YFU Switzerland

„Es schneielet es beielet, es goht Γ€ chueele Wind…“

Finally a new blog letter!! πŸ™‚ Sorry if it took me so long time to write this time, but the last few weeks I was quite busy (and I had other priorities; I say „priorities“ because a lot of people (me too sometimes) say that „they don’t have time to do that… bla bla bla“; but it’s not a matter of time or not, it’s a matter of priorities!!!!). Yes… better to leave aside such a talks. πŸ˜‰ Now, as I sad before I have a lot to tell you with this letter; I just hope that I am not too boring or that I explain in an easy way… πŸ™‚

Very unexpected (I mean that it is not usual at this time of the year), snow has come in hole Sweden (also in the South, where it can also happen to have winters without snow…!!)! πŸ™‚ Here in Γ„ngelholm we got about 20 cm (not a lot, but still to appreciate!!). πŸ™‚ In the beginning/middle of December, we had also a period of two weeks with constant cold temperature: it never went over 0 Β°C and the minimum was around -15Β°C… (brrrr, really cold)! But I really appreciated the „real winter whether“ (when the snow remains!). πŸ™‚ Now, the last week, it was warmer (over 0Β°C), with rain… so, unfortunately all the snow smelted. πŸ™ πŸ˜‰ I really hope that „the white winter“ will soon come back also in SkΓ₯ne!! πŸ™‚ Actually the hole rest of „big-Sweden“ is „under snow“ (just not in the South); and by looking pictures of other exchange students, I see that they have a lot of snow!!!! πŸ™‚ I envy them; I am jealous!!!!! πŸ™ πŸ˜‰

Here in Γ„ngelholm, „the street cleaners“, don’t use to put salt on the roads (maybe only on the highway and some important trafficked streets)! Because of that, the snow doesn’t smelt, from the roads, so fast as in Switzerland… πŸ™‚ On the „secondary“ roads, you could do „cross-county skiing“! πŸ˜‰ And everyone rides bike and drive on snowy roads (on hard pressed snow)! I found this a really funny and nice „experience“ (difference with Switzerland)! πŸ™‚ Now, that the snow has gone, on every street you have some coarse sand.

In Sweden, they have a politic that alludes to have tires with little spikes (2-3 mm long). Actually it isn’t so good for the environment because it ruins more the asphalt (and creates more fine dust…).

The 13th December, we celebrated (in hole Sweden) St.Lucia! It is actually an originally Italian festivity. Now a days it is celebrated mostly in Sweden, Norway, Finland and a bit in Denmark; also in other west european countries and in Italy, there are celebrations, but they are not so important.

Here you have a short description about St.Lucia, from Wikipedia… πŸ˜‰

„The modern tradition of having public processions in the Swedish cities started in 1927 when a newspaper in StockholmΒ elected an official Lucia for Stockholm that year. The initiative was then followed around the country through the local press. Today most cities in Sweden appoint a Lucia every year. Schools elect a Lucia and her maids among the students and a national Lucia is elected on national television from regional winners. The regional Lucias will visit shopping malls, old people’s homes and churches, singing and handing out pepparkakor (clove-cinnamon-ginger cookies).

Now boys take part in the procession as well, playing different roles associated with Christmas. Some may be dressed in the same kind of white robe, but with a cone-shaped hat decorated with golden stars, calledΒ stjΓ€rngossarΒ (star boys); some may be dressed up as „tomtenissar“, carrying lanterns; and some may be dressed up as gingerbread man. They participate in the singing and also have a song or two of their own, usuallyΒ Staffan StalledrΓ€ng, which tells the story about Saint Stefan, the first Christian martyr, caring for his five horses.

A traditional kind of bun, „Lussekat“Β („St. Lucia Bun“), made with saffron, is normally eaten on this day. (That day, our gymnasium bought a huge amount of „Lussekat“, so we had those little cakes and „julmost“ (Christmas must; very sweet and similar to Coca-cola) the hole day! πŸ˜‰ )

Although St. Lucia’s Day is not an official holiday in Sweden, it is a popular occasion in Sweden. The evening and night before (so called „Lusse-vigil“) The Lucia Day is a notoriously noisy time. Hight schoolΒ students often celebrate by partying all through the night. At many universities, students hold big formal dinner parties since this is the last chance to celebrate together before most students go home to their families for Christmas.“

What Wikipedia says is actually true, and is also happened this ear! πŸ™‚ Just one little correction: I didn’t participated at the party time on the St.Lucia-eve (as many of my classmates did)!! πŸ˜‰ That night I was actually at a fantastic floorball match in Helsingborg!! The 12.12.’12 was the first floorball match in the new Helsingborg Arena! A fantastic new and modern Arena! That night there were 4’613 spectators (and the Arena was not full!). πŸ™‚ I went there with my floorball team from Γ„ngelholm. The best part of the evening was also that FC Helsingborg won with 10-6 against one of the best Swedish teems (Warberg)! A FCH player did also 6 goals (only in that match!!!!)! πŸ™‚ That evening, I also bought my first Swedish book (which has become my „before-sleeping“ lecture (every night!))! πŸ™‚ Its title is „Innebandy Piraterna“ („floorball pirates“); it is a novel about a floorball team that partecipates on the WFT (World Floorball Tour). The reading difficulty isn’t so hard (a really good level for me to improve my Swedish:) ); and the plot is also interesting and intriguing! πŸ™‚ The novel is actually a trilogy; therefore I am really looking forward also to read the other books. πŸ™‚

Let’s return back to the St.Lucia celebration! πŸ˜‰ The St.Lucia girl, is always dressed in white (as all the other members of the coral) and she heads the procession; what makes her special is she wears a crown with candles (real burning candles!) πŸ™‚ ,Β while others in the procession hold in their hands only a single candle each.

In the beginning of December, there was the floorball World Cup in Switzerland!!! πŸ˜€ Pity that I missed them life; but because floorball is such a great sport, the official international-floorball-federation showed all the matches live on streaming (on internet)! πŸ™‚ Of course I didn’t looked to all the games; but I didn’t missed the most important ones!!! πŸ™‚ That was a great week with a lot of floorball! πŸ™‚ Unfortunately, once again, Switzerland didn’t reached the finals. My national idols, lost in the semifinals 4-3 in the prolongations against the big Finland! πŸ™ πŸ˜‰ That evening, I felt very sad for Switzerland! It was unjust! Switzerland just played better than Finnland! They deserved the finals; but no, once again (two years ago it was Sweden!), a bigger „fish“ has lucy on his side and wins…! πŸ™ πŸ˜‰ That evening I thought: „wait some years, until I become a floorball champion (this would mean much much better than I am now!), and than the gold medal will only be for the Swiss“!!!!! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ (It is good to have some dream moments…) πŸ™‚ The day after it was time for the final. On italian I would say „i finlandesi le anno prese“ („finland got a big defeat“)!!! πŸ˜‰ Yes, the final score was 11-5 for the Swedes! πŸ™‚ I was very happy about that! πŸ™‚

On one hand, a week before Christmas,Β I had a very good floorball game! πŸ™‚ (but only on one hand!!) Let me explain. It was a normal game with the U18 team, against FCH (the best team in our tournament!). First period I got to played only 3-4 changes. The second period I didn’t played at all (very „sad“). The third period I played only the last 5 minutes, 3 changes. And in this 3 changes I did 2 goals!!!! πŸ™‚ At the end we still lost the game, but I was very happy for my first two real goals!!! πŸ™‚ (I say „first real goal“ because I also scored some points also in previous matches, but only in „friendly-matches“…). I hope to continue on this way! πŸ˜‰ But most of all, I just hope that the trainer gets more confidence in me, and let me play more!

On the saturday before Christmas we (all the family and other 5 guests), went to a very nice restaurant to eat „julbordet“ (Christmas table/buffet). This is a typical Swedish tradition; the restaurants serve this buffets from November to Christmas. First you get some „glΓΆgg“ (mulled vine / vin brulΓ©) with almonds, raisins and ginger-biscuits („pepparkakor“). Than you pass to the first course which is mostly „composed“ of different types of herring fish („arringhe“ on italian) in different sauces, some types of salmon and some other fish patΓ©/terrine, with crispy-bred and sweet Christmas bred (spicy with raisins). After that you continue you dinner/meal with potatoes, other cooked fishes, meat, „julskinka“ (Christmas ham), half cooked-eggs with caviar, smoked eel, smoked salmon, the typical swedish meatballs, different types of cooked cabbage,… (maybe I forgot something… πŸ˜‰ ). Than of course some cheese… and later on (if you have still some place left in your stomach) some desserts: rice pudding/porridge, ginger-cookies, clementines, biscuits, swiss chocolate (toblerone! πŸ˜‰ ), Christmas candies and coffee. Swedes are one of the population that eat more candies (the hole year long) and also with the coffee they don’t „go slowly“… And with this amount of food swedes never drink vine; here we (those who are allowed; not me!) drink beer, beer mixed with „julmust“, or only „julmust“, or schnapps (but this more on Christmas eve, at home…). But of corse, for those who also think about their health, the restaurant also serve happily fresh water… πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ . Yes, and so it was… (if you want to see some pictures, just look at my Facebook images…).

At Christmas eve, we (the Wiik family (7 components) and me) celebrated here in Γ„ngelholm. We had a very nice afternoon-evening all together. πŸ™‚ After a little walk outside (before it becomes dark! πŸ˜‰ ), we had also our „glΓΆgg“ and snacks; I also prepared one (snack): I prepared the nice and cute little mice! Everyone was very surprised and they appreciated it! πŸ™‚ From 3 pm. to 4 pm, we sat in the sofa and watched (as the most of the other Swedish families) to Walt Disney(!! πŸ™‚ ): Mickey Mouse, Ferdinand, Robin Hood,… That was nice! πŸ™‚ Than on the late afternoon, we also had our „julburd“ (Christmas buffet); not so big as that one in the restaurant, but still good food! πŸ™‚ During the hole meal, we also sang Christmas carols! The tradition is that everyone dance and sing around the Christmas three, but we skipped that part (we just sat on table and sang…) πŸ˜‰ . After every song, everyone says „SkΓ₯l“ (which means „Cheers“) and the men („the old men“) grab their schnapps glass… πŸ˜‰ . At 7 pm, we watched another Christmas cartoon movie (nice one, with a nice message/moral). Later on, accompanied from cookies, chocolate, thee, coffee,.., we played the „julklappspel“ (Christmas-present-game): everyone putted his parcels (that he had prepared before) on the middle of the table and then the game started with a die! πŸ™‚ When you got a 6 or a 1, you could pick up one parcel! πŸ™‚ … I think that the most of you, probably already know the game… so you probably know the happiness when you get a 6 or a 1… or the sadness when someone takes one of your parcels… πŸ˜‰ That was quite fun! I also got some nice and useful presents; others are to „give again away the next year“… πŸ˜‰

I actually also got some very nice present from my host family!!!!! πŸ™‚ I am very happy about that and thankful! πŸ™‚ (I have to come back another Christmas here…! πŸ˜‰ haha, no, just joking). πŸ™‚ And from Switzerland I also got two BIG parcels!!! πŸ™‚ Thanks again to everyone, for all the presents and the Christmas cards!!!! I am very thankful! πŸ™‚ I am just wondering how I will bring all back to Switzerland!!! πŸ˜‰ My suitcase was already very full and heavy on my journey to Sweden! My host family suggested me to invite here my sister, and say here to come with a big and „NOT full“ suitcase, so that at the end of here holiday she can help me to bring my things back home… πŸ˜‰ We will see… I don’t want to think already now about my journey back. πŸ˜‰

Four days ago, I had one of my best days! πŸ™‚ Let me explain. Henrik Quist is a swedish national floorball player; he plays in the highest swedish floorball league with Pixbo-Wallenstam (GΓΆteborg). He also played in Switzerland some years in the best swiss team; and on december he wan his 4th gold medal with Sweden!!! Now; the biggest floorball shop in Sweden (Klubbhuset), is very active on the social medias, mostly to bring floorball to people and its fans… never mind; some weeks ago, Klubbhuset, mad another competition for floorball fans. To be won, was Henrik Quists floorball stick that he played on World Cup (in Switzerland, this last december); and the question was simple: „give us (to Kulbbhuset), the best motivation, why really you would be the best person to win Henriks stick“!!! πŸ™‚ Of course I participated and gave my most sincere motivation… After on week, they (from Klubbhuset) ran through all the motivations (a lot, maybe more than 400… I don’t know.) and they chose one, the best one. This last friday, they posted the winner on Facebook. I read, without thinking, and see „Enea Moretti“…!!!!!!! WHAT???!!! read again: „Enea Moretti“!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ „I almost died of happiness, on that afternoon!!!!“ πŸ˜‰ I couldn’t believe it! But it was true! πŸ™‚ So, in two/three days I will get (with the post) a stick of a master, of a champion!!!!! πŸ™‚ I felt (and still fell) like a king! πŸ˜‰ I am still smiling now! πŸ™‚ The stick will hang in my room as an object with a lot of value!! πŸ˜‰

That same afternoon I also went in a floorball shop in Helsingborg and bought a new stick (to use!! πŸ˜‰ ); I used a „gift-card“ (that I got on Christmas) and the stick was on sale… πŸ™‚ And now I am very happy and satisfied with this new stick! πŸ™‚ I didn’t felt good with the previous one… And that same evening, I also went to see a floorball game of FC Helsingborg (and they won again)!!! πŸ™‚ That was really a great day! Unforgettable! πŸ™‚

This last days, „the God of the wether“ wasn’t so happy: he had cold, so he had so wear a lot of dresses (clouds), and he was also quite sad, he cried a lot (rain)… πŸ˜‰ Should I try to tickle him… πŸ™‚ so that he will smile, get warm and take of his clothes…?!! πŸ™‚

The swedish-winter days are so short!! πŸ˜‰ At 3:30 pm – 4pm it is already dark, and it feels that it already evening and soon time to go to bed!! πŸ˜‰ I also noticed that I sleep much more that I do in Swiss winters. Okay, we are on holiday, but still…: I sleep about 11 hours a night, but when I go up I still feel tiered and I could sleep more… Probably, in the summer it will be the opposite… πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

Oh, finally I feel that I am getting closer to be able to click on the „publish“ button… πŸ˜‰ Sorry that I was so „un-diciplined“ this hole month of december (with my blog)… πŸ˜‰ I’m looking forward to do better in the new year. I also hope that this blog letter is understandable, because I wrote it in many different times… so maybe the timing isn’t so correct. πŸ˜‰ Just understand and remember that I am on exchange-year and that I feel more stressed than I was in Switzerland. Maybe „stressed“ isn’t the wright word, but I mean that there are so many things that I would like to do every day, but one day has only 24 hours… and I have to choose my priorities… πŸ™‚ Not easy at all! πŸ˜‰

Meanwhile, since the new year is „at the door“ (as I would say on italian „alle porte“), I wish you, to everyone, a magnificent 2013 full of love, happiness, smiling, hugs, laughter,… all what you wish! And HELTH!! (I can’t forget that)! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ But don’t forget to look back to the „old“ year, and be happy and proud about it!! Just, feel good with what has happened in your 2012! See positive!! πŸ™‚ First be proud and happy about what you reached in the past (and the present!), be happy about that and enjoy that moment of satisfaction!! πŸ™‚ Only after, put your goals and project for the future! πŸ™‚

I am really looking forward to write again soon! Because there are so many things to tell!!! πŸ™‚ I will tell you about the new years eve, the holidays and about everything… πŸ™‚

„Cheers“ to celebrate 2012 and „skΓ₯l“ for the new year!! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

Have a great time!!

I think you a lot! πŸ™‚


Christmas is arriving! :)

Hello dear readers! πŸ™‚

This last saturday, I had a special activity-day that I want to share with you! πŸ™‚

In the early morning, Joanna drove me and two friends of mine to a little town in the „SkΓ₯ne“ region. There was held an innebandy tournament (daily). The organizers were the „ELU“ („Evangelist Lutheran Youths“); yes, a religious group of adolescents in which my fiends are in!!! πŸ™‚ In the we played a few games, in small fields, and than in the afternoon there was the „play off“ (finals), but unfortunately we had an early „ending“… For me it was only a game with fiends, so I didn’t took it so serious… πŸ™‚ The playing moments were funny and amusing. I was really impressed and surprised (positively) to see so many youths (most were guys) that are a such religious group (I don’t have this kind of prejudice)!!! And they were all „normal“ persons; I DON’T mean that in „my mind“ a person that goes to the church is a strange (reserved, shy, or whatever) person(!!!!!!), but in Switzerland (or better in Ticino) I don’t really know about so many youths that go to the church (it is unusual)… and if there are some that go, many adolescents would think strange about them… But what I wanted to say is that all this adolescents that are in this ELU group, are cool, friendly, outgoing,….!!!! πŸ™‚ That’s why I was surprised but at the same time happy!! πŸ™‚ After the finals, some rearrangement (tidy up) and a „swedish“ pizza, we went to church (protestant! Which is completely different from the churches that I am used to!)!

Before I continue with my tale (story), I want to tell how the „swedish“ pizzas are!! If you go to a normal kebab-pizzeria (which is most usual because there aren’t so many typical italian pizzerias), the pizzas choices aren’t so many some in Italy; and the most of the time you have ham, KEBAB(!!!), salami, or chicken (with your normal cheese and tomato sauce) and than some „bΓ©arnaise sauce“…. But the most interesting thing is that here, they have also pizza-sallad!! πŸ™‚ Actually it is a normal white-cabbige salad with some sauce… that you always eat with the pizza! πŸ™‚

Yeah, back to my story. Yes, we went to church and we sang many religious songs. The lyrics weren’t my favorites, but I appreciated a lot the melody; it had a lot of rhythm (tempo), like jazz…!!! They played piano, bass and a big drum! Very nice!Β πŸ™‚ The most of the guys sang emotionally, with passion (with closed eyes!), with love…! And of course I participated and sang too. πŸ™‚ After some prayers we had the prize-giving, some social games and dessert. We came home quite late, but I has been an interesting (and emotional) experience! πŸ™‚

One week ago, I went also with Joanna and Per to the cinema and we saw a very nice film called „Argo“ (from a true story)! That was also a nice evening! πŸ™‚ On last sunday we had also visit (Pers brothers and mum); now, under christmas time, we have may visits and we also go visiting many friends! πŸ™‚

Now (since some days), the Christmas atmosphere „fevers“(is here!!)! πŸ™‚ In the hole city/village is decorated with Christmas lights and of course a big Christmas tree in the main square! (for me it feels a little bit too early, but Christmas is approaching!!!!!) :-/ (a little „non-happy“ face because time is running too fast!!!) πŸ˜‰ Also most of the private houses have christmas lights and decorations in the garden, on the trees and on every widows!

Another thing that I like very much about the swedish houses (culture), is that no one has a curtain on the widows! So everyone can see inside! And that I think it is very nice! πŸ™‚ For example I like the evenings when, after trainings, I bike (cycle) home and look in every house! πŸ™‚ Because I can see how other live, how they do, how they have arranged their house,… Maybe someone would think it is nosy (snooper), but I think it is a nice form of curiosity. πŸ™‚

Some days ago, while I was talking about Swiss and Swedish politics with a good friend of mine (from the school), we decided that he will teach me about the swedish one and I will do the same with the Swiss one! πŸ™‚ So we decided that for every friday, everyone of us will write about a party of the land we „have“ to learn: I will write about eleven parties of Sweden and he will do the same about Swiss parties! πŸ™‚ By „writing“, I mean write about the history, about the last elections, important events, ideology, interests, personal opinion (negative and positive), and so on…!! πŸ™‚ This is really nice! πŸ™‚ It is a homework more, but it is a nice one that I will do with pleasure! πŸ™‚ (many guys here in Sweden are interested in politics! That is really good! Not like in Switzerland (Ticino) where not many care about how leads our land!).

Yesterday evening I had an innebandy match. This time I was quite happy about how I „fought“ and played (I can do better, but I wasn’t so bad! πŸ˜‰ ); and also not least, we won (that is also important)! πŸ˜‰ Otherwise I am really looking forward to the innebandy World Championship that will start tomorrow in Switzerland!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to see many matches on streaming (live)! πŸ™‚ Of course I say „Hopp Schwiz“! πŸ˜‰

Weekends program?: homework, order my room, cook typical swedish ginger cakes/biscuits („pepparkakor“), go to the Christmas market in Γ„ngelholm, tonight go out with my „junior-father“ (in Helsingborg, dinner and cinema), tomorrow night we are invited at supper… some training… πŸ™‚ Yes, many things to do!! πŸ™‚ So let’s start my program! πŸ˜‰

I wish you all a nice first advents day!! Hope you enjoy your life wherever you are! πŸ™‚

Greetings from a „freezing“ and a little white Γ„ngelholm (-2 Β°C and a litttttle litttttllllle snow; just like the powdered sugar on a cake!) πŸ˜‰


Weeks letter

Hey dear readers!! πŸ™‚

Here I am again with my weekly blog letter! I hope you enjoyed the last ones and that you will also like this one… πŸ˜‰

This last thursday, the Swedish football national team played against England in Stockholm, for the inauguration of a new big stadium. It was only a celebrating match, but England is a good team and it was however an important match. Facts are that Sweden has won 4-2 (!!!) and all the goals have been made from Β Zlatan Ibrahimovic!! Maybe not everyone of you know who he is; he is the best swedish player (maybe not ever, I don’t know…), that actually plays in the French League Paris (Paris Saint German). Not only because he made all the swedish goals he (Ibrahimovic) is now the „God“ for every Swede, but also because the 4th he did on that incredible evening was spectacular!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ I don’t care much about football, but you see such „impossible“/fantastic goals I think I can enjoy them and think that it is fun!! πŸ™‚ Yeah, for those that are interested to see all the four swedish goals, copy this link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq9CoZCJH3I&feature=related)Β and paste it in the slash above. πŸ™‚ And enjoy them!! πŸ˜‰ (I you want just to see the last one, look from the 3 minute and 25 seconds (ca.)). Yes, now, as I sad, for all the Swedes he is „The God“!!! πŸ˜‰

This weekend was more „quiet“ (I mean without so many outside activities as last weekend…). I relaxed a bit and enjoyed it. I learned that the days without training (where your body rests) are as important as those with… πŸ™‚ so, it is also worth to appreciate them; and so I did…! πŸ™‚ Only on sunday afternoon I had an innebandy match in MalmΓΆ. I am happy that I could play more than usual, but anyway I’m not so happy about how the match went (for me and for the team…)… :/

On saturday evening we had many (5) guests and of course a lot of nice and good dinner!! πŸ™‚ As a typical swedish meal, we had fish stew with house madeΒ mashed potatoes!! πŸ™‚ After the main menu, we had a plate with many cheeses (also swiss one πŸ˜‰ ) and as a „sauce“ (to the cheese), we had the fantastic Margrits fig marmalade that I brought from Switzerland!!!! πŸ™‚ I never tried it before (only on bred), but it was a really good combination!! πŸ™‚

Today, att school, our class had to answer to a questionnaire about „our“ swedish family, the school, politics, free time, sports, the commune,… It was a questionnaire to help politicians to understand the situation of students. I got the the swedish politics care a lot about a hight quality of life and that everyone is happy!!! That is certain a good reason why the swedish system and country is so good and advanced.

Since some time, I am looking for an innebandy camps during the christmas holidays; but unfortunately I haven’t found something yet… Here in Sweden, during the christmas holidays they are more used to do cups where you go with the whole teem. There are Innebandy camps but they are more during the autumn and sport breaks or in the summer. I hope to find something, or I’ll looking foreword to participate to such a camp during another holiday…. πŸ™‚

I wish to everyone an enjoyable and pleasant week!

Enjoy the autumn/winter season!!! I hope in snow (it is not sure that we will have snow here in south Sweden… :/ πŸ˜‰ )

Many greeting to everyone!!


Nice week! :)

Hello everyone!

Yesterday evening I was really happy and proud about my week, so I thought: „tomorrow I’m gonna share it with my blog readers“!! πŸ™‚

The greatest part was the weekend! Let’s start from there. Saturday was a completely normal weekend day, where you sleep longer, do the things that you hadn’t time during the week, homework, make order in your room,… in the evening something relaxing (film/tv…); yes, but beside that we also went for a little bike ride! Nothing unusual, but I was surprised and at the same time happy when Joanna asked me if I wanted to join them; I was surprised because it was one of the rare times that they did something different/else (than just staying and working home, as usually!)!! So I didn’t expected that, but was really happy to do something „different“! πŸ™‚ So we went out in the afternoon for one hour ride in the woods. Because of theΒ persistent bad weather, the route in the woods, was a little slippery and with mud; therefore you had to ride a bit carefully! But otherwise, the woods nature was very varied, colorful and nice! I really appreciated that tour! πŸ™‚ At some point, we arrived in a little, opened place where in the middle was a representation of a ufo. It was a man, that in the 40s had „seen“ (?) a ufo (that was much bigger that the representation) land and that leave again… πŸ™‚ should we believe? I don’t know… πŸ˜‰ After this mysterious place, we went to a new-built BMX track where, Per and me, had some fun going up and down on the track!! πŸ˜€

Sunday morning was quite „normal“, but in the afternoon we had special activities!! πŸ™‚ Per and me, went to a place called „Nimis“. It is a place on the shore were an artist (he is a little crazy…) started to build „his land/his world“… He calls it „Nimis“. His art is a kind of castle only built with wood (that he founded in the woods around or brought with him) and nails. It looks also like an adventure park, where you can climb a little everywhere; but you need to be quite careful where you put your feet, because not every foothold was secure… There is a minor construction that looks like a ruin, built with stones, cement and some old metal scraps. The artist says that this „ruin“ is a book…, in fact on the most stones of the wall, there are numbers that represent the pages of the book… πŸ™‚ Overall it was funny and also impressive (thinking that only one man had done all constructions)! This place was about a 1 hour from Γ„ngelholm (halve with care and than by foot to the shore).

I the late afternoon (on sunday) I also went to the cinema (in swedish it is called „bio“, like our „Bio suisse“ (biological)… πŸ™‚ ). And I went with a girl that I didn’t knew before… but it was good! πŸ™‚ (She is the daughter of one of the many polish Joannas friends). I really appreciated the film (we saw the new James Bond!!) and also the evening was great! πŸ™‚

The weekend ended still better, because before going to bed I tried to play some innebandy, to see if the forearm was still hurting, but it didn’t!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ So I was more happy, because I could restart the trainings (the week before I skipped all trainings and matches because of the hurting forearm)!! πŸ™‚ And so, yesterday I was back to trainings and it felt good! πŸ™‚ The arm didn’t hurt at all; but I lost a bit the precision of my shots… :-/ So I got a work again on that!! πŸ˜‰

Last wednesday evening I had a scaring and at the same time funny experience! πŸ˜‰ Just behind our house (here in Γ„ngelholm), in the woods, there is a little route for jogging and walks that is illuminated the hole night. While I was there for some jogging, all the lights went out!!!!! Suddenly I was completely in the dark!!! (luckily I hadn’t seen a horror film before πŸ˜‰ ) So I just went slowly back home. Later I learned that the lights went out because of some construction on another road. Hope it will never happen again! πŸ˜‰

Now I have got some no-speaking but living „friends“ in my room πŸ˜‰ : I have now tree little green plants (one with flowers)!!! πŸ™‚ I appreciate much to have a colorful room!! πŸ™‚

Finally Per has decided himself Β to write a chart with all the houseworks to do… so one of this next evenings we will decide together the tasks for everyone… a bit of discipline is good sometimes!! πŸ™‚ And we men (Michael, Per and me), we have every week two days where we have to prepare dinner… πŸ™‚ That is also good. I’m also want to become a bit more disciplined in my daily schedule… I’also do a chart for myself… because sometimes I have the feeling to have too much „fun“, or to do too much „other things“ and not the important ones…! And I really not like that!! So let’s add some discipline in my life!! πŸ™‚

I wish a nice week to everyone!! Enjoy the autumn! πŸ™‚

Cheers from Sweden!


PS: Pictures about my nice weekend are on my Facebook… You are welcome to have a look! πŸ™‚



Stockholm during the Autumn break! :)

Hey everybody!

Yesterday I came back home, after one hole week in Stockholm. πŸ™‚

I flew on Sunday from Γ„ngelholm to Stockholm-Arlanda; it was a short (1 hour) but pleasant journey up to the North. I stayed the first four days by my host-sister Emilia. She lives in a students-flat where she has her own little room; she shares the kitchen with other fourteen students. The flat is located about 8 minutes from Stockholm-center; so it is really practical. The first two days/night also a ex-exchangestudent from Holland came to visit her; so we where tree people sharing a ca. 16×5 meters room!! πŸ™‚ (but it was good…). It was my first time that I lived in a students-flat… (during the meals you (I) get to know many other Swedish and „not-swedish“ students; Nice!). We’ll see when I will study, where I will live and how it will be… πŸ™‚

While Emilia was at school or while she had to study (a lot!), I visited by myself Stockholm! πŸ™‚

The first day was very cold and windy! I just went around (with the Dutch guy) the city, taking many pictures (quite too many!); mostly I went through the „modern city-center“ (with all the modern and new fashion shops) and in the famous „Gamla Stan“ („old city“; which is the „old stockholm“, build on a island). In the late afternoon, we met Emilia for a familiarly „fika“ („afternoon snack“ with tee/coffee, and a lot of talking…). Then I decided to prepare the dinner (a delicious chicken-„spezzation“ with a curry-sauce, rice and normal salad)! πŸ™‚ We ended the day with a film (on Emilias computer) and with swiss chocolate… πŸ˜‰

The other two days I spent the most of my time just watching the city from „outside“ (from the streets) and taking many pictures! πŸ™‚ I went also in some museums: the „Kungligaslottet“ (the Royal palace) and one about Stockholm during the Middle-Ages (this one was a bit boring, not interesting…). Both museums were „free-entry“ for me, because all the teenagers under 17, don’t pay during the school-holidays… πŸ™‚ Not bad ehh?! πŸ™‚ Before I left Γ„ngelholm, I went in a local Videoshop (where you can hire DVDs) and took 5 films for only 100 SEK (ca. 14.50 fr)! πŸ™‚ So, every evening, while Emilia had to study a lot, I watched a nice film (always in english)… πŸ™‚ Quite relaxing and „unusual“; but sometimes it is good to take it easy and relax. πŸ™‚

The YFUs Stockholm-trip began onΒ thursday afternoon. We stayed (slept) in a boat, called Gustaf av Klimt. The boat was always standing at the „curb“ butΒ of corse in the water! Because of that, when you were standing, you staggered a little, that made you felt drunk or that you were going to pass out!! πŸ˜‰ The cabins and the beds were very little and narrow; it was also quite cold inside.

The first afternoon, we visited together the „old city“ (Gamla Stan), where we had a very extrovert but pleasant guide. On the morning of the second day we went at the „Skansen“: a big park with many swedish animals and some typical swedish houses or just swedish old culture; that was also nice, but a bit short. In the afternoon we visited the „Kungligaslottet“ (I say „again“ for me). On Saturday morning we visited the Vasa museum: a really nice one, about a big ship (called Vasa) that had the same ending some the Titanic: in the Middle-Adge it sank after only 100 meters… πŸ™ πŸ˜‰ Β  The „trip“ ended on Sunday actually, but did my journey back onΒ Saturday afternoon, because the next day I had a very important innebandy test, witch I didn’t wanted to miss. (Innebandy test, that „in the end“ didn’t took place for me, because I „got out“ earlier (I couldn’t continue with this selection)…; so actually it wasn’t necessary that I came home earlier… but the tickets were already shopped.).

Meeting other exchange students was the best part of my holiday!! πŸ˜€ We had really a good time together! πŸ™‚ I passed mostly my time with a girl from Belgium; we talked about all but mostly about our exchange year, and always in french! πŸ™‚ Maybe I will visit her in during the Christmas-holiday in Falun! πŸ™‚ (It would be great; but it is so far!!! Sweden is too big!!!! πŸ˜‰ I love you Sweden!!) πŸ™‚

I could speak swedish with only a few other students… I don’t know, but the most of them have more difficulties to learn a language… Or it is me that is very good πŸ˜› ! (just joking)! No, but I hope for them that it will go faster no… and that the next time we meet, we will speak together swedish! πŸ™‚ Anyway, it is also always nice and good to speak english!! πŸ™‚ I feel that since I came here, also my English has improved… πŸ™‚

Also the leaders, at the „trip“ were very nice and friendly!! πŸ™‚ Both evenings we played social games where we had to speak swedish (or just try); that was also a great part! πŸ™‚

Overall I really liked Stockholm! πŸ™‚ It was a bit too cold for my tastes, and the day-light was also a bit too short… but it gave a nice christmas atmosphere! πŸ™‚ Stockholm, is a really expensive city. Maybe not so much as Zurich, but still… But as always, when you go in a new and touristic place, you always buy some postcards, souvenirs or just some presents… πŸ™‚

During the holiday I had also a curios feeling: I thought that after the holiday I would, as normally, go back „home“; but that home that I felt, was not the same „home“ in witch I am now… πŸ˜‰ (I mean that I thought that I would go back to Ticino…). I don’t think it was a feeling of home sickness, I would say that I re-realized that I am on an exchange year and that I will not go home for a long time… πŸ™‚

Since one week I feel pain on my left forearm! πŸ™ It is a muscular pain… maybe an inflammation, I don’t know… I hope not! Because of this, I will rest some more (don’t go to innebandy trainings), until it will be better and the pain will be gone. (I hope soon! πŸ™‚ )

Until thursday Joanna will be in Poland. She went there to look at her apartment and to make a lot of shopping (because it is cheeper)!! (she will come back with a car full of alimony and other stuff…). So now, here we are only mens for a couple of days… I just that this has both vantages and disadvantages. πŸ˜‰ Now we have to cook and do all the „house jobs“! So much work!! πŸ™‚ For example, tonight I am going to prepare some typical „fegato alla veneziana“ (liver), with of course potatoes! πŸ™‚ We’ll see how it will be…

Today also the school as restarted… πŸ™ πŸ˜‰ But it began well, because I met again my friends and we had a lot to talk about… πŸ™‚ but also because I got another A in math and a „Gut!“ in German (where we had also to translate Swedish-German/German-Swedish)! πŸ™‚

Yesterday, after some jogging in the cool and dark evening, I went to the „basto“ (sauna on swedish)!! πŸ™‚ It was really warm!! (strange? πŸ˜‰ But it was good! I hope it has helped my body to „fight the pain“ and that it had a healing effect!! πŸ™‚

okey, now I have to go: outside it is getting dark (and it is 16:25) and I have to go shopping (liver, milk, yoghourt, oranges,…) πŸ™‚

Have a great time in Switzerland (or everywhere you are)! πŸ™‚

Many hugs and kind greetings! πŸ™‚

PS: you find more than 250 photos about my stockholm trip on my Facebook… You are welcome! πŸ™‚



HΓΆst (Autumn)! :)

Hey everybody!

It’s nice to write a little bit again! πŸ™‚ Actually I was about to write in swedish, but than I realized that it would be difficult to understand for you my experience here in Sweden…! πŸ˜‰

Write now I am writing from the student’s room, in Stockholm, of my host-sister (Emilia). I came in the swedish capital on sunday with the plane, from Γ„ngelholm. I will stay here till the end of the holiday. πŸ™‚

With the floorball (unihockey) it is going quite well! πŸ™‚ At the beginning of the year (September), I tried to enter in a „selected-team“ of SkΓ₯ne (the south Sweden), with the best players born in ’96 and ’95. To be part in this team, we had to pass „3 steps“. After each step the trainers would reduce the team. At the beginning we where 75 players, but at the end only 18-19 players would „survive“! πŸ˜‰ The fist step concerned tree „afternoon-trainings“ which were „spread up“ in one month. While the other to „selective-steps“ where only one full training-day. After „fighting on“ tree trainings, I managed to passed the first step! πŸ™‚ Actually I didn’t felt that that was an impossible task, but still very difficult! So I am really proud of myself! πŸ™‚ My adventure with the“ top levels of swedish unihockey“ ended after the second step. But I am happy that I gave a try and mostly that I learned much during this trainings! It was also very interesting from a theoretical/tactical point of view; we heard some experiences of unihockey-eliteplayers, about how they trained when they had our age, and so on…! πŸ™‚

Otherwise I have always tree unihockey trainings a week, sometimes some self trainings (like playing by myself in the woods or in the hall… πŸ™‚ ) and than match every weekend… πŸ™‚ At the matches I actually haven’t played much jet: I only play approx. 1 period or less. Thats quite boring for me. Actually I also don’t really get why the trainer has more confidence in other players than me; because I don’t feel to be so worth than other players (or that they are better…); maybe I am wrong and my teem-mades are actually better… I don’t know! :-/ Anyhow I hope to get soon better and especially to give confidence to the trainer so that he will let me play some more… πŸ™‚ But for me it gives me a lot of motivation to train better, to learn more and especially to give my best during the trainings!! πŸ™‚

In the school we had many exams (proves) and big homework (projects) that we had to deliver this last weeks before the autumn break. Actually I didn’t do all, because of my „bad“ swedish… πŸ˜‰ : I left aside a geography test and both a swedish and society big projects. But in the coming month I will always try to do and participate more… πŸ™‚ The grades are also different than in Switzerland: here the best note is A and the worst is F…

The school food at the canteen isn’t actually so good as in Bellinzona… Also my class mates don’t like it much. Sometimes we say that it is food for a retirement house (for old people)! πŸ˜‰ But I think that it is good to have a buffet „system“, because you can take so much as you want… πŸ™‚

Then days ago, we had a meeting with other YFU exchange students from SkΓ₯ne; host families and junior-fathers where also invited. We passed the afternoon in MalmΓΆ; first students and families discussed separately; everyone talked a little bit about his experience and mostly how it was going with the respective family… In a second part, all exchange students and all families, sett together and shared a „summary“ about what we complained or what we thought was great! πŸ™‚ I really appreciated to here other both good and bad experiences! πŸ™‚ It was alsoΒ intriguing to here what the families complained about or found good… because we wandered all what our own host-families sad about us… πŸ˜‰ Write now, thinking about this, I realize that this feelings come from a real family environment! πŸ™‚

Also in other occasions I feel that the environment with the host-family is really nice… and I like it! πŸ™‚

Here in SkΓ₯ne the whether is mostly bad… πŸ™ Β πŸ˜‰ Β Too much rainy and cloudy days! But than when we are lucky and sunny and shining days come, I appreciate them really much (maybe also more than in Ticino… because there I am used to it…)! So I always hope that tomorrow it will be a nice day where the sun will shine… πŸ™‚ Hopefully! πŸ˜‰

We had also the first little snow and the first freezing days last week… πŸ™‚ I hope that we will have a white whiter here in South sweden! πŸ™‚

If you want to see some photos of me and of the swedish landscape… you are welcome to visit my Facebook page… πŸ™‚

I’m looking forward to write soon! πŸ™‚

Stora kramar och hΓ€lsningar till alla!! πŸ™‚




Hej alla!

Finally I’m back and write again about my wonderful year!!! πŸ™‚

Now it is already four weeks that I am here by this new host family in Γ„ngelholm, and so many thins have happened…

Three weeks ago, I have started school, which is called RΓΆnnegymnasiet. Actually all my classmates started school one week earlier (from the 20th August), but I couldn’t because the school direction didn’t had enough time to meet (with me) and decide witch subjects I would have. But I think that starting the school later wasn’t a bad idea; first because I had one week before where I could good integrate into the family (learning the rules, knowing each other,…) and also because it was more easy to get better known by the other classmates.

Anyway… The school building looks like new (built two/three ears ago…); there is a library, there are many computer rooms where students are allowed to go and surf freely, there are two big rooms (atrium) with sofas, armchairs and tables where students can relax, hang together, study… In a separated building, that is called „matsal“ (dinner-room), they serve lunch (warm and cold buffet) for free! This year there are about 800/900 students.

I chose a „social sciences“ program. Between Swedish, English and Mathematics, I have Geography, History and a subject called society („samhΓ€llet“) (in witch we talk about politics, economy, people,…) that is our main subject. I also have German and physical education. In the class (Sa2d) we are 24 students, with only for girls :(. In this class I am the only exchange student, but in RΓΆnnegymnasiet there are other 5 exchange students (from Italy, Australia, Japan and Germany); they are from other organizations. With them I go to SFI (Swedish for Immigrants) lessons, that are every morning during the week. At this class the most of the peoples are adults workers that immigrated in Sweden.

My school schedule, compared to the Swiss one, is a bit „thin“ (I don’t have so many hours/lessons like in Switzerland)! But I am happy with it. πŸ™‚ Only monday morning I start at 8:10. The other days I start at 9:40/10:00/10:30. (but now, for the beginning, because of the SFI courses, the morning clock is always early!!).

My Swedish is going really well (I think; also my host family says)!! πŸ™‚ They always speak in Swedish, and I understand always more. Soon I think that I will not need anymore English! πŸ™‚ I find that it is a nice language to learn; mostly for the listening. Sometimes I get nervous and in a certain way angry with myself when I can’t express myself in Swedish yet. Because Joanna (my host mother) forces me a lot to try to speak Swedish! But I think she has right and she is really doing good! πŸ™‚

Actually, I really also like my host family! I think that they are in a certain good way simple; there is never stress; everything is always okay. πŸ™‚

The most different thing is the way of teaching. Here the teachers and the students are almost „on the same level“; in Switzerland the teacher is like „always right“, the teacher decides, the teacher is „the boss“, the student has to respect the teacher… It doesn’t mean that here there is no respect between each other; I think there is more respect! (for example when the teacher explains/talks there is no student that make noise/disturbs/talks; I was used to teachers that all the time had to ask quietness/silence, that had to put students out of the room,…

Other differences:

In the school there are never a bell that rings, to announce the end of the lesson; there is anything. The teacher decides when we can leave.

A lot of lessons we go to the „datorsal“ (computer rooms) to work and do researches on the net.

During the lesson it is allowed (the teachers don’t say anything) to have chewing gums {today I offered a gum to the teacher and he nicely accepted!! πŸ™‚ }, everyone has his iPhone on the desk and you can write (use it) during the lesson, when we have to work on something (and the teacher isn’t speaking) some classmates have music in their ears…

Overall I like the swedish teaching system. πŸ™‚

Today, Per (my host father) and me, we participated at a „loppet“ (a race (running)). The path (where we had to run) was in the woods of Γ„ngelholm, and it was really nice! πŸ™‚ Per ran 4.8 km and I ran 10.2 km. I think this is the best race I have ever done (I am very happy with my result: 42’08“, and 18th position!!!). πŸ™‚

So, that’s all for now. I will write soon about the innebandy and tell about the experiences… πŸ™‚

Ha de sΓ₯ bra i Schweiz!

MΓ₯nga stora hΓ€lsningar frΓ₯n Sverige! πŸ™‚



VΓ€lkommen till Sverige!!!



My name is Enea Moretti. I’m a 17 year old boy from Switzerland (from the Italian-speaking part). My mother tong is Italian, but I also speak French, German, English (no very well), and now I’m learning Swedish! πŸ™‚ About one year ago I decided to do an exchange year. I had some difficulties in choosing the country, but at the end, focusing on my goals, hobbies and objectives I chose Sweden! πŸ™‚ I made my inscription in December 2011. For me, at the beginning it (the exchange year) was like a dream; it was a serious project but I never expected it like it is now.


In may I went to the orientations camp (in Lenk) with the others YFU students from Switzerland. There I met really nice, friendly, open-minded peoples that had my same (similar) objective (an exchange year). Thanks to that camp I understood better what I was going to do, which expectations I could have about my year, and so on.


About 10 days before the flight, I started to prepare my year: a lot of administrations, luggage, salutations to al friends and relatives,… It was really a stressed time, because every day I remembered that I had to do another thing, that you didn’t expected before. Also mentally and emotionally it was a hard, but nice time. I would say that since I made my inscription, the emotionally part of this project has always grown up; the last month always more! The emotions that I felt where a big mix between happiness, proudness, curiosity, a little sadness, sometimes I that that I was just crazy, maybe a little fear,… But the biggest feeling was realization (understanding) about what I was going to do! (As if before I was just dreaming). All this feelings were really nice and positive for me.


The 15th of August was my departure with seven other Swiss girls; our destination was Stockholm. When we arrived at the airport, two YFU representatives (leaders) welcomed us with a friendly β€œfika”. Our dormitories where in β€œKΓ€rsΓΆgΓ₯rden”: a really nice place outside Stockholm, near by a river (one of the many), and about twenty minutes far from the Royal castle (β€œDrottningholm”). In β€œKΓ€rsΓΆgΓ₯rden” met all the exchange students (72), from all over the world, that would spend one year in Sweden. Our leaders were ca. 15-20; the most of them are representatives from YFU Sweden (some that worked in the office, the most are volunteers, ex-exchange students,…), but there were also some YFU volunteers from other countries. They were all very friendly, open minded, happy to see so many exchange students that chose Sweden as their host country, but also jealous about our position (they all wanted to be exchange students again!!!)! πŸ™‚ At this Arrival-Orientation Camp we learned how to approach our host family, how to behave in determinate cases, the rules… and they taught us some basic Swedish. πŸ™‚ I met a lot of friendly, cool and open minded teenagers from all over the world: that was really great! With the most of them I spoke English, but also my other languages knowledge helped me! I found great being able to communicate with other cultures and with other people just with one language (English). Every day, before breakfast or during our free times, we jumped in the cold (but not so cold as in Switzerland (Walensee)) water or played any outside games. The weather was also good, but compared to Switzerland I have the impression that it changes more quickly during a day (the rain can suddenly come…). After the third day, my host sister (Emilia, a volunteer form YFU and an ex-exchange student in Argentina) also came to the Camp. Meeting her was a great moment; I had so many questions about her family, about Sweden, the school, about Γ„ngelholm,… The next day al exchange students traveled to their own host family. I went with Emilia to Γ„ngelholm; it took us about 6 hours of train. Summarizing, all the 4 days where (personally) emotionally intense, but also a lot of fun with the other students! πŸ™‚

Before meeting with my host family (family Wiik), I wasn’t actually nervous or excited. It was like meeting some friends. But I was happy to see the house, my room, the town,…


My host family is composed by Joanna and Per (β€œparents”), Michael and Emilia (host siblings). They live in Γ„ngelholm: a little city in the south of Sweden (in the province of SkΓ₯ne), on the west cost. The house is like about 5 minutes (with the bike) far from the beach!! πŸ™‚ In the center of the town there are many shops, restaurants, boutiques,… I visited the school and from inside it looks all new, modern and confortable!!! πŸ™‚ I’m really looking forward to start the school! πŸ™‚


Until now we went once to Torekov (a little β€œsummer” village, with only summerhouses, on the beach), to meet β€œfarmor” (Pers grandmother). There we also jumped in the see (less salty).

A couple of times we went to shopping centers (one near Γ„ngelholm and one near Helsinborg).


I have really a lot more to tell, about emotions, feelings, about things that I do/ that I experience, but now I have to go to my β€œInnebandy” training (unihockey)! πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to write soon again! Just keep in mind that I’m happy to be here, I feel good, I sometimes miss my family (because I would like to tell them so many things that I experience).


β€œMΓ₯nga, stora, varma, kramar” (= many, big, warm, hugs) to everyone, β€œfrΓ₯n Sverige”!! πŸ™‚