„I stayed in the city of Aix-en-Provence in 1975. My AFS parents were in their thirties and had three young sons. They only had two kids’ bedrooms, they put me in one of them and the boys in the other room. I was young and didn’t know anything about French culture but I was a quick learner and the loooong dinner felt extremely agreeable with the saucissons, main course, salad course, cheese and dessert (yoghurt or fruit). They often had people over for dinner and I was surprised how they could go on and on with their discussions on politics and social matters. The French love to discuss, they might seem to be quarreling for somebody unfamiliar with this tradition, but they enjoy it and it makes them happy. This is just a bit of my experience but all in all my family made me feel like home and ever since they have had a safe place in my heart. I have visited them and they have visited Iceland twice and the reunion is always like they are a part of me and I am a part of them. This lifelong friendship is important to me and I think that it’s the main reason for hosting a youngster from a different culture.“

Bergþór Pálsson, fyrrverandi skiptinemi í Frakklandi 1975-76

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