A few weekends ago, I went on a hike with my visiting host family at Hågelbyparken, which was a park just outside of Stockholm. It was really nice to get out of the city for a little bit and do some exploring. Also, when coming to Sweden, one of my goals was to do some hiking. My visiting host mom also enjoyed picking mushrooms, and it was really interesting because she taught me a little bit about what to look for and about the different types of mushrooms. One of the best parts about the hike was I finally understood how serious Swedes are about fika. During the middle of the hike, we all sat on a log and drank hot tea, and ate Kanelbulles that they made in the morning. As I was sitting there and enjoying the view, I couldn’t believe that this was what I was doing. The hike was perfect, and then we went back to their house after and had dinner before I went back home. Here are some pictures of the hike.
I also wanted to write a little bit about my visiting host family. As I have talked about earlier, I live in the studentboende with other DIS and local students and not with a host family, which is another option. DIS has a program for students where you can have a visiting host family where you meet with them at least once a month and can do different activities together. The first time I met with mine, we went to a museum and had dinner. I really like this program because it allows me to get more involved with the local Swedish culture, and it’s nice to spend time with a family when you are so far from home. I really like the program, and it is something that I would recommend to everyone who is not in a homestay.