It has been 3 weeks since I left home. Up to this point in my life this is the scariest thing I have ever done, but it’s worth it. Everyone is so welcoming here and they go out of their way to make sure that you are okay. Everyone has accepted me with open arms and they want to make this the best year of my life (which it has already been the best 3 weeks of my life). Everything sounds like it has gone smooth so far, but it hasn’t.
It started out before the plane even took off. Everyone had just boarded the plane and we were about to push away from the gate when the pilot comes over the speaker saying that everyone needed to get off the plane immediately. So, everyone took their belongings and rushed off the plane. We were told that there was a mechanical issue and that the fuel from the airplane had leaked all over the ground. Luckily, that was not the case, when they were fueling up the plane, some of the fuel had leaked onto the ground. Everyone boarded the plane again and there was no air conditioning because where the air conditioning was was right where the fuel was and if they were to turn it on then the whole plane would smell like fuel, so we had to wait until we pushed off from the gate to turn it on.
We ended up being about an hour late into São Paulo, even after going 80% of the speed of sound. Everything was fine until after I got through customs. I got lost in the biggest airport in Latin America, but luckily I was able to find the one person who could speak English. After everything that happened I made it to my flight to Londrina on time.
I was welcome at the airport by my host family and some of Ana’s (my host sister) friends, who are now my own, and my host club president and his family. When we got back from the airport we had a little gathering at my house where I got to know everyone a lot better. The next day I went to school, and everyone was so welcoming and people wanted to take my picture and I even caught people looking at my through the classroom window. School was only until 10 that day so after some of us went to try some Brazilian foods, which are amazing expect açaí, which is very different than what we have in America.
On Saturday we had a little party with the friends that I made at school and I even got to meet my second host sister who is very sweet. My host sister had a concert in Londrina on Sunday, so my host parents showed me around, and my favorite place at the moment is the lake that they there and you can walk along the trail which is very beautiful. The rest of my first week was very bust, everyday I was at someone else’s house and I loved it. Then came the day where my host sister left. We had to get up early because we had to take her to São Paulo. It was a very long drive but it was beautiful, there were many hills and great scenery nothing like driving in Florida. The day after we dropped Ana off at the airport my host family took me to the futebol stadium there and it was breathtaking, and they also took me to Avendia 25, I think that’s the name, which is where people from all over the country come to buy things because it is cheaper and take them back home to sell them for a higher price. We then went to visit my host dad’s sister.
School is actually pretty good, I like it better than school in America. But there is something strange, people who I have never even met before come up to me and try to talk to me and it doesn’t work out to well because I don’t speak Portuguese that well and most people don’t speak English that well.
I have also met my third host family and I am actually at their house a lot because I’m really good friends with their current exchange daughter Julia from Germany. Both my 2nd and 3rd host families have already accepted me as one of their own which is amazing and I love them so much. I have been able to go out with a lot of my friends and meet some new people as well. On the 26th and 27th I have an orientation where I will meet the rest of the exchange students in my district and I am very excited to meet them!
Brazil is an amazing country and everyday I fall in love with something new. If these 3 weeks are just a small glimpse of what the rest of my exchange year will be, I am very excited.
Thank you for reading my first blog of my exchange year and I hoped you enjoyed! Stay tune!