Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Louvre

My pictures from the Louvre!


The Mona Lisa!!!


Bonjour!!!  Melissa and I arrived in Paris late last night, and we were very tired from our trip but very excited to be in Paris!  It's still hard to believe that I'm actually in Paris.  Today I think we literally walked across Paris and back to see several different monuments.  We have a view of the Eiffel Tower from our room, which is pretty awesome, but it's nothing compared to being right next to the Eiffel Tower. It really is amazing and especially beautiful at night.  The Eiffel Tower was our first stop and our last later on.  We went on to see the Arc de Triomphe, the Royal Palace, the Obelisk, and the Louvre.  All of these places were amazing to see, and I am thankful I had the opportunity to see these places.  We bought tickets and went inside the Louvre.  It is tremendously large, and we were only able to see a small portion of the museum.  The Mona Lisa was among one of our stops, as well as other paintings, sculptures, and Egyptian and Mediterranean art.  The history behind every piece of art in the Louvre is truly stunning, and it amazes me to think of how these art pieces were created, along with the time and love it took.  Needless to say, Melissa and I are extremely tired after our adventures today.  I'm hoping I'll be able to get out of bed in the morning!  


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving in Sweden

Being away from home and my family has been one of the hardest things I've ever done, but today has been especially difficult because of the Thanksgiving holiday.  I hope everyone is having a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving.  I miss everyone, and I can't wait to see everybody when I get home.  On a bright note, Melissa, Hannah, and I cooked our own version of Thanksgiving dinner tonight.  Since it's more difficult to get the food we normally eat during the holidays, we made a form of chicken Alfredo with broccoli and carrots.  It turned out to taste great, and we even froze some to have to eat next week.  This will definitely be a Thanksgiving we won't soon forget.
& dessert - ice cream with berries :)

Paris :-)

Tomorrow Melissa and I are heading to Paris for the weekend.  We are very excited, but I'll be even more excited once we arrive!  We have an early train to Stockholm in the morning, and then we're flying out of Stockholm into Paris.  We're a little nervous about being able to find our way around, but hopefully everything will be okay.  I'm definitely praying for safe travels and safety while we're there.  When we get back to Linkoping, we'll only have about a week left until we leave for home!  I can't wait to be back home!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

English in Sweden

Most of the people in Sweden speak English.  However, students don't begin learning English until they are in Year 3, or 3rd grade.  My classroom consists of students in Year 4.  Since the only began learning English last year, they still have a lot of learning to do.  Everything I say has to be translated by the teacher.  Last week on Friday, I taught my students a little how about a normal day goes for the 4th graders I had at my last student teaching placement.  They were very intrigued and interested to find out about some American 4th graders.  They couldn't believe that my American 4th graders only get one recess a day!  Yesterday and today, I decided to take the lesson a little further.  My Swedish students are working on writing letters to my American students to tell them a little about them in Sweden.  They've had fun with it, but it's also hard work for them.  They learn how to write English last.  They learn to hear it firstly and then to speak it.  However, I've been helping them figure out things, as well as the teacher.  I think the letters are going to turn out great, and I'm excited to be able to read them when they are finished.  I'm even more excited to share them with my American students when I get back home, and I hope they can write my Swedish students back.

This is a picture of my students in the classroom.  The students don't wear shoes in the classroom!


Last week we were able to go to a Linkoping hockey game.  I had never been to a hockey game before, and I am definitely a fan!  We arrived early, and there were several American songs being played, which made me feel better because I could actually understand and sing along.  The hockey team even came out onto the ice to "Welcome to the Jungle."  I was excited!  The game itself looked pretty is definitely not for the weak.  There were several hockey sticks broken and several fights throughout the game.  One of the players for Linkoping is actually from Pennsylvania, which I found very interesting.  Linkoping lost by two goals, but I still had a great time.  I plan on going to a few Predators games once I get back home.