The past three weeks since coming back from France have been very relaxing. We had the perfect weather for it as well. I haven’t seen sun in a long time; it has been raining a lot of the time. But I think it is very beautiful, it makes the Swedish forests around Karlstad very green! The days are feeling shorter and shorter though with it being pitch black by 4.30pm. You want to go to sleep so early. Also if there is sun it never really feels like it has risen, always looks like early morning or late afternoon, its so different!
I have enjoyed my time chilling out with all of the exchange students again. We have been partying, playing games, eating breakfast at IKEA, going to the Petting zoo, going for walks things like that.
We had a Halloween party on campus where we dressed up as Cat & the Hat, thing one and thing two, we ended up essentially being the only ones dressed up, so we hands down won the best dressed competition.
Lynday, Taylor and Myself may be a tad addicted to H&M. We find our selves, “browsing” almost every week no matter which country we are in.
One morning a group of us took a road trip to IKEA for breakfast, its 69kr for breakfast which is $10 for buffet breaky. When we left and walked outside it was snowing! I was so pumped, really cool to see the snow flakes, the temperature was only -1 so the snow didn’t settle, but I was still just as excited.
We have started to eat together a lot more as it works out cheaper and is more fun. I tried Canadian sloppy Joes, which were interesting to say the least. It’s like taco meat on a bread roll. Another cool dinner was currywurst, which is German white sausages, ketchup and curry powder with fries. It’s really good. I also convinced everyone one morning to try a piece of Vegemite toast. All of the reactions were to spit in the bin. So that settles that, only Aussies can handle the vegemite.
The petting zoo was really sweet. They had so many cute animals, including the biggest Rabbits I have ever seen in my life! You could see the area that they will flood in December so it can freeze and become an ice rink, I’m looking forward to that. I translated the sign next to the baby pigs where there was a container full of pacifiers and it said “give your babies to the pigs”. Don’t think google translate has got it quite right.
Today I met up with Julia and my host family and we went to this traditional Swedish “trivia hike” day. We walked 5km answering different questions along the way. We didn’t spot any elk on the walk but we did see two squirrels. We also tried a few different types of Swedish foods. One was porridge with bacon and jam, very interesting. After the hike we had sausages cooked on the fire and a Christmas drink, which tastes almost like coke, but with like cinnamon in it. I’m very lucky to have gotten a nice host family, its great to see some traditions and experience how family life is.
Tomorrow I leave for the International student cruise to Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Russia. All up it is an 11-day trip, so I’m looking forward to it. We catch the train to Stockholm at 10.30am.
I have also started my second course that is really interesting and it will be finished just before Christmas.