Hi! Welcome back!
Wow! I’m posting when I said I would? Will wonders never cease?
This blog post will be talking about the orientation that I just returned from, on Friday I didn’t go to school, and instead I traveled to a town called Kroměříž, it’s located between Zlín and Prostejov, and it’s along the Morava river. The train ride to get there was about 4 hours and it was so fun, I love the trains here, well, I loved the first train we were on. The second train was just for about ten minutes but it was a bit sketchy, we had to stand for the whole time and it wasn’t near as nice as the first one. Once we got to the train station in Kroměříž we took a bus to the school we were staying at. There were already many exchange students and I had an amazing time getting to know them. We got told out room numbers, I was on the fifth floor, and there were SO MANY STAIRS. But my roommates, were great so that makes up for all the stairs. Thinking back on it, the fact that there were so many stairs was probably a good thing, it helped me work off all the bread and potatoes that we ate there.
This orientation was mostly presentation, as we had to reviewing of the rotary international rules and the RYE district 2240 rules, but I had a great time talking with my friends in between the sessions. On Saturday we had the chance to go on a walk around the town of Kroměříž, it’s such a lovely town. We also took so many pictures as a group, I don’t have all of them quite yet, but when I do I’ll add them when I do. Overall the weekend was so so great, and I had the best time meeting everyone and I can’t wait until Christmas time so I can see some of them again, the Czech and Slovak inbounds have different meetings, but I’ll be able to see a lot of my friends again.
Below you’ll see some of the photos I have from the orientation meeting.
Those are the photos, there aren’t any more of us as a group, and as I said before I’ll put them up here or on my photos page when I get them.
Also, I don’t know if you’ve checked it out yet, but I have a new page, it’s just my photo-barf page as I like to put it, I’ll be uploading photos of my time here, some will have captions and some won’t, but I’ll do my best to put a date them all.
That’s all for today, I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading it, and remember, if you have any questions, feel free to pop a comment down below, or contact me on the “contact” page.
Thanks for reading!
Just a few days ago I passed my one month mark here. There have been so many ups and downs, but overall it has been a good experience, despite the dificulties.
Some highlights have been starting school and making many new czech friends, and also spending time with other exchange students that are living here in Prague.
I hve continued to keep up my running and my longest run is now 9.88 kilometers, it took me about an hour, which I'm not to happy about, but I did it and I can work on getting a better time in the future.
I'm not really sure what to write for this post, as not much has happend that I havent already written about. So I'll tell you about my plans going forward. Tomorrow I will be leaving Prague to go to my district orientation in Kromeriz, I am so so excited because I'll get to meet all of the exchagne students that in this district(all of Czechia and Slovakia) as well as see some of my friends again. I'm getting to Kromeriz by train, and I'm travelling with a Rotarian from my club as well as a few other students from Prague. It's about a four hour trip to get there and I am looking forward to spending that time talking with the other exchagne students with me as well as sleeping or reading(probably sleeping, boy oh boy do I need it). The orientation is just for the weekend, which I am a bit dissapointed about, I do wish it was longer.
Another thing coming up is me travelling with my counsellor to her grandmother's house in the north of Czechia. I'm so happy that she has invited me and I really look forward to it.
So thats about it, sorry for not having much, but when I come back from the orientation I'll make sure to write a blog post about that, and I will most likely be including many pictures.
Goodbye for now!
Hi everyone!! This is just a little update on my school and some other things. Mainly school though.
So last Monday I had my first day at Gymnazium Nad Štolou. Surprising my enough I wasn’t too nervous, not leading up to it at least. I started to get the nerve when I walked into my classroom, I think they all thought I was lost. So I just kinda sat down and tried to look like I wasn’t having a mini panick attack. After about a minute one of the girls sitting behind me introduced herself(in Czech) and I told her my name and that I was from Canada. I think they were all kind of interested, so it was nice that I got to meet many of the people in my class right away. How school works in Czechia is you have one class that you have all your subjects with, I really like it this way because then I can get to know everyone in my class better than if I had different people in all my classes. The first day of school was only about two hours, which was quite nice, and afterwards some girls invited me out with them!! I was so so happy and I had a great time. They made an effort to include me in the conversation the whole time, but sometimes it was nice to just be a part of a group, even though I didn’t understand anything. On Wednesday I got the chance to hang out with another Canadian, who’s also from BC. We had a great time and I really enjoyed her company, it was nice to have someone around that reminded me of home. Over the week I introduced myself to my teachers, what I’m doing in many of the classes, is working on czech, other classwork or homework. This is because I have a very limited grasp of czech and therefore can’t understand many of the lessons. My favourite lessons are French and English, it’s great to be able to understand stuff, and to be able to participate. I’ve also learnt some new words through these classes as we’ve been givin some work sheets that have both the French(or English) and then the Czech beside it. So far I am very happy with my school, even though some of my classes are a bit boring as I don’t have much to do(I didn’t have any assigned homework this past week). I’m the free blocks I have I’ve been spending them in the library, I really like it because it’s very quiet. I was looking through their book selection and I found many Terry Pratchet books as well as the Rangers apprentice and Harry Potter series’s. I’m excited to read those once I have a better vocabulary.
Now on to a different topic. There isint much else, but jybhost sister has been quite sick this past week and I’m really worried about her, so that’s been the bad part of the week. I’ve also sometimes found t dificult to communicate to my host mom, not just because of the language barrier, but sometimes even when I treanslate the question she doesn’t answer it, so I don’t really understand or like that. But overall it’s been a fantastic week, and I’m ready for school again tomorrow.
Bye for now!