|Can you see the new flag addition/ my room’s interior? (Photo credits by PintsizedPioneer)|
I am trying to WWOOF in Sweden this summer and have made a big leap in the right direction: I made an account on the program site. It is official, and there is no going back. I paid euros; we’re doing this.
This may be a shock for some of you. I haven’t ventured anywhere across the Atlantic, or any ocean, with you before. How could I betray Sudamérica!? Am I sick of the Andes!?
No hard feelings mi cordillera favorita. I definitely am not done with South America. Think of this as a test of our relationship. ¡No se preocupe! I love South America, but the world awaits.
For me, Sweden is appealing because of its landscape, location, and agriculture. Scandinavia is an antique, scenic region of northern Europe that demands to be seen. It has both forests and farmlands, which is such a great combination for a country. Furthermore, Sweden’s developed touches are just as spectacular. I hear the historic architecture is a plus, and this art history student is excited for it. Also, Swedish origins are the vikings! Isn’t that fun?
Europe is a place I am not too uncomfortable with, but it’s a new place for me. I have been to Europe as a youngster with his parents but never solo and for a hefty period of time. Sweden is welcoming, safe, and has a culture that interests me. The whole fraternity of Scandinavia is intriguing. Norway, Sweden, and Denmark share some cultural and linguistic similarities and all seem so peaceful and cozy. I can’t wait to find out for myself how pleasant they actually are. Getting from point A to point B in Europe is relatively simple, and if I have time, I would like to at least see Copenhagen. However, backpacking through Europe is the opposite of my goal.
Raising goats, sheep, and pigs is my mission, and I hope to do some useful manual labor as well. I want to work on a farm! I want to shout it out on the mountains! I miss my hoofed friends!
I cannot do a soul searching sabbatical through Europe after high school or a full-on GAP year. WWOOFing is the most GAP experience I think I can stomach. It’s not that I dislike/ abhor GAP programs, but I think that they demand expert timing and should be truly merited. I have heard great arguments about how GAP years facilitate growth and maturity, and people who do them go to university much more fulfilled and focused; however, they are for a certain type of person. I don’t think everyone who undertakes GAP experiences needs them.