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Christmas day in Sweden is a "quiet" day after the presents have been opened, the Jul bord devoured and the snaps songs sung. So today we enjoyed a drive in the countryside, a visit to Tommy and Tina´s future home and a lovely lunch with their friends.
This morning the temperature registered -21C. We put on several layers of clothing in preparation for our outing. The sunny skies weren´t going to fool us...we knew it ...
... arriving with us and the temperatures were starting to drop.
They left us at our hotel so that we could get settled and Tommy came back about an hour later to pick us up for lunch at their apartment and the activities for the rest of the day.
Tina had prepared a delicious artichoke soup for us. We caught up on the latest news and talked about the purchase of their new home. They will be moving in March.
We were invited to join Tommy´s ...
My time in Sweden is coming to a close, so I thought I would give a little synopsis of the things I learned the last four weeks:
-Students in Sweden don't wear shoes in school
-Students with severe cognitive disabilities attend a separate school from what would be their neighborhood school
-Swedish students begin learning English in first grade, and chose a third language to learn starting in sixth grade
-Swedish is not exactly easy to pick up on
-It is ...
... was expecting. English class is easier for us to teach and help in, but they only have it three days a week. On Friday, we were told to bring a book or something to do because we would be even more bored than we had been.
It's also crazy different for us because both Sara and I work with students with cognitive disabilities at home, and we are in a regular education classroom here. There is essentially no integration in the schools in Umeċ. ...
Well, despite being in a lay-by, along with lorries and other Motorhomes, we managed a good and long sleep until overwhelmed by the dawn sun at 0500. The road quietened to just about no traffic noise after 2200 hours and we slept well. A leisurely breakfast and off by 0730 and after re-fuelling now having a coffee in a Coop shopping ...