Hey guys!

I´m sorry that I haven´t posted some blogpost this fast few weeks. The reason behind this, is that I live with a busy host family, and we have done a lot of things the past few weeks. We´ve been camping in Truckee, I´ve started school, I´ve been to two festivals, and swimming in crystral clear water, under Yankee Jim´s Brigde.

The weekend August 4-6th, my host family and I, went camping in Truckee. It was an awesome first camping trip:) I tried paddle boarding for the first time, sat around a bondfire together with my fam, and had debates about global warming, and if the earth is round or flat.

On Aug 7th, me, my host siblings and a friend of my host sister went together to Yankee Jim´s Brigde(look at the pictures above). Is was so fun swimming in crystal clear water, and have a awesome time together with my host siblings:)

My first day of school was Aug 9th, and American High School wasn´t like I expected it to be. It was much bigger than I thought, and not that easy to get friends. You have to ask them where things are, or if you want to eat lunch with them. Americans don´t invite themself, so you have to invite yourself, if you want to eat lunch with someone. I didn´t find this a shock, but I noticed culture differences right away. Something that hit me, was the homework. I knew American high school gave a lot of homework, but not as much as I got last, and first whole week at school. It´s also hard translating everything from English to Norwegian, but I´m getting used to it;)

The high school sprit means so much to the students, and the four different grades compete agains each other a lot. Until now, there have been three events, where they competed agains each other. (Watch the O-games in my Youtube video, if you want to see).

The weekend Aug 11-13th, my host family, our neightbors and I, went to a music and art festival, called Outside Lands. We got three days VIP passes for free!! My host family know someone who works with the sound at the festival, and he was so kind giving them to us. It was so awesome seeing Metallica and Lorde perform!! I saw some cebrities, and enjoyed my time at the festival.

Last weekend, Aug 19th, I went to Sacramento Scandinavian Festival. At the festival they had Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish and Icelantic stands, where you could by cool and small suvenirs and things from "their" country. I also got to eat Norwegian "lefser", and Swedish meatballs/"kjøttkaker". The food was so good, and it remind me about the Norwegian "lefser" I get home. I got to meet three of my exchange friends there, and it was so nice meeting them again<3

On Aug 20th, I went to church with my host family, and my host dad´s family came over for dinner. It was so nice to finally get to meet them. They were so kind!<3


Eline Sonita

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Exchange Year in California

Hi guys!

After 2 days of editing, my Welcome Days youtube video is finally out! Welcome Days was so awesome. I stayed in Thornwood, New York at an EF Academy. There I met many other exchange students, from all over the world, and EF ambassadors and EF Staff.

As probably all of you know, I´m going to live in California. At this Welcome Days, 1 of 8 waves, there were 40 exchange students going to California. And 1/3 of the 342 students, were from Norway.

The first day, Thursday 27th, we had breakfast from 08:30-09:30 am, and meeting our group leader, together with our group at 10. We went together to our group classroom, and played different games, just so we got to know each other. In addition to that, we got to know more about American culture, how Americans behave, and we had a quiz about EF. Later that day, 100 students went out together, and played games together. We ate dinner at 6, and went to the Welcome Days Party at 8. Bedtime was 9:30.

The second day, Friday 28th, we had breakfast from 08:30-09:30 am. By 10:00 am, the students had to be in their group classrooms, so we could check in to our flights, the next day. Later, we got some information about New York City, and what we were going to see and do there. At 12:30 pm, we were on our way to New York City. In New York City, we got to see Central Park, 5th Avenue and Times Square. There are pictures and videos, in the youtube video below.

After New york City, we got home, and there was a goodbye party with some snacks, before we all had to go to bed, and be ready to leave the next day.

The third and last day, Saturday 29th, I had to wake up at 2:45 am, to go to the GYM. The gym was the meeting spot, for all the students, where we got together, and took the bus together to the airport. The bus leaved 3:30 am, and I got to La Guardia✈️ at 5. EF staff helped us check in to our flight, and I went trough the security control. I flew to Denver, Colorado -> Sacramento, California.

At Sacramento intl airport, my hostmom welcomed me "home", with that cute poster, and the ballons<3 (Picture down below) And I met the rest of the family next day.

My hostmom and her neighbour drove me home, and I got to see my room for the first time. If you want to see my reaction, watch the video down below. Later that day, I met my hostaunt Kelli, and went all together to downtown Sacramento to eat dinner.


Eline Sonita

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Exchange Year in California

UPDATED! ALL COUNTRIES CAN SEE THE VIDEO NOW!:)

Hi guys!

After 4 years waiting, I´m finally in USA with my host family. I´m having a great time so far, and we have done a lot of things already. I have a Bucket List with at least 50 things, and 5 of them are already hooked of by the day I arrived, July 29th.

I left Norway July 26th, and attened Welcome Days in New Nork until July 29th. I met my host family July 29th, and I love it here. I´m officially a "California Girl". I´ve been to Target, Walmart, Candy Heaven, Hobby Lobby, Homewoods, and eaten real smores and reeses.

Below here, there is a Youtube video about my trip to America, from Norway July 26th. A video about Welcome Days, will come out pretty soon. I just have to edit it;) I hope you have fun watching it.

Have a nice day!


Eline Sonita

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Hey guys!

I can't believe it's only 7 days until I leave Norway for a whole year! 4 years waiting is coming to an end❤️

Since last blog post, I have gotten my flight tickets to New York and Sacramento. I can't believe that I will see my host family again in 10 days!

This exchange year is a dream come true, and a one in a lifetime opportunity, which I'm so glad I chose to do.


Eline Sonita



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Hi guys!

I just uploaded my first exchange video on Youtube! Feel free to watch it!

In the video, I introduce myself, and telling you how I already know my host family.

Enjoy!

Eline Sonita

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Hi guys! I finally got my departure date!

It´s official, I´m leaving Norway July 26th! I will fly✈️ from Gardemoen, Norway🇳🇴 to New York🇺🇸, where I will attened Welcome Days. Welcome Days is a 3 days camp, where you get to meet other exchange students from all over the world, get to know the American culture, and see a bit of New York:)

This means that it´s only 22 days until departure 🇳🇴✈️🇺🇸

I haven´t got my plane tickets yet, but they are not far away. I´m so excited about this year, and I can´t wait to travel to the US, and meet my host family again! Travel from a small town in Norway to a big town in California, is a big step for me. But I´m more than ready to leave, and attened American High School and experience the High School Spirit.

Eline Sonita

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Before departure

Hi! My name is Eline Sonita Rafoss. I am going to be an exchange student in America, with the organization EF, the school year 2017/18. EF Class of ´18!


Age: 17 years old

Home: Moi, Norway💗

Family: One younger brother, and my mum and dad

Destination: Roseville, California, USA🇺🇸


So I´m going on an exchange to the USA the school year 2017/18, and I´m going with the orginazation EF. I have always wanted to go on an exchange year as long as I remember, so this is a dream come true. My dad was an exchange student himself, and made me take this extraordinary decision, by being an exchange student in the US. Because of this, I do already know my host family, and know where I am going. I have known this since summer 2013, and I have been waiting since that summer to travel to the US for a year abroad. By this, my family also knows what and who I am going to in the US during my exchange.

I made this blog mainly to update my family and friends at home. But also so I could use this to look back at when I´m older, and also to reach out and to help other future students. I love reading exchange blogs myself, and it has helped me very much into this journey. I will mainly write in English, so that both my friends and family in Norway, USA and the rest of my international friends can follow me during my year.

My goal is to upload a blogpost every week, and a video at the end of the month, where I have made a summary with pictures and videos taken by me and my friends, during my exchange year.

I hope you want to follow me and my year in the USA.

Eline Sonita

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