My First Time Doing Swim Team!!

So for swim team, my mom originally signed me up and I wasn't too excited about it. My first two practices were really hard and I wanted to quit. I've never really trained, swimming-wise, before, and it was a lot harder than I expected to be. I was the only new girl, and I was the only one who hadn't been doing swim team since I was a toddler. I didn't feel left out necessarily, but I felt really slow.
          My times from the time trials don't show that I'm slow, but I felt slow. After the first couples practices, the practices got slightly easier, but it was still really hard. I went to practice 3 times a week for 4 weeks, and then there were the hours for going to meets. I competed in 2 meets, and each lasted around 4 hours. I had never been to a swim meet before and it was really interesting, and long. I swam in 5 heats and because I'm in one of the older age groups we were waiting around a lot. The first meet I got good placements, and the…

My 10 Hours of Mathnasium

For one of my 10 hour "projects", I went to mathnasium 2-3 times a week all summer and each session is 1 hour. Mathnasium is an organization for all ages that creates a math curriculum based on the child's level. You can show up whenever you want and they will assign you to a teacher for that day. The teacher can help you with anything you don't understand and it's actually been really helpful. The only weeks I didn't go was while I was at sleep away camp and when my family went on vacation. But the weeks I have gone have been great. The teachers are really helpful and they are really helping me understand the packets they're giving me. I actually enjoy going, and I'm going to continue going during the school year. I even feel like I'm improving a lot. Maybe.

How I Decided My Summer Homework

So for deciding what my summer homework was going to be, I talked to my college counselor Beth. I've met with her a couple times this summer and she helps me set goals, and make decisions about extra curriculars and things like that. I was telling her about the things I was going to do this summer and when I mentioned that I was going to mathnasium all summer she was all for blogging about it. I also mentioned that I was joining swim team this summer and she thought that I could also blog about that because it's something I haven't done before and she thought it could count as summer homework and something I learned. My mathnasium counts as 10 hours for math and my swim team counts as 10 hours for PF. She had the idea of me writing about my sleep away camp experience because it was a leadership program, but there was no school subject that I could get graded on for writing about that. So I decided to stick to the math and swim team.

Day 22: First Day in NYC - LAST DAY OF TRIP

Saturday, March 6, 2017           TODAY WAS OUR LAST DAY OF SCAVENGING OMG OMG OMG!!!!!! This was a very happy and sad day. Sad because this was the last day of seeing everyone, but happy because today was a good day. Because we kind of already knew what the end results were going to be, we just spent the day relaxing and doing what we wanted.            We went to the top of the Empire State Building first, which was super cool and also super touristy. I saw where daddy proposed (it was next to a trashcan) but it was cute. We also got really good pizza, and spent like an hour eating it. After that we just walked around for a little bit and kind of went where we felt like it. We were going to go to the Met, but I was doing the directions and I sent us to the MetLife Building. Which is more of a life insurance place than an art museum so, that didn't really work out.            I had wanted to buy a pair of heels to wear the last night, so we were going to go shopping. I found a p…

Day 21: Second Day in Iceland

Friday, May 5th           Today is our last day of international scavenging! Tonight we head back to the US! It's bittersweet. I loved Europe and I'm sad to leave, and it also means the trip is almost over. But at the same time I CANNOT WAIT to be home.
          Today we got an early start because we drove out to Hotel Budir, (which was apparently really fancy) and it was 2 1/2 hours away. Catherine slept for part of it, I slept for the WHOLE RIDE THERE. We had a really nice breakfast there, and after we all talked for a while we went to look at this church/graveyard place, and it was actually pretty cool. We looked around to try and find the oldest death date (which turned out to be the owner of the place).
          After that we came back to Reykjavik to do scavenges here. Some of which included sending postcards, we saw an indoor mini street market (European style I guess), and we got the most AMAZING HOT DOGS IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. I guess Iceland is known for hot dogs be…

Day 20: First Day in Iceland

Thursday, May 4, 2017
          So this stop is ACTUALLY our last stop before NY. We had an 11am flight to Reykjavik, and that plane ride was very interesting. We flew on WOW Air, and everything was violet! The uniforms, the floors, the seats, the outside of the plane, just everything was violet and I really liked it! It was so vibrant and happy. We also had out most thorough peer-review on the plane which was a good experience. After our peer-review people just talked for the rest of the plane ride about a whole bunch of stuff, which was really nice.           So we are in Iceland for a total of 28 hours, and it's a par 2, which means it's one of the easier legs. We ARE allowed to rent cars for this leg. Which would normally be super great, except my dad doesn't have his license because he lost his phone. So we teamed up with Greg and Catherine. Teaming up with them was a great idea, today was so much fun.
          After we got a car and all of that stuff, we headed to…

Day 19: First Day in Ireland

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
          So today was SUPPOSED to be our last big push of the trip, however that is not the case. But I'll get to that later. So today was probably our biggest travel day transportation-wise. We took two trains and a ferry to get to Dublin. Our first train was from Liverpool to Chester, where we had a 50 minute layover before our train from Chester to Holyhead.           While we were waiting at the station for our next train, Avni and Roshi showed up!! I was just saying yesterday how I really wanted to see them, and then we saw them! I was so happy to randomly run into another team. It was so nice to see people we knew. We just talked the whole time on the train, and it was really very nice. Once we got to Holyhead, we had to go on a ferry to get to Dublin. While we were at the station, we saw Tom and Paula! Seeing them was also random and also really great! We all went on the ferry together (which was huge by the way) and it was half empty! There were so…