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Riannon – semester program to Sweden
I’m living in a little community of flats about 15 minutes bike ride from the city centre. There’s a forest right beside my house, and then on the other side of that is the water. It’s really surprising how many trees and green-ness there is around here, being so close to the city. I don’t think any of our Australian cities are like this. It’s really nice though, coming from a farm in the country to a city suburb kinda scared me a little but it’s not as bad as I would have expected.
School in Sweden is very different to our Australian schools, for one there are no bells or set slots for classes! Today I started at 8:20, but tomorrow I start at 10:05. Sleep in! You also finish at a different time too, it just depends on when your last class is and when the teacher wants to let you leave. I’m studying psychology, English, Maths, communications and Swedish as a second language at the moment. The class times aren’t as structured as they are in Australia either. I might have maths at 9:10 until 10:20, and then a 10 minute break and have psychology from 10:30 until 12:15 and then a 2 hour break and have Swedish. I don’t always have breaks at the same times as my friends and it takes me almost an hour to get home so I can’t do that either, so sometimes I just have to sit in the cafeteria.
Most people are really friendly and I’ve made a fair few friends all round. I don’t find that there is a really big difference in the food here, but that may just be because I’m a vegetarian and my host family eats a lot of vegetables as it is. They keep trying to get me to eat caviar, but it just smells so fishy! I’ve managed to hold them off for now, but I think they might get me to eat it before I leave. They, on the other hand, have tried some of the vegemite that I brought over and they don’t like it at all. Neither do any of my friends that have tried it. But oh well, more for me!