It’s finally time for the Nordplus project to continue. I have been longing for this ever since I came back from Riga. So, with 4 months of longing, we’re off to Lithuania!
I have been in contact with my host through Facebook, and she seems so nice! One thing I’m especially looking forward to is our early meeting before the flight. Let’s just say it’s way too early. My good friend, Tova, is going to sleep at my house on Saturday, because her parents will be away. It’s not going to be easy dragging her out of my air mattress. Or pushing her off. Will I even be able to wake her up? Quoting Tova; ’‘I’m sooo going to sleep on the plane.’’ If the flight wouldn’t just last one hour, I would too.
Now remains packing, which will take me hours to get done. I’m slow, indecisive and just lazy in general.
Lithuania, here we come! Well, on Sunday…Lithuania, we’re coming on Sunday. Yeeeey!
I believe it was a week ago since we had a gathering with the Nordplus crew. I had done a quick slideshow, to show of course, and it brought back a lot of memories for us. There was a lot of laughter and students who were dying to tell their stories. I must say that we have pretty good story tellers from Svea. It was really interesting to hear everyones experiences. There was a lot of emotions during the trip. I felt most excitement. And I kind of felt like I was about to throw up in the early early morning. Some actually did. I mean, we had to get up at 4 o’clock in the morning. That’s not everyday you do that.
Some of us felt homesickness the minute we landed. I sure didn’t. Am I a bad person for that? Should I be punished? The reason I didn’t feel homesick was because I already new Kristina since she was my guest in Sweden. We became really good friends and I was happy to see her again. And then, my best friend, Malin, was also staying with Kristina. Although it was awesome and all, I think it was very comforting for both of us. Mostly for her because she’s a year younger than me, even if she’s more mature than I am. I know she would have done perfectly fine without me. Wait, I actually take that back. I think I felt the same comfort as she did having her with me. I mean, It’s kind of scary and nerve wracking to live live with another family. In another house. In a foreign country.
To be honest, there was a lot that was not perfect. But would have the trip been better if everything was perfect? What is perfect anyway? Story tellers don’t have anything to tell if nothing fun happens. It might not be fun while it happens, but at least it makes a good story. We had sooo much fun, because we made it fun.
Last night was the time when we had to say goodbye to each other. I thought it was kind of a bad time to fly home. Because a couple of days before our flight home, we started to get to know each other and we became really good friends. I could comfort myself that I am going to see some of them again. But still I couldn’t keep calm because I wouldn’t see some of my friends who livee Latvia again. The main reason I started crying was because Lina did. I’m sure I would have sooner or later, but when I saw her burst out in tears I couldn’t hold myself.
So today we left the house at 7.30 (maaaybe) and came home at 20.40. Malin told me one interesting thing, just when we arrived home. ”Klara. We haven’t taken off our shoes today.” That kind of made me thinking about how much we’ve been doing today. First of all, we started out with our presentations. At first I was feeling a bit nervous about it. By the way, we were doing a presentation about Sweden. But then I remembered that I knew that stuff I was going to talk about. I felt really comfortable on the stage. Because normally I’m always trying to tell my self that I’m fine and absolutlely calm. I think actually calm, but somehow I always seen to mess things up. For example a total blackout. I have really raised the bar for myself. I do not want to sound cheesy, but I’m very grateful that I got the opportunity to develop.
After the presentations, we went to museums. The first one was about astronomi, which I actually find very interesting. Our guide was very knowledgeable and he spoke english perfectly and made it easy to understand and so on.
Do you remember the Lucia performance I was telling you about? Anyway, we’re doing that tomorrow evening. Kind of nervous. But I’ll be alright.
You know the saying ”my legs feel like spaghetti”? Right now, you can’t imagine how tired I am. And yes, my legs couldn’t be more like spaghetti…
It has been a long day today, but still it has gone by so fast. Maybe I’m a bit slow, but it’s hard for me to realize that we’re actually in Latvia.
Today we’ve been exploring the old part of Riga. I usually have a good sense of direction, but Riga, to me, is a huge city. Without Kristina I would get lost instantly. My latvian friend asked me what I thought of Riga, and I could only describe it with one word. ”Big”. He looked surprisingly at me. ”What? Really?”, he said.
We got a tour of the school
At 5 o’clock in the morning we’re all going to meet for our trip to Riga. That means I’ll have to get up at 4 o’clock to make it to the station. Good thing I’m a morning person. I have always been that way too. But since my teenage years has come to visit, my laziness has just gone worse. Yet I keep telling myself that I’m not lazy. I guess I’ll just have to sleep on the plane.
Oh, wait! That when we’re going to practice our songs for Lucia. We are presenting Sweden’s tradition infront of the others. Could you guess who’s going to be Lucia..? Yup, that’s right. I am.
I talked to my friend Malin. She’s awesome, by the way, and I think you’ll be seeing her a lot here on this very blooooooog…Sorry, I tried to sound dramatic but that didn’t go very well. Back to the point! We talked about our expectations about Riga. We could both agree on how excited we are, but not any of us could imagine how it would be like. We got so many impressions by everyone. Malin and I have never been to Latvia before, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
Malin and I are going to stay with the lovely Kristina who stayed with me when they were visiting. We can’t wait!
Check in every once in a while! I am updating with pictures during this entire week. See you soon Riga!
My name is Klara and I’m fourteen years old. I am a student at Sveaskolan in Malmoe. This is my blog about a thing called Nordplus. It’s really interesting actually, even if it’s about a school project.
So what’s it all about? Four countries are a part of this project. Lithuania, Latvia, Iceland and Sweden of course. All of the countries were visiting Sweden, not so long ago actually. The stayed at our places, whether they liked it or not…some didn’t. I think that depends on how mature you are.
This project, to me, is about to grow. Discover your skills. Maybe you were born to speak in front of a group! Even if you are nervous when you’re doing a presentation, you have the possibility to develop. Learn to communicate with people from different countries. One thing my principal said to me once was; ”Communication is the key to everything.”While were talking about what other people say, I might just tell you about another thing someone else told me.
My teacher told me about a boy, who once was a student on Sveaskolan. He went to Iceland with Nordplus. Everything was new to him. He had to get a passport, because he had never left the country before. He had never been on a horse before. His English wasn’t the best, but he got to experience and learn so much!
So, who am I? Why am I doing this blog?
This school year, I am going to write about the project. I received this ”mission” from my teacher. He thinks I have the right stuff. You’ll be going to see some photos taken by me. I don’t know if I can call myself a photographer, but I guess I’m okay. At least I’m not a model. I couldn’t pose to save my life.
The Nordplus Crew