Yesterday I went on my third hum hum trip with the school. This time we visited a Spanish family who lived on an olive farm producing olive-oil which is essential in Spain. We were divided into three groups and a guide showed us the farm and explained how the oil was produced. After we had been there for about an hour we headed towards a restaurant where we were served a three-coursed menu. It was really nice and the food was typical Spanish. We then went to a famous botanical garden which was really beautiful. Apparently a lot of people choose to have their weddings there in the spring because all the flowers have sprung out and it's absolutely fascinating.

After we had been there for about an hour we headed to our busses and after 30 minutes we were back in Fuengirola. I was really tired after the trip so I went home and took a nap before meeting up with some friends. We then met up with some other people and went to the bar street together. I couldn't have been happier with the hum hum trip and the day itself.

In ten days my mom and sister are coming here to visit me again and I'm so excited!!

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I have been back in Sweden for 2 weeks now to celebrate Christmas with family and friends. It's been absolutely amazing and I've really missed everyone. I arrived in Helsingborg the 23rd and went to bed almost immediately because I was exhausted from flying and coming back to the grey and rainy weather. The next day I was with my family and celebrated Christmas, a couple of days after that I met most of my friends and on New Years Eve I was with my friends at a party. I've been so happy during the days I've been here and I've realised I missed everyone more than I thought. Tomorrow I'm headed back to Fuengirola where I'm gonna stay at a hotel with my mom until Monday where I move in with my (yet another) new host family.

I forgot to mention this earlier but a couple of days before I was going home for Christmas my mom was suppose to rent an apartment and I was going to move in with her, but the apartment wasn't at all as the estate agent had promised. My mom then didn't rent the apartment and I was to find a new host family, for the fourth time :) I couldn't move back in with my previous family because the girl that lived there before wanted to move back so my place was taken. Luckily my mentor Liza found a new family for me and I got to visit them. They seem really nice and my room was bigger than my previous one. The thing I'm happiest about with the new family is that they live 2 minutes away from my school instead of Los Pacos that's 20 minutes away. A lot of my friends also live in that same neighbourhood which means I can easier just stop by their places.

Stella also decided to move with me because we have a great time together as roomies and she also wanted to live closer to our school. I'm really happy she moved with me because it's always nice to have her around and especially when it's a new family.

I'm really looking forward to going back to Fuengirola and meeting all my friends again, and of course the sunny weather. At the same time as I'm exhilarated to going back I'm also really going to miss Sweden, my family and my friends. It's easier here at home because it's never awkward as it sometimes can be with a host family and you don't have to feel like you're in the way at times. However I have a feeling that this new family is going to be really good and living with a host family really improves my Spanish which is great. I guess you can say that I have mixed feelings towards going back but I know that as soon as I've landed I'm going to be really happy and excited. After all my home is Fuengirola and I couldn't be happier about that!

See you in five months! <3

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Today there is only five days until I leave Fuengirola and head back to Sweden over Christmas. I'm starting to miss home a lot now that there isn't much time left. You can tell that everyone want to go back home to their friends and families and I'm one of the last ones to fly home which makes me even more impatient. Even though I want to go home I also don't want to leave Fuengirola and my friends down here. It reminds me that almost half my exchange year has already passed which is crazy since it feels like the first school day was a week ago.

Tomorrow I will be moving in with my mom which is so exciting. I can't wait to get my very own room and actually have my own place that feels like home. I'm kind of getting tired of living with a host family and my room here. I want to be able to have my own room that I can decorate the way I want it and I'm also excited to spend more time with my mom in Spain. So I now have to, once again, pack my things so my mom can come by and pick up some of my luggage before I officially move in with her.

Last Tuesday we had Nobel dinner at school which was so much fun. The theme was The Phantom of the Opera so everyone had fancy suits and dresses, and some of the students had decorated the school which was amazing. I also preformed during the evening with a guy in my class, we sung and danced to "You're the one that I want" from Grease which everyone thought was a lot of fun. The evening was perfect and everyone was having a great time. It once again reminded me of how lucky I am to actually get to spend a year here with these amazing people!

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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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