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Thought I would share some pictures from my first two months in the US!
I have had some busy months here in the US and haven't had time to sit down and write an update! I'm really enjoying my time here in Iowa! School and volleyball is a lot of fun, but it takes a lot of time and energy. October is already here and I'm excited for fall colors, pumpkin carving, and Halloween!
A couple of weeks ago was our homecoming week! In my school the homecoming dance isn't a very big deal and people don't really dress up or take pictures, but it still was fun to experience. Here are some pictures from our homecoming week!
I uploaded my first video from camp! I will make another blogpost later all about camp, but for now here is a video from the first full day at camp!
Days until departure: 1
Lately I've been uploading a few videos to my youtube channel! I haven't really shared it here so some of you might have missed them! So here it goes my last three youtube vidoes! I hope you enjoy them and that you will continue to follow my journey that finally starts TOMORROW!!!!
Days until departure: 1
Packing for a year abroad sure isn't easy! I had a hard time picking out the most important stuff and to keep under the 23 kg weight limit! Having a packing list makes everything so much easier, so for everyone who needs some help packing, here is my packing list!
- 2 weeks' worth of underwear
- 2 weeks' worth of socks
- 5-6 t-shirts
- 3 pairs of shorts
- 3 pairs of pants
- A couple of sweaters
- A few long sleeve shirts
- 1-2 dresses
- A couple sets of workout clothes
- A swimsuit
- Coat / Jacket
- Flip flops
- Gifts for host family
- Pictures from your hometown
- Pictures with friends and family
- Food / candy from your country
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Face-wash products
- A month's worth of feminine products
- A hairbrush
- Nail clippers
- Cash for the first month
- Important documents; passport, visa, plane tickets etc.
- Outlet adapters
- Cell phone + charger
- Camera + charger
- Journal to write in
- Book for the plane
Days until departure: 7
Today there's only one week left until I'm on the plane on my way to the US! Words can't describe how I'm feeling right now! I honestly can't believe it's happening! I feel so excited, so scared and so lucky!
My suitcase is almost ready, and I'm starting to get ready to leave for Oslo Sunday morning! I have been counting down and preparing for this day for over a year now, and now it's happening in just 7 days, 7 freaking days!
Days until departure: 25
I have my visa!! Now everything is ready and I'm ready to catch a plane to the U.S.
About two months ago I traveled to Oslo with my mom to attend a departure meeting with EF and for me to get my Visa. I forgot to update around that time, so here it goes.
On Thursday May 4th, my mom and I, traveled to Oslo to get my visa. We spent Thursday just walking around Oslo and enjoying the beautiful weather. The next day we had to wake up early because we had to go to the American embassy for me to get my visa. I had to wait outside for more than an hour because the line was so long. When I first got inside I had to go through a security check and I had to turn off my phone and give it to them, so all I could bring inside was the paperwork I needed to get my visa. Inside I had to wait around 45 minutes before I had my interview. I was really nervous but it was really easy and really nothing to be nervous about. He only asked my why I'm going to America, how long I'm staying, where I'm staying, what I'm gonna do after the exchange and if I've ever been arrested by the police. So it was really easy, and the interview wasn't as I expected; in a room with just me and the interviewer, but in the same room as everyone waited in, and it was only a wall with a glass between me and the interviewer, so that made it less scary haha
After the embassy that morning, my mom and I, just walked around Oslo and I also met up with two other exchange students and we just sat and talked. It was really fun meeting them. That night EF hosted a pizza-party for everyone who was going to the departure meeting the day after, so I got to meet a lot of other students, and we ate food, talked and played games, it was a lot of fun.
On Saturday May 6th EF had a departure meeting, where we got a lot of information. At the end they said that they wanted everyone that is going to Iowa and Nebraska to come and take a picture together before they leave because there were two IECs, international exchange coordinators, at the meeting; one from Iowa and one from Nebraska. So I also got to meet some other students going to Iowa! We also got our EF Class of '18 bags and some more stuff in the bag when we left.
We left that same day, and when I got home to Stavanger I went straight into the city to meet 3 other exchange students, one of whom is going to Iowa, and most likely to the same school as me! It was really fun meeting them!
After all it was a really fun weekend in Oslo with my mom!
Days until departure: 28
Today there's only 28 days left until I leave! That is just crazy. I'm so excited for this adventure!
Yesterday I had my going away party with a lot of my friends, and we had a lot of fun listening to music, talking and eating food together. It was really hard to say goodbye to them all. I won't see them again until I get back home to Norway next year. I still have 5 days left before I need to say "see you soon" to my best friend, and I'm gonna spend my time well with her before she leaves for vacation. Also I'm gonna meet up with some other friends again right before I leave so I can say a propper goodbye. Luckily it's not a goodbye, it's a see you soon!
Here are some photos from yesterday!
To all my friends; thank you for coming to my party, and thank you for making it so special, I love you all lots and I'll miss you guys so much this year! See you soon!
Today there is 100 days left! 100 days until I get on the plane! 100 days until I'll leave my family and travel to an unfamiliar place! 100 days until my feet leave Norwegian soil! 100 days until I'll take a huge step out of my comfort zone! 100 days until my dream comes true! 100 days!
Words can't describe how I feel right now! I'm so excited but also so scared! July 19th is the day I'll leave Norway and start this wonderful journey! And I'm so excited!
I haven't officially gotten the date I'll leave by EF yet, but it's either July 19th or August 2nd. But since I'm gonna play volleyball in the U.S. and the practices start in the beginning of August, I would have to leave July 19th to join the first weeks of practice. So hopefully, and most likely, I'll leave July 19th!
I'm so excited to meet new people and discover new places, and I can't wait to meet and get to know my host family and my new home! It is getting closer and it's finally starting to feel real! This is a dream come true!