Under the southern sky
The first thing I saw, in the Patagonia, was the sky and the magnitude of the countryside. I couldn’t believe my eyes. When I got off the plane, I met a whole group of crazy people who turned out to be my host family: Roby, Sandra, Azul, Carola, Ivo, Lorenzo, Barbi, Jazmín. They took me to the house, where my grandparents, Italo and Silvia, awaited. As I knew almost no Spanish, I couldn’t understand a thing, but no one seemed to care, since they all continued to talk to me, interrupting each other. Azul, who goes to school with me, lent me her old school uniform that looked HORRIBLE in me. But I had no other option. Then, I set my alarm clock, hat I had brought from Germany, at 6.30 am, as to have time to prepare myself. When it went, I woke up, had a bath, put on my uniform and went down for breakfast, asking myself why was nobody awake. When I finished eating, I saw the clock in the kitchen and I realized it was 3.30 am (I realized the time in America was different than in Europe)
Later that day, in school, people were taking pictures. I think the strange faces I have on the pictures are due to the chaos in my head that day, when all I did was follow my sister around trying not to get lost. Everybody said “Hello” and I realized they were all talking about me. The thing was: I couldn’t get what they were saying.
It took me three months to remember all my classmates’ names, and even more with my family (I have a HUGE family – I meet someone new every Sunday).
School was pretty easy for me and I found friends really fast. I had not seen that coming. As I wanted to continue dancing, I signed up in El Hispano and I practiced tango and salsa. I recently started folklore. My school is the Colegio Británico and I also go to the gym.
If I had to pick what I like the most here, I would have to say: my family’s ranch, the reddish sky, the holidays in Pinamar and the YFU trip. Also my birthday, which I spent in the Glacier and in Punta Bandera. I will not forget the rounds of mate nor the freedom and independence I have here, which I enjoy as much as I can. I love that I never get bored, since something new and unexpected always happens. I can easily say I’ve become an Argentinean girl, after all the time I’ve been living in this beautiful country.