. Those are all blog worthy events to hopefully you'll be hearing more from me soon.

Until then, kale


oldie: an exchange student that arrived in January and is coming to an end of their exchange

newbie: an exchange student that arrived in August and is still in the beginning of their exchange. I'm currently a newbie but when my newbies arrive in January and February I will then be considered an oldie