The Trilogy (part 3) a.k.a. the end

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I have almost caught everyone up to recent events! But there are a few things I still need to mention. After Christmas, my class planned a party. We rented a house with a sauna and basically everyone got drunk. I was not prepared. But I have to say, I am very glad to have had this experience. I have learned a lot and opened my eyes to a different world. I feel that sometimes, it is okay to let yourself go and enjoy some pleasures. Parties are not really my thing but I still managed to have a good time. I lightened up and just let it be. It felt good! No worries though, I did not get drunk. Not even close actually. Drunk people are hilarious. That’s all I’ve got to say.

On my exchange year, I have learned so much about life. Life is more than school, food, and working for success. It is about growing and improving. Trying to be the best you can possibly be! There is so much out there that I have never tried and now I feel like I am gaining the power to start doing some of those things! I can already check a lot of my list in the few months that I have been here in Latvia. I have truly never felt so free. I hope everyone someday gets the chance like I have. Not necessarily to go on a foreign exchange, but to live for yourself. Stepping out of my comfort zone was the best move I have ever made. It was the hardest and most rewarding. I cannot imagine myself anywhere other than where I am right now, and I am so thankful to everyone who supports me.

Back to the story, Una came over to my house for a small party of our own and I finally showed her the movie Pitch Perfect! (Apparently it is not as popular over here. It is a crime.) Then she told me some really sad news. Her mom bought a new apartment in Riga and she is not only moving, but transferring schools. My best Latvian friend is leaving me for the New Year. I was sooo upset. And she was too. She spent the whole holiday break in tears. I am so glad I got to know this beautiful girl. I know she will be my friend forever, no matter how far apart we may be. She told me that she moved her annual trip to Spain from June to July so she could be here with me. Now that is love. I found me a keeper. 😀 It is not the end of the world that she is moving. In fact, in many ways it is a good thing. Frankly, she is too good at English. With her not there to translate for me everyday, I will either have to always be confused, or decided to polish off this language. I know enough, I just need to do it, and this might be my motivation.

For New Years Eve, I went to Una’s new house. We watched Step Up and drank yummy tea from her garden. At 10 p.m. we drove into the center of Riga to wait for the fireworks. It was really cold, especially standing by the river. We walked around for a while and got jeered at by a bunch of drunk men. That really freaked me out. I was on my guard the whole time. It was so jammed with people, Una and I had to link arms in order to navigate the crowds. There was music, dancing, and lots of alcohol. Finally there was the count down! We counted down with the crowd in Latvian: pieci, četri, tris, divi, viens… Laimīgu Jauno Gadu!!!

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Happy 2014 Latvia!! Then fireworks!! 14,000 Ls worth! This is a big year for Latvia because, as most of you are aware, they are switching to the Euro! It is great to be here for such a big year and all but now I have to do a whole other conversion! I was just getting used to the Lat, gosh darn it! Anyway, after the big celebration, Una and I went wandering around and here is what we found.

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Rock animals!  And they are for sale! Great, isn’t it!?  We met her step brother and went to her mother’s restaurant. (Tex-Mex!!) Since Una’s mother is the manager, we got free food. GLORIOUS! I ordered me some spicy nachos and I was not disappointed. We stayed there until about 2 a.m. and then I almost fell asleep in my chair. Once we got back to her house, we changed into some comfy clothes and just talked. I really missed sleepovers. It was perfect. The next morning, well I guess it really was the same morning, I woke up with a really deep voice. It was magical! I couldn’t resist! I sang songs that I never was able to before! That was probably a really bad idea because I ended up getting really sick and I still am to this day. I stayed home from school today to regain my strength and so I have used the opportunity to catch everyone up with my life.

In summary, I have been watching a lot of Ellen, Glee, and Miss Marple. My exchange year is halfway over, and I am ready to get the next half started! Thanks for bearing with me on this long journey. I will try not to leaving you hanging that long in the future. Frankly, it is just too painful for me to have to write that much. I have finger cramps. 😉

 

2 responses »

  1. Sofia, I love reading your comments but you deserve to not fill us in on your wonder opportunity. We can wait until you get home to fill me in but I have admit I do like reading about your experiences. Thank you.

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