Today I've been in Fuengirola for exactly 100 days, which also means it's been 100 days since I was in Sweden. It feels unreal that it's been such a long time, it feels like halloween was two days ago but instead it's December and I'm flying home in less than 20 days. Time flies by while I'm here and I just wish I could stop the clock and reflect over how much fun I'm having here. It's sad to know that almost half of my year here is over. A lot has happened since last time I updated the blog so I thought I'd summarise some of the most important ones.

About 10 days ago my friend from Sweden came to visit me which was so much fun. It was really nice to get to talk to her about everything that was happening back at home and to just catch up with her and some of my other friends. She got to meet my friends down here and I showed her around the city. She loved the life down here and it was so great to be with her again!


The same day as my friend from Sweden flew home some of my friends and I celebrated my roomie Stella's birthday by going to Prison Island which was our present to her. We were divided into different teames and had different themes per group, my team were assigned as the military and we came third.

Last Saturday we celebrated my other friend named Emily because it was her birthday as well. We surprised her with some long-awaited tacos and ate a really good cake from Mercadona. After eating good food and talking for hours we headed to the bar street to continue celebrating our lovely Emily.

The day after that Stella, Ella and I headed up to el torro which is a big placard of a bull which is a big part of the Spanish culture. We made a little picnic and sat there watching the sun go down over Fuengirola. We had such a cozy time and spent hours talking until it got too cold. I love this city and these people!

Yesterday we spent the entire day Christmas decorating our school and it turned out to be absolutely beautiful. Every single corner of the school had some kind of Christmas decoration and we even made our own Christmas tree. Each class got to decorate their own classroom and of course SA2 (my class) turned out to be the coziest one of them all. After that we baked pepparkakor and lussekatter and my god have I missed Swedish Christmas pastries and candies. Before the school closed we all sat in the aula and watched a Christmas movie together before heading home.

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Last Saturday I went on my second hum hum trip which was to Córdoba. Córdoba is a city two hours from Fuengirola which was once the capital of the Islamic Emirate. We visited an old mosque there which was absolutely beautiful and we even got to taste some arabic tea and pastries. After that we got some alone time to walk around and see the city, we went to see the famous bridge which has been in the series Game of thrones. After being in the lovely city we headed home and got ourselves ready for the bar street. I once again had a great day with the best people!!


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A lot of things have happened the past couple of days. First of all I changed host families AGAIN. I liked staying with Pori, I truly did, but my friend Stella and I started talking about maybe moving in together because we knew that we would have a lot of fun together and Stella has talked about how great her current host family is. After talking with our mentor and with both host families we were able to become roomies. I now live in Los Pacos with an older couple named Paco and Maria José. They're really sweet and take good care of us!

Other exciting news is that my mom has rented an apartment here in Fuengirola from December till June, so around the end of December I'll be moving in with her instead. It's very exciting and I'm looking so much forward to getting my own room and my own things. Living in a host family isn't bad but no matter how kind they are you never really get that "family feeling" and you never feel completely comfortable. You're always wondering if you're allowed to do this and that, and since they don't know English and my Spanish isn't perfect it's hard to be fully relaxed when you're having a conversation with them. But I'm very happy I got to spend a couple of months in different host families, because it's taught me a lot and it's a big part of the journey as an exchange student.


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The days here in Fuengirola are staring to get routines, like for example on Tuesdays I dance salsa and on Sundays we either go to P.A.D (a local dog shelter were we can within the school walk with the different dogs and take care of them) or we go to the Swedish church and bake or just hang out with the rest of the gymnasium. I really love my life here, I do so many fun things with amazing people and the weather is always good. I need to cherish every moment even more because in eight months it'll all be gone.

Last week was extra special though because my mom and sister came down here to visit me. They left last Saturday which was sad but I'll see them again in six weeks! They rented the same apartment in Los Pacos that my mom and I lived in when I first came down here. We did a lot of fun things together, we visited Nerja which is a beautiful place about an hour away from Fuengirola. It's by the sea but they have amazing caves that you can explore and that are stunning inside. We even went to Mijas. It was really fun having them here and showing them around, they had even brought Swedish candy and a mini christmas tree which was very essential.

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Last Saturday the school had arranged our second hum hum trip to a city in Malaga namned Ronda. We took the bus there which took two hours and once we arrived the school offered us churros with hot chocolate which was delicious. After that we went to a viewpoint called el balcón del coño which is famous for it's amazing views and once you step onto the balcony it feels like you're on the edge of the cliff. Then we arrived to the la plaza del toro in Ronda which is the world's oldest bullring and we were guided around the place and got to learn about it's history.

As our final destination we went to Puente Nuevo which is a very famous bridge in Ronda and underneath the bridge they have a chamber which they once used as a prison cell. After that we had a couple of hours to wander around the city by ourselves and then we returned home to Fuengirola. The trip was a very exciting and interesting, as usual the hum hum trips never disappoint.


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Today was the last day that they celebrated Féria de Fuengirola which was really fun and exciting. La Féria is type of festival that they have in the entire city where they celebrate Spanish traditions. It lasts for a week and during the celebration they have different food stands, carousels, bars and of course dance like salsa and flamenco. So far it's been really fun and almost everyone from the school are there which makes it even better.

Last Saturday I met some Spanish students from my salsa lessons which was exciting because I had never met them outside of our salsa lessons. I decided to hang out with them for a while which was really cool cause I got to practice my Spanish even more and it felt like I was a part of a Spanish friend group. Just one of the many amazing things of being on this journey!

This morning the Feria ended which was sad but also kind of nice considering it was quite hard falling asleep while you heard loud music, people singing and screaming from riding the caracoles. But the Feria isn't quite over, my host mom told me that apparently they have another Feria during the spring which is even bigger and even more fun. I can't wait!

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Yesterday some friends and I decided to go explore Malaga which was absolutely beautiful. It took about 40 minutes with the train from Fuengirola and once we arrived we looked around the lovely streets of Malaga. We started off eating brunch at this amazing restaurant were they even offered us free dessert, later on we went to the shopping street to look around and buy some things and afterwards we stopped at a café to drink some freshly pressed orange juice.

After being in Malaga for a nine hours we headed home where I quickly took a shower before heading over to some friends house, where I changed into some party clothes for the night.

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Ten days ago I changed host families because the first one I was assigned with just didn't work out. You could tell that they were mostly in it for the money and didn't want to spend time with me. They hardly talked to me and they would sometimes even get mad/rude when I asked them questions or tried to make conversation. I felt like I was in the way and I didn't feel comfortable living there so I decided to change to a new family as quickly as possible.

I now live with a woman named Pori who's really nice, she lives about two minutes away from where I previously lived and closer to the beach which is just perfect. I already feel like I'm going to love it here, Pori is really sweet and she loves to talk. Everytime I eat dinner and breakfast I eat with her and we only talk Spanish which I really appreciate because it helps me improve so much. I already feel like I understand and can talk so much more Spanish and I've only been here for 27 days so that's amazing.

Pictures of my new roof terrace

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Yesterday the school had arranged our first school trip and hum hum class (hum hum is a subject we have here in Spain where we explore Fuengirola and learn about it's history). Our first destination was El Chorro which is a small village famous for rock climbing. It was absolutely beautiful and we did different activities like canoeing, paddle surf and mountain walking in groups. It was so much fun and towards the end we all just hung out by the water and jumped from cliffs. After we had been at El Chorro for nine hours we went back to the school and ate hamburgers.

Later on towards the night I went to a surprise birthday party for a girl at my school which was really fun. We all played beerpong, had a great time and after a couple of hours we went to the bar street to finish our night there.

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Last Friday the school had arranged a fun activity called nolling/inspark which started off in the cafeteria at school were we all ate tacos. After that we were divided into different groups and were handed a set of tasks to complete within two hours. It was really fun and I got to

meet even more people from different classes. After we had finished all of the challenges we went to the beach where everyone else was and just hung out before heading to the clubs. It was a really fun night and everyone was having a great time!

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