Hej from Stockholm! I left from Boston on Friday the 10thand then flew overnight to arrive here Saturday the 11th. Flying overnight was kind of rough because I was not able to sleep at all while traveling. I was in the middle seat (pro-tip: pay to pre-select your seats and get one by the window or on the aisle, I learned that one the really hard way, having the middle seat for a trip that long is rough) and the people on both sides of me were kind of big so I couldn’t get comfortable enough to fall asleep. The one advantage I’ve found to not having been able to sleep while flying is that I haven’t really felt jetlagged at all. I just slept last night and was fine, which is pretty cool.
Anyway, when I arrived in Sweden I was picked up from the airport by my host mom, as she told us (me and the other girl staying in my homestay), that she had to pick up her friend in the city before we went home, so we met one of her friends last night (as well as the dog they share (not sure exactly on the details of that yet) who ended up staying for dinner and then the night in a spare bed. I think my host mom, Lotta, having friends over may end up being quite common, as another friend of hers came over for breakfast the next morning. Which actually will be really cool, as it will give me more chances to interact with Swedes outside of my host family, so I can better get to know about their culture (and maybe some language as I’m taking intro Swedish?). Not that I’m specifically planning on studying them, but I also kind of will be? I mean I’m immersed in the culture so I’ll be learning about it that way through my interactions with the people around me, so I guess that I kind of am studying them.