Wednesday, June 22, 2011


My last rotary meeting is in a week, I will be showing pictures and telling my club about my year, all in swedish! TAGGAR!
I am also going to Eskilstuna for Midsummers, I will leave on thursday morning and come home sunday.
That means I only have about 4 days left in Ystad before I go on euro tour (June 30th)
I can't wait for eurotour, but at the same time I am really upset about leaving, as I only have 2 days in sweden after eurotour before I go home.
I've been busy busy busy, seeing as time is running out. I've packed now, but I will need to re arrange some stuff before and after eurotour. It's hard to pack up your life yet again :s it's to heavy.
well that's all for now! I have to go back and work on my presentation!

Vi ses, pussar! <3

Friday, June 17, 2011

Sommar tiden!

Summer vacation has offically been underway for a week now. Boy do I love it. I have a pool at this host family, and have been enjoying it almost everyday. My tan is definetly back (YES!) and summer is in the air. We had some reallly nice weather, then it got a little cloudy and rainy, then back to REALLY HOT out! It rained yesterday (night) but I hope that the sun comes back soon. I want to go to the beach!
Though last week I did go to the beach, where I watched some volleyball. The school had a volleyball tournament and each class could make a team. My class doesn't like sports :( so we had no team. But I met with Sofia and Leo and we went and watching, as Philip had a team, along with some other friends of mine. So we spent all day watching, and it was good. The one team had some really good friends of mine, and they ended up winning the tournament. Afterwards we decided to go take a bath in the ocean! When we walked out onto the dock I somewhat changed my mind about swimming.. the wind was cold. But Leo decided differently and pushed me off the dock and into the water. It wasn't as cold as all the guys were making it out to be.. wusses.

That's just a little stupid story of mine.

Me and my host sister, Sophie, planking by the beach one evening.

Saturday, June 11, 2011


Yesterday was the Swedish Studenetn (graduation)
I started this day at about 9am, as I was woken up by the students driving through the streets, singing, screaming, blowing whistles, and honking car horns. It's tradtion in sweden, that when you graduate, you start off your "studenten dag" early in the morning with a champagne breakfast. Literally, you drink champagne.
The main part of the day is spent driving around streets, drinking, and just enjoying the day. At one point in the day, they gather with their class in the school, and come running through the front doors, that are only opened once a year, just for this. They run through the doors, they sing a song, they blow their whistles and noise makers, it's so exciting! After they search through the crowds for their parents, but this is made easier by the fact that their parents carry large signs, with a picture of their child when they were young, along with their name and class. Once they find their family, the student gets flowers, stuffed animals, and mini champagne bottles hung around their neck. Pictures and pictures later, they gather with their class once more and climb into a big truck, and blast some music, drink some more, sing, dance, and celebrate. They drive up and down the streets for a large period of time, it is just so happy and exciting.
After this, there are studentfests. Oh and there are so many of them. I ended up going to 4 in total with Philip and his family (his parents and his sister who came home for studenten from Paris). We started at about 5pm, and me and Philip went to his neighbours house, Amelie. I also actually knew her aswell, I had met her back in August as she is a friend of my old host sister, Sara. We enjoyed a delicious meal there (catered hollyyy)and visited for just over an hour. Then back to his house, where we met the rest of his family and drove to a town named Abbekås, where his mom grew up. His cousin graduated from her school in Malmo, so we joined many of his relatives in yet another student fest. It's very interesting to meet older swedish people, and answer their many questions about canada. This party ended after the funniest comment I've ever gotten from an adult. As we said goodbye, his uncle (who was quite intoxicated believe me) grasps my hand and wishs me "a very good night with Philip". I think that my cheeks were on fire.
After this party, we drove back to Ystad and to a new party, the students name was Louise. Now I somewhat know Louise, I am good friends with her boyfriend Viktor. This party was nice because many of my friends were there, including my best friend, Leo, the italian exchange student. I also met some of my first host family's friends, and had stopped to speak with them when we first got there. We stayed there for a bit, but not the whole night, we still had one more party to attend. This one was of Philip's mom's best friends daughter, Angelica. We were greeted by her father, and as Philip said that we were going to go around and say hello to the others, we were not allowed to do so without a drink. Some frozen mojitos in our hands, we once more toured around and said hello, many of these people this time knew who I was, or rather have heard of me.

After a night full of handshakes, introductions, funny grandparents, I can call that one of the best nights I've had! The swedish graduation is possibly the coolest thing I have seen yet. Next year, I am going to bring these tradtions to Canada so watch out!

This is the parallell class to mine.

Friday, June 10, 2011


Idag det är studenten! Grattis till alla min 3år kompisar! Ha det så bra ikväll på öja! Önskar det jag kunde gå med! Men det ska vara kul! VARFÖR ÄR JAG INTE ARTON?!?!

tjugo dagar lämnade...

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My swedish sisters are home for the week <3 I love having them home! We've gone out shopping, have taken fikas, thursday we are going to go to the beach :) Since both have been on an exchange they get me well :)
It's lovely having a full house!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Yayyyy Rotex Roundups..

Alright... one more rotex roundup to write... 6 days to do it. GO!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

These are some of my friends. We are at Josse's 18th birthday!

Thursday, May 19, 2011


My best friend here in Sweden likes to travel to London with me. We wanted to try and meet Harry Potter but then I remembered that he's still at Hogwarts. School isn't out yet.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


My family has left now! We had a nice few days in Stockholm then some quiet ones home before they departed to Copenhagen then back to new York then back to canada.
I'll write more details later as I gotta head to class right now.

They went here on the first Sunday while I was at my Rotary District Conference.

Sunday, May 8, 2011


My family is here visiting. They got here Wednesday. Tuesday we are going to Stockholm until Friday. I don't know what we will do after that.
Just so the world knows now.

And now I have a deal with my mother to blog once a week.. It's a big deal so I can't break it.

I start now.

This is a picture from when I was in Prag back in April. This church was built for giants.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Rotex Roundup take two

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

Six and a half months ago, I did not know a single word of the Swedish language. I had never tried pickled herring or sang silly songs while drinking snapps. If you asked me to take a fika, I would look at you strangely, not know what to do or what you were talking about. I wouldn’t be able say that I have been to places such as Salzburg, Austria; Copenhagen, Danmark; and of course; Ystad, Sweden. Six months ago, I would not be able to say that I now have two homes, thousands of miles apart, but right beside each other in my heart.
This exchange so far has been the most incredible and life changing experience. I’ve been thrown into situations that I never had encountered before, from learning one of the hardest languages in the world, to testing my strength to deal with emergencies across the oceans. I still can’t say that I have had to deal with much homesickness since I have left Canada. It did not take me long to adjust to my new surroundings and country. Sometimes when I am just simply walking home from school, or walking to a friend’s house, I realize how comfortable I am in this city. The cobblestone streets and varied colours of brick houses no longer seem foreign to me, but cozy and natural. Walking into the local grocery store, I can find my way around without wandering aimlessly. When taking a trip to Stora Osterleden, the main street, I can find more and more familiar faces, and stop and talk with a friend from school. Weekends are much busier, as there are more and more people that I hang out with. I meet new friends on a regular basis, and strengthen the ones that I already have. I no longer feel uncomfortable walking into a store, and speaking Swedish with the cashier, nor do I have a hard time to understand them and I don’t have to ask them to take it again but in English. Speaking Swedish with my friends is so much easier, and we can talk to each other in Swedish, and write in it as well the whole time. Classes in school I still don’t understand as much as I would like, when I think about it, I still barely understand anything, but I go and listen and take notes, although I am not sure what I am writing down. When I meet a new person, I can go the first half of the conversation all in Swedish, which impresses them and makes me feel much better about my language skills. I have found though that I have lost some English skills, and a few times I have said sentences that are quite incorrect, and make me sound very Swedish. Talking to friends back home, whether just in an email or on Skype, I find that a lot of the time my first instinct is to speak Swedish, and a couple times when skyping I have accidently spoken Swedish instead of English. It is so much easier now for the words to come out, and for me to just sit and think in Swedish as well. I think that’s a good sign that it’s finally starting to click.
I have a hard time even thinking about what it will be like when the time comes to go home, and it makes me almost teary when I do. Everything here has been so amazing, and I can’t imagine what my life would be like without meeting the people I’ve met and experienced the things that I have. Rotary has been the best decision of my life, and never once have I regretting filling out that first application. I am ever so grateful for the opportunity of being here, and will never ever forget this year. I have changed into a more independent and cultured person I know, the change that I believe is for the better. It has honestly been the best half year of my life so far, and the best six months are just to come.
Take each day as you want. Do what you want to do, be who you want to be. Don’t think about what you could have done; focus on what is still left to be accomplished. Don’t say no, and always smile. You’ll find that life rolls around easier that way. And when the time comes to say goodbye, don’t make it your last.
Vi ses igen snart Sverige. Du är mitt hem nu. Alltid och för evigt. Puss och kram.


Sunday, January 9, 2011

goodbye 2010

So I am really sorry, I really never get around to writing in this stupid thing, and when I do it's quite useless. So maybe as a new years resolution I will do better maybe. I say that now but I am most likely going to fail at it.

But hey this blog post isn't about 2011 and what lies ahead, it's what has happened. I guess it's to cover the month of Decemeber I suppose. I can't say nothing to interesting has happened, but it has been interesting. Unfortuntetly it has also had some sad moments. I've had to say goodbye to two of my best exchange friends, and well it's never easy to say good bye, even just extended see ya's are hard to do.

I had my birthday on the 22nd, and it went by good. I wasn't as homesick as I thought I might be, in fact I barely was. Christmas came next, and unlike Canada was celebrated on the 24th. So that day I was good, but it didn't feel so much like real christmas, though I was surrounded by my whole Swedish family complete with grandparents and cousins and aunts and uncles. The 25th felt strange, for we did literally nothing. I got to skype with all of my family back home, and it was great to talk to them.

Insert the next week here, of fikas, sleeping in, enjoying the snow, watching dexer and movies, and drinking too much tea that it can not be considered healthy. I had gotten a bit of a cold just after christmas so I was sick during the time. I pick good moments to get a sore throat and stuff.

New Years. I've decided that this is being left for another post. One that covers 2011.. cause really, that's what it is.

Now I'm gonna leave this one alone with a final salute to 2010. It may have started in january, but my year started on July 29th.

Hej då 2010. Det hade varit kul.