Well, back to food then.

Så hva gjør du når all maten i kjøleskapet har gått ut på dato, og kjøkkenskapet er nesten tomt.

Da moser du opp vegeteriansk falafel, tilsetter osten som ikke er blit muggete, masse krydder, litt olivenolje, maisen du hadde igjen fra du lagde burritoes,
Så blander du det med litt vann, litt økologisk pastasaus og tomat og Chillie Pesto.
Kok opp egg-nudler, og bland det sammen med halvparten av sausen du har laget, resten heller du på et syltetøyglass så har du mat i morgen også.

Utrolig nokk fikk jeg det til å smake godt. Jeg burde bli kokk jeg.

New Meal

Jacobs Utvalgte Pastasaus Chillie 2 tbs

Saritas tandoori med ingefær … 1,5 tbs

Santa Marias Grillkrydder

Pepper

1 cup of boiled rice

1/2 cup of Paprika

1/4 cup of peas

1/4 cup of corn 1tbs of Cream Fresh

1 piese of sliced white chease and some Tinte Taffel Tomatoo chease.

1 Flover tortilla.

Put everything in a bowl and boil untill done, fill the flover tortilla (for an easy breakfast tomorrow), and eat the rest out of the pan you cooked it in so that it stays hot.

The Burito tastes ok, but when you eat the stew directly out of the pan it’s cuite good.

Travel Geography. Los Angels.

Well it’s time to publish another of my school projects. This is my first individual essay at the University.

I study Bachelor in Travel and Tourism Management at HIL (Lillehammer Public University).

In this task I cover theories and connect them to my own experiences and Los Angels. This essay have not been given a grade, but I passed and got some great feedback from the teacher.

 

Task in Travel Geography

Los Angeles.

 

The research done on motivation related to travel has not been conclusive. Richard Sharpley covers many theories in “Tourism, Tourist and Society”. Among others, he mentions the studies done by Goodall (1991) on Push/Pull, the work done by Maslow and his pyramid of needs, and the theory on Extrinsic/Intrinsic factors.

 

What most of these models have in common is that they have been used in some

way or another to understand the motives behind tourism. When you use different
models, and research different types of environments, the answers will necessarily vary. “Many authors and researchers in tourism have concerned themselves with motivation, recognizing it as one of the most basic and indispensable subjects in tourism studies” (Sharpley 2006) Due to the word-constraint, I will focus on the  Push/Pull and Extrinsic/Intrinsic models in this text.

 

Theories

How we view an event is individual. The push factor is difficult to figure out. Research in the area of motivation deals with a lot of unconscious factors in people, like culture, religion, family, friends, social class and so on. Understanding the specific motivational factors that help people make their choices would make a travel agent hugely successful. Wealth would come because these intrinsic motivations are the first step of making our choice of what kind of trip we want to take.

 

If we need love in our lives, we might visit friends and family. Or maybe we might
seek the love of a god. If we need change in our lives we might leave cold Norwegian winters and go somewhere warm. If we need something healthy in our lives, we might choose a spa holiday or perhaps a walk in the mountains of Norway or a skiing holiday.

 

I am, for example, planning a trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco in California USA. My reasons for travelling are push and pull factors but also intrinsic and extrinsic. The person-specific motivations for travelling to the United States during the holidays are among others needing to be with my US “mother” and a need for a traditional Christmas. The push factor is important when the tourist decides which destination to visit. Once we have been influenced by the push factors in our lives, we are ready to be influenced by the extrinsic/pull factors that exist.

 

When it comes to my trip to the US, my external motivations would be that I look forward to making new friends as well as reconnecting with old ones and enjoy sunny California. Since I will be living with the people I visit, I will only be buying an airplane ticket. I would call myself a Wanderluster tourist. It is important to understand that there are different types of tourists with different kinds of motivations behind their travels. This will be covered later on. Here I will focus on Los Angeles and tourism in general.

 

Pull factors have been described by Sharpley and (Goodall 1991) as being destination specific attributes. Some of the destination specific attributes of Los Angeles are Disneyland (easily accessible), the Walk of Fame, the Tour of the Stars, Spring Break and the fact that it is almost always sunny. A family with small children may enjoy a trip to Los Angeles if it includes the above mentioned attributes. This is the experience they seek. Their motivations for choosing Los Angeles could be because they have seen an advertisement about how Disneyland is appropriate for children and that both parents have a couple of weeks off work.

 

Work and tourism in opposition.

People often seek contrast on their holiday. As a student in the United States you have way stronger regulations/rules to live by than a student in Norway may have. The students could, therefore, have an internal motive to escape the boring life of a student. As put by Sharpley, “people feel the need to travel not only because of the sense of meaninglessness and normlessness imposed upon them by modern society but also by the need to be recognized, to have their ego or confidence boosted, to personally and psychologically gain from tourism.” (Sharpley, 2006) Wheeller (1992) calls this “ego-tourism”. So the student goes to party on Spring Break in Los Angeles while the family with small children goes to Los Angeles for Disneyland.

 

Disneyland Park is more authentic and family-oriented than Disney
World. Disneyland Park had a rough start, but was completed in 1955. It cost 17
million USD to build. This was financed through a TV-series produced by Walt
Disney himself. Mr. Disney stated that “I could never convince the financiers that Disneyland was feasible, because dreams offer too little collateral.” (Walt Disney) Dreams are part of peoples’ push/internal/intrinsic factors. Walt Disney’s vision and design of Disneyland Park led to a park that focused more on history and family than commercialism. Disney World on the other hand is meant as a consumer product and nothing more. This is an external factor that may persuade some tourists to go to one park over the other.  (Just Disney)

 

The imagination of childhood

People have less responsibilities on holiday than they do at home. When you attend Disneyland Park, you enter a “Magic Kingdom” where there are no worries about bills. Nor do you have any work tasks to complete. When you live in a hotel in the area, you do not have to think about cleaning, making food or other household chores. “So, tourists, while on holiday, are temporarily freed from the demands of their jobs, household’s chores, social commitments and, generally, the behavioral norms and values of their society.” (Sharpley 2006) And then you are also likely to spoil yourself. Is this not how we imagine it’s like to be a child?

 

Contrast vs. extension

People seek an opposition between work and tourism. “By saving up for the holiday, the tourist is able to indulge in a life-style that is in direct contrast to normal life; in compensation for what is missing at work and at home, the holiday represents an inversion of everyday life” (Sharpley, 2006). This means that a person who works in bank management (with responsibility) (extrinsic), might want a holiday where he can be totally clueless as to what is happening, and thereby getting a sense of freedom (intrinsic). A charter trip to Los Angeles might be a suitable fit for this person.

 

Other people seek to have a holiday as an extension of their work. If a person is highly interested in his field of studies, may that be work or otherwise, it is not unlikely that he will seek an extension of his work while on holiday. A professor in history may want to visit the pyramids and take notes. Perhaps a theme park operator in the United Kingdom may want to go to Disneyland Park in Los Angeles. “there is little distinction between patterns of work and patterns of leisure.” (Sharpley, 2006)

 

People are different

As you can see from the two paragraphs above, there is a big difference between people. Some may enjoy a holiday that is similar to the way they work, while others may prefer a contrast to their daily life when they go on a holiday. As within the fields of sociology and psychology there are few people in the extremes, but the tourist tends to lean more toward one (extension or opposition of work/studies) than the other when they are on one specific holiday. Either they travel on a pre-planned trip or they do things on impulse. Some travel with a company like SAGA (charter/package deals) while others pay for everything themselves, separately.

 

More people get to travel

The industrial revolution has made tourism widely available. Better technology improved the infrastructure dramatically. In the 18th century it took 60 days to go across the United States while today you can take the same trip in a plane in less than 6 hours. Then we have the internet which has improved the connectivity and options available to anyone who access it. “Ving er den i norge som ser ut til å ha utnyttet nettet som salgskanal best” (Aasbø, 2009) In 1998 Ving became the first in Norway to implement online ordering within the charter industry. The internet made it more accessible. This was a milestone, just like Virtual Reality tourism might eventually replace the tourism industry. (Sharpley, 2006).

 

Conclusion

As I have shown, both our external (pull/extrinsic) and internal (push/intrinsic) motivation for going on holiday varies greatly. “Having something to look forward to and to dream about, can be as equally exciting and beneficial (and in many cases more so) than the holiday itself. Thus, tourist motivation can be strictly linked with anticipation (Parrinello 1993)” (Sharpley, 2006). So we see that motivation remains a highly needed area of research within the field of tourism.

 

References APA style:

Asbø, M. (2009) De lærte oss og reise: 50 år med norsk charterturisme. Lundeby:

Colombus press

Just Disney: Disneyland history hentet fra

http://www.justdisney.com/disneyland/history.html

Goodall, B. (1991) Understanding holiday choise. London: Bellhaven press

Parrinello, G. (1993) Underdevelopment and Marxim. Dartford: Greenwich

University Press

Sharpley, R. (2006) Travel and tourism. Thousand oaks: Sage publications Inc. (US)

Wheller, B. (1992) Exo and ego tourism: New wave tourism. London: English tourist

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Matbloggen fortsetter

Tydeligvis har jeg begynt å skrive matblogg. Trodde dette krevde flere bilder og mer tallent, men tydligvis ikke. Her er da neste oppskrift.

WOKK

Egg nudler
Jacobs Classic 3 table spoons
Jacobs Chillie 2 table spoons
1 tea spoon pepper
1 tea spoon spice
1 tea spoon salt
2 tea spoons milk product
1 dl/100g of vegetables
1 of the noodles.
Kok makaroni i 5 min, fjern vannet og putt i ildfast form. Tilsett 1 ss olivenolje og stek i ett minutt på lav varme. Hell over 5 ss med vanlig jacobs, 4 ss med chillie jacobs, en ts pepper. Tilsett 6 biter feta-ost, og ett lag hvitost. Stek på 200 grader i 18 minutter. Ta ut og la det stå i 5 minutter. et.

Eggerøre

Økologisk egg

Eldorado grønn pesto

Synnøve skivet ost

Vann

Fetaost

Krydder

Ta to økologiske egg, en skive ost, 2 ts eldorado pesto, 75ml vann, et kryddermål Santa Maria grillkrydder, et kryddermål pepper og et par biter feta ost i en bolle. Rør om og mos feta ost bitene, fortsett å røre om til eggene har den konsistensen du ønsker, server med to skiver brød(med eller uten smør).

Perfekt for vegetereanere.

Lapper

Hemligheten til å lage gode lapper, er ikke å bruke mindre melk enn i pannekaker, men heller å tilsette Bremykt i romtemperatur (i steden for å smelte det).

Fremgangsmåte:
Tilsett mel, egg, smør, sukker, litt av melken og litt olivenolje (bytt ut 1/3 av smørret med olivenolje).

Rør om, tilsett resten av melken under omrøring.

Stek og et.

Once Upon A time has become a money making machine.

Once Upon A Time, Season 3-finale: What a twist! (No spoilers)

I sat for about 20 minutes thinking, well that’s one problem after another solved. This will be the Final episode in this series.
Then during the last minute of the episode I find out that that’s not the case. There will be a season 4 (And it will contain Elsa, winter princess from the movie Frozen.)!

I’m happy that I will get to see more great and complicated content in the future, but I’m also pissed. This episode had an incredible ending to the series. An ending it deserved.

It feels like the creators of this series want to continue for one reason alone, money (“People still watch it, so let’s make another season.”). The series should have stopped with this episode.

I will watch the next season, as well. I only hope that profits are not prioritized over the plot of the story, once again.

God pastarett ferdig på 10 minutter:

Dette er den beste pastaretten jeg har smakt på lang tid. Den er lett og rask å lage. Det tar deg kun 10-15 minutter å lage denne retten.

 

Ingredienser:
Sopp fullkorn makaroni

Prior Økologisk egg (medium/large)

Eldorado Rød pesto (tomat og chili)

Synnøve gulost (enten vanlig eller mild)

Jozu havsalt (Gourmet/finmalt)

Hindu Økologisk malt sort pepper

Santa Maria Grillkrydder

 

 

Fremgangsmåte:

Kok opp Sopp fullkorn makaroni, deretter la det småkoke i 6 minutter. 

 

Drain the water, and keep the macaroni in the drainer

 

Putt egget (Prior økologisk M/L) i kjelen og varm opp på middels varme. Putt ca. 1/2 ts pepper, 1/2 ts salt og 1/2 ts Santa Maria grillkrydder i kjelen og rør dette inn i egget.

 

Når egget er blitt varmt (N.B. Egget skal fremdeles være flytende) tilsetter du makaronien.

 

Tilsett 1 ss Eldorado Rød Pesto (Tomat og Chili) og varm opp hele retten.

 

Når retten er varm, legger du den på en tallerken og tilsetter litt revet ost (ca 1 skive)

 

Server.

 

 

PS: hvis retten blir lunken er det bare å ta det i mikroen på høy varme i 30 sekunder.

This Essay Earned me an A (my only A in 13th grade), in International English (Karakter: 6)

LEDCs and MEDCs;

GDP is used to define a country’s income, wealth produced by its citizens as well as income from taxes within that country. The GDP of Norway increased by about two percent between 2009 and 2010 (according to worldbank.org). We can therefore say that Norway had a significant economic growth from 2009 to 2010. Economic development, on the other hand, is used to define how “industrial” a country is. Norway is a MEDC (More Economic Developed County), which means we use machines in farming, have big factories and so on. It is said that a MEDC provides its citizens with better living conditions than a LEDC (Less Economic Developed Country). It is important not to confuse the two.

The distribution of wealth is becoming increasingly unfair within MEDC’s. Since 1935 we have experienced a u-curve. This is something we can see clearly if we look at the income share of the top 1 %. It started at 12 % around 1955 and went down to about 6 % in the 70’s. We call this the great levelling. It needs to be understood that this affected politics in the United Kingdom (and most other countries in the western world). Politicians in the UK feared that we were becoming too communistic. They thought we needed a greater difference between the salaries for the well-educated (nobility/higher class) and the people in the middle/lower class (who might not even have graduated from college).

Due to this change in political and social attitude, the top 1 % of the UK’s population now has almost 15% of the income share, and their salaries are increasing at four times the rate of the lower 10 %. Politicians did this, because they thought they would increase the wealth of their countries, productivity and investment. Sadly this 30+ year experiment has not worked. Productivity and investment has fallen since the 1970’s. This is according to Economist Stewart Lansley. The above shows us why inequality has become one of the most important political issues of our time.

Just look at the picture of the boat, it is sinking because the lower classes do not get enough money to scrape by, while the upper class fly around in private jets. Sure the upper and upper middle-class is doing ok, above the water-line, but how will they do when the entire structure of among other things farmers (steel on boat) and truck drivers (concrete on boat) disappears under their feet? We need to wake up and realize that wages and profits are interconnected and that they rise and fall together. The only way the fat guy at the top can keep his ship afloat is if he decreases his own salary and redistributes that money to the people “working on the ground”, the middle/lower-class, and the people drowning in the picture.

Just like there is inequality within a country there is also inequality on a global scale. According to National Journal, Bill Gates is the richest person alive, with a net worth of more than 76 billion dollars. He earns 112 dollars a second if we are to believe Rock S. from Yahoo. That’s more than many people in Africa earn in a week. There are currently about 800 million people in the developing world that live on less than 1.25$ a day according to a BBC News report by Ruth Alexander.
The western world is essentially treating the developing countries’ citizens as slaves. There are of course people within these countries who have more than enough to cover their needs. One example is educated people who own the factories that exploit their workers. The reason they behave in such a manner is because a big MNC (Multi National Company) asks them to produce a product at a really low cost, so that the MNC may sell their products at a competitive price. The big MNCs are not interested in getting their hands dirty, so they get their company in the LEDCs to sign a contract that says that all of that company’s employees shall be treated responsibly and be given a fair salary. The small company owner feels pressured to sign such a contract. If he refuses the MNCs will just find another supplier. This kind of exploitation should not be happening. You can help stop this kind of exploitation by, among other things, buying Fair Trade products.

In many cases it is more economically rewarding for farmers in LEDCs to sell the little food they produce to the West, than it is to sell it locally or eat it themselves. The corn that might feed a family for weeks to come is therefore sent to a factory in Europe that produces bio-fuel so that a Western family might feel good about themselves for polluting less. This is what the picture of the fat, well-dressed man taking a corn from a poor farmer clearly illustrates.

The world population was 3 billion in 1960. Now it is more than 7 billion. The population in China has grown from 550 million in 1950, to 1.3 billion in 2010. Both the world population and the population of China are expected to rise for years to come. The only planet we currently know of that can support life is our own.

In the 1960’s there was 1 billion people living in the industrialized part of the world and 2 billion people living in the developing world, and they were separated by a great gap. In Sweden people were saving to buy a new car, while people in the developing world had to save money for a new pair of shoes. In the Western world there has been an enormous economic growth the last 60 years so that now people are not happy just getting a car, they also want to fly on holidays to remote areas, such as Orlando, Greece and China.

China is one of the world’s biggest emerging economies. As we go down the line we find other emerging economies, where 3 billion people are saving for a new bike, or a motorcycle. The poorest 2 billion people are still saving for shoes. The distance between the richest part of the world and the poorest is greater than ever, but the gap has been filled by the 4 billion people in between. According to Hans Rosling the population growth will continue, so that there will be 4 billion people living in poverty in 2050, while the entire world population is estimated at 9 billion people.

The only way to stop population growth in these countries is if they by some miracle get an education and have enough money to spend, as well as saving for a new bike. We need to increase the child survival to at least 90%. Only then will people start family planning, and therefore bear fewer children. It is only by increasing child survival that we can stop population growth, and we need to do so before it is too late. The Earth has finite resources so the 9 billion population of 2050 needs to be careful how they use those resources. Just because you get more stuff does not mean that you will become happy. Just look at the picture of the guy standing on top of washing machines, cars, airplanes, credit cards etc. What is he saying? “Shit. I’m still not happy…”

It is important that we remove economic growth as a target, and replace it with economic development. Economic development of all countries. Only through economic growth in the poorest sections of the world may we stop the population growth. We also need to invent and use environmentally friendly technologies; technologies that can help us exploit our resources in a more efficient manner. This way we can keep wild areas wild, and still have enough farms to feed the entire population. We must become more equal to each other, because the only way we can improve the life of the lower 2 billion is if we take some of the excessive wealth from the top 1 billion. As said before we have finite resources so the money given to the lower 2 billion must be taken from somewhere.

Sources:
http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.MKTP.KD.ZG
https://files.itslearning.com/File/Download/GetFile.aspx?FileName=wealth+and+equality+question.pdf&Path=b%2f0fF7NGkZoT9kPO%2b5NsOXInCm%2f1WRFHk94Taw6Jt1MQHCIIr40eca7k4e%2bngS59mVC7PJ%2fr2o7Hu47d8IBImXhLarx3OTcckBEXQMcggxakKxt6CAIdHFXT8cfmdyOaU6nI%2feV%2fLOOaWp5avjAUGEUC1I1J01Qx3hrkQxYI714%3d&MimeType=application%2fpdf&Domain=www.itslearning.com&TimeStamp=635367098170508677&Unicode=True&Signature=UB6piT%2bc5zy1XFUzqatQh62qQSoMtJQzAqe8paoU%2fJtg87usPeTCGbGsYAN1NzAqtM%2feXtTmP9kXd2GQflYozgMbx6Ldi6jjmfJduzImwfjrUvR%2bhi%2b%2fhiPFN1PEkbFkqHP2sVIHjR0PnpMgDFgzpGGzahnPKDvNR%2fNZv5QQFFs%3d
http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/economic-development.html
http://www.thersa.org/events/video/vision-videos/the-inequality-crisis
http://www.nationaljournal.com/pictures-video/the-10-richest-people-in-the-world-right-now-20131105
https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070213180634AAdSEFb
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-17312819
http://www.globalis.no/Land/Kina/(show)/indicators/(indicator)/494
http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_on_global_population_growth#t-234262
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/rural_environments/changes_rural_areas_medcs_rev1.shtml (According to BBC it is supposed to be LEDC and MEDC.)
http://www.revisionworld.com/gcse-revision/geography/development/medc%E2%80%99s-and-ledc%E2%80%99s (According to this source it is supposed to be MEDC’s and LEDC’s, what is correct?)

 

You made it to the end of the essay, great!

E-mail from my mom to FIEA/Into/State Department etc.

2013 May: Mikkel: Til US State Department ad FIEAs «Termination Letter»

U.S. Department of State

Ms. Ann Stock
Mr. James Alexander
Ms. Robin Lerner
Ms. Elizabeth Dickerson
Ms. Susan Geary
Ms. Maha Ammar
Ms. Karen Hawkins
Mr. Travis Parsley
Mr. Joseph Ereli

Dear Sirs and Madams,

We have previously sent a complaint about Forte International Exchange Association’s (FIEA) mistreatment of our son Mikkel Adrian Almenningen (2012 Oct 19). We have also sent a mail regarding the way FIEA have broken the regulations set by the State Department (2013 Jan 26).

We wish to illustrate the many lies told by FIEA about Mikkel through some of the claims made in their Termination Letter. FIEA’s claims are in cursive.

After this incident, the current host family, the :::::, were afraid for Mikkel to be around their children as he began acting “weird.” Mikkel had been accused of putting paint in the children’s hair, kicking the children, pushing them, and ordering the host parents to clean and vacuum.

When it comes to the accusations of putting paint in the children’s hair, both Mikkel and the two teen-age girls painted each other’s hair at the theater where Mikkel ended up having to spend all of his afternoons and week-ends so he would not have to stay in the Moe house alone. At the time, both girls laughed at the idea that Mikkel had done something bad.

Mikkel does not have any memory of kicking anyone. The only thing he could even remotely link to this statement would be when he managed to step on some toes while hugging the girls.

Mikkel did suggest that they could all clean the house – there was great need. When the host-parents told him no, he suggested that he, himself, clean it. They bluntly refused him. So Mikkel did the best he could and cleaned his own room.

The most upsetting action done by Mikkel was in front of his host siblings, where he would put his finger to his head like a gun and act like he was shooting  himself. 

Maggie Simpson illustrates our point about the ridiculousness of this statement perfectly: Watch 5:30-6:00http://gorillavid.in/x59mdffkr1ge

During one occasion on the way home from school, Mikkel asked his host dad, Malcolm, if Malcolm ever had dark thoughts. Malcolm questioned Mikkel what he meant by “dark thoughts”, but Mikkel said he couldn’t tell him because of Malcolm’s response. There was another incident where Mikkel saw a posting on Facebook about suicide and made the comment of “if you are going to commit suicide, you don’t talk about it, you don’t say anything, you just do it.”

All of these lies make me angry. I cannot believe how untruthful FIEA have been. This last claim is a perfect example. See below facebook conversation:

September 20

:::::: ok im ready to die but i caint pull the triger whow wants to do it for me”

:::::: “wow, i thought i had it bad. life cant be that hard… can it?”

“(Mike’s comment): (name) you have one of the kindest hearts I know and you have an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people around you. You should watch Man on Fire starring Denzel Washington. Great movie. God bless!”

:::::: “Spelling!”

:::::: “hey (name)? i aint seen u in a while, but i would like to, so don’t do anything drastic.”

::::::: “Let’s have a little talk tonight! I have enough dead people in my cast an yyou aren’t supposed to be one of ‘em!

::::::: “don’t do it”

(Mikkel’s comment): “i know that this is a despirate kry for help. i also know that you are not going to do that. because the people who take their own life do it without telling anyone about it. talk to me if you want to compare storryes or lifes. you or i will find out that our life is not that hard.”

(Mikkel’s comment): “i just talked to him. (name) what the hell is wrong with you. this is not something you are kidding about. i was woried. delite this post imidiately! sent from the crossing.”

Mikkel had phoned his friend (name withheld for privacy reasons) to see if they could talk about what was bothering his friend. That was when he discovered that his friend had been kidding.

For one think Mike – the host-father – was part of the facebook conversation (see above). Whether he or Becky Sanderson were lying about this event, is irrelevant to me. I tend to think that with her track-record, it is Becky who is the guilty one. The way FIEA misrepresent so completely what happened is both cruel and self-serving.

Whenever a student expresses such signs of abnormal behavior, Forte takes it very seriously. Which is why our area director, Becky Sanderson, called Mikkel and had a conversation with him on whether or not he was depressed. Mikkel did open up to Becky and said he was depressed and had suicidal thoughts. Mikkel also admitted he needed help. After that conversation, Becky felt Mikkel would be a danger to himself and was showing signs of mental illness and needed professional help. At the same time, the host parents felt Mikkel would be dangerous around their children and would either hurt himself or their children. The :::::: family no longer feels comfortable with having Mikkel in their home.

I have no doubt Mikkel was a little depressed by this time. But at no time did he, himself, express suicidal thoughts. This was one of the things Forte tried to get his families to sign off on, but did not succeed despite pressuring them. See below facemails from :::::: – first host-father:

10/15-2012: Conversation between Mikkel and ::::::

::::::: Everything you are doing to fight this company is causing drama for the families here that may or may not care about you. We are being asked to sign something that says Forte did not take you out of a home that wanted you there. I have not read the actual paper yet, so I do not know if what it says is true enough for me to sign. I do know this…yes, we wanted you to stay. Forte did not make the decision to take you from this home that wanted you. You, yourself wanted to leave a home that wanted you. And while that is perfectly okay to want to leave somewhere, it somewhat defeats you’re argument that the company treated you wrong by pulling you out of homes. You also did it yourself, and had your reasons. I don’t know all that happened with other families, but if the company made the decision for you to leave their homes, I’m certain they had their reasons just as you did when you decided to leave our home. I’m not going to lie for you or for the company or for anyone. I guess is what I am trying to say is fight the company if you want, but could you leave me out of it somehow and quit causing us drama? I see the good in everyone, and you’re not a bad guy, but I am starting to regret that we let you come stay with us.

And :::::: continues on 10/16-2012

::::::: Forte is trying to get me to make written statements about anything that will help them with their case. I don’t like what they are doing or what you are doing as I am getting stuck in the middle. I wasn’t trying to be mean Mikkel. I was even told not to talk to you at all. I just had to state that for the record. I will be honest and say this…I don’t trust Forte and I don’t trust you. I don’t hand out trust easily, and I know how one can keep enemies close for certain reasons. I did not tell them you wanted to kill yourself fyi. They have tried to get me to make statements against you and I refused. I wrote something that would not help them or you and shouldn’t have hurt either, but apparently they believe if it won’t help them win they can leave out certain truths. I just want out of it, but I had to tell you that for record purposes. I’m sorry if anything I have to do hurts you, but it can’t always be helped.

After discussion among management at Forte, due to Mikkel’s current mental stability, admittance to depression, and thoughts of suicide, we feel he should be dismissed early from the exchange program to seek professional, psychological help in his home country with his natural parents. Forte cannot shoulder that burden onto our host family to endure. Although our host families agree to host our exchange students, they should not have to deal with the effects of what depression does to a teenager.

Forte have behaved despicably throughout Mikkel Adrian’s stay. How he could have been placed with the families that he was and how on earth FIEA could possibly keep on letting Becky Sanderson get her claws into kids who are supposed to get a good impression of the US is unbelievable. Why has she not been held responsible for her actions? Into Education are no better for having supported FIEA through the whole process. Amazing that companies that claim to keep our children safe do such a poor job of it.

Please do something about this situation. Exchange students coming to the US need to feel safe, not used and abused.

Sincerely

Lise Lotte and Jonny Almenningen

CSIET
Mr. Chris Page
Ms. Lindsay Poehlman

FIEA
Ms. Diana Latvala
Ms. Ava Chen

Into Education Ltd.
Mr. John Douglas Fisher
Ms. Constanze Fisher

Into Education Ltd. (Norway)
Ms. Marit Åsenden

CSFES USA
Ms. Danielle Grijalva

Mikkel Adrian Almenningen
Jonny Almenningen