Being an international <3

Hey folks I thought lets speak out for what it means (at least for me) being an international in Canada
Being an international means risking, being brave, taking steps into the unknown
It means living a fantastic dream and never wanting to wake up
Being an international can be overwhelmingly scary
It means leaving everything you know, you grew up with behind
It means knowing your family and friends, people you´ve known your whole life, a million miles away.
On another continent separated by the ocean and 9 hours of time difference
They say you´ll learn about the place you go to but in fact you learn way more about yourself and where you come from
My exchange year gave me the opportunity to be whoever I want to be and completely myself
Trying out new things, learning, exploring, wondering and thinking, getting inspired and growing into someone you admire yourself
There are a million differences between the two countries I live in and its citizens and I love every single one of them
Because these differences make each country special, unique and beautiful
Besides them we are connected through values, freedom, love, peace and a langue I can´t learn enough about
Being an international means growing and learning to appreciate what and who you have in your life
Furthermore it sounds odd but it means appreciating the little things
And the next time my grandpa will give me a ride or my grandma will make me some food or do my laundry, I will be more thankful for it than I ever was
Because it means caring and love
The distance I got to my life at home thought me thankfulness and showed me what I really have there
And that is a loving family. Amazing friends, for which I am the most happy person on earth to call mine
Over the time I spend here, exploring this incredibly beautiful country and its nature, getting to know amazing people which I am so thankful now to call my friends
I can say for the first time that I truly love my life and that I am thankful for it
An exchange year means a lot
An exchange year changes
And I would not take anything to give these experiences away
So if you ever underestimate an exchange student, think about how different our paths are and even though one day we leave and go home, we take a piece of you, of everyone that impacted our life here, in our hearts with us
and how cool is that knowing you´re loved all over the world
<3 <3

Rocky Mountains

Hey, so I´ve been on a trip to the Rocky Mountains last week for several days with many other internationals from schools in Burnaby and it was such an amazingly overwhelming experience. But I just let my pictures that I took talk for themselves. All I can say is that I´m truly in love with Canada in every way, especially with the countryside and it´s awesome nature.

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Love your life <3

The first time I thought that I love my life was here. It´s not that I don´t like my life otherwise in Germany but since I´ve been here I realized how thankful I can be to life in this world. It was always my dream to travel, that was like my live goal since I can think and now I´m starting to live my dream every day when I wake up. I owe this a lot of magnificent people (first of all my family, especially my grandpa and my dad) that support me and stand behind me.

When I am out here with my Canadian friends-who are used to the beauty of the city they are always so surprised when I find something super impressive. And I´m always like „look isn´t it beautiful here it´s so inspiring!“ and they are  like „yeah I´ve seen that a million times before but now that you say it it´s true, I did´t recognized it anymore.“ I don´t think that I can ever come to the point here where I don´t recognize the nature beauty anymore that this city offers.

First of all I am here to study. I am here to learn but not only about this country and it´s culture, primarily I am here to study for my school. Theres no question about it that my english gets more fabulous here every day. (cause your forced to speak/hear and write it, my brains fine with that because it starts to think in english :D)                                            I am here in mathematics precalculus 11 and it challenges me a lot (I´m not a math genius but I got into the habit of studying here everyday after school a little bit for math so I get better and better in it). My host sister takes the same math class as me and when I have a question she can always help me (because she is from china and has already done the stuff we do in math, but not me, it´s all new for me in math and its very challenging to do the class I am not the best in in another language than my mother language). Nevertheless (and I can say that with a true easily conscience) I know I can do it and I know I am getting better in that subject here.

So now I have to study (because we are writing an english test on Tuesday and another one in math on Thursday 😉

See you soon (hopefully not too soon)

Love Linn

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Experiences

Hey guys! Feels like I haven’t been posting something for a long time but my sense of time is anyway a mess. It´s been a month now since I´ve left my family at the airport and started my adventure. Time is running here, I can´t believe it!

I am joining the Improv club now. It´s so much fun and I´m good in it even though I´ve never tried that bevor. I do lot´s of things here that I´ve never tried bevor like dancing, acting, drawing in a serious way, making crepes (we did this on Wednesday in my food class) and lot´s of other things. I´m also trying new food here. Last weekend my friends and me went to a Chinese restaurant because my host sisters always wanted to show me a famous Chinese meal called ,,Hot Pot“. It was so good. There are lot´s of vegetables inside the pot and also fish (or meat, depends on which one you order) and it get´s heated up the whole time cause there is a little fire under the pot. We had a lot of fun eating this! 😉img_8384img_8426

Today some friend of mine and me we went to the beach after school. It´s amazing to have this opportunity. We can just go to the beach after school and it takes us not more than half an hour. We watched the beautiful sunset (because tomorrow we can sleep in because we have a day off). I love my life here so much. I am so happy to be here 🙂

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Love Linn

 

School

So I´ve been in school now for several days and I love it. I really love it to go there. I know  it´s kind of unnatural for a student but everyone here is so nice. All the teachers are very friendly (even if some of them are very demanding but they just love it teach so they are enthusiastic). Some teachers are also really easy going, like my drama teacher, we had so much fun with him today. Maybe I like school that much because of my creative classes. I am so happy that I could have choose art, dance, PE, choir and drama cause it challenges me a lot and it also challenges me in a totally different way to like the normal classes (like french or mathematics). I think subjects like these should be more supported in Germany cause you get more confident in these classes, you learn how to interact with new people and you also learn respect, to be open, maybe to overcome your fear. For students who are still in in the development stage (like I think every student is) it is quite good to have the opportunity to go into classes like this and just explore, find out what you´re good at and what makes you happy. The equipment this school here offers to their students is unbelievable (I mean there is a special drama room with a fully equipped stage, there are also weight training rooms and rooms for wood work, others for metal work,there is an extra dark room for develop photos professionally, two gyms and much more). The students here have the opportunity to get a general overview for what they want to do in their lives.

So lets come my classes  (I think I´ve talked too much about the school system and school in general now :D) So don´t think that I am just like in the „fun“ classes. For example today I had english (I have english in a normal class, so there are also english classes just for internationals but I am in a higher level of english so I am just in a normal class with Canadian students) and we started to analyze poems. So I know this from my school in Germany but it´s fairly hard to find a metaphor or a personification or even just an assonance in english cause for this you have to fully understand the content 😀 but I think  I´ll figure this stuff out 😉

I´ll have some pictures from my school for you later. Thank you for reading my blog! <3

Love, Linn

 

Family

Yesterday my host grandparents arrived from Italy (they came back from Italy and visited some family members there). Lorna (my host daughter) and we picked them up from the airport in the evening. They actually remind me a little bit of my grandparents at home! Like Enio loves soccer (like my grandpa) and Anna sometimes forgets names or switches them up (exactly like my grandma at home). They are both absolutely kind and lovable! I am so happy to call them my family now. Today two exchange students from China also arrived here. They are living downstairs (my room is upstairs near to the kitchen and to the rest of the family) and they´ll go to my school too. I get on very well with them.

Today I went downtown to Vancouver with some friends from Germany (I know it´s not that good to hang out with German people but I had no chance to become acquainted with Canadian students- I will on Tuesday when school starts) Vancouver downtown is absolutely beautiful. We went to a little park near the sea and when you look there to the right you can see a great town with over a million inhabitants and then when you look to the left you see the sea and the Rocky Mountains in the background. Amazing nature is so close to the big city. It´s exactly how you imagine Canada! <3

I´ll show you some pictures :* and thank you very much for reading my block! I´m so happy that so many people already read the posts.

Love, Linn

 

Getting ready for school

I still can´t believe that I am actually in Canada. I´ve always dreamed of my exchange year and now it really happens!
I´m here now for several days but it already feels like a really long time. Every day I learn something new, I become acquainted with new people and new things and every day I can find something that inspires and impresses me.
This week I´m on the orientation week with lots of other exchange students. Its pretty cool that we have something like this because it is kinda hard to get used to a new country and school on your own. There are so many other exchange students from all over the world. In fact I´ve expected more german students but there are only a few of us (for example many students come from Italy, Columbia, Brasil, Mexico or Asia).
Today was the first time I went to my school (the beautiful Cariboo Highschool <3). Students from the Students Government gave us a guided tour through the school (like the schools in Canada are much bigger than they are in Germany, you can get lost easily so it was good to gain an overview). I really have to say that I love this school (I know its very uncool to say this but you haven´t seen my school yet). The walls in the hallways and the doors to the classrooms are all painted with beautiful pictures made by the students who are in arts class (actually I am <3). And the people in the school are all so friendly and kind to everyone. I also got my schedule today. I could chose the classes and I have to say that this is the best schedule I´ve ever had. There are individual classes you can chose in Canada, there are also very specific once too. Like psychology ore wood work ore stuff like that. So my schedule includes (of corse) Math, PE, French and Englisch but also subjects like Art, Dance, Drama and Choir!
The school will start next week and I can´t wait to get used to the daily live here.

Best Wishes Linn