Holiday Greetings from Simone Lokke
Hello Sue & Philomath Rotarians!
Here in Denmark I am doing very good! This past year has been great! The same summer I came home from Oregon, I started at "Holstebro (a city) Handelsskole" and "handelsskole" translated to English is "trading" school / business school. It's a school you go to if you want to work in the world of business - I don't quite know yet what I want to work with later on - or what I want to study later on.... But at least I'm heading for some kind of direction ;-) so I have been at that school for one and a half years now, and I'm doing really well! I miss speaking English every day - so I'll have to be satisfied by the 3 lessons (1 lesson = 1 hour) a week that I have :-( my grades are really good though and I made so many great friends there - I keep making new ones all the time - so I'm really enjoying it! Even though this 2nd year is supposed to be the hardest (I have one and a half year left before I graduate) - and I can feel it. We just had lots of exams here before Christmas - so yeah, LOTS of school work! When I'm not in school, I actually work a lot - it's nice to earn money :-) -
I still work at that beauty store that I have been working at since October 2009. It's a good place! I'm saving for when I'm moving out (won't be another 2 years because of my year-off when I'm done with "handelsskole")... The money will probably be spent before I move out since I will be traveling a lot during my year off. Well well... Life's about experiencing (and that would surely be by traveling) so that's okay ;-)
I actually stopped playing Squash since I needed a break. I have been playing that game now for 10 years so I started working out in the gym where I join classes such as Zumba (a new kind of dance - most women join this class - you've probably heard of it) and kick boxing etc. It's lots of fun!
Along with school, work and fitness I try to find time with my friends as well. Both with my new friends from where I go to school, but also my friends from my own town - it's kind of difficult though some times... The day should be extended from 24 to 28 or maybe 30 hours a day :-D that would help a lot!
The two following days we walked in the woods, watched a Christmas movie, ate more food and visited family for a Christmas reunion. Now I'm working again and soon it's New Year's... New Years in Denmark is always a HUGE party-day! Everybody goes crazy and it's really a big holiday for us! Lots of fireworks all day long - everywhere! It's great!
Oh and also, I should tell you, that we had the most amazing trip this summer to Oregon and the rest of the Western America. We had a lovely time visiting back in Philomath - I'm sad though that we didn't get to see each other. But I really expected everyone to be at the Frolic dinner, but not very many from the Rotary Club was there :-( sadly... And I didn't have my phone (well, Kelly's old one) so I couldn't just call you to meet up... We were so busy seeing all kinds of things while we were there - and we had a great time with all my families. We stayed a couple of days at the McLarens and a day at the Keese's. It was great to see everyone again!
One evening we had a "reunion" at American Dream Pizza where my parents bought everyone pizza and we sat and ate on the roof! Oh what a lovely night! Carson's family came too and a couple of days later his family and the Keese's went with us to the Philomath Frolic and Rodeo - my family was very entertained by the annual tradition :-) sadly Carson was not at home during my visit - he is in the Army - doing great of what I hear - we are still in touch. During the stay I bumped into several people all over the place - so I definitely got to see some of my friends from PHS - It was great!
Say hi to everyone in the Rotary Club from me! I miss you all very much!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you!