From the moment we sat on the plane, we felt the excitement. Every journey to a new country is a story on its own but we wanted to feel our story with beautiful Swedish memories that will last forever. Sweden is a country a lot different from where we come from but we were really glad that we got a chance to broaden our horizons and fully experience the Swedish spirit. That was always a country that people from our society look up to. That is the reason why we noticed many differences.

When we sat in the classroom it was clear to see that many boys and girls looked the same way. Black skinny jeans, baseball hats and long hair for boys and grey sweaters, blue jeans straight and blonde hair on girls. It was what made them one big homogeneous community. We were interested why is it like that, and we found out that all those who are different are considered outcasts. They often get bullied and are being left out. Different people sort out into groups that rarely interact with one another. We associated that with historic castastrian society un which different classes weren’t allowed to mix together. Its not so weird that kids feel a big pressure to fit in. We think that that is how they actually loose their individuality. Maybe it is only subconscious, and probably it is just a matter of living in a small city like Vanesborg.

We were concerned by the fact that people are very afraid about coming out of their comfort zone. For example, people would avoid talking to us. Many of them didn’t want to continue the conversation we’ve started. Its different than our countries because there the conversation with strangers is completely normal part of our everyday lives. When we were in workshops, we were considered by the fact that students did not come up with their own opinions and points of views

At the first, we did not feel accepted – it felt as if we did something wrong and we were being judged. Actually, maybe it was the wall they build when strangers are around, but when we got past that, it turned out that they have really pure intentions and they are really fun to hang out with. We had very interesting conversations with Swedish students and we became quite good friends with some of them. At the end, it was all about breaking the ice. The values of many Swedish people are really good – they fight for equality, gay rights, ecology… At the end of the day, when we take everything into perspective, the only thing we can do is to express admiration to Swedish values, standard and the way of their living. But in this endless struggle for equality, the goal is not that everyone becomes the same but to accept values that make us unique and prominent in this unpredictable world.

Roko Levar, Marta Paladin, Jana Siler, Tia Jernej