Where to start… My feelings for Sweden can be summed up in one word, love. Yea… thats how awsome my trip over there was! The country has beautiful scenery ( not to mention girls ;) ), polite, generous and friendly people and loads of cool christmas traditions and foods! Did I mention loads of snow? good skiing? (alpine and cross-country) and sports news that actually covers more than just hockey!? (Take the hint Canada…)
My trip began on December 22nd, I drove to Montreal from Ottawa at around 8 in the morning to catch a flight from Montreal to Newark (just beside New-York for those who dont know) at noon. After arriving in Newark, I waited a few hours for my final flight to Stockholm wich lasted about 7 hours. Arriving at the Stockholm airport at around 7 am CET, I took the Arlanda express (an eco friendly high speed train) to Stockholm central station to wait for my train and the final leg of my journey to Åre. Being to hyped up about finally going back to Europe and visiting one of my dream countries, I “smartly” neglected to sleep on the plane ride to Europe… Sleep on the train right? Yea too bad I had to wait about 7 and 1/2 hours at the train station -__- . Needless to say, once I got on the train I was K.O for about 4 hours out of the 6 the journey takes!
When I arrived in Åre, I was greeted by two of my three friends that I had met in Saas-Fee and one of there mom’s. Right from the start they where very friendly and helpful! :) This isn’t to say we didn’t have a few problems in there first days haha :p! The problem was completly my fault of course! I had no idea how to speak swedish (I fully intend to learn ;) ) so I resorted to speaking english (not sure how many Swedes would understand me in french ahaha!). My friends spoke pretty good english for a country where the national language is only swedish, so there was no problem there! The problem was that I spoke to them at the same speed I speak to my Canadien friends (fairly quickly and with the occasional slurred sentence haha ). Being very polite and not wanting to offend me when they didn’t understand they simply nodded there heads and smiled lol :p. When I realized this I quickly tried to remedy it by asking them to tell me strait up when they didn’t understand. They did so, and from then on the communication became alot easier! :)
Now since I find this post is getting kind of long :p I’ll quickly sum up the activities that we did to then elaborate on each one in seperate posts in the comming days (if I’m not to busy with school work that is…) We went alpine skiing pretty much everyday, had a Swedish Jul (christmas), snowshoeing in the mountains, cross country skiing (on piste and off piste); went bowling, to the gym, swimming/ sauna-ing?, (dont think thats a word but whatever ahah), running* (I went lol) paragliding on New Years Eve and off course a New Years Eve celebration. Oh and I got to watch 4 FIS competions where my friends competed (2 in Sundsvall and 2 in Åre). The ones in Åre I got to volunteer at wich is good for my community service hours that I need to graduate from High School.
Thats all for today! Hope you enjoyed your read and I hope I didn’t make too many grammars mistakes (one of the gifts you devellope when you’re raised billingal ;) I dont even know wich one is my main language lol).
Until next time! Remember to train hard!