Norwegian exchange student Ingrid Johansen, right, makes a splash at Yamba’s Main Beach yesterday with her visiting family from left, Einar, Aasne, Kristina, Judith and Judith’s boyfriend, Baard.
Norwegian exchange student Ingrid Johansen, right, makes a splash at Yamba’s Main Beach yesterday with her visiting family from left, Einar, Aasne, Kristina, Judith and Judith’s boyfriend, Baard.

Dreaming of a hot Christmas

IT was somewhere between -5 and -8.5 degrees celsius in Norway yesterday.

But Judith Johansen, sister of the Yamba-based Norwegian exchange student Ingrid, assured us temperatures dipped further to -25 degrees over the colder months back home.

But the white Christmas was a world away from Yamba’s Main Beach, where the family basked in the sun yesterday.

Ingrid, 17, arrived in Yamba in July on Rotary Exchange and has been welcomed into the community.

Her family, pictured, has joined her for a holiday.

They describe it as a ‘holiday of a lifetime’.

The family will be officially welcomed at a Rotary function tonight.

However, the family has been overwhelmed by the hospitality shown by the Clarence Valley community in general.

The family is staying in Australia for almost three weeks.

Ingrid returns home in July.

She has been given strict orders by her mother not to get a boyfriend and stay in Yamba forever.



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