Thursday, December 30, 2010


So I got my blood drawn, got some cookies and gatorade, some pants, and I won't know my blood type for another 3 weeks? or was it 1? I don't really remember. I submitted my final application anyways, and if AFS Iceland needs to know my blood type, I should know it by then.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

So That Interview Thing

Was alright. AFS interviews are about as relaxed as can be.

We just talked about the exchange for a good hour, and that was about it, really. There wasn't a whole lot of awkwardness or weird questions (whatever that means).

So anyways...

I'll be donating blood on the 20th (day after my birthday) so I can get my blood type checked (no one knows it D: ). Thhhaaaaaattt's about it, I think.

Bless bless.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

New progress!

Well kinda.
I have my in-home interview in 4 or 5 days, depending on how you count them.

That is all.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Post of Sighs


My macbook's harddrive crahsed last night. As in, all of it. I can't recover any information from the drive (there goes my music, pictures, videos, movies, work, school work, etc.)

I'm absolutely sure there's nothing I can do about this. So I ordered a new harddrive and I'm just going to replace it myself (saving myself a trip to Austin or San Antonio and up to $500). SO instead of having some guy at a mac store tell me that my laptop wont work unless I get a new harddrive, I self-diagnosed.

No news about the exchange though.


Thursday, September 23, 2010


Lookie here! :D

I hope I can post this without being in trouble. Jóhann Eyfells is an Icelandic sculptor who is quite renowned in Iceland and worldwide. His work was displayed at the 20th Olympiad!

Well, that is all. No significant news.

Vertu blessaður!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Let's Play The Waiting Game

And so it begins. The waiting game.

I went to my first official AFS event (it was a potluck after the orientation for all the students staying in my chapter). I met the volunteers I've been talking with the past couple weeks, and met a lot of the exchange students staying here. They were all really friendly, in case you were wondering.

I had a good time going up there and meeting people. But more about the game (you lost it).

I learned that since I applied oh so early (oh, 5 months or so early), I may not hear back whether I was accepted or not until JANUARY. Oh the agony.


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Closer and Closer

I'm going to keep this short(er). I am fully applied now, and am waiting on my results. The AFS volunteer that has been helping me through the process has been great, and I want to thank you. Takk fyrir, Marc!

So, yeah, that's it really. I'm just waiting to see if I'm accepted by AFS-USA and AFS-Iceland. I don't think there should be many problems, but now I need to set up my in-home interview.

K, bye.



Thursday, September 9, 2010

Help me out in new ways!

I have new ways for you guys to help me out, and also a way for kids who like to have some fun at the 808 to contribute to me by paying no more than they usually do!

If you want to send me money by check, or just hand it to me in person, that's fine! Don't think the web form is the only way to help me out!

If any of you guys want my address, feel free to e-mail me at any time!
I appreciate either method, but I only keep 97% of whats given to me over the web.

So, more about the kids that like to have some fun. A few weeks ago, the 808 Dance Club offered to make me a deal to help me out, and I haven't done my job of advertising as well as I can, so here I am! For every $10 entrance fee, they proposed to donate 10% of anyone's entrance fee that mentioned my name to me! That means that if you go into the dance club and mention my name, that gives me $1! Get a big group of friends to go, because it helps me out, and it helps me out!

Remember, big groups are more fun! But don't worry, the 808 is a safe place, there are no drugs or alcohol on the premises, and anyone over 21 isn't allowed in on the nights that teens are allowed. The bouncer even goes out into the parking lot every couple of minutes to see if anyone bad's in the parking lot. It's completely safe and fun!
Check them out online, or stop by the dance club right as you enter into Kerrville going from Fredericksburg!

For more information for parents, click here.
To see their home page, click here.

Thank you for all your support!
Takk fyrir! Bless bless!

Friday, August 13, 2010

How to Apply for a Passport in 30 minutes or less

How to Apply for a Passport in 30 Minutes or Less (and find where you need to apply to!)

1) Tell your father you need to renew your passport, or else you can't go to Iceland. Tell him we have to go NOW.

2) Find out what building you need to go to, and by random choice, go to the court house.

3) The court house was the right building, after all. Head to the office you first applied for your passport in 4 years ago, and hope its the right one. Get there an hour before they close.

4) Ask if it's the right room, and once confirmed, ask what you need. Take the form, and start making phonecalls.

5) Drive to the grocery store to get an instant passport photo, call your mother, tell her to be at the courthouse in 15 minutes with your birth certificate, passport, and social security number.

6) Rendezvous at the court house 30 minutes before they close, fill out the form lightning fast, then slap it on the desk.

7) Fill out checks for application fees.

8) Take some oath saying that you aren't forging information, and then leave. Complete.

This was a very hectic process, but it is now done. I am one step closer. I'm steadily making progress on my full application, and I'm almost halfway done, but there is oh so much more.

To all who have viewed, donated, and forwarded this blog: thank you! Thank you so much! I don't think there is a way I can view who donated what, but if there was, I would send everyone an individual thank you e-mail! Remember, this fundraiser doesn't end until August 6th, 2011, so tell your friends, forward those emails!

Takk, og bless bless!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Who am I?

Who am I? Why AFS?
My name is Aaron Talley, and I am currently a sophomore at Our Lady of the Hills Catholic high school in Kerrville, Texas. I like to do a lot of drawing and photography, and I love to hike, backpack, so it seems like I'll be able to do all 4 at the same time in Iceland. So, I say Iceland because this is where I would love to go to study abroad for a year. I chose to go with AFS, American Field Services, because of their lengthy history and great support for the students, regardless of what plan I chose. They have a great community, and I've heard they still provide a lot of help while you're in your host country.

What do I expect to gain from the experience? What will I give in return?
 I expect to become a more mature, tolerant young adult. To be a foreign exchange student and live in a foreign culture, not just a country, for a year is an opportunity I will probably not have again. I've always thought of living in Iceland as a dream come true, but I thought I might visit first, and this is my best option, to live there for an entire year. Here in the Hill Country of Texas, I do a lot of community service, and if I moved to Iceland in the future, I would be active in Boyscouts (as I am here) and helping the local communities there.

Why do I need help financing this adventure?
 I am willing to do anything to finance this trip, because if I'm not able to come up with the funds myself, I would possibly have to take  out a loan, or borrow money from relatives, and relatives can charge however much interest they like (trust me!). I already have a job at a local Diner bussing tables, but during school I won't be able to work but only on weekends, and that won't cover my tuition.

What do I plan to do to fundraise?
I plan to sell drawings and crafts, but I won't be able to sell enough duct tape wallets to pay for it all, so I'm asking you, to chip in just a little, because every cent counts. I know that times and funds can be tight, but I'm only asking for a little.
To sponsor my AFS program, please click the ChipIn button.