Tuesday, 31 May 2011

New Beginnings - Elsa Bodi and Alice

A momet that we will always remember is when we went to Junsele in the north of Sweden. It was fun and everybody was very happy. Our class became united in a way and we will always remember when Knut fell into the water. 
The most important things that we have learnt from our time in school are courage, tolerance, patience, how to spell and read and take responsibility, 
A sense of humor, a playful mind and a sense of direction are qualities that we hope to keep.
Thank you for this year!

New Beginnings

Well, only days to go before you end your time at compulsory school. Upper secondary school awaits you. I hope you all get to where you want to be. It has been a privelege to get to know you a little.

For your final writing task, I'd like you to write down three things:
  1. A moment you will always remember from school 
  2. The most important thing you have learnt from your time in school
  3. What quality that you have now do you hope you will never lose.
Good luck.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Current Affairs Listening

Today we are going to practise listening and also look at some of the language used to describe news events. Here are your instructions.

1. You will soon listen to the BBC World Service five-minute news bulletin. What stories do you think will come up?

2. What words do you think you will hear when you listen to the bulletin?

3. Listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/audioconsole/?stream=news_bulletin

4. What stories came up? What good words did you hear? Listen again to check.

5. Compare with a classmate.

6. Listen again.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Just Kids by Patti Smith

When I turned fifteen in august this year I got a book from my grandfather. It was called Just Kids, written by Patti Smith. I started reading it immediately and could not stop. The book is an autobiography where Patti writes about her life as a young artist during the sixties and her relationship with the nowadays extremely famous Robert Mapplethorpe. 
What affected me the most was probably the fact that I could relate to a lot of her thoughts and feelings and her world interested me a lot as well. Patti is about twenty years old in the book and although that is my age plus five, I felt like I understood her. Her way of writing, her lifestyle and her whole story inspired a lot. Patti Smith is a very famous woman today, mostly because of her music, but I had never really heard anything about her so when I read her book I had no perjudices or ideas about her. 
In the book there were also pictures, of Patti at different ages and places, of her love Robert Mapplethorpe and some of their art. Seeing real pictures of the person/s you are reading about makes the whole story feel closer to you and more trustworthy, I think.
Just Kids is a very honest and part-time sorrowful memoir basically about two young, bohemian, artistic souls in New York that meet, fall in love and become inseparable from each other. The book is not a love story though, I must say. The love between Patti and Robert is everything but perfect, still it plays a huge role. 
Patti Smith wrote the book just the last year which I thought was nice. She has written about her youth from an older and more grown-up perspective and I think it astonishing that she remembers everything so well. Also, knowing how famous and big stars both Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe became by the years made reading about them as so very unknown inspiring. 
This genre is not what I usually would read so I am happy my grandfather gave the book to me. Books normally does not make any significant changes to your life, I think. Though I do think that with every book you read, you become a little wiser. I always pick the good things from each book I read and bring with me. It could be inspirational or motivational things, characters and environments that I like or sometimes more serious and severe things to keep in mind.
Finally, I would absolutely recommend the book to anyone who is interested. It is a very beautiful one. 
Books are great.


Harry Potter — books that moved me. by Elin Brimberg

I was 10 years old when I first read a Harry Potter book, ”Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. It was summer break and my teacher had given the class a homework over the summer; we should read 500 pages each. I did not like to read, and my parents always had to force me when I had a reading homework. We went to the library to lend a few books, when I saw a sparkly cover in the fantasy section. The book was heavy, but I loved the cover with a boy in front of a red train, with an owl on his shoulder. I had finished the book in a week. After that I read all the books too fast, and I was so sad when I had finished them all.
 The books are not just about magic; they are about friendship, will and belief. That meant a lot to me, and being so young, I learned a lot from them. But a thing that meant even more was that it was the Harry Potter series who made me want to read, and not see it as a thing I just had to do.
 The books are so good that I now and then re-read them; and the thing is that they are good every time, I never get tired of them! When I was younger I just thought it was a great story; the fantasy, the friendship, the plots, the spells. When I had finished the first book I searched for a perfect wand (a stick), and when I had found it, I ran around the house, shouting spells at everything. Now, when I read them again, I look at how the books are written (I know, I sound like a teacher), the language, and I just love them more. Also, I can still find things in the text that I have not discovered before.
 My life would probably have been the same if I had not read the books, I would just have missed something great.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Together by Ebba

I’ve read a book series called Together. It’s about three teenagers in Sweden. Actually in the area where I live which I think could be one of the main reasons of why I liked it so much. Even thought it was almost seven years since I read the first book I still remember it by heart. It was about friendship and family, which was and still is a big part of my life. They didn't have the perfect life, even if it seemed that way on the outside. This has always been a part of my life; a complicated family life but that is not anything you talk about. It’s sort of hidden under the surface and since the author grew up in my and most of my classmates neighborhood she knows what she is writing about.

And of course, since the book is about a girl and two boys the friendships gets complicated and interesting. It was a lot back and forth... They think they fall in love but they don’t. But really, they do. That is another reason why I liked it... The dream almost every little girl has: to meet a prince and ride of in the sunset on his white horse. These books was like that, the characters had a tough life with trouble both home, in school and with friends but the message was really clear, even for a nine year old girl.. If you hang in there, it will be worth it. The ”prince” or the reward will come in the end.

As I said before, the book take place right were I live. The characters in the book goes to the same school as I went to when I read it which made the book very faithful and real to the nine year old Ebba.

By Elsa Bodin

The first fantasy novel I ever read on my own was Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. It was like I fell in love with the book. All the characters, the plots, the binding of the book, the pages, the spells, the magic and the environment became so close to my heart that when I had finished reading the last page of the book, it was with remorse. I wished that I hadn’t read the book more slowly. I immediately begged my father to rush to the bookstore and get me the second book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which I finished reading as fast as I had finished reading the first book. And so it went on, until I had finished reading the seventh and last book. 
I wouldn’t say that Harry Potter has contributed with anything ”meaningful” to my life, except hours of joyful and exciting reading. Yet, saying that seems quite harsh. Because, this may sound cheesy, Harry Potter plays a huge role in my life (the books, not the character). For example: The joyful excitement I used to feel when I bought the next Harry Potter book or when I bought the movie-ticket to the next film. 
Yes, these books have played an important part in my life. I don’t think my life would be any different without them, yet I still thrive over their existence. 

Some book I read by Sir John

I read a book which I do not remember the name of. However I do remember the story thankfully. The book was about a boy living in Sweden, he was playing football a lot and that is what his life was all about, much like me. Anyway he was offered a contract from Frankfurt, Germany and so he became youth professional at the age of only 16.

I read this book about three years ago when I was 12. I have always dreamt of becoming a professional football player but it wasn't until now that I understood what it really meant and the hard work it would take to get me where I wanted. But frankly, it just got me more motivated, I was ready to do all the hard work in the world to make the football my livelihood.

All in all this is what this book meant to me, it was a time when I realized what it would take to become a professional football player, but it was also a time when I really started to get fanatical (I definitely think that is the correct word for the occasion) about football and that passion overweight the hard work by miles, and sure enough it still does today and I don't think that will ever change.

Sir John

Looking For Alaska by John Green

I read a book recently called Looking for Alaska. It is about a boy who goes off to boarding school and meets a girl named Alaska. The girl is a trouble maker and always full of surprises. The boy finds her fascinating but never seems to figure her out. With time, he fall in love with her.
One night, when a small group of people have been drinking, Alaska suddenly urges to drive off campus because she "has to do something".
The next day, when the boy finds out she was killed later the previous night, he feels guilty for not stopping her, but he is also depressed because he never to told her that he loved her. He entered into depression while trying to solve the mystery of her disappearance.

I don't know why I value the book so highly. But it struck me in a way that books normally don't. The message the book sent was that you should not take things for granted. And if you want something, make it happen.
Someone once said, "Life is time, and time is all we have.". This is clearly the message the book wants to give.

He did not solved the mystery of her disappearance. But he accepted the fact that he would never know for sure what had really happened that night. This book is by far one of the best books I've ever read and I recommend it strongly. It was not a typical love story, but it had a much deeper meaning then that, and that is what I like about it.


The book that has had the biggest impact on my life is It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. It fictionalizes the life of Craig, a fifteen year old boy, growing up on the Upper East Side. He isn't very popular and has only a few close friends. They are all very smart and as they enroll sophomore year they are introduced to a new high school which only has years eleven and twelve. This high school is extremely competitive; the students that apply have straight As and go to several after-school programs. Craig is eager to get in, so one year ahead of the appliance test, he starts studying every day.

Life goes on and he starts getting depressed as he notices that nowadays all he does is study. He feels that there is so much pressure put on children at such young age. He barely sees his friends anymore and one night, he decides to commit suicide by jumping of the Brooklyn Bridge. On his way there he passes a hospital and instead of killing himself, he enrolls a mental institute at the hospital. There he meets a lot different people. He comes to realize that they all have a lot worse problems than he does. When he is there he meets his future girlfriend, gets a semi-mentor and he meets many other life changing characters. Finally, as he gets out of the institute he quits his competitive high school and soon applies to a art college.

I read this book during the fall of 2010. My age and being in ninth grade at the time are the two key reasons why this book changed me way of viewing life. I could really relate to everything the author wanted to express, Craig applying to high school and me applying to upper secondary school, all the weight that is put on our shoulders, how one's future can depend on a few tests' and essays' results. But as Craig realizes at the mental institute, everything isn't about academics,for example one doesn't have to be the most famous businessman in the world to truly be successful. Instead, being successful is being successful by one's own standards! And it doesn't have to be about work, it could be something you have accomplished personally as well. Also, something that removed some of the pressure on me was that mistakes one makes when one is fifteen isn't going to destroy one's life, instead one should learn from his/her mistakes. This book is very inspiring if you feel that people expect to much of you. After I read this book I don't worry as much about school as I did earlier. I have come to realize academics aren't everything! :D

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Perhaps you, meaning my classmates, are a bit tired of me talking about this book since I've done it a couple of times now... but for Aidan I will tell him, and you who bothers reading this post, why I like this book so much.

It really isn't that special if you think about it (it takes place during WWII in a poor family in Germany who takes care of a little girl), and it's about 500 pages long so I don't claim anyone for not even starting to read it. But for some reason, not sure exactly why, I've read it twice.

The first time was last summer, almost a year ago now, mostly because I didn't have anything to read. My father had already read The Book Thief and said it was incredible, so I though why not give it a try? It might as well be good. I guess it was just a lucky coincidence we had two copies at home since my mom was eager to read it as well.

We were traveling to Turkey for three weeks a couple of days later so, by purpose, I saved the book for the flight and trip. Right after we boarded I began to read. And then I couldn't stop. As I said it's not a very extraordinary story, and most people doesn't really get interested when they hear about it. But almost everyone who has read it can agree on that it truly is high quality reading.

That was the first time I read it. In the beginning I discussed it a bit with my mom but after a while I noticed I was so hooked that I was always at least twenty pages ahead of her and she was always about twenty magazines ahead of me instead. While I sat in the shadow with my book, she sat in the sun with newspapers and magazines. I guess she chose to dedicate that trip to the pool and interviews with famous people. But then again, I don't blame her. And she usually reads a lot of books at home.

The second time I read it was this winter. We had a school project about WWII and I took the opportunity to read the book again, though I thought it might be easier to focus on the history now that I already knew the book. Not really. I found myself exactly as fascinated by the characters and the simple story about the family in Germany as I'd been the summer before.

I guess there's just something that catches my interest in reading about how a "normal" life survives and handles difficult times even though they have to go through lot's of terrible happenings. I think this book will always be with me and I'm sure I'll read it again cause for some reason, don't know why, it feels a little bit like I'm a part of that family and that reading the book feels like jumping in to a second, rectangular home.

Elsa Br

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

A book that moved me

I realise you have probably written a few book reviews in school before, describing plots and characters and themes. This time I want you to write your review in a more personal way. How did the book affect you? Was its impact more powerful because of when you read it: your age, where you were, who you were with, things that were happening to you or around you?

Maybe, less a book review and more a description of a book that meant a lot to you and why. Feel free to browse around for inspiration, but don't be afraid to do it your own way.

Have a look at this page where a writer describes his favourite teenage books as books that teenagers shouldn't read...

As with the travel writing, log in and write your review as a New Post.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

So sorry for being late!

The country of Oman, located in the Middle-east is an ideal place for a vacation if you want to go diving at a reasonable price or just want to get out of the cold and snow in Sweden. The basic idea of vacations there is just to turn off your engines and relax. There are not many tourist attractions of which you would have to take tours of, but there are palaces all around, one of which the Sultan will live in (you never know which one...)

The first thing you will see when you get out of the plane is a barren wasteland. Not much green to be seen (that rhymed!) Apparently during the summer, it will be greener but for know...not so much. The climate is in my opinion ideal for any country for that matter. It’s not hot enough that you will sweat to death, but you’ll never need a sweater. It’s bliss basically.

As for travels...we never took them. We were pretty lazy all the way through our vacation. To get anywhere, you had to rent a car. The hotel was basically near a beach in the middle of nowhere. So there was not much to see anyway, and the whole idea of going was to be at ease and enjoy tranquility. The notable things were underwater

Me and my mother went diving the entire week. I’ve never heard of diving in Oman, but it was spectacular. What’s so special about this place is that there’s not much fishing, so the fish can grow big and colourful. Giant sting-rays everywhere and we even spotted the worlds biggest moray-eel. But to be frank it wasn’t all fun and games. Sometimes you just had to be patient and wait for the giant ship to appear in front of you. The ship was quite impressive and to rotor blades were massive. One flaw was that the water wasn’t very clear, so the sight was bad. But with my eyes, it didn’t make much of a difference. It was defiantly worth, and recommend diving to anyone that wants an incredible experience. The freedom you get underwater is indescribable.

As for the people they were genuinely light-hearted. The staff were not arrogant and were willing to help with request and finding solutions to discontent. One interesting thing was that, the amount of foreigners that come here for work was astounding. About a million people from different countries work here. They are mostly from India, Indonesia and the Philippines. They all looked very happy to be working here and that is wonderful. As for people born and raised here, there was not much to be seen of them, but that is probably because of our enclosed area of living. This is the most liberated-muslim country in the world, and it will go well for them in the future, economically and in other ways.

So in conclusion ladies and jelly-spoons...

Oman is not a very good place for touristing and seeing impressive architecture and landmarks, but excellent for just taking a breather and maybe exploring the ocean.
For now I will leave you.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

The Second or the Imaginary Conditional

Complete the following:

  • If I won the lottery, ...
Then write your own beginning to a new sentence: If + Past Tense ,...

Then others will complete your sentence. You complete others' too.

When completing others', make sure you include their beginning.

Travel Article - Tokyo

The first thought that strikes you when you arrive in Tokyo, Japan, is wondering whether you have arrived to the city of toys or not. It is a feeling of being in a whole other world, like a part that you never knew actually existed. As me and my family entered the center of the city I couldn’t place this in any of my own references. The futurism reminds you of a world like the ones in the animated childrens movies. With big neon lights on every facade, the foggy air full of mumble and the glittering airline lights on top of the buildnings like rubins in the night.

It’s hard to describe this overwhelming and colorful city, you will basically have to go there to realize how crazy it is. One of the most remarkable things though, is the cleanliness that is in the city. There are no such things as graffiti to be seen anywhere, no, the city and the people are all very neat.

The first morning in Tokyo I felt a little awkward, the cleanliness made it hard telling if I was indoors or outdoors. Walking down the street and noticing it is so clean you could almost take a nap right there on the pavement, is a very different feeling for a european. Another rather big difference among the japanese people compared to swedes is that everywhere you go in Tokyo you get very well treated and people in general are so polite and helpful.

If you go to Tokyo, make sure you make it to the old Asakusa Temple. Walk along the street leading to the temple and see the small genuine sushi restaurants and lamps made of rice paper that sways with the wind.

Another thing that made a great impression on me was visiting the Yoyogi Park, the big public park in the middle of Tokyo. This is where the new and the old meets. We came across a very traditional wedding with girls dressed in kimonos and ancient wooden clogs and crisp rice paper umbrellas. At the same time, very extremely costumed punk youngsters in platform shoes and masks where hanging around other areas of the park. During a weekend stroll in the park you will also meet young japanese families with their cute kids all dressed up like dolls in colorful kimonos and beautiful details. So many cultural expressions all in one place, and all accomplished in a very thourough and precise way. Whether you are an old antique dealer or a pink haired rocker there is a place for you in Tokyo. Everyone with a creative job or interest in design and architecture or contemporary art will find Tokyo being major source of inspiration. Take the big fashionhouses for an instance, they build their own buildings and give their brand a very strong prescence and expression, which makes shopping a true delight.

You do not see as many high rise buildings in Tokyo as in other major cities. That is partly due to the fact that Tokyo is in a risk zone for earthquakes and all buildings need to be very well built to withstand. Tokyo is a dynamic city that is constantly changing. For example the average life time of Tokyo buildings is pretty short, around 26 years.

This article is now about 600 words long and I feel like I have not even started, there is so much more to tell. I do hope you all see the magnetism and affection of this city and understand me when I say that Tokyo is definitely a place to return to. Not only am I myself looking forward to the next trip to Tokyo, my body and mind does too. Cause never have I felt so healthy and good as I did when I was in Tokyo.


There is not a single summer of my life when I have not been in Greece; even when I was just a baby I spent two weeks of the summer under the oleander trees.

Last summer we went to Crete (as so many summers before). Being in Greece is my definition of the word ”relaxing”. It is like a dream, and not just because it is wonderful and amazing (because I assure you it is), it is literally like a dream; the colors are almost fuzzy because they are so light and neutral and everything is so different from Sweden that it almost seems unreal. The older I get, the more I appreciate being there and the more I want to discover! It is not enough with just bathing and tanning. Last summer I went cycling in the mountains with my mother. It was a sight that was not of this world. The mountains, the olive- lemon- and orange trees, the enormous blue sea and sky. You could not even see the horizon, it was just a huge, light blue mass. The feeling you get when you stand there on the top of a mountain and look out over all this cannot be described. It is total freedom.

The nights were amazing as well. In fact, they were even better than the days. The Greek nights are so different from the Swedish ones; it is as warm as if it was the hottest of summer days and as dark as in the darkest winter night. It is a fantastic feeling. Some nights I went out with my newfound friends that I had met at the hotel and played some volleyball with, but mostly I went to idyllic Greek restaurants with my family. Our favorite restaurant is in a beautiful garden at the bottom of a mountain, where you sit surrounded by white roses and the most exquisite, exotic flowers that I do not know the name of. I wish I did, though.

At first, I thought it was weird that all the staff recognized us, but now, years later it would have been weird of they did not. The owner of the restaurant is probably the happiest man I have ever seen. The people who serves are his two daughters husbands, his son and two of his best friends. His daughters, his wife, his sons wife and his mother (who by the way is about 90 years old!?) are, from my research, the best cooks in the world. Their moussaka is reason enough to take the first flight you can get on to Crete. The owner’s grandchildren are the cutest girls I have ever seen, they are twins, and he carries them around, showing them off to every guest at the restaurant, wherever he goes (while he smiles like he is the happiest man on earth). To be greeted with a recognizing and extremely happy: ”Hello! We where just wondering when you would show up!”, Raki, watermelon and smalltalk, as if we were members in the family, looking up at the stars in the sky and hearing the distant sound of waves; that is how relaxing it will ever get.

I am superior // Alex

I am always reminded how much i love Southern Florida every time I take a step outside the doors of the West Palm Beach Airport. A wave of humid air hits you as you lay your eyes on tall and beautiful palm trees. The sky’s color has a warm tone that matches the ocean. Florida, the “Sunshine State”, is located in the south-east of America and has the most southern point of the continental U.S. The semi-tropical climate offers hot rainy summers, warm winters. Florida only has one downside, which is the threat of tropical storms and hurricanes during the late summer. Apart from that, all parts of Florida have something to offer.

The Eastern Coast of Florida has very nice beaches all along the Coast of the Atlantic Ocean with some decent surf, perfect for eager beginners. Cities in the East tend to be commercialized for tourism as they offer several high rise hotels, restaurants, night clubs tourist attractions and entertainment such as Walt Disney World, the largest amusement park on earth, the Sea World and Universal Studios. The Western Coast is very different from the Eastern Coast. The beaches on the Mexican Gulf are shallower, with less surf, warmer waters and are more family friendly. It is a perfect place for the tourist that is up for relaxing on the beach and/or having a good time with your family in the water.

Although the coast’s contribute all of the amazing things, the central part of Florida is the most popular destination for tourists. It consists of tropical jungle and the famous National Park of swamplands, The Everglades. It contains a vast ocean of wet grasslands and millions of tiny “islands”. Wildlife, such as birds, snakes and alligators live in this tropical forest

The most memorizing experience I have from Florida is a three day trip to the Kennedy Space Center from the summer of ’08. Even though you are not a space geek, just like me, you will leave impressed and inspired. Experience the ATX (Astronaut Training Experience) Program and you will be shocked. You will spend time on one of the launch pads, go on a walk-through of the lab-facilities and factories. You will have the opportunity to eat dinner with an astronaut, and if you time your’ trip right, you might be lucky enough to watch a space ship launch.

I will never tire of going to Florida, as I experience something new every year. As mentioned, it is the perfect place for the relaxed family, businessman looking for some distress, a group of friends wanting to go clubbing, anyone.

Elsa Br's Post about Paris (p.s. it's a bit dorky)


The city of romance and freshly baked croissants. Or perhaps, the city of something completely different. For me, I suppose Paris is the city of inspiration. For me, Paris is magical.

I’ve been to Paris three times, but only two of them were real trips spent in Paris. The third one was just a fast stop near the Eiffel Tower for a picture before we continued our trip to the countryside where out friends live, but that’s another story. I don’t know if it’s the language, the architecture or the culture that makes me so fascinated and almost, I know it sounds dorky, enchanted when visiting Paris. Both times I arrived to Paris were at dark which meant that the whole city was glowing and shining and the big, round, glass lamps on the roadsides reflected their warm light in both small pools of water such as the majestic River Seine, floating through the city. This made quite an impression on me, the first time only nine years old, and maybe my fascination for this city remained the same, cause I still am. Fascinated.

As in the article we read before writing, I find the details of a journey to be quite more special than the gigantic tourist-traps. Of course, Paris wouldn’t be Paris without the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower but listening to the lovely language, having an interesting chat with a Frenchman or just a walk through one of the parks is just as fabulous I believe.

I think you can guess that Paris is one of my absolute favorite cities, but I think that anybody can enjoy the city since it offers experiences for every personality. If you like art and history, visiting museums (Le Louvre etc) and monuments won’t be a difficulty to do. If you like architecture and odd, unique buildings Paris is kind of a mekka where just walking around in the city is quite a sightseeing. For those who are more interested in gossiping in cafés, eating well and enjoying a show or opera, there are several historical, beautiful theaters (L’Opera as well as the famous Moulin Rouge) and restaurants (La Cupole, which has fantastic art) worth visiting. And of course, for those who like to party and dance all night long in nightclubs (I would guess the younger generations), they won’t get disappointed with Paris. So, as you see there are loads of ways to ”design” your visit here and of course a bit of everything might be a perfect combination as well. And just to mention yet another good thing about Paris, though it has so much to offer, it’s not an extremely big city which means that you can experience Paris in a couple of days if you want, or a couple of weeks. It’s completely up to you and your taste of traveling.

As you can see, so far I’ve only stuffed you full with praise about Paris, and I wouldn’t say it’s a city where everything is perfect. In fact I will give you some tips about Paris which I think could be useful and make your stay even more pleasant. I mean, the city is quite a spectacle but you shouldn’t forget there is also a civilization who lives there and appreciating them and their culture is at least as important as appreciating the city. So here are a few things to keep in mind while visiting Paris:

  • As in every situation, be respectful and open for other cultures. I can assure you that the Parisians will treat you much kinder if you try speaking their language for example. It doesn’t necessarily have to be correct but giving it a try definitely is estimated.
  • Bring a map! Not only one of the city, also bring one for the subway. It will save you so much time instead of trying to read the map in the ceiling of a crowded train.
  • Give tip. I can assure you, the grumping and the ”ce n’est pas possible!” will stop if you give the taxi-driver an extra coin or two, or just a smile and a simple ”Salut!”.
  • And at last, always add an extra 30 minutes to everything. In Paris, time isn’t so relevant. If they say ten minutes, it will surely take about 30. Just keep that in mind and there will hopefully be no misunderstandings or stressful transports.

So, now I’ve given you a small guide of Paris (seen from my point of view) and hopefully some help! Otherwise, maybe a fun reading experience. Anyway I hope your next or first trip to Paris will be absolutely splendid!

Bon vacances!

Monday, 17 January 2011


I was five years old when my mom and dad decided that we would travel the world. And off we were. Our trip lasted 6 months. From Australia to Bali, to Fiji and Aruba. Yes. Every place we visited was amazing. But Antigua was by far, my favorite. Sure, I was five and you may think I do not remember much. But honestly, I do. I do not only remember the clear turquoise water and the colorful fish. I remember the rough tennis lessons at 10 am every morning and the breakfast buffet that drove me insane. I may not have been the healthiest kid around but I could not resist chocolate pancakes and those sugar croissants. But I suppose the tennis lessons made up for the not so healthy meal every morning.

Antigua was our last destination planned out before packing our bags and getting on a plane back home. The plane rides was the least favorite thing about the trip. Since I was only five and being overly energetic as a child, my patience didn't last long on a 10 hour flight. But luckily, we had been spending time on an island called Aruba for 2 weeks, which is only a 90 minutes flight from Antigua. So after checking in all our bags we were off again. Unfortunately, we had to change flights on an island by the name St. Martin. This time, we were sitting in a much smaller airplane with only 8 seats. I remember landing on a beach when we finally reached Antigua. Sand was blowing everywhere caused by the airplane engines.

We stayed for 10 days and I made some friends at the hotel. Me and my sister went snorkeling in the water with life vests and saw lots of fish. I can still remember the iche feeling on your skin every time I got out of the ocean water. Thats why I preferred the pool even though there were no colorful fish in there. The residents in town were very kind people and so was the nice lady who braided small braids with beads at the end of my hair on the beach. She and I became good pals.

If I ever get the chance to travel the world, one of the places I will visit is definitely Antigua, not only for the delicious chocolate pancakes, but for the island itself. Looking at pictures today, it really was a paradise.

It was a little bit sad leaving Antigua after such a wonderful stay. But I did not think about it much. I was more excited about the next place we were going to. Home.

St Anton am Arlberg. Yeeeeey!

St Anton am Arlberg.

St Anton is an Alpine village in Austria. It is situated in a western zone of Austria called Tyrol. St Anton is also called the ”ski paradise”. That is pretty much what it is. If you don’t like skiing, you should not go to St Anton. Here me and my family, which contains of my dad, my mom and my big brother Victor, moved for 6 months. And yes, we do like skiing. Well, I didn't when we first got there. Just the thought of moving there for 6 moths, leaving my friends and dog behind me in Sweden made me nauseous. But this cute and charming ski resort changed my mind completely.

Traveling to St Anton could be done in several ways. You could go by airplane from Stockholm to Munich or Zurich and then rent a car or take the train to St Anton am Arlberg. It is possible to drive all the way too but it takes a wile and is really exhausting. So I would definitely recommend the airplane way...

The skiing, as I said before, is the main occasion of visiting St Anton. Therefore it is a very high pace in the piste and because of that it may not be the best place for beginners on skis. However there is a lot of other things to do in St Anton. They have a wonderful local swimming pool area with a sauna world. Here I spent a lot of time. It is really nice to stretch out your legs and use some other muscles than the ones used when skiing. The shopping is not that bad either, even I like it and I do not like ”just what ever” my dad always says.

The restaurants in the area is good. Mainly austrian dishes like Wiener Schnitzel and Apfelstrudel but also a fine selection of international dishes. A really cute and charming museum in the piste which serves delicious food. This is a "must go place" when visiting St Anton!

The wether is... a bit unpredictable. Sometimes sunny, which is a lovely ski wether. But unfortunately that do not happen everyday. It is for the most time cloudy and snowing. The temperature is low but it doesn't feel that cold. Compered to Sweden the wether isn’t as raw in St Anton as in our latitudes.

I sincerely recommend this place! Mostly for the skiing but also for the surroundings. The atmosphere in this village is delightful and I can assure you that you will feel the same tie to this village as I do!

TIA Brother by Sir John Swärd

The journey to Zan Zibar was a quite comfortable one. Me and my family flew to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya via London from Stockholm. From Kenya we got on to a small charming propeller aircraft who flew us to the small, aged airport of Zanzibar.

There is only a two hour difference between Zanzibar and Sweden, something wich makes the trip a whole lot easier since you don't have to turn the entire day around. However when we first arrived we were all very tired, not just only from the flight but also from the one and a half hour drive on unmade road. And belive me when I say unmade road, there were 1,5 meter deep wholes in the "road" filled with water. No ordinary car could last on those roads more then a week. It is still a mystery for me of how we managed to get to the hotel. But I guess it's what they say TIA (This Is Africa). But don't get me wrong, I love it.

We stayed at a small hotel in a village by the beach, the views were nothing less but stunning. The turquoise water, the palm trees, the finly ground sand and ofcourse, the hammocks. However this is not what made Zanzibar so special to me. The thing that made Zanzibar so fantastic to me is the genuineness of the society and the people, the people are all so very friendly and kindhearted.

The night of the second day I decided to find a place to play football. After a five minute walk I found it. The field consisted of washstands as goalposts and a rope as the crossbar. Somehow I asked them to play even though I didn't speak the langauge, but again, it's what they say, football is the language that everyone speaks and I couldn't agree more. We played there every day at five a clock until seven when it was praying time.

The next day when I walked into the village, everyone stared shouting something. I looked around to see why when I realized they were shouting my name! I had become one of them, for the next week I socialized with the people in the village. And we became very good friends.
We did all sorts of stuff and they even brought me home to their houses. When we left the last day I have me "best friend" my football shoes as a thank you.

Unfortunatly there are cons aswell. The food and the service was terrible. You order a coke and fifteen minutes later you get a beer. You note the misstake, but there was no idea since thewaitor/waitress were stoned! (TIA) :p. The chefs were probably high too since the food tasted awfull and all of us got food poisned.

Nonetheless Zanzibar is a wonderfull place, trust me.

After a week we took the one hour drive down to Stonetown, the "capital" of Zanzibar. It looked like Stonetown hadn't changed since the conoliaismen. The houses were all very old, but beautiful nonetheless. We hired a "local" guide, ofcourse high, but good anyway. He guided us through Stonetown and showed us everything including the house where legendary singer Freddie Mecury was born.

Finally, Zanzibar is, as mentioned, a wonderful place and I strongly recomend you to go there if you want adventure and genuinity.

TIA bro. Peace out.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Predictions 2011

OK, using your best and most expressive ways to describe what you think will happen, make your predictions in the comments below.

Respond to others, politely. Your predictions can be: personal, political, national, global, environmental, sporting or even about entertainment.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Travel writing

Well, as I fear few of you will have pens and paper in class, I thought I would let you do your travel writing assignments on your Macbooks.

You can write your articles in the Comments space, or if you give me your email addresses I can give you permission to write a post yourselves. That might be more fun.  Maybe then you could finish it over the holidays!

Before writing you might read this interesting travel article asking whether you go looking for Iconic Experiences or Serendipity. Maybe you should look up the words first — I had to, just to make sure!

Your travel article should be at least 200 words, ideally more. Just write about somewhere you have been. You can describe the good and bad things about the place. You can narrate an experience you had in a certain place, or on a journey. Or you can try to recreate the feel of a place, by choosing words and expressions that help describe the senses, as we talked about last week. But maybe the best travel writing combines bits of all these elements.

And of course, you can include links and upload photos, well if you do it as a post.

Right, the space is yours!