By Rafka Saad (YES Program 2019-2020, Lebanon, hosted by IRIS in Davenport, IA)
If there's a holiday more important than Thanksgiving for Americans, Christmas is that holiday. I wanted to share a few photos that show me and my two friends from Chicago this past December. We
were at the zoo, which happened to have a Christmas lights show. It was an
experience for sure! Not only did we see cute animals that I've never heard of
before, but we got to see ice sculpting, and listen to Christmas music while
taking lots of pictures.
It’s difficult to express the amount of Christmas lights I've
seen in the past month. To be honest, the holiday lights are my favorite part about Christmas
I have been celebrating Christmas back home in Lebanon for the past sixteen years of
my life and I have never been this excited about decorations and lights. I
might be away from my family and home for the holidays, but celebrating the
season with my American family feels just like home. I'll definitely look back
at the photos, and I'll remember how sweet my
exchange year was. It is actually a life in a year and an opportunity that I'll
always be thankful for.