walking to Nydalasjön
Life in Sweden is still going great for me. My little room now feels
like my home and I still get excited when I go out and hear people
talking swedish. It's still an adventure most times I go into the
grocery store trying to figure out what something is. The Swedes also
love their spiral staircases. I think I've only walked up one regular
staircase since being here!
Not much new has happened in the
last week. I've been going to what little class I have over here and
what little homework I have. It is definitely a change of pace from the
American college system. Unlike the American system, people over here
only take 1 or 2 classes at a time and it's broken up into weeks. So
right now I'm taking a sociology class and a swedish class and that's
still walking to Nydalasjön
Sometime in March my classes will switch again. The courses are
more intense over a shorter period of time so you can't take 5 or 6
classes simultaneously like in America. However, it was a pain to try
and get the books needed for my courses. The small little bookstore
doesn't order very many copies of course books (maybe 2 or 3).
also become very fond of fika (not like I wasn't before!). Fika is a
very swedish thing which is basically getting together with people and
having some coffee and snacks. It's not really an option over here,
more like a requirement to do this. Fika isn't something to be enjoyed
once a day, more like multiple times a day.
This last week
included my first trip to the Systembolaget. The Systembolaget is the
state run liquor store.
They have very limited selection of everything
compared to the liquor stores in the United States. This last week also
included my first trip to a swedish sports pub. I went on Satruday with
a few friends to catch the United-Spurs football (as in soccer) game
and enjoy a pint. The only annoying thing about being American right
now is that when I talk about football with people they think I'm
talking about American football and not soccer. I've had some confusing
conversations because of this. Some people get pretty excited when
there is an American into watching football. They always ask me if I
know how the game works and if I know the rules to it. I kinda laugh at
them and tell them I played the game myself for 14 years. I somehow
become more impressive that I not only like to watch the game but I
played it too.
walking trail at Nydalasjön
I also joined iksu this last week. Iksu is this
giant gym they have here, the second largest gym in Europe. When they
say it's big, it's really big. I've only managed to find the gym and
treadmills and a few gyms for badminton and such. There's a climbing
wall somewhere in there that I'm going hunting for very soon. Needless
to say though, I'm out of shape because I can barely move today after
working out all weekend. And for some reason I'm going back tonight to
do a yoga class with a few friends.
Yesterday was by far one of
the nicest days since being here. It snowed some on Saturday night so
there was a fresh little coating over the ice that is eveywhere but
everything looked beautiful on Sunday morning. The other reason it was
nice out was because there was actually sun! It's cloudy here like back
home so I'm used to that part, but other people here aren't used to so
much gloomy weather and get very excited to see the sun.
running around in the woods
yesterday afternoon, we walked to Nydalasjön. Nydalasjön is a lake that
is about a 20/25 minute walk from the neighborhood I live in, which is
Ålidhem. Most students live in Ålidhem which can be really nice as far
as getting to peoples places to have a cup of tea or make dinner with
someone, or something like that. Anyways, the walk to the lake was very
nice and it was beautiful out at the lake. There were plenty of other
people out walking around yesterday as well. It was a bit chilly out
but nothing I couldn't handle (being form MN and all!). Thanks papa
& mom for the mukluks; they kept my feet warm and got me a
nickname! I acquired the name Bambi yesterday because I was running
around in the woods off the trails and taking pictures.
pine trees everywhere!
entailed a bus excursion a.k.a. taking the wrong bus and getting back
out to Nydalasjön. Since yesterday was so clear it was perfect to try
and see the northern lights. So back out into the cold we went in
search of the elusive. We finally got to the lake and saw the northern
lights for a couple minutes before they disappeared. Most of the group
got to cold and walked back home while a couple of us held out for some
more of the lights. The wait in the cold was worth it since they came
back again for a few minutes. It was beautiful out with the northern
lights in the sky and with it being so clear to see so many stars too.
that's about all I've done in the past week. I'm now just sitting here
about to read some kids books to work on my swedish vocabulary. I can't
wait for next weekend when I get to venture into the Arctic circle to
go to the winter market in Jokkmokk