Hi my name is Jessica Leinster and I am an anthropology student from Cairns in Far North Queensland.
There is so much to tell. So much has happened to me in a very short space of time.
12 weeks ago I was told, “Jessica you are going to Malmö and you start in September” Whoa!
And 7 weeks later, after many emails and phone calls; arranging flights, and student permits, leave from work, travel insurance and accommodation for when I arrived, a long with at least a dozen other things you need to remember to do when leaving the country, (toothbrush, socks, making sure you put all of your liquids into tiny 100ml containers so you are allowed on the plane) I found myself in Sweden! Just in time for the Malmö Festival a whole week of free music and art and culture, and the last days of summer. What a welcome!
It has been 5 weeks today since I arrived. It has been a steep learning curve but a good one as well. I have discovered a whole new system of education and gone from living with one person, to living with 25 people from almost as many countries. And I have made many great new friends in the process. And in the last week Courtney and I began our internship which promises to be a really interesting experience.
There has been so much more that has happened since I got here, but those adventures will have to wait for another day I think.