Hej alla,

How are you this fine day? So I told myself that this year I was going to work on actually updating my blog regularly... What I am hoping to accomplish is posting an update weekly or bi-weekly. But for those of you who know me, in other words, this means I'll post an update maybe once or twice a month. Hey, what can I say? I'm a busy girl! At least it beats my one update every two months that I'm currently doing.

Today marks the third day without our oldie. For those of you who may not understand what I mean by the term oldie... Throughout our Exchange, we meet many people, some who have arrived Before us and others who arrive half-way through. Generally students who come from New Zealand or Australia, start their Exchange in January and continue onto the following January. Wheras, the remainder of the countries usually come in August and stay until the following July. This is because of the different school systems/ year layouts for the countries.

For those of us who arrived in August, we have what we call "Oldies", who are the bigger Brothers/sisters of the Group. This means that using the wisdom they learned throughout their first 6 months in the country, they give the rest of us advice and show us the best way to handle situations or help us learn the language. Our oldie was named Lachlan... He was a student from Australia and I must admit, one of the biggest inspirations I have met thus far. He was extremely talented and taught many things about what it's like to be on Exchange/ a Swede. He was almost completely fluent in the language and continued to prove his love by making sure everyone felt welcomed, comfortable, and accepted.

On January 9th, Lachlan unfortunately flew back home with only time for a few Quick hugs. It wasn't until after he left that me and many of the other Exchange students realized the Cold, hard truth. We will never be with him the way we have been, again.

I guess what I'm trying to say is... Exchange can be the most Amazing and Beautiful year of your Life, but it can also be the worst and hardest year as well. All of us ranging from 16-18yrs of age, most who have relied on their parents for every want and need they have ever desired, who have never set foot in Another country... They have taken all their courage and just jumped right into the Deep end. Understanding the risks and differences between going to another country and also the benfits and Beauty of seeing another Culture. Despite all, they have taken on this opportunity and have turned it into something that they will never forget. They come to the new country, all alone, not knowing what to expect, possibly not even knowing the language. And they leave as a grown, changed, matured, independant Young adult. An Exchange year brings the best.. and worst out of people. It shows them their weaknesses... and their strengths... Some leave with a wider range of Life goals and achievements than they could have ever imagined. Some leave with a better understanding and desire for life's challenges and others soon decide to become World travellers.

But above all, everyone leaves with new relationships from all over the World. Friends that they have never met before the year and now, can't imagine their life without them. I've met so many already that have impacted my experience and my view on things in such an Amazing, positive way. It's just like leaving the nest all over again... It takes all the courage you have to come here. And it takes just as much courage to go home.

Exchange can be the best, most Amazing, fun, and rewarding year of your life.

But it can also be the worst and hardest.

I miss you already, Lachlan.

Hälsningar!

Amber

I miss you already, Lachlan

Hälsningar,

Amber

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

This is my time to shine... My year. I can just feel it. This will be the one. To lose weight? Maybe. To Better myself? That too. To make a difference? Of course!

This is my year and I can't wait to share it all with you.

I'm starting off my year, continuing my Exchange in Sweden and becoming so much more fluent in the language. Afterwards, I will get to move back home to see my beautiful family and catch up on everything I've missed. I'll have the chance to share all my experiences and possibly bring along some new traditions. And of course, lot's of new recipes ;)

You have all been so amazing to me and very supportive, I can't thank you enough. I've been enjoying my time here and am really excited to see how the rest of the year turns out! I have so many things to see and so many places to go. I can't... and I won't... stop here.

I have so many hopes for this year ahead, both with future goals and just simple adjustments for day-to-day life.

This is it. Here's to a New Year. Skål!

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Amber

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Hej alla,

I have recently moved into my second host family for the second half of my Exchange year. Compared to my first host family who had only me, the mother, and the father (who was only home on the weekends), this family has the mother, father, and rewards me with 2 amazing sisters. Unlike my old place, I am now closer to the city and always have a chance to go out and enjoy more experiences with my peers. Whereas, at my last place, I was more out in the countryside and didn't really have a chance to socialize. Unless you can count the endless conversations I had with the cat....

I definitely think this will be a good change for me.

Wish me luck and I'll keep you updated :)

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Yesterday marked the 4 month mark...

4 out of 11 accomplished... Accomplished? Is that the right word to use for something you don't want to end?

I will soon be moving to my second family in less than 2 weeks time and saying goodbye to my first. It has gone by incredibly fast. I can't believe in January, I will have been here for half my time. I don't think a year has ever gone by so quickly. I've made so many friends already and have done so much. Starting with my first rock jump to now, celebrating my first Swedish Christmas.

I have definitely had my up's... and my down's... My good's... and bad's... But realizing now that throughout all that, I didn't even notice the time slipping away.

I'm now so much more confident with my language skills and spend as much time as possible practicing them. It feels like just last week, I was leaving home with only one sentence to go by; "Jag pratar inte svenska." (I don't speak Swedish). Everything that began as a struggle has now turned into habits or easy tasks.

Even as a person... I have changed. In just the 4 short months that I have been here, I've developed a new appreciation for my surroundings and the people within them. I know have a bigger fascination in cultures and languages. Being here has given me a different perspective on life, on future goals, and of course the people I decide to share my life with.

Yes, I miss home, but I couldn't be happier to be here. This was good for me. I needed this. And now that I have it, I couldn't ask for a better experience.

Hälsningar,

Amber

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Hej alla!

Here is a video featuring a newly found bestfriend of mine, Izabelle! As an Exchange student in Sweden, it is important for me to get a sweet taste of the culture. So with all said and done... here is my video of Trying Swedish Candy

I hope you enjoy!

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Hallå! Hello!

Welcome to my brand new blog site! This is much more fun and exciting and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Here I'll be able to publish many more photos along with videos and hopefully more blogs.


Please feel free to let me know what you think

Ha det bra! Vi ses! Hej då!

Hälsningar!


​Amber

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