This weekend a few other exchangers and I made a thanksgiving dinner for our host families and a few other exchange students who don’t celebrate thanksgiving in their countries.
Me, Spencer (Washington), Margo (Colorado), and Natasha (Canada) met at Margo’s house at 9:00 and started cooking right away.
Once we started putting stuff in the oven we came across some trouble. First the internet didn’t work so we couldn’t get our recipes, then one of the ovens stopped working, and finally the stove top stopped working. The resulting emotions looked like this:
But then Margo’s host dad bought a hot plate, and two of her neighbors agreed to let us use their ovens. So we had one of the turkeys and the stuffing at one house, the pies at another and we cooked the potatoes on a hot plate but it worked, so our emotions looked more like this:
Once we got it all cooking, Jess (Australia), Nick (Australia) and Joseph (France) came over and helped us finish up. We also took a lot of pictures, because that’s what exchange students do.
All in all we cooked for 19 people and had everything done on time and it all tasted amazing, even though you could slap the pumpkin pie. It was hard but the fact that it was stressful just made it all the more rememberable.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
On Thursday my next host mom, Mia, took me and the Italian exchange student she is currently hosting to Skåne where her parents live. She picked me up at five o’clock on Thursday. Now it is completely dark by five so I couldn’t actually see anything of the drive and it was also foggy. Mia’s parents live in a little town called Tomelilla that is about four hours drive away from Göteborg. When we got there it was pretty late so we just ate a little, played with their slightly psychotic dog and then we went to bed.
On Friday we drove to Ystad which is a cute little, very old town right on the sea. We toured around a bit, then we had fika. There wasn’t too much to do there so we didn’t stay for long.
|I missed seeing farms|
|I think this was a hotel|
|Cool courtyard we found|
|Oldest building in Ystad|
|Inside the awesome church|
|More cool buildings|
|Me in the doorway of a cool building|
After Ystad we drove about forty-five minutes over to Malmö, the biggest city in the South of Sweden. There we went to a building called the Turning Torso, which is the tallest in Sweden. Near there was a really cool play ground that Elisa and I enjoyed playing on for a little while and then we all went to lunch. After lunch we went over to visit Mia’s ex-husband’s parents. They live on a little island right outside of Malmö that is very close to Denmark. You can see the bridge that goes from Sweden to Denmark and on a good day you can see Copenhagen, but it was too cloudy that day. We didn’t spend too long there because we had to get back to Tomelilla so we could do a night tour of this old church. Back in Tomelilla we ate dinner with Mia’s parents and we chatted for a while, then Elisa and I watched an episode of Lie to Me and went to sleep.
|Cool modern architecture|
|More cool modern archiecture|
|Mia and a cool play area|
|Awesome spiny playground thingy|
|Really cool church|
|Another really cool church|
|Old city courtyard|
|Old city street|
|There is a house in that canal|
|The bridge to Denmark|
On Saturday we woke up late and just relaxed around the house for awhile. Elisa slept really late, so I spent a while practicing my Swedish with Mia and her mom. Then we drove home because we didn’t want to get home to late and it takes a little while to get home.
|I never thought I would miss tractors|
|We found llamas!|
I know this is mostly pictures and not many words but my English is quickly failing me and I took almost 400 pictures this weekend.