2 months tomorrow….
I want to say the time has flown by fast…. but honestly I feel like it’s already been more than that. I’ve seen and experienced so much that i can’t believe that it has all fit into 2 months. I’ve hiked mountains, learned (some) polish, met some amazing people, eaten foods I had no idea existed, and so much more I can’t even begin to describe.
I love the mountains, everything you see is so beautiful, and after a long hike there is always an outpost that makes the BEST food. The only bad part is that sometimes you’ll be so focused on where your walking (so you don’t fall down the mountain) that you aren’t looking at the scenery, but when you do look up you really realize how beautiful the world is.
Polish is really hard. One of the hardest languages for English speakers to learn. But I have fallen in love with the language and it is my goal to come out as fluent as I possibly can. Through the Past month I have seen some growth. At the very beginning when people would be speaking I had absolutely NO idea of anything going on I was just hearing sounds. And then soon I started actually hearing these sounds turn into words, I don’t know what they mean, but they are words. And now I know the general idea of the conversation. Also I’ve realized that when someone asks me a question I’ll respond right away in English, and then in my head afterwards I’ll think about my response but in polish, now I just have to slow down and force myself to answer in polish first! I’m scared to speak because the grammar is so hard that if I tried to speak I know I would mess up but that doesn’t stop me from trying.
The people in my class are amazing, and there’s nothing more to say. They just are amazing, they talk to me and invite me to hang out with them, and they tell me about how stressful school is and how lucky I am that I don’t have to do as much as them…. I love them. My best friends though are the other exchangers in my city. We hang out every other day if not every day and I already know that when the exchange is over ( :((( ) I will have friendships with all of them that will last a lifetime.
Don’t even get me started on pierogis, the best thing you will ever eat. I can eat pierogis all day every day and not feel bad about it at all.