Project Idea No. 862
By: Wendy Toman from ,

Brothers From Different Mothers

My host “bro” Garrett and I are the same in so many ways. We go to the same high school, we are in the same classes like art, gym, science, English and history. We both have an older sister who is studying away from home and loves to travel. We like the same sports like soccer, basketball, ice skating, frisbee and volleyball. We both love ice cream and pizza and video games. We have made friends with the same kids at school, and we like to hang out together. We even wear the same clothes sometimes ... like in this photo, we are both wearing our New Paltz hoodies in front of the capitol building in Washington, DC, during our spring break. And we both like to go on adventures and take a lot of pictures. It’s strange to think that just 9 months ago, we were complete strangers. But as much as we have in common, we also have many differences. We both love winter sports, but I prefer snowboarding and Garrett is a skier. We both love chocolate ... dark for him and milk for me. Garrett eats butter on his toast, and I eat jam. I am on the track team, and Garrett is on the climbing team. I don’t sound like an American yet, and Garrett doesn’t speak any Swiss-German. We are both lucky to have parents who love and support us, but they are oceans apart. My AFS exchange year has been very meaningful to me ... I never thought I would be so lucky to find my “brother” living on the other side of the world, but AFS has made it possible! I miss my family and friends back home, but I am already thinking about when and where I will be reunited with my American family!

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