When you’re going to write a text, there is a rule that says that you can’t repeat a word several times. But to write this one I need to break this rule.
After eight months, I am leaving Lake Placid. As much as I’m anxious to go back to Brazil, as much as I miss my family, my boyfriend, my friends, my dog, the food, the beer, to get a subway, to go to the beach (Wow! I need to go back right now!). It’s really going to be tough to leave this town. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I had the best experience of my life around here.
So let me start breaking rules, by saying “thank you.”
Thank you for all the friends that I made here. I realize that friendship doesn’t see nationality or language. Thank you for all the good time that we spent together. Thank you for all the fun, all the laughs, and even all the tears. I feel like I have won new brothers and sisters. It is very hard to say goodbye to you.
Thank you for all the people that I worked with. I definitely learned a lot about sushi, pastas, drinks and mostly about community.
Thank you for the editor of this newspaper for the opportunity of writing for the Lake Placid News. You taught me a lot in a short time. I wish I had knocked on the door of the office earlier.
Thank you for all the Lake Placidians for your kindness, that made me feel as I was in my hometown.
Thank you Lake Placid for being such a nice town. Thank you for showing me snow and a minus 37 degrees that froze my eyes. Thank you for warming up my body and soul with a gorgeous and fun summer. Thank you for being a safe place and that allowed me to live without fear.
I know, it’s a cliche, but it’s true though: I’m leaving, but part of me is going to be here forever. It’s hard to think that I may never come back, but if I do, I hope I can find this place exactly the way that I left: cheerful, charming and magical.
Once again and for the last time... Thank You!
Amanda Freitas is from Brazil and was working in Lake Placid in an interchange program, and has since went back home. She is studying journalism in her home country.