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Thread: Exchange student from Sweden

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    I'm getting an Exchange Student from Sweden next month.
    I can't wait. I'm so excited to meet her. Are there any other
    Sweden quilters here? She's from Stockholm. She's in for a culture shock. From a city of about 850 thousand to a town of 1,500. :shock: She knits so she's going to teach me to knit and I'm going to teach her to quilt. What are the fabric stores in Sweden like? In her profile for animals her favorite animal is Giraffes and Dogs. Thank goodness for dogs. I have a couple of Giraffe patterns I ordered for her. Any input for Sweden quilting would be great. Thanks :thumbup:

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    I have no input on quilting and Sweden, but you might want to locate a knitting store for her. I'm sure she'd be thrilled to go home with some good yarn she couldn't get (at least not cheaply or easily) at home. :)

    When I was in junior high we hosted a girl from Okinawa, Japan. There was a pretty steep language barrier (and she was a little afraid of the farm animals), but she was so sweet and we had a very good experience. Have fun with your guest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SparkMonkey
    I have no input on quilting and Sweden, but you might want to locate a knitting store for her. I'm sure she'd be thrilled to go home with some good yarn she couldn't get (at least not cheaply or easily) at home. :)

    When I was in junior high we hosted a girl from Okinawa, Japan. There was a pretty steep language barrier (and she was a little afraid of the farm animals), but she was so sweet and we had a very good experience. Have fun with your guest!
    Thanks for your response. Yeah one of my favorite quilty stores in Spokane has lots of yarn. That will be our first stop :thumbup: It has every kind of yarn you can think of.
    My sister has 2 or 3 girls from Japan at her house all the time.
    Some stay for a couple of months and others a year or longer.
    They are so sweet. We are avid campers so she takes them camping. They've never done anything like that. Its so much fun to watch them having the time of their lives. The 2 went on 4 wheelers last year and they had perma grin all day. Fun stuff. My Brother in law is the coordinator at the Community College there so they are really into it. I had an exchange student from Austria last year and she spoke great English. I hope this one from Sweden is that good with her English. I can't wait to show her around and take her camping.

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    Oh yeah my sister has a dog and alot of them have never been around dogs. Sad. Okinawa is where alot of them are from.
    Most of them live in apartment like places with lots of other family members so no room for animals. No thanks.

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    You will all have so much fun :D You are so kind to open your home this way :D:D:D

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    My daughter is getting a exchange student from Sweden also. Talk about cultural shock. Comming from a city of 250000 to a town of 300.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueangel
    My daughter is getting a exchange student from Sweden also. Talk about cultural shock. Comming from a city of 250000 to a town of 300.
    Ha. Thats funny. One of the things Siri (thats her name) asked is how far to the malls. She's not going to like the 1 1/2 hours to get to go shopping. What town is she from in Sweden?

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    What fun. I bet she is a great knitter. you will learn so much and so will she.. Have fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    You will all have so much fun :D You are so kind to open your home this way :D:D:D
    Thanks amma. I'll keep you posted on our fun. I can't wait.
    I hope she gets here sooner than just before school starting.
    Last year my Austrian got here and 3 days later school started.
    she slept through the first week. Jet lag. And me taking her all over didn't help. I want to have fun with her before school.
    It takes awhile to adjust to the 9 hours time change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blossom808
    What fun. I bet she is a great knitter. you will learn so much and so will she.. Have fun
    Yeah I told her I have 2 machines and 1 with her name on it so she was excited about that. And she likes to cook. Me too.
    We'll both be learning lots. I can't wait. I want real Swedish Meatballs. :thumbup:

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    I'm fairly certain her English will be really good. I was friends with a Swedish exchange student in high school, and my husband's family hosted a Swedish student when he was a teen. They both spoke excellent English, and my friend told me English classes were required in Sweden. (Of course, this was 20+ years ago...)

    I remember reading a story a few years back about a scam going on in Japan. People were calling the vets up to schedule their dogs for grooming and to get their hooves trimmed. The vets were flabbergasted - HOOVES?? Seems that the Japanese were nuts over poodles at the time, but poodles were not easily available. So some jerk advertised and sold lambs as poodles, and the owners didn't have a clue. :shock:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish
    I'm fairly certain her English will be really good. I was friends with a Swedish exchange student in high school, and my husband's family hosted a Swedish student when he was a teen. They both spoke excellent English, and my friend told me English classes were required in Sweden. (Of course, this was 20+ years ago...)

    I remember reading a story a few years back about a scam going on in Japan. People were calling the vets up to schedule their dogs for grooming and to get their hooves trimmed. The vets were flabbergasted - HOOVES?? Seems that the Japanese were nuts over poodles at the time, but poodles were not easily available. So some jerk advertised and sold lambs as poodles, and the owners didn't have a clue. :shock:
    Thanks. I'm so glad to hear all the feedback. I'm thankful they know English. Last year my Austrian girl on a scale from 1 to 10 on English she was a 9. This girl from Sweden on the scale is a 7. It will be interesting. I've heard they do still have to take English in school. She has emailed me a couple of times and her emailing in English is good.
    That is so weird about the Poodles. I did have to chuckle though. I've never heard that. I'll have to ask my sister about that. See if her Japanese girls know about it. Well atleast those lambs had a good home I guess. I wonder how well they poddy trained :shock:

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    Looks like they have more quilt shops there than what I found in Germany.
    http://www.cosman.nl/maps/list_en.php?cn=se&ord=c

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000
    Looks like they have more quilt shops there than what I found in Germany.
    http://www.cosman.nl/maps/list_en.php?cn=se&ord=c
    Thanks for the website. I never thought of doing that. I just went and visited some sites from there. They do have lots of shops. Yaaaaa. It was fun visiting. I'm going to go through more later. Thanks again :thumbup:

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    Kim, your package is on the way and there is something 'special' in there for you and even Siri if you so choose. You are just the greatest!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdiane318
    Kim, your package is on the way and there is something 'special' in there for you and even Siri if you so choose. You are just the greatest!!!
    OHHHH I can hardly wait. Thanks. I'll let ya know when it gets here. No no YOU are the greatest. :thumbup:

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    I've seen their knitting.......it's so beautiful fair isle and the lot.

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    Have you read the Steig Larsson books yet? You will learn some about the country and enjoy a good mystery.

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    Missouri Star Quilt Co family are of Swedish decent.
    You could enjoy their tutorials. http://tutorials.missouriquiltco.com/
    Also Alicia Paulson loves to quilt with Swedish colors.
    So you could check out her blog site
    Here is a sample of one of her quilts: http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/...and-cream.html
    She has one based on the colors used in paintings of Lars....somewhere on the site. You would have to peck around the site to find it. But this example is typical of the usual quilt style she uses.

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    Yall are gonna have so much fun!! Can I come play?

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    We've hosted 18 exchange students. Seventeen of them were WONDERFUL. Each one, including #18, brought new joys into our home. Even though we selected students with family compatibility, once they got here, and involved with other students, they did less of the things we thought we'd share. However, we shared their new things with them, and learned even more. It's a life enriching experience. Enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dotsie
    I've seen their knitting.......it's so beautiful fair isle and the lot.
    Great. I'll learn how to knit from the best huh? :D I can't wait to share pictures of my projects. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jo Mama
    Have you read the Steig Larsson books yet? You will learn some about the country and enjoy a good mystery.
    No I've never heard of it. I'll check the library here and see if they have it though. Thanks for the tip. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcar
    Missouri Star Quilt Co family are of Swedish decent.
    You could enjoy their tutorials. http://tutorials.missouriquiltco.com/
    Also Alicia Paulson loves to quilt with Swedish colors.
    So you could check out her blog site
    Here is a sample of one of her quilts: http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/...and-cream.html
    She has one based on the colors used in paintings of Lars....somewhere on the site. You would have to peck around the site to find it. But this example is typical of the usual quilt style she uses.
    Thanks mcar for these websites. I put them on my desktop so I can get into and really check them out later. Alicia Paulson is interesting. And she has a cute dog. She is kind of up here in my neck of the woods. All great stuff. I'm going to know lots by the time she gets here. Thank you :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by #1piecemaker
    Yall are gonna have so much fun!! Can I come play?
    You can come play anytime. That way I won't have to ship your Chocolate Covered Bing Cherries. There in the refridge now. Luckily when I ship them their in plastic. :-D It will be much funner (is that a word? :D ) with you here. All the sewng and knitting we'd get done :XD:

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