16 June 2009


This year my family hosted an AFS exchange student.  His name is Goncalo and he is from Portugal.  He is leaving here in 10 days and I can't believe its so soon.  This year has gone by so fast and I will miss him so much.  He was and will always be an amazing brother to me.  I can always tell him anything and we get along wonderfully.  I can't imagine the day he leaves.  I can't imagine not having someone to talk to whenever I want to or need to.  He has always been here for me especially when I need him most and I appreciate that soo much.  He has made this year amazing and exciting.  I love him as a family member, as my own brother.  It will always be that way.  It will be really sad when the room next to me is empty.  I don't want to see him leave and I hope he will come back to visit sometime soon.  I think he will but I hope that I will have the opportunity to visit him when I return.  
Goncalo and me! 
Watching him throughout this year has helped me to prepare for when I leave.  I don't know the exact situations I will be in next year but I have watched him change and handle things.  I still can't believe I will be leaving in 2 months. It seems so close yet so far away still.  I have been thinking about it a lot lately.  Like what it will be like when I first arrive and saying goodbye to all my friends and family.  Or that last night I go to sleep before I leave.  I can't imagine leaving until its a reality.  I'm also afraid for what it will be like when I return.  I know I won't be exactly the same person and either will all my friends and family.  A year is a lot of time for things to change and be moved around.  I hope I will get to keep my close friends though.  I know they will be going off to college and making new friends and starting a new life but I hope they won't forget me.  And I know if they are my true friends we will keep in touch and still see each other when I return.  I am pretty sure I won't lose them though.  I'm trying to make this summer the best yet and so far it has been!  Thank you to everyone who has made this summer amazing so far :)

Some of my friends:
Having fun :)  samm, maaike, and me :)
     Prom night!  brynn, alex, and me
Graduation! mackenzie, goncalo, and me
Prom! joey 
Before Prom kathe and me 

I'm going to miss them all soooooo much!  But I will never forget them :)  


  1. Hi!
    My name is Linda, and I´m from Norway.
    I´m going to be an exchange student in the US next year, and I totally understand how you feel about your friends and family. I feel that way too.
    Do you know were in Norway you are going to live next year? :)

  2. Hey!
    Its good to know that someone understands how I feel! I don't know exactly where I'm going in Norway yet but I can't wait to find out! I am very excited!
    Do you know where you are going in the US yet?

  3. Where do you hope to come? Norway is quite small though, so I guess you will be travelling a lot around in the country anyway.
    Do you have relatives in Norway? Since you have decided to be an exchange student here, I mean. It isn`t the most popular destination to be an exchange student. Many people in the US haven´t even heard about Norway before.
    I´m going to Spring Lake in Michigan. (Near Grand Rapids) And I´m also very excited! I´ve spoken a lot to my host family, and they seem very nice! :) I`m a little bit overwhelmed about that they eat pancakes with syrup for breakfast. I´m not used to that, but I guess that is a kind of American thing? Hehe..

  4. I don't really know where I want to go in Norway actually. I hope to see all the beautiful fjords though! And I do hope to travel a lot while I'm there.
    I do have relatives there actually! They live in Bergen! It would be nice to visit them next year :) Your right a lot of people here have never heard of Norway. I am half Norwegian so I thought it would be really interesting to learn about my culture and language. Norway also just seems like a very beautiful country!
    OoO I know where that is! I actually live in Ohio which is close to Michigan. I'm glad your family seems nice! I'm still waiting for mine I can't wait to find out who I'll be staying with! I've very anxious to know! Haha yeppers it is kind of an American thing! You will get used to it eventually!