Saturday, July 24, 2010

The First of Many

Dear all,
Hello there. Firstly, for those who don't know, my name is Gage Dykema, I am recent graduate of Northfield High School, and am about to embark on a year long adventure to Lerum, Sweden through Rotary Youth Exchange. I will be living with three host families during my stay, two of which I have talked to and both sound like amazing families. I have decided to get a blog (and a facebook account for that matter) to keep everyone up to date on my incredible adventures and experiences in Sweden.
Now for what I know about my exchange so far...
I will be leaving Wednesday July 28th, at 2pm from St Paul airport. I will fly to Chicago, then to London, then to the city of Gothenburg, which is nearby where I will be living. I will arrive around 12:20 pm the next day, after a couple of layovers at each airport. Who's going to pick me up at the airport is still a mystery to me, but after that I will somehow make my way to a Swedish language and culture camp for about a week or so. After that, who knows what will happen, but I'm sure it will be quite the adventure!
As I am leaving in only a matter of days, the fear of the exchange has begun to creep up on me. Although I am a bit worried about only having a little experience with the Swedish language, I have found relief in focusing on the new and exciting aspects of the exchange. I am very much looking forward to the everyday things that happen in Sweden that will be totally new to me.
Well I am hoping for a smooth departure, and that I will have plenty of fun stories and pictures to share once I arrive. Hope to write again soon.


  1. Gage,
    Yay!! I am soooo excited for you!! Today is the beginning of your life as a Swedish teenager. You will have many great experiences! I wish you all the best in your travels and adventures, and I am looking forward to following along through this blog.
    Good luck!
    ~Naomi Miessler

  2. Gage,
    As I stalked you :) via American Airlines and SAS on your departure day & saw you getting closer and closer to your new home, my excitement for your brave new adventure grew with every hour that passed. I'm eager to hear about your trip, your new home and your thoughts about Sweden. We love you lots ~ enjoy yourself! Love, Kris (crazy step-mom)

  3. Hope you are getting all settled into your new home. Remember -- Keep your room clean, say 'yes' and have a great time! I am so proud of you!! Love, Mom