When I first took my letter home to my parents they were a bit worried about letting me go after all of the terrorist attacks that have recently happened, but I persuaded them to say yes as I really wanted to go. But I am so glad that I went – it was such a good experience; I wish I could do the project more often, even if there is a lot of work to do.
On my first day I took in the beautiful scenery of Szczecin and as I walked around the city I noticed that the cars were driving on the wrong side (for me) of the road and the steering wheel was on the left side of the car. However, that is the road law there. Also I learnt that on the German motorways you can drive at whatever speed you want to and you will not get fined or pulled over by police.
On my second day, the family took me out for ice cream; it was lovely, we were having a great discussion about the history of Szczecin and I got told that during the World War most of Szczecin got blown to pieces but one of the churches stayed standing. It was a little damaged and they had to repair some of the church but it was fine. The family then took me to the tower and I took a look all over Szczecin. It was beautiful. Later that day we went bowling as a whole group and I started to speak to everyone; they were all so kind and it was a joy to meet them and find out about what their normal routine for a school day is, although some did sound tough.
On the Monday we went to an art workshop. I did not have a clue what was going on, as the artist could not understand a word of English but it was fun and I got to look at what amazing art he had done. In the afternoon we went to a fancy restaurant and everyone had a nice meal, getting along with each other ever so well. In the evening my host and I went out to town with a Polish host, Kinga, and her Portuguese friend whom she was hosting. It was a lovely night and we got to see Szczecin all lit up. I got on really well with the girl from Portugal and her host.
The last day at Szczecin was probably the best day because we went to school and had a tour of it; it’s a very small school – 10x smaller than my school. I had a chance to play football with the Spanish guy and we played a lot of games like Vampires and musical chairs – it was a good day. After that, we had a massive European lunch where every country prepared a table with a lot of specialities from each country. Obviously England’s table was empty after as our food is so delicious. After that we had a school assembly and they prepared us a lovely cake to say good bye. And off we went to Laser Quest. It took the woman a lot of time to explain the rules as there was a lot of translating to be done but once we got started it was really good and absolutely hilarious.
The morning we had to leave was hard as I felt like one of the family and I felt the school had welcomed me just as if I was a student there. If I ever was able to go on the trip again, I would. I would love to host someone as I think it would be a great experience. Hopefully I will have the chance to do it again.