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I begyndelsen af 2017 var tre elever fra Nørre G på udveksling i Australien i ca. 2½ måned. De gik på University High School i Melbourne og boede privat hos værtselever. De tre australske elever kom efter påske på udvekslingsophold i Danmark, hvor de boede hos vores elever og selvfølgelig gik på Nørre G.
Hannah (1u), Sofie (1m) og Frederikke (1a) har alle haft nogle gode oplevelser og har lært meget sammen med Elle, Mollie og Liana både i Australien og i Danmark. Det ser man tydeligt i deres billeder og beskrivelser fra udvekslingen.
Elle and I have had a great time together and it has been a great experience all together!
In Australia I have been very independent and found my way around quickly with some guidance from Elle and the family. It was a fun experience to go to their school and be in a whole other country for such a long (good length) time. The school had some exercise and sporting events that they made a big deal out off, but they did not take us exchange students anywhere particular, such as you do for the students here.
Us Danish girls did a lot together, like going to the zoo and finding our way around together in the city.
The family took me to a couple of beach houses along the coast for short weekends. They showed me a pink lake, which was special there, and we went to a forest area to see the nature. They ate out a lot, which meant I saw different parts of Melbourne. Melbourne had a lot of different carnivals and events going on all the time in spring time, which was fun to see/participate in.
Mollies host mom took me and some of the other girls to Sydney for a weekend, which was really exciting and generous of her. The last weekend we were there, I went with some girls to the countryside and stayed there a night. We got to see other perspectives of life in Australia and a lot of different nature, including seeing it on horseback.
My family and I here in Denmark, have taken Elle wide around. We have shown her Copenhagen, and local places here around Coppenhagen, such as Amager and further out: Møn. We went to Northern Jutland and all the way to Skagen and made different stops to see historical things along the way. We took a trip to Oslo and Malmø, and more that Elle will probably mention.
My stay here has been amazing and I’m sad to say we will be leaving very soon. I felt like I have become a part of my host family, they are very helpful and kind.
I will definitely miss everyone and everything here! I am currently living with Hannah Miller (1u). Hannah and her family have taken me to many amazing places like Moens Klint, Kongens Have, Little, Bryggen, Bakken and Dyrehaven, the Moesgaard museum in Aarhus, Jellinge Stenene, Grenen in Skagen, Lübeck in Germany, Tivoli, Oslo in Norway, and lastly Malmo in Sweden.
My favourite places that we went were Oslo, Bakken and Dyrehaven, Kongens Have, and of course the lovely Tivoli! Oslo was great because Hannah has some friends there that showed us a lot of cool attractions and we were even lucky enough to meet 2 actors from the Norwegian TV show Skam. They had trams and quite modern building which reminded me a lot of home.
Kongens Have was where I first met Hannah’s friends from school. They are indeed one of the nicest, funniest and most easy-going bunch of people I’ve ever met. We sat there chatting and had some drinks, they were all very welcome and sweet and the garden was huge and full of charm. Bakken was really nice – we didn’t actually go on any rides, we walked around but nevertheless, it gave off a very happy atmosphere. Dyrehaven was what amazed me; it was so calming and green! In Melbourne you had to drive at least 3-4 hours to find foresty areas and I love quiet forests. Tivoli was really fun; all us Australian and Danish girls met together at Central station and went into Tivoli together. It was also raining but that meant less people and less waiting, and we also bought rain coats. The rain just made our time there 3X better!
In Australia, my family and I took Hannah to a lot of cool places. As it was summer there, we went to a lot of beachy areas and went swimming a lot. We went to places like Oceans Grove, Sydney, Lakes Entrance, The 1000 steps, Barwon Heads, Luna Park, Bounce and did things like paint-balling and took part in numerous Aussie barbeques.
We all had a great time and it has been a wonderful experience for us all. Us Australian girls love Denmark so much we plan to come back again sometime in the next few years, it is not final yet but we would all enjoy a little catch up very much! AU > DK + DK > AU!!!
To me it has been very exciting to be an exchange student in Australia. I have done and learned so many things, while I was there, small as big things. One of the best things I did was going to Sydney. Seeing the Opera House and the bridge was one of the things I have always wanted to see. And also hosting an exchange student (Mollie) has been interesting. We have done a lot of things, such as going biking around in Copenhagen and going to Jutland to visit my family. All in all it has been a really great experience.
This exchange has been a wonderful experience for myself, I have learnt a lot about Denmark and Australia throughout this trip. When my exchange partner (Frederikke 1a) visited Australia is was a great opportunity to learn more about my home country and was a fun to take her around and show her my city. Also hosting an exchange partner opens you up to a whole different perspective of your home town.
When I came to Denmark it was an amazing opportunity to meet new people and learn about how different the culture and scenery is on the other side of the planet. I have visited many landmarks of Copenhagen and had an amazing time travelling. My host family has taken me to Berlin, Norway and Sweden which was an amazing experience to see a little snippet of Europe. Coming into this exchange I was nervous and anxious to see what it opportunities it held for me and I have gained a lot of different experiences throughout this trip, I have loved every minute of it and cannot wait to come back to Denmark.