Igor Travels Abroad

"In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take."


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Vacation, Family and Hospitality….

Such a marvelous week has passed by and the end of semester 4 has arrived. Finally, time to recover from all the sleepless nights of final exams and studying with two whole weeks of vacation. I’ll find out my grades by this Friday and will start semester 5 after the break.

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting my SEG coordinators for USA and South America region and we had a great, lively conversation about student life. It is always wonderful to meet such amazing people, especially my USA coordinator, Aline, who has helped support me through the past two years education. For those of you who read about my time when I did the CBYX program, she is like my betreuer(featured right)

For my break, I decided to fly back to where I was born in Russia and visit my grandparents. After surviving through the wars, especially World War II, my grandma is getting older and it’s always a pleasure to be able to see her and help out, especially cleaning the apartments, going for more walks and making sure that everything at the apartment is in order, since things are falling apart and I fix them.

More importantly, I love spending the time with her and hearing her stories and supporting her, being the strong and loving woman she is who helped take care of me when I was just a little boy. I owe it to her and love her very much.

Family is the most important thing we have and we must always support our family, especially our grandparents who are getting older. And not only to take care of them but to accept them and love them no matter what.

For break, I decided to go really go offline and I’m feeling great. I’m sleeping a lot and “recovering” from exams, eating healthy, going for daily exercise, reading many great books, such as American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser, and have no internet at home. It’s a wonderful and much needed break.

Today, I gave back and went to a local business and spoke about hospitality, studying in Switzerland and the English language. It’s always nice to help others and provide value and I really had a blast. The next couple of days, I’ll see old friends and more family and my parents will come this Friday. I’m very excited.

I’ll leave you with this, as it was a question that was really good that one of the employees at the business asked me. He asked, “What is hospitality and what does it mean for you? Of course, there’s hotels and stuff but what does it mean?” What a great question, as I think it is a great conclusion to this post.

Each person of course has their own definition but for me, it is the act of caring for other people. To make them feel welcome. To exemplify true and authentic humanity and help others. To do the right thing, even when no one is looking. A combination of integrity, trust, compassion, love, care and support. That, for me, is hospitality.

Until next week,

Igor


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A Day in my Life as an HIM Student

(above picture of me and my best friend having lunch break)

Hello everyone,

This week has been a blast yet again and even better, the sun has finally emerged and the rain has passed…time to wear shorts and t-shirts again!

School is going well too and busy as always working on all my different projects, but it’s very fun and boy am I gaining a lot of knowledge. This week alone I learned a few new programming languages, handled successes and rejections with surveying businesses and communities and read a few books on different subjects.

Classes were cool and we even did an excursion to a local communications company. We presented our own countries and apparently I won a prize to meet a local Swiss family, have an operative with them and talk to them more about the USA. USA represent! 😀

I wanted to keep this blog writing short, because I recorded a short video for you that was also featured on the school’s Instagram page…. I hope you enjoy it and get a cool sneak peak as to a day in my life as a student here in Switzerland.

I can’t wait for this weekend and next week. Friday, we are having Tropical theme night with beer pong, karaoke and student bar and this weekend we are taking a trip to Europa Park, which will be amazing. It is one of the largest and best roller coaster parks in Germany and it’s going to be a blast.

Anyway… now off to do some more homework and get to bed. It’s getting late and I gotta wake up early tomorrow!

Have a great day and look forward to updating you next week on the great things ahead.

Igor


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Where did the time go?

The time in Germany has come to an end. Today is my last day….

This week was full of fun and emotional, but today will be really emotional.

That’s why I can’t sleep and am up 5:30 in the morning writing this. The trip is almost over. Almost.

How does time fly by so fast?

From leaving my parents, to Bad Laasphe Language Camp, to Host Family, to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years in the Alps. To the Mid-Year in Ahrweiler and Spring Break, making the end-of-year-seminar, in Berlin, conclude are meetings. Or my Uncle from California coming or taking a Europe tour by car with my Mom. All just flew by and now it’s time to come home. I will miss my friends dearly, I will cry today, I will and cannot comprehend how emotional this day will be. But I quickly planned another farewell party today and yeah, I can’t wait for that.

You know that feeling of leaving something you treasure or love? Comment down below and share your experience

To a great day,
Igor Bayluk