Wednesday, November 17, 2010


I apparently suck at updating this.. so i've been told as well as so i can see.
So my life for the past.. what, month and a half? is a complete mystery to everyone back home. Sorry.. it's been busy and I hate writing in this. I don't see how all of my girls at school can keep up a blog.. i find it so awkward to write about my life for whomever to see.

Well, life has been, normal in a sense. I mean to all you back home the little things i do on a daily basis must seem exciting, but i've gotten into a nice little routine that just works. I'm no longer excited to take the train somewhere, more of excited when i JUST make the train when i think i'm going to miss it. My school's size is no longer a shock, and no longer does it feel weird to be the non-swedish speaking one walking down the longs.. not halls, corridors is a better word. The hedghogs are asleep now (like the bears) and so they won't be out again until late spring, but my host mom did happen to see one walking the dog the other day and i had ran out and snapped some cute lil pictures of the little rascal. maybe one of these days i will actaully get around to putting pictures up. or you can all just wait until im home to see them ;)

its funny being the exchange student actaully. back home we always have so many and everyone knows who they are and such, and here, it's the same thing! Except i'm the foriegner (that can't spell worth crap apparently). I was at this party the other day (an "around the world" masquarade) and i had numerous people come up and talk to the people i was talking to, and then have them turn to look at me and be like "your kaycie right? that canadian?" If they didn't know my name they ALWAYS knew that I was the canadian. It was kinda funny cause people that I had never even seen before knew it. Lets just say i have a whole new appreciation and understanding towards the brasilians that wreak havoc on little sahali.

what have i been doing?
loottss of stuff. i have been keeping track of my days here, sorta.
ive made a bunch of new friends (always a fun thing) and hung out with other friends and gotten closer with some friends. in short, i like swedes.
ive made NUMEROUS trips to malmo, just to grab a fika, stop by the massive ahlens, and once even just to have subway.
i went to copenhagen the other week (during out hostlov, the fall break) where i enjoyed greasssyyyy KFC chicken :) a nice stroll in this BEAUTIFUL park in the middle of the city, then stared at three hours worth of art at the national art gallery. Bob Dylan paintings (his Brasil series) was the main exhibit, and I even got to see Picasso! not everyone can say they've done that.
I just saw HP today.. and thats all im saying bout that cause i am not ruining it for ANYONE!

i guess that sorta sums it up what ive been up too. im sorry it really actually doesn't but it's past my bedtime (WAYYYY past 8:34.. Grom, I hope you read this)
maybe one day i will get around to actually write a detailed post.. but i doubt it. you'll all just have to wait until July and you can hear many "Kaycie" stories.. i suppose you can put up with some seeing as you get to go a year without them.. who knows.. you probably "just had to be there"

I miss all you canadians!
Love all you swedes ;)
Wuddup to all my exchangeees!

Puss puss

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

This is my fall Rotex Roundup. I didn't quite follow our requriments, and sorta wrote it much different then most usually do.. but oh well. It honestly took me so long to write because I kept going back and forth and re-writing sutff.

Kaycie Sjodin
Hosting Information: Ystad, Sweden: Hammenhög Rotaryklubb District 2390
Sponsoring Information: Kamloops, BC: Kamloops Aurora 100

As I once heard: “One year abroad is all you need to become the person you’ve always wanted to be”. After 24 hours of travelling across the world to a new country, being submersed in one of the hardest languages, and introduced to so many amazing new people and customs, here I stand, believing that to be true more than ever. Through these past three months that I have been here I have met so many people that have changed my life and will forever stay in this new one that has been created.
When I meet people here, I get the same questions over and over again: “Why Sweden?” “You’re Canadian huh? You speak French then.” “How’s the weather in Canada? It must be pretty cold.” I joke with my host parents and say that you could wake me up in the middle of the night and I could answer all of these questions. With the help of my new surroundings, I’ve realized so many things, about myself, about Sweden, and especially about Canada. I’ve learnt that I have a high tolerance to potatoes almost every night, and that I am able to be so far from home without much problem. I’ve learnt that Swedes are insanely shy when you first meet them, along with that Swedish as a language is one of the hardest languages to learn. I’ve learnt that in Canada, we have the strangest way to measure things, whether it is weight, height, distance, etc. I’ve also learnt that honestly, no one knows about Canada, it’s rather funny as well as fun to tell them more about it.
I haven’t really had any struggles these past three months. Right from the start I had adjusted so well to the new culture and I never had a problem. It feels so normal being here that even when people say “Sweden” or “Europe” it just doesn’t faze me. I don’t think I could be in a better place for me right now. My host family is amazing, and I have come to the conclusion that they are the reason that I have adjusted like I have. My friends are all truly great, from my Swedish friends at school and around town to exchange friends, even those off in other countries right now. School is so much different here than in Canada, much bigger and more like university. They give you much more responsibility, but a lot more freedom I find. The way the school system works is you take a program, which is sort of like a school inside a school. I am in the Media program, which is great because my classes aren’t very difficult minus that they are taught in Swedish. I guess the only hard thing I am dealing with is the connection of Canadian Post and Swedish Post; it takes me about 2 months to get stuff from home.
I can’t say that I don’t miss home, because of course I do, I am just finding it much easier to be away then I thought it would. Canadian things that I love have just been replaced by new Swedish things. There are no mountains where I am, and as hard as that is to get used to, I now have the sea 5 minutes from my house. Reese Peanut Butter Cups have been temporarily replaced with Marabou chocolate (I say temporarily because they are still my favourite). I never knew that I would love this country so much, and now that I am here, I don’t want to leave.
The one main thing that I have learnt so far on this exchange is: expectations are nonexistent when being a Rotary student. Or at least that is how it should be. Before I came, I was told to learn the language. I was told to research my country and to know about where I would be spending this year. Honestly, I never did that but that worked for me. Everyone is different, preparations were different for different people and everyone adjusts differently. If I have one piece of advice for future exchange students, it’s to do what works for you.
“Varje dag är en ny början. Behandla det så. Håll dig borta från vad som kan ha varit, och titta på vad som kan. (Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.)”

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