My second family

The way everyone stays cool is by taking cold showers and sitting outside in the shade.

Back when I was younger all I wanted to do was travel and live in different places all around the world. I was also a big fan of learning different languages at a very young age, and I was really interested in using these languages to connect with all sorts of people around the world. Luckily for me I was able to do just that. One of the craziest experiences I had of living in a different culture happened to me when I enrolled in a foreign exchange program in high school. I ended up moving in with a lovely family halfway across the world for 12 weeks, and over that time I was blown away by how different it was. The thing that I found the most surprising was the lack of modern luxuries they had. They didn’t have any air conditioning, and neither did anyone in the city. The way everyone stays cool is by taking cold showers and sitting outside in the shade. Back at my house we have modern a/c and never go anywhere without it so it was hard to wrap my mind around. They also didn’t have any wifi, dishwasher, or even video games! It was hard for me to adjust to this at first, but by the time I had to head back home I was so accustomed to their way of living that I didn’t even want to have the a/c running in my room. I guess that’s what I love about exploring cultures the most. No matter what preconceived ideas you have, you never know what ways you might change for the better!

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