My host family prepared a welcoming banner for me. My host sister was wearing her full on decked out rotary blazer and it was incredible. For some reason I felt comfortable while meeting them. It seemed that I’ve known them for quite a bit and that there wasn’t any awkward atmosphere around us. That moment I knew that I have a great family to rely on. We introduced each other and hugged tightly. I was scared but excited to know them and be a part of their family.
From August 21st to 30th, a Polish language course camp was held in Bydgoszcz. There I met 60 exchange students from around the world for the first time. It was really cool to see various cultures and types of people with similar frustrations, like learning Polish. We learned how to introduce ourselves, count, sing about cucumbers and distinguish colors. It may seem a little easy but if you have to say 999 (dziewięćset dziewięćdziesiąt dziewięć) it’s enough to drain you the whole day. Our meals consisted of a lot of sausages and overflowing amount of coffee. Overall, it was a lot of fun. I miss the Mexicans who assume that I speak Spanish, dancing with the Brazilians, and making fun of our counsellor Marek.
The Rotary Club of Bydgoszcz arranged a BBQ party so we could introduce ourselves to them. You could spot Canadians a mile away because we have blazing red blazers. We took a ton of pictures with our flags.
Lastly, we had the opportunity to tour around the largest brick castle in the world. The Malbork Castle has so much history, well-restored and worth seeing.
A lot of red bricks, doors, steps and halls. It was beautiful.