Where Are You From?

The other day me, Eileen, and Eliza (two of my roommates) were shopping in Llantwit Major. Eileen and Eliza had just come out of the co-op and I had just come out of another little store. We came out at exactly the same time, so I remarked to them “Perfect timing! You guys ready to go?” Nearby there was a little Welsh boy who asked, “Where are you from?” with his eyes wide and his mouth gaping. Eileen replied, “The Netherlands”, Liza, “Hungary”, and me “The US”. The boy continued to stare, unmoving with his mouth still open in a large comical O. After a few seconds of silence Liza asked him where he was from. He simply replied “No.” but continued to stand there. We laughed, stared for a minute, then walked away still laughing. Where else in the world would this happen?! Teenagers coming together from so many different nations and being recognized as foreign with just a few words. If I wasn’t at UWC-AC, I don’t think this would have ever happened to me. There aren’t many people who get the opportunity to go grocery shopping with people from the Netherlands and Hungary regularly, let alone live with them for two years. My other roommate is from Iran and it isn’t very often that people from Iran and the US get along but we are a great exception to this. We were both thrilled to hear that our countries had high up officials talk with each other for the first time in over 30 years! This just reminded me how lucky I am to be here and how it is important to take every opportunity possible and make the most of my time here.

One thought on “Where Are You From?

  1. You created this opportunity with all your hard work and determination. I am so happy for you that you are getting to experience a truly international opportunity and have created such amazing friendships with people from all around the world. Love you!

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