I know it has been a while since I gave everyone an update but the last two or three weeks have flown by and I suddenly realized I hadn't even written any of my experiences down! So now is the time ;)
Last week was the highly anticipated Bodensee weekend, a camp for all the inbound rotary students from my district, run by a group of rotarians from the town of Friedrichshafen. So on thursday it all began! I took the train with four other exchange students from my area all the way to Friedrichshafen, a small town situated right on the side of one of the biggest lakes in Europe! This lake, named Bodensee, is bordered by Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. It is a truly picturesque and typical lake, fringed by mountains and small villages.
On the first day, as soon as we arrived, we visited the only Zeppelin factory in the world! They sell Zeppelin ships for about 45 million euros apiece! My monthly rotary pocket money wont even cover one of those babies! The tour we took was really informative and interesting. Then we headed back to the riding lodge where we stayed for the weekend and enjoyed a meal and then a very late night being crazy exchange students (as we all are!).
The next day involved a big walk to a town called Meeresburg, a boat ride across the lake back to Friedrichshafen, and finally a visit to the Zeppelin museum in Friedrichshafen. The sky was blue, the sun was shining, and I was just basking on the deck of this ship and staring at the clouds and the mountains around me. It was pretty chill :)
That evening we enjoyed the company of local rotarians and a really delicious barbeque meal! I lead a haka which consisted of mainly south american boys from our district. I do beleive, however, that the audience was sufficiently freaked out by my intimidating and thoroughly manly performance :/ We then headed into our rooms and partied - South American style!
The next day involved a Gondola ride up a mountain in Austria and then a 2 hour walk! At the end I was greeted by the largest schnitzel I have ever laid eyes on. It must have been at LEAST one square kilometer. It was GARGANTUAN. I managed to just finish it (only just) along with an elite club of about four or five other exchange students. At that point we just all lay down and fell asleep in the Austrian sun. That night we didn't need anything to eat for dinner! We enjoyed our last evening as a group together chatting and playing music on my harmonica and a friend's guitar. It was a really really great camp, but BOY was I tired by the end!
This week my host sister is coming home from Argentina, my host brother is celebrating the end of his school life in a restaurant with the rest of the family, and I am going to the ball! Then on Sunday I leave on a European Tour organized by rotary! It is going to be a hectic month and I will be travelling for the next 4-5 weeks straight! Expect this to be the last update for a while! I might not have the opportunity to sit down and write for a while :(
Miss you guys back in New Zealand! But don't worry I am having a CRAZY time here :) Lots of love all the way from Germany! Especially to the Mackie family, MY family, and James, Joel, Josh, Ben, Nick, and all of my other AMAZING friends. Have a great June!