So people, I bet you've all been wondering WHY DOESN'T HE WRITE etc. Well the thing is that I've been so busy with everything, and seriously: EVERYTHING! I haven't written anything for 4 months and now I try to write most of the stuff I've been doing.
1. Maybe the saddest part of my exchange was in September when the French exchange student, Maiwenn, left.. I was all alone boohoo..... welll I got over it and we're still in touch and stuff. Now she lives in San Fransisco and I'll go there one day to see her. After she had left we had our spring holiday for 2 weeks :b
2. In the beginning of October I went on a trip called 'Going bush with Rotary' which meant that I, 2 of my friends, 8 11-year-old kids and 12 Rotarians went camping with 4WDs to the Aussie outback to the Flinders Ranges. I loved that trip so much! I saw all the wild things and the landscape AH THE LANDSCAPE!! I'd go back there any day!! It was one of the best weeks of my exchange! And the whole week I slept in a Swag which is one-person tent-sleeping bag. The first night was very interesting to sleep in it but the rest one's went sleeping like a log : ))
3. After the Bush trip I changed host family, which was pretty interesting, because I sort of had just been going around for a week and then I'm just changing. Well it really didn't matter because my next hosts were very nice to me and everything : ) They lived in a sub division near the school which was all new to me! I liked very much living there! After few weeks of staying at their place they had their 60th birthday which was very enjoyable : ) Happy birthday to them ^^
4. We also had a sports day at our school (as they do here in
Australia) and every 'house' was against each other. This was in the end of October. I was the captain of the blue house and I attended mostly
every event. There were all sorts of running & spronting, tug of
war, volleyball, soccer, and stuff like that. The best part of the whole
day was that we were supposed to dress up in our house's colours and of
course when I get the chance to dress up - I do! few days before the
show I went to few op shops to buy blue clothes and I was planning my
outfit, well.. Everyone either said that my outfit was horrible or
amazing. I had a light blue collar shirt, a dark blue tie, dark blue
wetsuit pants, a dark blue belt, light blue socks and blue 'n' white shoes.. ..Well anyways in the end our house came second for the whole day but I won the Best Costume Award for the day, which was predictable but I actually doubted that :DD
5. In the beginning of November there was a new shopping centre opened in Murray Bridge (=My town here in Australia if someone didn't know), called Murray Bridge Marketplace which I have found very convenient :)) The mall has most of the stuff you need and I've been hanging out there with some friends and it's just so good for that too!
6. In the middle of November my best friend from Finland, who's also an exchange student here in Australia, decided to come and visit me here in Murray Bridge from Melbourne! Jaakko Lahdenkauppi was here for 3 days but those days were amazing! I hadn't seen him for 5 or so months and it was just so good to see him!! Thanks for coming man!! :))
7. While I've been attending the Murray Bridge High School I've been doing drama there and we had this production: Narnia's The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and I played part for Mr Tumnus and oh how I loved that play! Everyone who came to see us told us they loved it! It was a good experience! So yeah if some of you didn't know yet, I see my future as an actor! :))
And actually I've got my best friends in Australia from Drama and I'm so happy I did! I don't know what my exchange would've been if I hadn't met Andrew Thomas! Btw, he's an amazing actor, singer, dancer and a cook! : D
8. One weekend in November we went to Renmark, which is 2h away from Murray Bridge and we went there with all the other Rotary exchange students from this district oh how good time we had!! We went bowling, to a laser skirmish, cayacking and a lot more! Our group is just the best!! I see them and the 'neighbour district' rather often. we organize hang outs and such in Adelaide and then most of us just go and have a good time! : ))
9. In the beginning of December my host parents decided to go to Carins, which is right up at north-east in Queensland where the Great Barrier reef is and I had to stay in MB because it would've costed too much to go there.. So I stayed with one other Rotarian family.
Oh By the way! I got on my Christmas holidays few weeks before this! :b
Here in Australia Horse races are a big thing! This substitute host family took me to one and oh how I loved it! The atmosphere was amazing! I even got the chance to go up to the tower where they broadcasted it all over Australia! It was magnificent!!
Also during the same weekend there was this one Australian girl, Isabella Pickering, who has gone now to Finland, to my home town Paimio as an exchange student and she was visiting me then! She's such an amazing girl and a 'little sister' because she'll be staying at my place when I go back! Pretty keen for that! :)) .
10. I'm a scout back in Finland so I decided to join the scouts here also! So I decided to take part on a Scout camp for all South Australian Venturers(/Explorers) called Super Splash. The Camp was amazing! There you had heaps of activity, such as archery, cayacking, rock climbing, water skiing, knee boarding, swimming, bicycling, land yachting an many more! It lasted for one weekend and you could just go around the area as much as you wanted and do what ever you liked! It was great!
11.In december my second oldest brother and my second oldest sister Lasse and Elina came to see me here in Murray Bridge. They were here for about one week and then they flew to Sydney and I flew there few days after them. We went to Sydney because Elina has been an exchange student 8 years ago and she was in Sydney. There we spent a bizarre hot christmas at Elina's hostparents' place and after that we went to Forster which is 4 hours up north from Sydney. There we spent a couple of days which included cayacking, golfing and surfing! It was great fun!! We came back to Sydney for New year's day and I went to see the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge Fireworks with Elina and Lasse and golly they were amazing! They were big, massive and lasted about 15 minutes! I flew back to Murray Bridge on Chrismas day and they flew back to Finland the next day. It was good to see them, helped my home sickness! Thanks for coming <3
12. After returning from Sydney I changed my host family to my 3rd host family. Now we live outside of town on a farm. We have about 20 Race horses, crop fields and a great big house and heaps more stuff! You just can't understand how much stuff here is! I'm just too lucky to be here! During the first week at my new family we went down to the southern coast to Goolwa where I was for one week at my host family's holiday home. It was amazing! I also went surfing there once. I just love the place!
13. 20th of January I had my 18th Birthday!! All the Rotarians had wished me happy birthday the tuesday before and they sang to me and gave me a card and they had made a cake and they gave me an Akubra, which is a traditional Australian hat and I was all confused because I was turning 18?!?!
On my birthday I first had a barbaque in a local reserve area, Sturt Reserve, and many Rotarians were there doing the BBQ (THANKS FOR ALL YOU <3 ) and there were about 30 of my friends to see me and wish me happy birthday! That was very lovely and all them sang me happy birthday and some of them gave me presents which I hadn't even asked for. (Thanks for all of you people too for coming to see me! <3 ) At the evening I had a small get together/party thing with my top 15 friends :))
I really had a good birthday here in Australia and I'm actually so glad that I could turn 18 here in Murray Bridge with these amazing people!
14. Because I'm very keen for acting now I decided to apply for 'Fiddler on a Roof' which was a play performed by a group called In Christ's Company and actually I got one of the lead roles in the play(Perchick)! And because this is a musical, I've started to take singing lessons now too! I'm just so keen for the whole thing and the whole cast is so nice that I feel like it's one big family!! I have rehearsals now every tuesday and every sunday until it's performed on the 30th, 31st of March and 1st of April so if you're keen to come and see me, be at John Dollar Hall in Murray Bridge on those days! :))))
15. Just few weeks ago I went back to school. It was good to get there and to get some routine to my life too! Now I'm doing Drama, Art, Photography and Music at school so it's rather casual for me :b
Just a week after school had begun there came a new exchange student to the school from Germany, Maximilian(or just Max) and he's just a top bloke! And he's also almost just like me! He's into drama, he's musical(plays piano) and he's just so much like me with the characteristics and everything! I'm so glad he's here too!
Well I believe this is the most of the stuff what I've been doing past last 4 or 5 months(?) : D I've also been hanging out with friends and doing all sorts of little stuff! So yeah I have a lot things I'm doing so don't be mad if it takes another 3 months to put the next blog post :b
So yeah. Now you knoe what I've been doing!
Please comment if you have something to say/ask/anything : )
Still less than 5 months left, which is pretty sad.. I wouldn't like to leave this place at all.. But it's also going to be very nice to see all my Finnish friends and my family and everything again.
See you everyone sooner or later!
Take Care!! ^^
Ps. I miss sauna <3