The ensuing days will see an amusing attempt on my part to communicate with my host family. It just got cold and I think I am allergic to the winter blanket. My host brother conferenced with his parents after I initially tried to convey this information and then came to my room and said “Sara. If in a few days your allergies get worse, maybe you go to hospital.” I am brainstorming how to suggest washing the blanket as the less expensive first course of action. My luck and it’s down-fill and I’m in for an uncomfortably cold next few months.