When I got accepted to this program and talked to different people about it, the response I usually got was “It was the best most exciting thing I’ve ever done” or something along those lines. That being said after talking a bit more about it, people elaborated and said that no trip is perfect and there are always ups and downs.
Today was just one of those days. I left the house, got on the bus alone for the first time, managed to find my way to the right stops and switch buses at the right places and made it to school on time (and I even didn’t have to pay for my second bus - SCORE!) Needless to say, my day started off pretty well. My bus was also early so I spent some time exploring campus and then went to orientation part two which was fun but made me realize I know basically nothing about the metric system.
After that things got really hectic while we tried to resolve problems of visas student IDs, photocopies, and lunch, and we all got a little frustrated with each other. Things were quickly resolved and we got on a bus(technically two buses) to register our visas. While being able to navigate what still seems to be a very hard to understand and vicious public transportation system and feeling accomplished, we eventually arrived to the office only to find that too many people were there and we went there for nothing.
So I went home to an empty house and began to try to sleep. Then right as I go to check something on my computer, the lights go out, and there is a street wide power outage.
Now let me make this clear, I’m not afraid of the dark. If this happened in my house in the states or in the dorm, I’d be throwing a party or trying fixing the fuse in my basement with my father. However, I am in a house I have been in for less than a week, in a country I do not know, while my host family is not present. The situation does scare me a little.
After about ten minutes, my host parents return, give me a candle and see what they can do. The problem was not just our house so there wasn’t much they could do but it still felt nice to know that these people cared enough to give me a little bit of light and talk to me. The lights went back on after another half hour and we talked more, had dinner, and I learned that my host dad has a hobby for making ice cream (which by the way, tastes deliciously :D ) and overall it was a pretty nice ending to the day.
P.S. Also I found out that one of the students in our program was robbed (nonviolently) earlier today meaning that although I am sad he lost a wallet, I am happy that I’m at least being semi-careful on these streets :)
Also more to come :) I have also added a couple pages. Let me know what you think. And the photos will come soon - i promise!