Snow and Sun

Trip Start Jan 08, 2010
Trip End Sep 27, 2010

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Flag of Sweden  , Gotland,
Saturday, February 6, 2010

People here have been telling us that this is now the most snow Gotland has had in 50 years! I wonder if that's true or if it's based on the word of some farmer who has been saying ''arrrrrrr i don't remember this much snow goin on 50 yeeeear sonny jim''. As we don't get much news here we have to rely on hearsay and scuttlebut.

Well the snow is pretty deep actually, Pete has been shovelling day and night to try to keep it at bay but it just fills up again.  We finally had a go at making a snow man the other night in the car park. It was fun but I don't think it's up to proper Swedish fact when we proudly showed Emelie, she said ''you call that a snowman?'', so maybe we will have to seek lessons from someone.  We were pretty proud of him actually, called him Bob and everything.  He got thoroughly snowed on overnight though, so the next day he was looking a bit sad and sorry.  Now he's just a squishy lump.

The course has been interesting this week.  The subject for the week was self image - how we see ourselves, where that image comes from, how God sees us and what we can do to remedy the often dodgy image we have of ourselves.  Anki did most of the teaching and she obviously has a great understanding of and passion for this subject, so she was speaking from the heart the whole time. 

On Thursday the lesson was taught by a lady called Birgitta Bane who works here as a counsellor.  She has degrees in all sorts of stuff that I can't remember but sounded impressive and she was talking to us about psychological reasons for poor self-image.  She mostly took us through how early life can affect us, from before birth to about 1 and a half years old.  Obviously life after that can affect us too, but that was the time frame she was mostly talking about. 

It was incredible to hear about the scientific research that has revealed how much children take in at that age, a bit scary too.  The pressure's on for parents, that's for sure.  Maybe I'll give that one a miss...     

It was encouraging though to hear that there's no such thing as perfect but there is such thing as good enough, so as long as the good outweighs the bad, the kid should be pretty alright.  The whole week actually helped me to realise and appreciate how lucky I was to have such a good childhood, it's really sad to see how many people didn't get that kick start in life. 

Friday was Daniel's birthday, so Pete and I spent Thursday night baking him a Dream Theatre cake.  It was just a ginger cake with vanilla icing, but I drew the Dream Theatre symbol on the top with icing.  He was pretty stoked.  I have made many cakes for people before, but I think Daniel gave me the best compliment I have gotten so far   ''I think it might be the best cake ever!''.  It tasted pretty good too considering I wasn't really sure what I was buying for half the ingredients. 

We got an early mark on Friday and it was a stunning day, the first time the sun has been out properly since we first got here.  We went for a nice long walk, dragging the birthday boy with us, and had a snowball fight on the reconstructed tower down near the sea.  Pete found it necessary to besmirch the beautifully smooth snow by writing his name in huge letters so it could be seen from the top of the tower.  It took him ages and he had people stopping to watch.  Let's hope it snows again soon to cover it up, otherwise it will be there for ages!

After that we went to Daniel's and played Guitar Hero, ate more cake and watched more Star Wars.  I sucked at Guitar Hero (or is it Band Hero when there's lots of instruments? I'm not down with this stuff), so I mostly watched and let the guys have fun.  I kept doing so badly that the songs stopped a few seconds in, better to watch and enjoy the music I think.

The days and weeks are flying by and we're still having a good time here, not too homesick yet, but it's good to hear what's going on back in Australia.  If anyone wants to give us an update on the goings on at Canberra City that would be great. It would be good to hear what you guys are up to.

This weekend we have a new person moving into the house, so now the house is nice and full.  His name is Jonas, there's a picture of him in the photo bit.

Until next time, Hej då from the Fairytale Island where the houses are candy pink and dusted with icing sugar.        
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