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Whether a joyful summer away from the prying eyes of parents, or a tedious fortnight in a dreary provincial town, foreign exchanges have been a rite of passage for generations of British teenagers.
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They say that school exchanges are there to open you up to new experiences but, aged 14, in the small town of Pushkin in Russia, I found my limit. It had been a baffling and brilliant week, staying with Masha and family, visiting palaces, eating borscht and not understanding a thing anyone said. One day, for no reason, Masha’s father brought a baby goat into their fifth-floor flat. That was fun.