We left by plane, bus, train and another bus towards YEFF! in Sweden on the 14th of June (2009). We met the Spanish and Belgian group at the airport and were awaited by a policing drug dog. The Belgian group and our group didn’t have any problems, but the Spanish group was held up and questioned for more than one and a half hours, and their bags turned upside down etc.!
After about 24 hours of travel we finally got to the hostel in Umea and met the other participants from the other countries. After many activities focussed on getting to know each other, taking part in discussions and different exercises, the groups that will be making a 2,5 minute film about the subject of xenophobia; the fear of the unknown, have been announced. We will be shooting this film on Sunday on the island of Norrbyskär, about 25 kilometres from Umea.
This is supposed to be very special, because, as we have already noticed in the train, it doesn’t really get dark here! Around one and three in the morning it’s slightly dim (as if the sun will come up) but it really doesn’t get much darker and from then on it gets light really slowly. It’s a very special experience. Up in the north, they’ve told us it will get even less dark.
Besides all of this, we have gotten to know "Brännboll" (which is like Swedish baseball, and the only difference is that there is no pitcher.) we made a campfire and visited the centre of Umea. There will be a BBQ tonight!