Oslo to Australia


Oslo to Australia

European import: Norwegian exchange student Amalie Straum is enjoying her time in Australia so far.

NORWEGIAN exchange student Amalie Straum loves to travel but decided to go one step further this time.
She wanted to be part of the culture of another country and be a citizen, not just a tourist.
“I wanted to not just be a tourist but try another way to explore a different country,” Amalie said.
“I really wanted to go to an English speaking country for my exchange, either USA, England or Australia were the options.
“I didn’t want to go to England because it seemed too close to home and I was happy when I found out I was going to Australia because it was different, in a good way.”
The 16-year-old is studying Year 11 at Korumburra Secondary College during her time in the country.
Amalie left her home in Oslo six weeks ago and so far loves every bit of Australia.
“It’s a really nice country and I’ve already met some awesome people,” she said.
“I haven’t been that homesick yet, it makes it easier with all the technology like Skype and Facebook.
“Plus I’ve known my family for my whole life and it’s only 10 months, which in the big picture isn’t that long.”
Amalie said it was hard at the start settling in and making new friends, but now she has lots of close companions here in Australia.
“It was hard leaving my friends back in Norway but it will be harder leaving my friends here, because a lot of them I probably won’t see again,” she said.
The language barrier definitely isn’t holding the teenager back, as she is very fluent in English.
“I have been learning English for around nine years and we get a lot  of English speaking music and TV in Norway as well, so I’m pretty good at the language,” she said.
Amalie is looking forward to the Australian summer, seeing as she sometimes has temperatures around -20 degrees in Norway.
“Hopefully the summer this year in Australia will be really hot,” she said.

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