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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Things I'm Going to Miss

Hello!

Well, after having left Zürich yesterday with fellow students of the school I'm attending (MNG Rämibühl) we drove up to Davos in a total of I think 12 coaches. It was great fun skiing for the last time for more than a year, even though I almost froze off my toes and fingers (-21°C). So as you see, one of the things I'm going to miss is skiing. Another very convenient thing I'm going to miss, because I was told it wouldn't be organised as well as in Switzerland in Austrlia, is travelling around by train, whether going to school every day simply visiting people by train. The trains here in Switzerland are usually on time and as I already said very convenient. Some impressions of what I'm going to miss:

In the coach on the way back to Zürich


Swiss Alps in the background

Railwaystation Thalwil (where I live)

One of the things I like as well: Free newspapers :D


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Highs and Lows

Hi guys!

Actually the title is "Highs and Lows", but to be honest, I'm in a low right now. 
I promised myself, that during the time I'll be writing this blog, I'd write about the good and the bad times and happenings, so everyone can see how an exchange year really is from my point of view. So I have to be honest now and I have to admit that I'm in a low now. It's the time where everyone's asking you when exactly you're going (and you can't answer the question because you don't have any date) and everyone's saying how "mean" you are since you're leaving them for 11 months. Then I met extremely nice people in the pre-departure weekend and we were all hoping that we'd be flying together, but guess what: We aren't.
Another fact which is bothering me more and more is the fact that since I'll be leaving in the middle of February (one of the like 5 dates I got up to now), which means I'll have 2 weeks less summer and that the exchange will be about 10 months all in all, instead of 11 (but we paid for 11 months....).

Please hope that I have a hostfamily soon, it would make so much easier.

Elijah

Saturday, November 27, 2010

61 Days Left - What I'm Looking Forward To

Grüezi zämä (Swiss German way of saying "hello")
In the last days more and more of my fellow exchange students have got their hostfamilies and I guess we all know who will be one of the last ones to get one.... :)
Every time one of my friends get the news that they have got a hostfamily, I'm really happy for the person and always very eager to know what their families are like (f.e. one family has alpacas [kind of lamas] as pets).
Last Thursday we all met once again to attend an information briefing in Zurich. It actually was more interesting than I had thought in the beginning... Its soo cool, friends of mine are praying and doing whatever they can, so we (the ones who do not have a hostfamily yet) get one!
So as you can see, the thing I'm looking forward to the most right now is the hostfamily... Then the next thing is the summer, which is expecting us in Australia (see picture below). Next the new friends, the fact that I'm going to live in a completely new country and meeting the new culture are things I'm really looking forward to...

Wish you a very hot weekend (ahhh.. it's freezing cold here)

Elijah

Sunday, November 21, 2010

66 Days left?? Predeparture Camp

Hi guys!

I have just returned from one of the best weekends ever... Even though lots of the 30 attending fellow exchange students (either heading to Japan, Australia or New Zealand) had to travel up to 4 hours (including me) and we were in a very remote and cold place, we had lots of fun and it was really entertaining. We played some games, had some discussions, laughed alot and had a look at different problems which might occure during the next year.
In the beginning almost nobody knew anybody else, but in the end we all thought that we had all known us before we came to this camp.
It was great fun and I'm totally looking forward to see all the fellow students soon!

Elijah

PostScriptum: 2 Impressions

Fellow exchange students heading to either Japan, Australia or New Zealand
Beautiful Scenery

Sunday, November 14, 2010

90 Days Left - Short Update

Hi!

51 days have passed since my last post and not much has happened since then: I got a letter with a guarantee that I will have a guest family and each an invitation to a pre-departure camp and an information evening. The camp is in Matten, which is in the Swiss alps and I'm attending it from November 19th till November 21st. I'm really looking forward to meeting my fellow exchange students!!
The excitement is growing every day and I can't wait to be in Australia! Every day, as soon as I arrive home, I ask the same question: Has any letter arrived? No news about my guest family or about where exactly I'm going to live?

I read you five!

Elijah

Oh, and yes, I will have to wear a school uniform :). If you'd like to see a funny video about not wanting to go to school and want to hear Aussi English:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lk5tyP2H4tc

Friday, September 24, 2010

141 Days Left

Hi guys!
Well, right from the start I'd like to ask you to ignore all the spelling mistakes since I'm not in Australia yet, so yeah, I'm simply able to write my "School English" and the rest of my Canadian English :)
141 Days left and then I'm going to Downunder!
COOOOOOLLLL!
Actually I was planning to go to New Zealand but AFS New Zealand rejected my application because they said everyone in NZ eats lots of nuts and most host families have farms but unfortunately I have a nut and animalhair allergy.. So I got the information that I'm going to awesome Australia, which I am truely looking forward to.
As soon as I have more information about my exchange year, you'll hear from me!

Elijah

PostScriptum:
If you'd like to know how I lived this week (Swiss way of life :) )