Thursday, July 29, 2010

Here we go!

So how exactly am I supposed to sleep tonight?? Tomorrow, I'm leaving. Its the day I thought back on during January of last year when the weather was sub-zero and I just wanted to be in glorious, tropical Brazil. Now that its here, I'm more excited than I've ever been, but I'm definitely not without anxiety. People ask me if I'm sad to be leaving, but the truth is, I'm really not. The sadness may come later, but now I'm trying not to look back on what I'm leaving behind, but to look forward and be ready for the new adventures out there just waiting to be had. I really have no idea whats going to happen when I get off the plane, but thats part of the fun! Heres what I do know:
-I start school on August 2nd, two days after I arrive. Hello jet lag...
-My host sister, Cecilia, leaves for her own rotary exchange year in Clovis, CA on August 10.
-I have an inbound orientation on August 20th, in the town of Maragogi, Algoas, slightly south of my own city.
We'll see what other exciting stuff Brazil has in store for me! I'll try to update this blog at least bi-weekly if not more often, we'll see what kind of rhythm I fall into.
To all the rotary kids who haven't left yet: Make the most of the rest of your summer, it'll go by faster than you can imagine. Also, you'll realize when it actually hits you that you're leaving. It hit me about 3 weeks before departure. The best thing to do then is just start to get ready! I started packing early and I'm so glad I did...the last few days were stressful enough without having to pack everything. It gave me so much more time to do things I actually wanted to do here. Best of luck to everyone! We can do this. So...ready. Set. GO!


  1. The city is Alagoas, not Algoas... hhehe

    And hey! You'll have the computer free 24hrs a day here so you have to post!!! I'll check every week how's your life here, okay?? :D


    I'm SOOOO excited to hear all about your life!! I wish you the safest trip and you'll have fun flying down with frankie and carly!! Have fun at school!! You'll have a wonderful time!!

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  4. you got the right attitude beret. just keep your head on straight and remember where you came from, ok? Have a blast

  5. Hi Beret. I can't believe that you are going to be gone for a whole year. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. We will look forward to reading blog when you have a chance to write. I am sure that you will be very busy. We love you lots, Uncle and Me

  6. Beret!!
    You're off on your adventure!! You definitely have the right attitude about this experience. Good luck with everything! I hope you are having a great first day at school!

  7. Hi I came across your blog and I have so many question . 1.did you do the exchange after graduating high school? . 2 how much time in advance do u have to apply for the exchange before it? . 3 what was your total cost for the exchange? 4. This may be a stupid question but during the exchange while you go to an other country does a student have to go to your home? My email is. Please answer