"I am an earlier international student from Norway, who went to Nova Scotia, Canada for 10 months 2013-2014. It was an incredible and unforgettable journey. Exchange is not for anyone, but for those of you that are interested: go for it! I made lots of international friends during my stay in Yarmouth. This blog is mainly made to keep them posted on my everyday life in Norway and upcoming adventures. In addition, I hope to "inspire" and guide future, past and current exchange students."
I've been home for a week and it feels good. As the days go slowly by, I find myself missing my international, including Canadian (in fact, we are all international), friends more and more. It's not nearly as fun being surrounded by only Norwegians (no offense).
On the other hand, I now know how lucky I am to have the family and friends I have. When you live away, you become aware of all these beautiful parts of your life, which you normally take for granted. As you return, you learn to be more grateful.
For instance, you expect your parents to cook you dinner every day, be your private taxi driver and buy the groceries you want. Do you say thank you every time your parent drop you off, do your laundry, put your plate in the dishwasher or change your bed sheets? Point is, after being in Canada for 10 months, I realized that I should be more grateful to my family. I often view what they do as their duty, and forget to show appreciation.