I learned how to speak Portuguese fluently.
I lived with two different host moms.
I met other exchange students from all over the world.
I took a surfing lesson.
My family came to visit me.
I studied in a Brazilian high school.
I suffered from homesickness.
I drank coconut water out of actual coconuts.
I made cookies.
I made Brazilian friends.
I ate so much acai it’s embarrassing.
I went to Rotary club meetings.
I learned how to make torta de limao.
I drank enough passion fruit juice to fill up a small lake.
I made tapioca.
I went to the mall enough that I practically lived there part time.
I bought (and wore) mountains of bracelets.
I stood out like a sore thumb pretty much everywhere I went.
I binge watched Netflix.
I filled my blazer with a mountain of pins.
I went to the Amazon Rainforest, the Pantanal, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguaçu, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Gramado, Florianópolis, Bonito, Recife, Joao Pessoa, Olinda, and Pipa.
I had a year I will never forget.
I leave to go home tomorrow. I will have been here for exactly ten months at the time I leave. I have a lot of mixed feelings about my departure, but I am mostly excited. I am happy and proud of what I accomplished this year. I will miss the friends and family I made, but I am ready to go home. Bye bye, Brazil. I’m gonna miss you.