Well, where to begin! This past week has been absolutely perfect. At 16:20 I boarded a night train with a girl named Isabella from Colorado and Jesse from New York. The trip was around 17 hours long so it was a great chance for us to talk and what not. We did get a bit of sleep in but it was so cold! I slept in my snow gear it was that cold. Anyway by 07:34 we had arrived at Åre! The best place for skiing; in Sweden. When we got to our hotel we picked our rooms straight away, I ended up being with Taine from South Australia and Grace from New Zealand. Today we got to go to a waterfall, it was partly frozen over however some water was still flowing and it was just so beautiful. The whole area is extremely beautiful actually.
The Next day we were out on the slopes. I hadn't been in a bit over a year but I picked it up easily enough. For the first two days we started with a two hour ski lesson which was really great to help with the technique. On the first day my goggles broke which was horrible because it was also the coldest day ever! Like it was windy and snowing and just plain out cold. But it was good for the other days because I rugged right up, because I didn't and don't ever want to be as cold as I was on the first day. The place we were staying at also had a sauna which I went to pretty much every night. I Sweden they go in them naked but because we were exchange kids we kept out togs on ay.
Most days I skied with Taine from SA and Mai from Japan and Sierra from Utah I think.. In America. There were also two injuries on the trip a girl from America and Australia, which was really horrible. By the end of the week we all hated sandwiches as well because we were having them for fika, breakfast and lunch.
On our last night we had a Rotary dinner as well and it was really good! We all did a presentation of our country. America did the pledge of something… I forget the name. the Aussies did home among the gum trees although I was the only one who knew most of it, but it was really fun to sing, the kiwis showed a video of the haka they couldn't do it because they were all girls and that is disrespectful if they did it, the Latino's danced and played the harmonica- that was really entertaining actually. Fish from India talked about his country- he was a really funny bloke also actually. There were three girls from Italy, France and Japan who did a funny skit type thing doing stereotypes of their countries. The Canadians sung a really funny song that they called their second national anthem. Than finally was South Koreans who sung Gangnam style. But the evening in all was something to remember.
This whole trip was so much fun though. I will always remember it. The international bonds I've made with people is something very special and everything about this trip is incredible. Especially the views I got to see, even though it was snowing for most the trip, whenever it did clear, it was so beautiful.