This weekend I spend with my support person Bronwyn and her husband Eddie, since my host parents were away in Melbourne for a short trip. I had so much fun with them! We did everything from cooking Swedish meatballs to going to a baby shower for Bronwyns god daughter. I'm very happy I have her as my support person, she is very relaxed and fun to hang out with. And she understands!! Which is probably the most relieving thing as an exchange student, to have someone who understands it all.
Saturday I spent a day in Hamilton with my friends from Finland. Bronwyn and Eddie were nice to let me go. When I arrived, Vaula and her host mum came and picked me up at the bus station, and we went home to their place. There we had breakfast: some cereals and yoghurt, and chatted a little. They have such a cute dog!!!! I really had to post pictures of him. He's like a little puppy even though he is 3 years old. And we also had a very long discussion about how Scandinavian teenagers are allowed to move out from home at such early age, which was a very interesting and a bit frustrating discussion. You can say there was a cultural "collision" between the three of us. For me and Vaula it was hard to explain why teens in general move out so early, (16-18 years old) since it's just normal for us? That is a part of our culture at home. And I thtink it was hard for the host mum to understand why and how, since it's normal in her culture that teenagers don't move out until they have a job and are at uni, etc.
Anyhow - after having breakfast, me and Vaula did our makeup and got ready for going out, and then we went and had ice cream at Duck Island, it was good ice cream but a bit weird. They had some pretty special flavours! My ice cream tasted a bit like bacon tbh, I think it was smoked almond and maple syrup?? haha
Before we went out I was thinking about getting my hair cut and so after having ice cream we tried to find a hair dresser but there was no one who had time for me sadly, so we ended up walking around and talking instead. Later on our other Finnish friends Eveliina and Anton joined in and we had lunch. Then we decided to get our ears pierced out of nowhere! So I got two more piercings, one in each ear so now I have 4 piercings, Eveliina did the same and Vaula got one piercing in her upper ear. Then nothing more really happened that day, we just walked around, looked in some shops and went to timezone and played a few games, last but not least we had a coffee before I went home. It was fun to meet up with them again and to see a little bit of Hamilton. I will definitely come back there!