Written by Mitch
When I submitted my location preferences, I asked for: 1) Minas Tirith 2) Lorien 3) Hobbiton. They gave me Hobbitton. My 3rd choice! I was forced to eat two breakfasts, two lunches and a 2nd dinner for the entire year. I was the tallest person there all year, which is annoying. Helping someone get the jar down from the top shelf is only fun the first 53 times. Gets old fast.
When I complained to the program staff, they weren't very understanding at all. They wouldn't even CONSIDER moving me.
Other than the above, the program was great. I learned all about Hobbit culture, their farm life, singing and customs. They are wonderful, welcoming people. Even though I probably had 100+ concussions from banging my head on door posts, it was well worth it. In sum, I'd go back to Middle Earth, but would likely insist on a placement more to the east. Even Rohan would have been better in comparison. I know some people complain about all the horses, but I think that would be fun (if a little smelly).