YFU Switzerland

Christmas is arriving! :)

Hello dear readers! ๐Ÿ™‚

This last saturday, I had a special activity-day that I want to share with you! ๐Ÿ™‚

In the early morning, Joanna drove me and two friends of mine to a little town in the „Skรฅne“ 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!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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… ๐Ÿ™‚ 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,….!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s why I was surprised but at the same time happy!! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 „bรฉarnaise sauce“…. But the most interesting thing is that here, they have also pizza-sallad!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Actually it is a normal white-cabbige salad with some sauce… that you always eat with the pizza! ๐Ÿ™‚

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!ย ๐Ÿ™‚ The most of the guys sang emotionally, with passion (with closed eyes!), with love…! And of course I participated and sang too. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now (since some days), the Christmas atmosphere „fevers“(is here!!)! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!!!) ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ For example I like the evenings when, after trainings, I bike (cycle) home and look in every house! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ By „writing“, I mean write about the history, about the last elections, important events, ideology, interests, personal opinion (negative and positive), and so on…!! ๐Ÿ™‚ This is really nice! ๐Ÿ™‚ It is a homework more, but it is a nice one that I will do with pleasure! ๐Ÿ™‚ (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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ); and also not least, we won (that is also important)! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Otherwise I am really looking forward to the innebandy World Championship that will start tomorrow in Switzerland!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m looking forward to see many matches on streaming (live)! ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course I say „Hopp Schwiz“! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Weekends program?: homework, order my room, cook typical swedish ginger cakes/biscuits („pepparkakor“), go to the Christmas market in ร„ngelholm, tonight go out with my „junior-father“ (in Helsingborg, dinner and cinema), tomorrow night we are invited at supper… some training… ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, many things to do!! ๐Ÿ™‚ So let’s start my program! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I wish you all a nice first advents day!! Hope you enjoy your life wherever you are! ๐Ÿ™‚

Greetings from a „freezing“ and a little white ร„ngelholm (-2 ยฐC and a litttttle litttttllllle snow; just like the powdered sugar on a cake!) ๐Ÿ˜‰