piece of advice for future exchange students #26:
pay attention to the advice of those who have gone before you.
usually, they have important things to say.
In my second week of vacation, I stayed with a former exchange student (she went on exchange to Argentina two and a half years ago). It was 1) probably the best week of my life in Switzerland [except for Vienna which doesn't count because technically I wasn't IN Switzerland at the time] and 2) unexpectedly and wonderfully like a real family.
For me, since I'm used to being the oldest at home, having a big sister was awesome. I recommend the experience.
things I've done in the past 10ish days (not really. haha these updates are getting later and later...):
- rode a sailboat across Lago Maggiore. to ITALY. I CAN RIDE A SAILBOAT TO ITALY YOU GUYS.
- went to Fasnacht. hopefully a post will be written in depth about Fasnacht sometime later. If not... well, sorry guys, but I have a life. ;)
- went to Germany and had brunch. for like 7 euros or less. probably the best brunch I've ever had. WHY CAN'T I LIVE IN GERMANY.
- actually, i wouldn't particularly want to live in Germany. but it's a nice idea to have.
- got stuffed with confetti at Basel Fasnacht. this basically means that people in colored masks run up behind you with about 5 kilos of colored paper and shove the whole lot down your shirt. hooray. (you will then proceed to shed confetti everywhere. two months later, you will still find small bits of colored paper in your bed, your shoes, your suitcase, and your sock drawer. don't even ask why. it is one of the lasting mysteries of Fasnacht.)
- I was stuffed 12 times in a 10-hour period. I think I'm a talented person?
- watched endless Fasnacht skits and songs and general traditional things. there is truly nothing like Swiss Fasnacht in the USA. I am still not sure if that is a good or a bad thing.
- kidding. Fasnacht is wonderful.
- met the newbies :) more newbies. newbies everywhere.
- i'm super jealous. they have a whole year to spend here. and yet, I realize that even if I stayed... this period in my life is ending. it's ending for all of us. and I wish I could freeze this moment in time and stay in it forever.
- but life goes on. and i have to accept that.
I would write more, but I honestly have no idea what I did during that period of time. I live in the now. ;)