Hannah Goes to Sweden

August 2011-July 2012 Hi my name is Hannah, and I will be traveling to Sweden this year from NY, USA thanks to the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. I will be attending high school and visiting as much of Sweden as possible and I intend to use this as a journal to both share and remember my experiences in! I hope that you all enjoy it, and please feel free to ask questions or leave comments.

Frida and I, back home at the graduation party.

Frida and I, back home at the graduation party.

During the klassfika, my teachers told us what animals they thought that all of us would be, if we were in fact animals. Apparently I’m a pyscho cat…

During the klassfika, my teachers told us what animals they thought that all of us would be, if we were in fact animals. Apparently I’m a pyscho cat…

Klassfika

Klassfika

Me in my Studentklänning!

Me in my Studentklänning!

hey folks

hey folks, I think that I will begin to use my blog again (surprise!)

yesterday, I took Studenten with all of the kids in gymansium. In other words, (because that was pretty swenglish) I graduated from high school. Again. Swedish graduation is much more fun that American graduation, sorry America. I think that it is pretty interesting, so I’d like to share it with you all!

We started the day with a Champagne Breakfast. Usually this is taken with your whole class and maybe your mentors, but I had it with my four best friends here, three of whom are in my class, and one is a Winter Acrobat. After that, we headed off to our school where we met with our whole class to have a Last Fika and to sit in the Aula (auditorium) where scholarships were handed out and everyone received their final grades for the year. The next part started the party of the day. Every class runs out together onto a set of stairs with a class sign, with all of their families and relatives at the bottom, looking on. All of the parents hold up signs that have baby pictures of their child and wave it around, and its also really common for them to have necklaces that have stuffed animals, flowers, champagne, whistles on them that are given to the student (graduate). After the stairs, we all go on a flak (float, but pulled by a semitruck) with our class. My class was too small to have their own flak, so I rode with my host sister’s class. Shout out to them, because it was wonderful! We ride on the flak’s all over town and wave, scream, dance, and sing with all of the town standing on the sidewalks looking on. Its like the 4th of July parade or something. After about 2-3 hours of that, we all head back to our homes to have little graduation parties for our families, with food set out and graduation presents are given. After that, we meet back up with our class, and in my town, everyone meets at a park where we meet with friends and wait for midnight. At midnight, we all go to the giant staircase at the City Hall and go down the stairs there as well. There was live music and dancing and good spirits and it was a really great time. In the north, it never really gets dark in the night. The sun sets, but it remains a dusklike light from 23-2, and then the sun rises again. So its a perfect setting for a nighttime party.

Grattis till alla studenter!

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