these last couple of weeks have been hard. i was really happy after the mid-stay camp i had in aguascalientes 3 weeks ago, but after that everything went to shit. me and the other exchange students in michoacán were told that because of security reasons, we had to change state. SOON!
there have been a lot of hugs and tears over the last 2-3 weeks, and now i am actually sitting on the bed in my new room in aguascalientes where i got my new family. i arrived last night, and tbh, i couldn’t have been happier here. my family is amazing and have welcomed me with open arms. i’ll give you more info later on (with photos etc), but right now this is just to let you all know what’s going on etc.
i am fine. sad, but fine. really think these last 5 months in aguascalientes will be good for me. i had a life in michoacán with friends and family, but starting over again in a new place feels good as well. besides, my family here is from morelia. we’re actually going back in 2 weeks.. i’ll see my friends and family over there a lot. haha!
well, when i’ve gotten into my life here and stuff like that, i’ll update again. hasta luego muchachos!
I am really sorry, people. But this blog has really not been a priority at all. I have another blog that I update regularly, but it is in Norwegian. You can however follow it if you want more frequent updates from my life as a Mexican. There are a lot of photos for you, at least. Check it out here.
Anyway. Since the last time I posted something here (which is like 1,5 months ago!) I have..
- Been to Oaxaca with AFS, my exchange organization
- Visited different places in the area around Pátzcuaro. Like Ihuatzio and Zirahuen
- Celebrated several traditions. Día de Muertos and The Mexican Revolution to name a few.
- Been to a lot of fiestas, both with my Mexican friends and my friends from AFS.
- Learned Spanish (really, I’m almost basically fluent.. kinda) and got a lot of new and good friends!
So basically, my life here is pretty damn good. Especially at the moment. My Spanish is improving every day, and I barely speak English anymore. Also have a hard time remembering Norwegian, and sometimes English. I’m totally language confused, but that’s good. Need to practice my Spanish as much as possible. My Christmas break also starts on this coming Friday, and lasts till mid January. Definitely like that. Need to rest for 2 months, because after the break, I’m going to do everything in school. The first semester I didn’t do shit.. haha.
Okay, that’s it for now. I’ll try to update more often. Try.
You can also follow me on instagram, btw. It’s kskardal.
I just came home from town with some friends of mine, and what shall I say.. I experienced something rather.. disgusting while I was there.
But my life in Mexico is rather good at the moment. Not too stressful, but very tiering. I’m taking 4 hours of Spanish every day, so that is really fucking with my brain. But on the other hand, everybody says that I’m improving every day. I even talked to a girl yesterday who couldn’t believe me when I said I’ve only been here 6 weeks! My mom also says that I have almost perfect pronunciation, so that’s good.
My friends and I also tried some kinds of small roller coasters that are in town at the moment. The pictures were quite epic, haha!
I was also out in the center of Pátzcuaro on Thursday night with Camille (a girl from Belgium who is living in Morelia) and her friends from university. They’re taking photography class, so they came here to take pictures. Pátzcuaro is so beautiful at night, and I had a really great time. Lovely people!
Tomorrow I’m going to start the day skyping with my brothers and my grandmother home in Norway. Can’t wait to speak to them again, as it’s been a while. Won’t be a long conversation though, as I’m going out for lunch with my family at 1. But a small “hi” is better than nothing, right?
I’m also going on a trip with AFS to Oaxaca on Tuesday. We’re going to spend five days driving around the state. Should be fun!
aswelay-deactivated20121128 asked: you are adorable i'm so glad you're having a good time :*
awieeee, muchas grácias hermosa ;*
One month? WHAT?
Ugh, what I feared would happen, happened. - I
never bothered to update this totally forgot about this blog. But I guess you should know that I’m having the best time, and that my first month here (omg) was incredible! I got to do so many new and different things, and instead of describing everything, I’ll just give you a short summary of what I’ve been up to during the 42 days I’ve been in this incredible country.
- Learned a lot more Spanish that I thought I would in a month.
- Started to become a part of the local people as the citizens in my city finally start recognizing me in the streets, and realizing that I am actually here for more than just a week or two.
- Been to Mexico City
- Said “Me llamo Kristine, no Christine (English). Soy noruega, no soy inglésa!!!!” quite a lot.
- Married my iPod.
- Been gifted with an amazing family.- Been interviewed on live (!!) Mexican radio.
- Learned that Norwegian is an incredibly hard language. Not will I ever judge anyone again for not being able to write/spell/talk properly.
- Celebrated Mexico’s independence like a real Mexican. “¡VIVA LA INDEPENDENCIA, VIVA MÉXICO!”
- Gotten used to the 10 minutes of heavy (heavy) rain we have every day.
- Fixed a visa, which means I am officially a Mexican.
- Eaten too much amazing food.. and had far more coffee than I should..
- Realized that it (sometimes) is quite nice to be blonde in this country. - You can act like a tourist whenever you want to, cause nobody will know that you’re actually a “local”.
- Been part of a real Mexican parade.
- Drawn tons of pages because I don’t understand shit in school.
.. And most importantly..
I’ve gotten to know a ton of
great amazing people! Me encanta los mexicanos!!
So yeah, my life has been (and still is) pretty good. What about yours? Also, if you are an exchange student this year, please feel free to leave a link to your blog in my ask box or just below. I would love to follow you as well! :D
Hasta luego, mis amigos! ?
Hello again, beautiful people. I have now been in this country for more than a week. 9 days, to be exact. I arrived in Mexico City last Friday, and then went off to an arrival camp with AFS. It was great to finally meet all the other exchange students and AFS volunteers. The AFS spirit is amazing, really. We learned so many new and useful things about Mexico that I had never thought about before. Really great. And after a long weekend with different sessions and games and stuff, the whole camp was finished off with a real Mexican party! Without alcohol, but with piñatas and stuff. It was really great!
Oh my god. I just received an e-mail from AFS saying I got my host family. It contained contact information and a lot of pictures of my new family. The family consist of a mother, her two sons (aged 16 and 9), and their two dogs. They live in Pátzcuaro (as shown on the map above). It’s not a very big city (about 55,000 citizens), and I’m happy about that. I mean, the difference fron 800 citizens to 55,000 is quite big for me, anyway. Haha! Also, it’s only about 70km to Morelia, which has a population of 1,6 million. So if I want to go to a bigger city, I can just go there ;)
Gosh, this is exciting. I have sent my first e-mail to them and waiting for a reply. Can’t wait to get to know them, and I’m just very very very restless at the moment. Need to get going already! Haha.