Skiing with my host family

I’d been with my host family a little over a month when they invited me to go to a ski resort with them. I was excited about skiing for the first time but also a little nervous because a friend of mine from my home country, South Africa , had injured her knee quite badlyContinue reading “Skiing with my host family”

Things I love about Sweden

I’ve been living in Sweden as an au pair for 4 months now. My emotions have gone from elation to melancholy and everything in between. The most fascinating feelings I’ve had have been feelings of ambivalence regarding certain issues. For example, I love the fact that the quality of life is very good here, withContinue reading “Things I love about Sweden”

Culture shock in Sweden

My first few weeks in Sweden were filled with excitement and awe at everything I saw. It reminded me of the previous  times I’d been here on holiday, which usually lasted about  three weeks and everything happened so quickly that if felt like a whirlwind, and I always left while still high on feelings of  giddiness and excitement. Continue reading “Culture shock in Sweden”

Life as an au pair

    It takes a lot of courage to leave all that’s familiar to you and stay with another family in a foreign country. You might talk with the host family on Skype and exchange endless emails, but you never know how it will turn out. I’ve heard some horror stories about girls who thought they’d clickedContinue reading “Life as an au pair”