For most people the holidays are spent with your closest friends and family. It's a wonderful time to be together and personally one of my favourite times of the year. I love staying inside under a warm blanket in the cold Canadian winter nights and going skiing on Christmas day. I have to say though that this year was a little different.
As with every country (actually everything), Mexico has its far share of stereotypes. Like all stereotypes, some flirt with the truth and some are very far from it.
I guess I knew that the day would come eventually. The first day of school, in Mexico. I had no idea whatsoever on what to except. I was nervous (obviously) but I was probably the most excited I have ever been about starting the new school year. I couldn't wait to make more friends and learn more Spanish. I can only speak for my school because just like Canada all schools are different and have different ways of teaching and values. I go to a private secondary school. We have to wear uniforms that for the girls involve skirts, vests, blouses and socks up to our knees.
Sooooo, what’s up?
Not too much, just moving to Mexico you know…
This conversation might seem fictional to most but let me assure you that this is a very real phenomenon that you will encounter when going on an exchange. Most people know what student exchanges are, probably by seeing a new group of foreign high schoolers walking through the streets of Fernie every year or maybe even hosting one! International high school exchanges are an amazing opportunity that thousands of willing and adventurous kids from all over the world are a part of every year.
Today is the end of my first week in my new home. It has been one of the fastest and most exhausting weeks of my life (in a good way). I was taught about culture shock and how to prepare for the feelings that come with changing everything about your life in the matter of hours, but you don't really believe it until you experience it. It's amazing, confusing, terrifying and wonderful all at the same time.