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New bed September 7, 2008

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I got myself a new bed! It’s two times wider than the old one and it is really soft and comfortable, exept I had trouble sleeping on it last night, but that’s because I have to get used to it. Yesterday we drove out to Ikea, a swedish furniture store, where everything is painted blue and yellow for the swedish colors, and we went looking for a loong time to find a new bed. FInally I found one and it is really good.

Last night we also had a little movie night. We were only four people and actually we had no alcohol involved! We just had fun together, playing Guitar Hero and watching a movie, nothing fancy. It would be really fun to do that again some other time.

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Back in little Denmark July 16, 2008

Posted by Anders in Exchange student, Exchangeprogram, Feelings, Friends, High School, Hostfamily, Norton, USA.
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A lot of things have changed back here, just as I predicted.! It was really weird being here, seeing people that I haven’t seen in over a year. Me and my friends had a party the same day I arrived, and I got pretty drunk, even though I didn’t drink very much. That’s because I haven’t had anything alcoholic while I was in USA. My friends have also changed. They have done a lot of stuff, gone clubbing, wild partying, that I even haven’t tried yet, since I wasn’t able to do that in the US. But they probably think I have changed too, though.

There has also been changes in the close family. First, my dad got a girlfriend. I was very excited to meet her, and I was not dissapointed. I can really see why my dad likes her. Before I met her, I asked my family about her, and they all liked her very much. I really do like her too. She is always happy and she always has a big smile on her face, and I like that. She even likes to joke around, and I have laughed a lot with her, even though I’ve only known her for a couple of weeks.

I am happy to be home, but I am definately gonna miss my American family, Norton High, my American friends, and overall the life in America. It has been fun to try and live as an American for a year, and I have definately learned a lot.

Going back soon July 2, 2008

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It is kinda weird.

In 4 days I am going to say goodbye to my life here in America, goodbye to my family, leave everything behind. I have already said goodbye to my friends, exchanged emails, addresses and what have you. I am completely booked up until I leave, since there is so much to do before I leave and so little time.

I wont say that I don’t wanna leave America, but on the other hand it’s gonna be really sad when I leave. The friendships I’ve made, my new family, will be with me forever. When I go home I will still be able to talk to them, and hopefully keep in contact for a long time. I love all my friends, and my family, and it is gonna be really sad to say goodbye to them.

On the other hand, I still have friends waiting for me at home, looking forward to see me, and it feels really good that there is people that actually care about me and looking forward to see me again. I can’t wait to see them either, and it’s gonna be so nice to see them again.

In a way it really sucks emotionally to be a foreign exchangestudent. First, you leave your family, friends and pets for a whole year, and miss them a lot. Then you create new friendships while you are away, create new bonds, which you have to leave after a year. I don’t say that I regret being a foreign exhcangestudent. I will never regret at all that I took this decision, but let me say, it is very emotional to be a foreign exchangestudent, especially now, when I am about to say goodbye to everybody, and they all want me to stay here. This leads me back to my first point. 

It is very hard to leave everyone, and one part of me would give everything to stay another year here in Ohio, but the other part of me can’t wait to get home to see my friends, family, and of course my cat. I have missed that little furball so much, that it is not even funny. He was my buddy before I left, and I really hope he still remembers me when I come back. He would always sleep in my chair right besides my bed, and he was just overall my buddy, even though I could get really mad at him, like the time he had laid on my black shirt so it was full of white cat hair, or the time he had peeed on my pants, and I had taken them on when they had dried, and when they got wet again, it smelled like I was the one who had pee’d my pants.

This will probably be my last big post, before I leave, since it seems I have so much to do before I leave. I mean it is already wednesday today, and I leave sunday morning, and before that I have to squeeze in a Cedar Point trip (tomorrow), 4th of juli celebration, visit at the Vaill (really nice teacher couple), get family photo taken, use my giftcards, and a lot of more stuff. I am basicly completely booked before I go back.

By the way I am arriving at the Copenhagen Airport at 9:00 am monday morning, just so you know.

Update May 22, 2008

Posted by Anders in Exchange student, Exchangeprogram, Friends, Girlfriend, High School, Hostfamily, Megan, Norton, Pictures, USA.
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Short:
I broke up with Megan, I got my Letter for my Letterman jacket, school is almost over, and seniors are all gone.

Long:
Me and Megan are not together anymore. Since after prom she has been acting weird towards me, and I didn’t know why, still up to this day. She just started to ignore me, and I was always the one who had to text her, or start a conversation. It was like she didn’t care about me. Well this monday she came up with this stupid-ass excuse about her working all summer, so she wouldn’t be able to hang out with me that much, so we decided to end it. I was going to end the relationship soon anyway because I was the one keeping it going. Our relationship was weird in the first place, we didn’t really see each other that much after school and it just wasn’t like a normal relationship, but then how normal can it be when you know that I am going home soon. Well, I kinda think that the only reason why she went out with me was that she needed a prom date, but then prom didn’t seem very significant when we first started seeing each other, and flirt with each other during the winter play. I really don’t know what her real reason was why she broke up, but now she won’t even talk to my sister Ashley, whom she tutored in Spanish at one time.

Another thing that happened was that I got my letter for participation in band. A letter is basicly a big N made in cool fabric that you put on your letterman jacket, and I am really excited that I got that letter, because I wasn’t really expecting it. Now my jacket is at the tailor so they can put it on!

Wednesday was a very sad day. We said goodbye to all the seniors, since they get out of school early, and it was kinda sad since a lot of my friends were seniors! The next time I will see them might not be until my going away party.

This was just a little update. Got my prom picture of me and Megan too, even though we are not together anymore, and she basicly treats me like I don’t exist.

Prom

 Bigger picture here.

Visit from America April 23, 2008

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One of my friends have long talked about going to Denmark to visit me, when I am home, and she is now allowed to go, she just need to save the $1200 it cost for a plane ticket to Denmark, but if she can afford it, it could be so sweet. I would show her alot of stuff! I would take her to Copenhagen, so she can ride the Metro, and visit Tivoli, see the Little Mermaid, just show her the odd stuff in Copenhagen, where normal tourists don’t get to go. Show her Jagtvej 69 (or what’s left of it), Christania, and just get lost in Copenhagen. I am so excited to show her Denmark. It would be cool too if we could take her to Skagen, so she can see what I call the “love-wagons”, the small beach houses right on the beach itself. I would also introduce her to my friends, and show her how the danish people have fun!

Lost a friend March 26, 2008

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It was a sad day today, even though it was me and Megans 1 month day. Today is the day Carlos, the other foreigner, went home. He was only here in his summer vacation, he is from Chile so when it was winter here, it is summer there, and he had to go home to start school. Well at first I didn’t really talk to him a lot, but since I started hanging out with Megan, I started talking more and more to Carlos. He was really a nice guy and he was very fun too. He didn’t really understand a whole lot of English, but he got his way through with a lot of help.

 As I said, everyone was really sad that he was leaving, and even though I didn’t knew him that long, it kinda felt that I had known him for a long time, and now there is gonna be a little hole where he was. The seat in front of me in Language Arts is going to be empty now, and he will definately be missed. But on the other hand we can still email him, and I know Megan is planning on writing to him. It’s weird to think that he now sits in an airplane on the way to South America. What is worse is that this kinda opened my eyes and I realized now that I have a little more than 3 months left in United States!Carlos Bruja

Band contest cancelled March 8, 2008

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This is actually the first time I really hated the snow. Yesterday we were supposed to go to Revere High School (my old school) for a Band contest, but since it started snowing heavily, and the weather cast promised up to 3 feet (almost 1 meter) by sunday morning. Plus the state of Ohio is almost out of salt, which is not very good. This winter has actually been pretty bad, for what my family says, and March is not even over yet. They say March is the worst month with a lot of snowfall.

I was pretty mad when I heard they cancelled the contest friday, because it was going to be really fun. We were going to leave a little after school, and around 6 o’clock we were going to the mall to get something to eat. Plus me and Meg were supposed to sit on the bus together, and it would have been so much fun. Since they cancelled the District contest, as this was, everyone was automatically qualified to the State Contest, which Norton has not been in since 3 years ago. It’s on April 25th, and I really hope I can go.

Another thing. I am going to hang out with Meg on sunday, which I am pretty excited for, since that is our first time alone together! 🙂 Another thing is, I asked her out to prom, and she said yes. Prom is a really big thing over here, and it’s going to take place at Akron University, and I am just really looking forward to it.

Happy New Year December 31, 2007

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It’s new years eve now. it’s apparently not that big of a thing over here, they don’t even jump off the chairs. A weird thing is that it’s been all silent the las week. In Denmark, people usually shoot off fireworks weeks before the big day. I have been told that fireworks is not the big thing at New Years over here. It’s definately gonna be different over here. I almost have more homesickness than when it was christmas. I especially miss my friends now, they are having fun right now at one of my friends house. It was so fun last year, when the group had our new years party. We were funny-drunk, and we were jumping around on the trampoline while we were enjoying the fireworks around us. That was good times.

But still, happy New Year everybody.

Feeling moody and depressed December 3, 2007

Posted by Anders in Exchange student, Exchangeprogram, Feelings, Friends, Hostfamily, Mood, USA.
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The title says everything. This is a really crappy day today. I started writing a letter to Louni, which turned out to be big crap, but I didn’t want to throw it away, so I am probably just gonna send it anyway. The weather is really cold, I have been tired all day, and overall it is just really really crappy.

I got to think of something. All people say they love me and they think I am funny because I make funny remarks in classes, and maybe playing a little stupider than I am. But then, I make people laugh. I like making people laugh. That is my drug. Back to the subject! But are they truely friends? Are they just hanging out with me because I am the foreign kid, and I am interesting?

I really feel homesick right now, and I have no one to talk to. Everybody in Denmark is sleeping, and it would probably be a lot worse if I call them, because they can do nothing about it where they are. I don’t really feel like speaking up here in the house, because I don’t wanna hurt their feelings just because I had a bad day. I just want to be alone, be with my danish friends, have a movienight, and just overall have some fun. I really miss our movienights. We had  some really good times. Once when we drank out of the puddle, stood seminaked in the street and ran up and down it too. Remember when you guys left me in the Ørnebjergvej carousel, and I was laying in the plants? That was good times. Even when a whole gang of people came to my doorstep on my birthday to beat one of my friends up seemes pretty memorable right now.

It’s not like I haven’t had any good memories with my family here, and don’t misunderstand me, I really love them. We’ve had good times too.

You know what, writing about my homesickness actually helped a lot!

PARTY May 16, 2007

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We are going to have a big party tonight. I am really looking forward to it. They should be here in half an hour.