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Trip Start Jan 18, 2011
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Trip End May 03, 2011


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International Youth Hostel, Geneva

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hello my dear family and friends, thank you for taking the time to read my blog!  I am going to try to keep it as up-to-date as possible!  It is now Saturday and I have been in Switzerland for 4 days now.  My flight on Tuesday night went just fine and I actually met up with Joey, a guy on my plane who is doing the same program.  We arrived in Geneva around 7:30 am.  A group of 8 of us got there around the same time so we all hung out.  We ended up waiting in the airport for six hours because a bus was coming to get everyone who is doing my program.  (which is about 36 people)

The first three days were comprised of a lot of meetings and paperwork.  Yesterday we recieved our class syllabus and schedule.  We get to go to the U.N. a total of four times for different lectures and I am really really excited about that!  They spent a lot of time telling us about our Independent Study Projects (which will begin in March)  I am definitely nervous about it but I think the research will be really interesting and will definitely help me to learn even more!

We will also be taking a French course while in Geneva.  Only myself and one other girl have never taken French before.  So it is possible that it may just be the two of us in a class together...which would definitely work to our advantage!

Ok probably what you all want to hear about the most....my host family!  I met them earlier this morning and have been in their house for a few hours now.  I will be living with a girl my age named Laure, her mother named France, and her brother who is 22. I am their 6th SIT homestay student, but the first girl they have ever taken in! Laure said she is happy to finally have a girl around. Laure is very sweet and I think we are going to get along well!  She speaks English and even studied English for 6 months in Canada. (she doesn't speak with a Canadian accent at all, but that would have been very funny.) And she has invited me to hang out with her and one of her friends tonight! Laure, France, and I went grocery shopping today and they also took me on a driving tour of Nyon (the town they live in.)  Everything is so cute!

The family lives on the 12th floor of an apartment building.  The apartment is rather spacious and I even have my own room!  The views are absolutely amazing! I will take pictures of them soon to post!


I'm having a hard time adjusting to the late dinner time here!  It's currently 5:50 pm and I am pretty hungry but we probably won't start eating until 7:30 pm.  Other than that, I am not finding it too difficult to adjust.  I am just soaking up everything around me.  I definitely miss home, and my lovely family and friends but I think that this experience will be really good for me!  I'm sorry if this post was boring hopefully I will have more fun stories for the next post!

All my love xo
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Your wonderful family on

It all sounds great! thats exciting that you have your own room and living in an
apartment building. youll be getting a great experience from it all. Congrats on being their first girl! Be good and neat ;) loved the pictures tooo! we could see the mountains. caroline is jealous of all that chocolate!
we will share this with gammie and c.
xoxo miss you!

Laura on

Sounds like you are off to a great start!!! So happy for you, Meggy! <3

Uncle Kieran on

Wow- it all sounds great. Glad all is off to a great start!
We'll be sure to keep up on all the latest...

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