Saturday, May 6, 2017

Farewell Party

On Saturday I managed to sleep in for the first time since we have been in Germany! Waking up at 11am meant that we had little time to get ready for the farewell party which was happening later on that day. By 5:30pm we were at the venue and the party began. The party, organised by the students of Ernst Haeckel Gymnasium, began with an introduction from some of the students. We then had two amazing performances by some of the German students. Us kiwis also performed two pieces(the national anthem and Tutira mai nga iwi) as well as a musical performance by Andrew and Josh. Us NZ students then all have a small speech, thanking our host families and teachers. I found this to be a very emotional part of the evening as we all have formed strong bonds with our host partners and families and we all can't believe that the 3 weeks are almost over. We then had a barbecue dinner before releasing balloons with our memories of this trip and hopes for the next exchange tied to them. This was my favourite part of the evening because we all feel that this trip was an amazing experience and even though we must leave so soon, this is not the end but just the beginning of life long friendships and experiences. 

On Sunday my host family(Familie Vetter) took me on a bike tour with some of their neighbours to visit an orchard as part of the blossom festival. It was really nice to see a different part of the blossom festival which happens each year in Werder. I had lots of fun and the weather was great. Later that day Melina(my host sister) and I went to a bonfire at Ami's(Manasi's host sister) place with Cathy, Monique, Lucy and Mia. There we cooked bread over the fire and roasted marshmallows before watching the sunset. Overall it was an amazing weekend.

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