Hej, and no, I didn't spell that wrong. It is how you say it here in Sweden as well. So a couple of people having been asking me, what are my first impressions of Sweden, what is the extreme differences, what I like, what I don't? So this is sort of a sum up of everything, and it is all based off of basically Lund, which is where I am living.
For starters there is snow up to my ankles, which is the most obvious difference I think. Everyone keeps telling me that I'll be sick of it soon- I believe it is very doubtful that, that will happen though. The next thing is the buildings- they are so beautiful because they are so colourful like reds and pinks and blues and I don't know- just very colourful. Except in the city Lund itself where I feel like every building is the same, because I have been lost twice. That may also be because I'm from a farm where you make your sight memory off of- I don't know, what type of crop you turn left at. Inside the home, it is very similar to Australia though except that the toilet is always found in the bathroom and never has its own little room. Light switches here to turn on you push them up and most doors you pull out instead on pushing them in, if entering.
Every Swedish person I have met so far have been some of the nicest people in the world and are looking after me so well. At school the kids try and help me with Swedish and finding classes and are always looking to chat with me. Until you get on a bus. Swedish people in my area do not like you sitting beside them and if you must cause every other seat is full, you do not talk- because they will think you are drunk or American as a few people have told me.
Back to school life though. The schools are amazing! You can talk in class and text, you can leave when you like, you call teachers by their first name, there is no school uniform, you can have make up on and nail polish, your hair can be however you like, you receive free lunches, on Fridays I don't start school until 11am, even the way teachers teach it is on more of a friendly basis compared to my school where it is, get your work done now!
Something I have fallen in love with is Fikka which has no English translation but is basically a coffee break and you take it, at certain times, its hard to explain if you are not a Swed. I took a Fekka yesterday with 4 kids from my school and it was so enjoyable, I will always remember it ay.
Something that I wasn't expectating was peoples names to be different from Aussie ones, but they are so that is a bit challenging for me, but I think I'm doing ok at it.
I can not think of anything else that is different so leave a comment, I guess and I'll let you know.