This place is different, and therefore, so cool!

From the jet lag and with the time difference, I was wide awake very early in the morning.  Couldn’t wait to get out and explore my new world.  The house, the neighborhood, and what was around the corner, on the horizon? I was excited as my surroundings were completely different to what I had known […]

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My school uniform was hideous!

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Although, our uniform at my school was very ugly. It wasn’t like in the States where it’s usually khaki pants and white shirt or blue pants or something. All the girls always wore dresses. You couldn’t wear pants to school. But it was this salmon orange jumper with a beige short sleeve shirt and then a black blazer.

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I wanted to defect

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I wanted to defect when it was time to come home. I was not ready to go. I was not ready to go. We all cried. It was not something that we were ready to do.

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Do you really eat puppies for dinner?

  • Name: Barbara Pape Kilkka
  • Destination: Verden, Germany
  • When: Summer, 1970
  • Hometown: Farmington Hills, Michigan

    On the Fourth of July, I promised to make a secret American meal and holed up in the kitchen all afternoon. Little brother Schorsi kept pestering me about what I was making, and I finally told him, asking for a promise not to tell. He looked at me horrified when I told him […]

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One of hardest cries I’ve ever had in my life…

  • Name: Lilian Kennedy
  • Destination: Austria
  • When:
  • Hometown: Los Angeles area

A Reflection on Departing.  March 2004, by Lilian Kennedy, AFS LA to AUSTRIA   I had to leave Austria July 9th (my host mom’s birthday).  It was one of the most sad and painful parts of my exchange. Every single person was crying.  Every single one. Guys, girls, counselors, families, everyone.   I think that was […]

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Hungarian Music Scene

  • Name: Rachel Stanford
  • Destination: Budapest, Hungary
  • When: Year, 1992-1993
  • Hometown:

American musicals like Grease and Hair were very popular and were played a lot in bars and clubs, along with the Doors, the Beetles…etc. There was a divide in the youth culture — there were the people that listened to the Doors and the people who listed to Madonna. I was in with the Doors crowd.

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Looks like a flower pot

  • Name: Marti Eggers
  • Destination: Fermo, Italy
  • When: Semester, 1961
  • Hometown: Syracuse, New York

We had a 4-5 day orientation in Milan staying with families and that was the first time we had seen a bidet and I didn’t know what it was.  I went in the bathroom and here’s a pot of green beans in water sitting in the bidet with water swirling around and I thought it […]

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