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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.

Vacation with my dad June 15, 2008

Posted by Anders in Baseball, Cleveland Indians, Exchange student, Exchangeprogram, Hostfamily, Niagara Falls, USA.
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My dad is going home tomorrow, and it has been a quite busy week. We didn’t have enough time at all, and with me being bit by a dog the second day he is here, we have gone through a lot. Especially because the dog didn’t have its vaccinations in place, and we were worried sick that I might had rabies (hundegalskab). The family who owned the dog had already put it to sleep, and the vet had harvested some brain tissue, so they could test the dog for rabies. Luckily the dog didn’t have rabies, so I didn’t need to go through the extremely painful rabies shots.

We also showed my dad the Niagara Falls. We were supposed to arrive there at 4 pm, but for some reason we got there at 10 pm. As soon as we got out of the car, it started to rain really bad, though, and we all got soaked. It quickly stopped raining, though, and we took some more pictures of it. Then it started raining badly again, and we decided to go to the car. We were on the Canada side of the Falls, so afterwards we went up to the sparkling tourist city right next to the falls, and spent a couple of hours up there before we went home.

My family also had a big surprise for me. They actually took me to see a Cleveland Indians Baseball game. I was so happy to see them for real, and I had a really good time. I was the only one who knew what was going on, since nobody else knew much about baseball, but they were happy that I had a good time. I was really getting into the game too, even though they lost, but that’s okay, it was a pretty eventful game anyway. Especially when Grady Sizemore scored a Homerun and everyone was on their feet, including me.

I hope my dad had a good vacation here, I certainly enjoyed having him here!

New York May 28, 2008

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I went to New York this weekend. It was one of the most amazing cities I’ve ever seen. First we took the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. After we saw the Statue, we took a tourbus around Downtown Manhattan. We saw all the famous buildings, and drove through all the famous neighbourhoods, like Soho, Chinatown, Greenwich Village and Litttle Italy. I could really image myself living in New York. I really like the big city life. That’s why I want to have an apartment in inner Copenhagen when I get old enough to move out of my dads.

I got some souvenirs, too. Of course I have to have one of those I “heart” NY T-shirts, and I got myself a model of the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, plus a little pen where there is moving stuff inside it. I have a whole collection of those!

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.

Prom May 14, 2008

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I know that this post is a little late, but I’ve had a lot going on which I will come back to. First I wanna talk about Prom. Prom was last saturday and it was probably the best night I’ve had in a long time. I was kinda nervous about it, since the last dance I had been to was Homecoming, but it was with another date than Megan. First we started off by eating at her house. We had Chicken Alfredo and it was really good. After the dinner, we got pictures taken. Megans mom is a photographer, so she has her little studio in the basement. I still haven’t got the pictures yet, but I ordered them on a cd. The dance itself was at the University of Akron, and it was only for Juniors and Seniors. We got there about 40 minutes after the doors had opened, so everyone was alteady on the dancefloor. We immediatly began dancing and the evening was overall a blast. Megans parents were chaperones, they were there to oversee that everything was going well, and of course her mom had her camera with her, so she took a lot of pictures of us. I cant wait to see them.

After prom we went to the schools After-prom, which also was at the University of Akron. It was held at the Student Recreation and Wellness center, so there was a lot of stuff to do. They had a pool, there were 5 different gyms, a rockclimping wall, and a lot of other stuff. The only bad thing about it was that we had to stay there until 3:30 in the morning. At about 3 o’clock everybody was really tired and nobody really wanted to do anything. Even when they were announcing who got the grand prizes, which were iPods, Free Cedar Point tickets, Rockband, people were so tired that they didn’t really care that they won.

So I came home at around 4 o’clock in the morning, and I was completely smashed the day after. Not very good when it was mothers day, and I basicly had breakfast at some old country restaurant. No it was not old fashioned breakfast, it was mashed potatoes and steak.

Two months with the girlfriend April 27, 2008

Posted by Anders in Exchange student, Exchangeprogram, Girlfriend, Hostfamily, Megan, Norton, weekend.
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So yesterday was actually our two month day, but since she was busy and I was kinda busy too, we decided to go on a date today (sunday) instead of yesterday. I had told her friday night that I wanted to take her to the mall, rather have her drive us, since I can’t drive a car :S. She said she had to go to her grandma’s house saturday night, so we decided to do it sunday, so we would have more time. I was pretty excited, since I had already planned out where in the mall we were going. She picked me up around 1 o’clock, and we drove to the mall, where we found this italian restaurant where we had lunch. The food was really good, real italian, even with french fries that had parmasan spread over them. Not as bad as it sounds.

I paid for the food, and we went into the mall. The restaurant was built in the same building as the mall itself, except that it had a separate entrance, and you couldn’t just walk through to get into the mall. There I kinda lead the way. We were looking at some shops until we came to our destination, the Build-A-Bear Workshop. I had planned this out for a couple of days now, that I would take her to that workshop, and we would make a bear for her. She didn’t expect that, and she was very happy when she found out what was going on. She really loved it. We ended up making a monkey with a graduation dress on it, since she is graduating this year. It was really fun making the bear, and I could tell she was really enjoying it. After she made her monkey, we just walked around the mall, holding hands and looked at the different shops, until we ended up at Starbucks Coffee shop, where we had something to drink. We stayed there a little while just talking and having fun. After that, she took me home. She just kinda parked in the driveway and we said goodbye, but when I came inside, my mom wanted to see the bear we made. She already knew that we were going there, of course, so I called Megan and she turned around and came back and showed her the monkey, and we all talked for a little while.

This was a really good date, and it was our first real date, too. We’ve spend time together, and she’s been over here a couple of times, but this was a real date, and we need to do this more often. Just need to find a new idea of what to do. Maybe we could go to the movies or something…

Spring Break April 13, 2008

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It has been a long time since I’ve written on this blog. I just didn’t feel like it and there weren’t any news to post.

This week was spring break, so I was off school. Most of the break I just went to bed late and woke up in the afternoon. But this Tuesday I went to Washington DC with my family. We left thursday afternoon, probably around 5 pm, and headed for the first hotel, which was in Pennsylvania. The drive from here to Washington is about 6 hours, so we booked this hotel, so we could swim there because they had an indoor pool. On the way there our car broke down at a rest stop! Apparently the part that makes the electricity to charge the Karen freezingbattery had a bad connection, and the battery was going flat. We charged the battery from the other car (we had two cars, one for Russ, Karen, Grandma, Whitney and me, and one for Shane, Marci and the twins), and we were on the edge of going home. We were actually on the highway heading home, when we tried stopping it, and see if it could start again, and it would! So we went back to the highway and headed down to the hotel, which was about 2 hours away from us. It was also 2 hours away from DC, so we would try and get the car fixed the next day. We arrived at the hotel at around 11:30 pm, so we didn’t get to go swimming that day as planned. Also I had to sleep on the floor, since they could only get a room with two double beds, and no extra bed. It was not very fun to sleep on the floor since I was lying near the outer wall, and it was really cold. Also Russ was snoring like crazy so I only got like 2 hours of sleep that night. I even recorded him snoring.Breakfast at Denny\'s

The next morning we went down to the pool to get a morning swim before we went on the road again. The pool was warm and it was really fun to swim again. After swimming we went and had breakfast at Denny’s which serves real american breakfast. Good breakfast too. Then we went driving. We hit DC at about 1:30 that afternoon. The traffic is really bad in Washington and there is absolutely no parking, plus when we arrived they apparently had some Cherry Blossom festival going on, so we didn’t get to see that much. Although we took a tour of the Arlington cemetary, which is the National cemetary for military veterans. It is very big, and

Small part of Arlington Cemetary

has graves from all the way back to the civil war. It took us a couple of hours to go through that, and everyone was kinda tired. It got a lot worse though, because we were trying to find parking around some of the memorials. The roads in DC are also really bad too. If you take a wrong turn, or get into the wrong lane, you have to drive for miles before you can turn around and get on right track. It is terrible! I really wanted to see the Lincoln Memorial, so it ended with them dropping me off to see it. Shane and Marci managed to park somewhere nearby because they had a handicap sticker on their car, because thLincoln Memorialat car was actually Russ’s mothers car. Well I got to see the memorial, but I was in such a hurry that I kinda didn’t get to enjoy it really. It was a shame actually. We headed back for the hotel so we could have time to go swimming there too. At least I had my own bed at that hotel.

The next day we got up, and Whitney and Ashley went more swimming. I didn’t want to go though, I was tired and didn’t feel like going swimming that early in the morning. We went back to Washington again to see some more memorials. First we went to the Iwo Jima memorial, which is the one where all the soldiers are holding up the american flag. Christ it was big! We could sit in one of the hands. It Iwo Jima Memorialwas of course a pain too to get there, and we too several wrong turns to get there. We could see it all the time though, we just didn’t know how to get there. After that we decided to park the car some remote location which was intended for festival parking. We could then catch a free shuttle which would bring us into the memorial areas. We saw the Jefferson Memorial which was huge, but not as pretty as the Lincoln memorial. We then walked around the lake, the memorial was located by and found some benches to sit down at since Grandma was tired. After a little while I decided to go see the White House, which was about 1.5 km away. Since Whitney and Shane had goneFamily on some paddleboats, and Marci, Ashley and Russ decided to go back for the cars, and Grandma was too tired to walk all that way, it was only me and Aimee who went to go there. We cut across a lot of great lawns, and we reached the Washington Memorial, which was directly between where we were sitting and the White House. We finally reached the House and we took some pictures of it. The original plan was for us to get picked up near the White House, but since Russ was tired, and they weren’t back yet Whit Housefrom getting the cars, we were told to walk all the way back. So lets just say I got my daily exercise that day. It was getting late too, and we had to drive all the way home that night, so we headed out of the city at about 6 o’clock. We found some buffet restaurant to eat at, so we headed home late than we expected. At around 1 o’clock in the morning Russ kept falling asleep at the wheel, so we stopped at a truck stop so he could sleep. Unfortunately I had to get out to get something to drink, and when I got back, Russ had put his seat down, so I couldn’t sit there, and I wouldn’t wake him up, so I just stayed in the building of that rest stop. I drank some coffee from Starbucks, and spent a couple of dollars on some prize games, until I could see that Russ had scooted his seat up. Apparently he couldn’t really sleep, so we onl stayed at the truck stop for 1 and a half hour. We arrived home at around 4 o’clock in the morning.

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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

Haircut March 16, 2008

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I finally got myself a haircut, even though I don’t think it is very nice, because its kinda too flat for me, but hopefully it will grow out in a couple of weeks.