Heyy! This is a great video about F.A.S.T (free, architecture, surf, terrain) surf village in Scheveningen. Scheveningen is a district of The Hague, in South Holland. It’s one of the surf destinations of the Netherlands and is a common vacation spot.
The other day I went in to get my passport for the second time and again I was turned down for not having the right paperwork. Now, in theory I did have all of the required paperwork. The problem was that my birth certificate didn’t have an ‘I’ at the end of it. So I had to order another one and make sure it would have that one extra letter. Because it’s very important to have it on there. They had no idea what the ‘I’ that I was missing stands for, or what purpose it serves but it is definitely very important.
Other than that not much is happening. I’ve been studying Dutch every single day. I’ve found a lot of great little ways that help a lot. I got an app for Dutch radio stations and I’m really enjoying it. They play mostly American hits but I love when they do talk segments. I’ll be listening, totally not understanding any of it and then I’ll hear “Justin Bieber”. I’ve also got quite a few Belgian and Dutch friends I can chat with. This is especially great with slang. I’m also still using Rosetta Stone which is fantastic and I highly recommend.
Also I feel like I should say that it’s 20 degrees Fahrenheit here with a wind chill making it -8 degrees. In Belgium it’s 40 degrees. What is happening. So I finish my long term application this week and then I should find out pretty soon exactly where I will be during my exchange. YAY! Alsooo I’ve raised 1,030$ so far. That’s 12% already. I’m very proud.
Okay that’s all for now.xoxo
Reagan
ps. Visit my links page and check out my Go Fund Me fundraising profile!!! Dank U!

Heyy! This is a great video about F.A.S.T (free, architecture, surf, terrain) surf village in Scheveningen. Scheveningen is a district of The Hague, in South Holland. It’s one of the surf destinations of the Netherlands and is a common vacation spot.
The other day I went in to get my passport for the second time and again I was turned down for not having the right paperwork. Now, in theory I did have all of the required paperwork. The problem was that my birth certificate didn’t have an ‘I’ at the end of it. So I had to order another one and make sure it would have that one extra letter. Because it’s very important to have it on there. They had no idea what the ‘I’ that I was missing stands for, or what purpose it serves but it is definitely very important.
Other than that not much is happening. I’ve been studying Dutch every single day. I’ve found a lot of great little ways that help a lot. I got an app for Dutch radio stations and I’m really enjoying it. They play mostly American hits but I love when they do talk segments. I’ll be listening, totally not understanding any of it and then I’ll hear “Justin Bieber”. I’ve also got quite a few Belgian and Dutch friends I can chat with. This is especially great with slang. I’m also still using Rosetta Stone which is fantastic and I highly recommend.
Also I feel like I should say that it’s 20 degrees Fahrenheit here with a wind chill making it -8 degrees. In Belgium it’s 40 degrees. What is happening. So I finish my long term application this week and then I should find out pretty soon exactly where I will be during my exchange. YAY! Alsooo I’ve raised 1,030$ so far. That’s 12% already. I’m very proud.
Okay that’s all for now.xoxo
Reagan
ps. Visit my links page and check out my Go Fund Me fundraising profile!!! Dank U!

Hi! If you’ve been reading my blog posts then you know I had my first district orientation yesterday. I didn’t know what to expect but I was still super excited and it went really well.
There were a lot more people than I had expected. I’d guess there were around 50 Rotarians, outbound students, inbound students, returning exchange students, and parents. Before I say anything else I have to give props to Norm who is the rotary district youth exchange officer. He did an amazing job orchestrating the orientation.

The first thing we did was introduce all the exchange students. The inbounds first and then the outbounds. This is actually pretty funny. I guess I under estimated how many other outbound exchange students there were and for some reason I kept thinking I would be next. Well what happened was I got so psyched for them to call my name that when they finally did I jumped up and tripped over someone. Then I go “I’m so excited!!!!”. So later whilst mingling with parents and Rotarians a woman approached me and says “Ooh. Your the one who was really excited earlier”. I’ll also add that I got many complements on my outfit. Unfortunatly I didn’t get any pictures.
Anyway after we introduced ourselves there were a lot of presentations about safety, rules, etc. I won’t go over that. We did spend a lot of time mingling over lunch with other parents and exchange students. That was really nice. My favorite part was talking with the other exchange students. Most of the outbounds were hoping to go to France or Spain but some were hoping for Germany and also Japan. The inbounds were from Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, and even the Czech Republic. I got a lot of good info on exchange and all in all it was really nice. I think it really sunk in that I’m actually going on a youth exchange over seas. Crazy. 
In other news, I’ve raised 11% of the total for my fundraising campaign. Everyone has been so supportive. You can check out my campaign and vimeo channel (please), everything is on the links page. My ask box is open aswell if anyone has any questions.

 
xoxoxoxo
Reagan

Hi! If you’ve been reading my blog posts then you know I had my first district orientation yesterday. I didn’t know what to expect but I was still super excited and it went really well.

There were a lot more people than I had expected. I’d guess there were around 50 Rotarians, outbound students, inbound students, returning exchange students, and parents. Before I say anything else I have to give props to Norm who is the rotary district youth exchange officer. He did an amazing job orchestrating the orientation.

The first thing we did was introduce all the exchange students. The inbounds first and then the outbounds. This is actually pretty funny. I guess I under estimated how many other outbound exchange students there were and for some reason I kept thinking I would be next. Well what happened was I got so psyched for them to call my name that when they finally did I jumped up and tripped over someone. Then I go “I’m so excited!!!!”. So later whilst mingling with parents and Rotarians a woman approached me and says “Ooh. Your the one who was really excited earlier”. I’ll also add that I got many complements on my outfit. Unfortunatly I didn’t get any pictures.

Anyway after we introduced ourselves there were a lot of presentations about safety, rules, etc. I won’t go over that. We did spend a lot of time mingling over lunch with other parents and exchange students. That was really nice. My favorite part was talking with the other exchange students. Most of the outbounds were hoping to go to France or Spain but some were hoping for Germany and also Japan. The inbounds were from Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, and even the Czech Republic. I got a lot of good info on exchange and all in all it was really nice. I think it really sunk in that I’m actually going on a youth exchange over seas. Crazy.
In other news, I’ve raised 11% of the total for my fundraising campaign. Everyone has been so supportive. You can check out my campaign and vimeo channel (please), everything is on the links page. My ask box is open aswell if anyone has any questions.


xoxoxoxo
Reagan

Hellooo!

I don’t have a ton to say so I thought I would show you this awesome gif of one of my inspirations pro surfer Alana Blanchard. She’s an extremely talented surfer and she’s from Kauai, Hawaii which happens to be the place I hope to live someday. After I go to pastry school and get a degree in marine biology. Seriously.

The second picture is of me in the car today during our 2 hour drive to Arlington, TX for my first district orientation. I don’t actually know what a district orientation is. Yet. But I DO know that all of the exchange students will be there. Inbound, outbound, and returning. So basically a lot of students from all around the world. Should be fantastic. Im hoping I can find someone from the Netherlands to speak Dutch with. Spreek jij Nederlands?

In other news I’m currently looking for a DSLR camera or a Gopro. You have no idea how hard it was to film the draw my life video. I had a dry erase board propped on a coffee table and a computer tilted on its side on a bucket. It was difficult.

That’s all for now. I’ll be posting after my orientation tomorrow!

Xoxo
Reagan

Ps. Don’t forget to share and check out my go fund me page. (In the links page)

Pps. Big thank you to all the people who have contributed so far!!!!