Hello, all. It's been a minute. I missed blogging for a few weeks, but it is honestly because I was having so much FUN. Time is going by so quickly and I don't want my time in Stockholm to come to an end. Last week was thanksgiving, and my host family was so sweet to … Continue reading Swedish Thanksgiving?!
I'm writing this at 4:15 pm surrounded by lamps and candles because it has been pitch black outside since 4:00. I also should acknowledge the fact that I haven't written a blog in like two weeks because work and traveling hit me like a train. That's a good thing! We just got back from our … Continue reading Welcome to the Dark Side
A great fall break in Paris!
This past Thursday shortly before 7am, I heard singing outside my bedroom door. In walked my entire host family featuring candles, balloons, presents, smiles, and a Swedish birthday song! I probably looked something like this: They had done a very good job of keeping this tradition a secret over the past few weeks, it was … Continue reading A Swedish Birthday!
In two months, I'm going to board an overnight plane to Amsterdam and catch a connecting flight to Stockholm. I've known this for about four months already, but as departure approaches and I complete my travel plans, it feels a lot more real! Spending four months abroad is very intimidating, yet so exciting. All the … Continue reading Two Months Until Departure!
Being a student in Stockholm or any other large European city pretty much guarantees a daily commute. To people who aren't used to this idea (a small town American like myself), a daily 45 minute commute might sound like a drag. Sure, I have to get moving about an hour further in advance than I … Continue reading Getting around Stockholm
This weekend, my host family took me to watch the football team they support here (AIK) play an opposing team (Hammarby). At home, I'm part of one of the longest American college football rivalries ever, so I was expecting something similar, but rivalries here are a bit more intense. Team supporters are separated all the … Continue reading Swedish football and friends!
Now that I've been here for three weeks, I've gotten in a pretty good routine and am MUCH more familiar with public transit. I can even read menus well enough to kind of know what I'm ordering! One of the reasons I came to Sweden was to be immersed in another culture. Since being here, … Continue reading Swedish Cultural Differences