I'm really sorry I haven't been on this lately, really. But I've been veeery busy doing exchange-related things... and I still have soo much to do! I even wonder if these 17 days I've left in Mexico are enough.
First of all, we received our exchange student Aléxia about 10 days ago! She's from Brazil and she's really nice! It's really fun to host someone because that way you get to learn a lot from another culture (even if it's similar to your own!) and some words in another language! I don't know about other countries, but here in Mexico, if you want to go on exchange with Rotary you need to host an exchange student. Some of you may think that's wrong because we're not volunteering to host, but we're more obliged to do it. But we're not. Actually most of us -if not all of us- are really happy to do it. I mean, to be honest, I don't think if I wasn't going to Germany my family would've been hosting, but we don't regret it and I don't think we ever will! Anyway, if you're thinking of hosting for a year, semester, summer or whatever.. DO IT! It's a really amazing experience, in which you learn and teach at the same time! (And I've been hosting for a little more than a week! haha :P)
Moving on to another thing: I GOT MY VISA!! I'm still happy and excited about it, even if I got it 2 weeks ago, but it's awesome because I'm already legally allowed to live in Germany! And it looks great in my passport haha I still can't believe it!
I got my itinerary too! I leave on the 4th of September, which I already knew but now that I have reserved my tickets, I can make the countdown official: seventeen days! Or in another words SIEBENZEHN TAGE! :D I'll fly with Lufthansa from Mexico City to Frankfurt and there I take another flight to München. Wow I really can't believe that in a little more than 2 weeks I'll be taking those flights and saying Auf Wiedersehen to Mexico for a year.. it's still so surreal. I'll probably start to believe it when I say goodbye to my family in the airport (I would loove to skip that part because I really hate goodbyes). I hope that day comes quickly, though. I've been waiting for it for years and it's FINALLY coming true! :D I've been reading a lot of blogs and almost everyone is leaving on these days, if not they've been in their host countries for days (or weeks!) already. Even some exchangers going to the same district I am have already left!
And today all of my best friends gave me a surprise going away... lunch? Haha, it wasn't a party but we went to Xochimilco, which is a place, here in Mexico City where there are canals, that actually were a lake before, but the aztecs built chinampas (artificial floating land on which they used to grow crops) so they're now just canals, and there are the typical trajineras (boats) where there are tables, so we ate typical Mexican food -such as quesadillas and tlacoyos- for lunch while we enjoyed the trip through the canals :) It was really fun, and a very good way to say goodbye to my country.
Anyway, I hope I can keep you updated during the next days as the date of my departure gets closer, I'll try I promise!