Today was my last first day of high school, I wasn’t too nervous actually, mostly just ready to get it over with… I drove Sarah and I at about 7am this morning thinking we would be early to get a good parking space. But everyone was literally already there, it was insane. Ended up parking in the worst spot in the parking lot just to be able to get out of the car and out of the mess of parking.
I realized while walking through the doors that I had dropped my phone. I really hoped to god that I dropped in the car so that’s what I told everyone. How typical is that of me to lose my phone!? *winkwink*
First period was alright, lots of familiar faces but it still felt like I didn’t know anybody there. Personal Finance seems like an interesting class, I’ll learn a bit about money. Second period was Algebra 2, that was alright, actually no, it was awful. It was full of these freshmen I didn’t know, and a few sophomores as well… Dreadful! The only reason I have to take that class is because that is all I have to pass through for graduation, so I just have to live. Third period was alright, it was Psychology, the teacher was a little weird, and the class was totally overpacked it was ridiculous. But again full of sophomores and freshmen. 4th period was something I recognized really well, a friendly teacher and English, I do pretty well in English so I was happy to sit in a class I actually wanted to follow. 5th was just fine, although it was a junior class but that’s better than a class full of super underclassmen. Finally, 6th period, Chemistry, another jam packed class with underclassmen.
Phew!!! Glad this days over. Now I have to work for 2 hours and then back to the house I go. Luckily for me there’s no homework clogging up my first night of agony… Tomorrow is picture day too, :).
Summer is over, and boy, have I had a long one !? I ended school in Sweden on the 7th of June and returned home the 13th. But nobody at home was done with school yet so I had a two week extra long vacation.
School starts this Wednesday, my final year of high school. Can’t believe how weird that sounds. After not being at the school for a whole year I feel a lot of things have changed.
Mostly I can’t believe I’m not starting another year at Nicolai with my friends. Miss them all so much, and my host family. All were such a big part of my life.
But now Sarah and I shall be in school together for a year, which should be interesting. We haven’t been in the same school for about 3-4 years now.
I’ll begin to post more once the school year finally commences. Such exciting things to write about like prom, homecoming, the differences between Swedish school and American high school. Until then…
As much as it pains me to be happy about this, school is finally over!!! It’s over, June 7th 2012. I can’t believe it’s actually over, time really has gone quickly.
I’m going to miss all of my friends, and all my teachers. They were all so nice to me and it is going to be hard to go back to my friends back in the US knowing I have made such good friends here in Sweden. I hope that they never forget me because I will never forget them.
Spent the day with Isabelle and Lena Bosson. We shopped at Väla from 10am to 12pm. Bought some new clothes, a new dress and a new shirt! It was a nice day to see them, they’re so nice to me, :). We had Indian food for lunch, and gräddbullarian for dessert. They also bought me a present for me which was quite nice. Haven’t opened it yet, will probably do that tonight.
Tomorrow is my last day of school for the year, I don’t really know how I feel about it yet… But yes, tomorrow is the last day then summmerrrrtime(: LOVEEEE ITTT!!!!
This weekend has been really great, last night we had Dad’s brother and his wife over for dinner and for a nice evening. Today we had the family Bosson’s over for a fika.
Isabelle Bosson, their daughter is my age, really nice, and she’s also going to be an exchange student… Now you’re asking, where is she going? Answer: SEATTLE :D how awesome is that. I’m hoping that she can stay with my family because that would be so much fun but we shall see.
School’s almost over, this is my last week of school. Monday no one has classes but we go down to the beach for a big beach handball tournament with other gymnasiums. Tuesday we have regular classes and schedules, and Wednesday is the National Day where no one has anything, no school, no jobs. Then Thursday, I will end school for the year. Boy how it has gone by fast!!!
Click on the title to see my pictures of Mother’s Day at Sofiero. It was really crowded but the flowers and the greens were beautiful. Happy late Mother’s Day for those in America but for those in Sweden, Happy Mother’s Day!
These shall be my last dance shows of the year, :(. I’m so sad, but I’m quite glad too because it’s been a good year in my dance classes. I made new friends, learned new dances, and lost lots of weight at the same time, :P.
Tonight was the first of three performances, we performed “Candyman” by Christina Aguilera, “Work it out” by Street Dance 2 and “Drop it Low” by Kat deLuna. We shall perform two more times during school tomorrow for all of Skolstaden that want to see. No school for me :D.
I was so absolutely nervous, Mom, Dad, and Olle were sitting out in the crowd, Dad was recording them (which I will post to youtube later). I am so tired now, and I hadn’t eaten since 8am in the morning and it’s not 8pm and I have just eaten dinner. No lunch today, such a big kink in my day. But some good news, passed my health online class!!! :D
Now I load pictures from some past vacations, I realize I’m not so good at updating anything really… Can’t say I’m working on that, things are just so hectic these days…
This entire week has been totally stressful for me, with my iPod being stolen, and lots of tests coming up. Also, I have been in total pain for the day because of my sunburn, I have now burned the same exact spot 3 times… You’d think I’d learn something called Sunscreen, hahahah sunscreen, who needs that… But as a consequence of no sunscreen do I face huge agonizing pain, of itching, stinging and burning… But finally it is the weekend…
Friday, I had begun with the National Test in English. Can’t say that it was my best, even though it really shouldn’t be that hard for me. But it wasn’t my best, but hoping for the best. It’s Mom’s birthday today, she was in Stockholm all day but when she got home we ate together some shrimp, crawfish, and muscles. Quite a great meal! :D Mom got some great presents too including a new chair in the hallway to sit and on and so you can have a comfortable sit to put on your shoes. Jätte trevlig kväll!
Tomorrow shall be great, Pappa is going to run in a marathon “SpringTime” at 15.03 precisely. He shall run one mile, he has been training for a long time so his good work will pay off tomorrow! But I will be seeing Annie’s Confirmation at Church at 14.00. Shall be great, Mama and I should go shopping tomorrow for a present from the whole family. After the service, we shall go back to Annie’s house and have a little reception after party. I shall post photos of that later, everyone will look so beautiful! I bet Annie is very excited to be confirmed as well.
Sunday :D :D :D I shall FINALLY, after waiting since December get to have a pottery lesson!!!!!! As a birthday present I am going to go to the Pottery place down in Höganas and make something. I am so excited Pottery is something that I find very relaxing, fun and a great way to get created. But not too creative tomorrow because I actually want to make something. So I shall go at 9.00 and take 4hrs to myself and sculpt.
Next weekend is also the weekend I shall go away with my lovely friends, the Zillings to their house on Öland. BEACHHHHH TIMEEEEE!!!!
As you can see, I have much going on in my schedule for the weekend and next. So excited, you can expect pictures…
Sun is out this week, 17 degrees celcius. Felt goooooooood! Got a little sunburnt today though:P
We spent the day at the Carnival today, it was really fun, I took lots of pictures of Olle on the ride and actually went on it myself.
Bad news, worst news ever in the history of my trip here. I actually, misplaced my IPOD and I’m pretty sure it was stolen… I was so freaking mad, and I still am, let me tell you. It had everything on it, my pictures, my videos, all of everything was logged in on it. Now it’s just gone. Rotten luck.
Ahh loosing it sucks… No more music in the mornings, on the way to school, home from school.
Argh, I’m going through a phase where I just wish people were here and could look at my life when I go through it so I don’t have to blog about it:p
2390 had conference, big deal. blazers and all. rode the train to malmö at 12pm. we had lunch and shopped for a little while. i bought a sweden flag bikini. quite shocked i could find it. we interviewed on a stage about us and our experience. left at 4:15pm and went home.
frieda spent the night last night, we went out for my first chinese dinner in 8 months. it was really good, will eat there again and wasn’t so expensive. so good. then we ate bananas and peanut butter. later we ate ice cream, raspberrys, and bananas. that was gooooooood. still recovering from last night.
Not much to update everyone on, there are 49 days left of school for me.
Except for now we begin our dreadful “National Tests” everyone in the high school takes them whether your in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade. Since I am a second year here in Sweden we only have to take two, the math and the English. Sounds hard doesn’t it?! Especially the English one:P we began today English. They will continue throughout May and then I am off school on June 7th! :D WOO HOOOO!!!!
As they say... All good things must come to an end... Reflection #3
I don’t even know where to begin. We were having such a good time, the day they arrived seemed like only yesterday. Didn’t even feel real, felt like a dream, them sitting next to me. But unfortunately, like I said, all good things must come to an end to begin new things.
Now do I just sit here and wait for midsommar to arrive for me to go home? No. I can’t do that, but you know, it’s so hard not to. The sadness will come and go, just like it did when I first got here. But it’s weird to think what 8 months of not seeing people you love so dearly can do to you.
A couple months left, that hasn’t really hit me yet, but I feel like it will once my homesickness wears off. Right now, I feel like any part of me that has ever felt homesick from the day I arrived has now just snuck up on me and hit me really hard. HOMESICKNESS.
I am starting to realize this is not exactly a happy reflection post but not all things are happy. Most things you wish were, but are not, but that’s nothing you can change. You can only grow from the things that make you sad. I just need to keep telling myself the following:
Crying will not bring them back, nor bring me to them. But being sad is okay but it shouldn’t overpower the happier things that are coming.
I don’t have much else to say tonight, I will post some pictures and hopefully get back to this blogging thing more regularly.
I feel I have been super bad at this blogging thing. Days just fly by and I don’t even think about updating my blog because so much is just running through my mind already. Here’s a short recap:
Sunday: We drove home to Helsingborg from Kalmar where we stayed in the Best Western. Looked at the Castle and then we ate Easter dinner with the family.
Monday: We drove down to the bottom coast of Sweden and looked at Alers Stenar. (For those of you who do not know what it is, it’s basically a big sculpture type thing with some rocks in a circle). For dinner we had homemade meatballs and mashed potatoes.
Tuesday: We stayed in Helsingborg, went shopping, and had fika at one of my favorite little cafes. For dinner we had Fläskpankaka which is like an egg-white baked pancake with bacon.
Wednesday: Sarah followed me to school this day and we looked around and met all my friends and even had lunch. Later in the evening I made my Mac and Cheese which you guys read so much about and we had the Zilling family over to meet with my family!
Today: We went to Väla at 10:30am this morning and did tons of shopping, and weren’t home until 6:30pm in the evening. Long day it was, we also visited Sofiero the castle for where I shall celebrate MidSommar with Isabelle, Jennifer and Annie this summer. For dinner we had shrimp, mussles, and snails :o
There is my little recap there is more to come! Many things to see, and more laughs to share. Until then… With love from the family and me.
I have been away for a while and the reason of that is because I was in Stockholm with my family. We left Tuesday, the day after they arrived and drove to Stockholm. We stopped a couple times on the way and looked at my Mom’s family history things. Hard for me to recall exactly the things that happened because I have forgotten now that it is so long ago.
We stayed at the “af Chapman youth hostel” it was really nice, and really comfy as well. Felt a little strange staying in the same room with my family in bunk beds. But I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
It’s been a while since I had a last post, it’s been a little uneventful until today.
Frieda, my friend from Germany spent the night last night. We went to Väla and shopped a few things like my new blanket. Made out of fleece, we then ate McDonalds for lunch and headed into town. Looked around a bit there and then headed to Netto. There we bought some godis, chips, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and chocolate. Isabelle had stopped by and we watched a movie together.
Woke up this morning feeling tired and completely out of it, we ate a nice breakfast and were back in bed. We watched Shrek, did our face masks of sugar and honey contents, :D. We also had lunch and went to town to Fika and then Frieda was back to Markaryd.
I helped with the parents with the garden today, we planted new flowers ready for the Spring season. Also for the arrival of my family in 2 weeks, :D. Excitement explodes from within me, I can’t explain how excited I am to see everyone, <3.
Today is my 17th birthday. Doesn’t really seem or feel like it but yes, I am now 17. They say 17 isn’t really a year where things happen. Well, they’re wrong, I turned 17 in Sweden, so that is something, :).
Gonna skype my family in less than an hour! Birthday wishes over skype are nice. Then tonight we will have special birthday dinner with the Zillings. Should be super pleasant.
I know that this is all the talk these days but I felt I needed to write something about this. Part of the reason I have this blog is to document the things that happen to me while I am in Sweden. This, just happened to be one of those things that happen to affect me.
Years from now, I’ll look back at this blog and what the campaign hopes to accomplish should be. That’s another amazing thing I would have gotten to live through, knowing that kids in another country are just as safe as I am.
Don’t mind the picture of strawberries. Saw them, and I’m realizing how good they seem right now. Didn’t start school today until 15.10, that was nice, relaxing, a little boring but nice.
We have had a lot of nice weather this week, sunny and blue skies, hardly any wind… I followed Mom to choir tonight after a long posponed action. Their singing was without a doubt, marvelous. They sang some English songs and some Swedish and they were both great.
I was planning on going on a trip to Kiruna, which is way up North. Unfortunately I had missed the deadline to sign up, I tried emailing the lady to ask if there were any more places for me, but alas, there were none. Now I await on that dreaded “waiting list” in hopes someone will not want to go anymore. It would be a great thing to do right before my family comes to visit.
Now begins the countdown: My Birthday: 9 Days Family Arrival: 4½ weeks