What is Foreign Exchange to Me?

"A year of of my life. My life in a year."

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Day

Christmas day today, and its pouring rain, but it sure smells fantastic. I only asked for things for Christmas in relation to my Rotary trip, so I got a new jacket that can withstand negative temperatures, rain boots, and an awesome touch screen camera/camcorder so that I can document my trip!

I'm so excited, I'm counting down the days on my calendar until January 28th, the day I get to find out what country I'm going too. Almost less than a month!

A few weeks ago I went back to Gay's house with my parents and Carolyn where we signed all the official papers and submitted my long term application. While my mom went through the technicalities with Carolyn, Gay and I sat and played the piano for hours on end. It was a great time! Gay and Carolyn also came to my high school's band concert, and I did all the tech stuff for. It was a very nice to see them both.

I'm trying to decide how I'm going to run this blog when I actually go in late summer/fall next year. Whether or not I will do video uploads of my home, or even me talking rather than writing, if I want to add photos to every post, if I want to make the blog public, or private so only invited members can view it. I think I will post the link for it on my facebook right before I leave, so at least my facebook friends with have access too it. If you happen to stumble across this blog and have any questions, comments, thoughts, concerns, or suggestions, feel free to express them in the comment section of the blog and I will try to get back to you as soon as I can!

Currently I'm simply rambling, trying to get used to posting at least semi-frequently, so excuse the random amounts of nothingness posted here. :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

November 22, 2010: Before Anything Real Happens...

Hey everyone! I'm going to try and write about all the upcoming Rotary events in order to try and get used to posting regularly for when I actually go on my trip... and eventually I'll think of a creative way to start the entries, until then here it goes... :)

In case you didn't already know, my name is Angie and I'm going on foreign exchange for a year with Rotary, or so I hope! I play piano, soccer, badminton, and like to rock climb in my free time.. though I haven't had much of it lately. I have curly, semi-blond hair that usually has randomly placed braids in it and I'm hoping to go to Switzerland.

Today everything began to feel real! This evening I met Gaye, Valery, and Carolyn (sorry if I misspelled any names) for my interview in Oakmont! I'm so excited, I can't even describe it! The interview lasted almost 2 and a half hours, if you include miscellaneous socializing that took place afterwords, as well as Gaye allowing me to play on her beautifully tuned baby grand piano.
Which, might I add, was fantastic!

I'm going to also try and get into the habit of posting pictures, so I'll start with one I took today in the store we stopped at before the interview. We were early and decided to get some hot coco :)

To get a general idea, here are a few photos of me and my favorite pastimes here in America :)

As time progresses, I'm going to work on making this blog have a better display. Until then auf Wiedersehen!!

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