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March 5th, 2008 – by: harleyd
My newest observation about swedes is that they love their queues and taking numbers for the queue; but they are the most impatient people in the world sometimes. If there isn't a machine to draw a number for the queue it's complete madness. You better pay attention in line, otherwise the person behind you will start pushing you forward. Funniest thing to me so far though is that at the city library. You actually have to get a number for the queue to return things, doesn't matter how many things you have! Besides that, the librarians will make you feel bad if you don't return everything at once. The always turn their computer screen and say 'you still have these out, why is that? when are you bringing them back?' It can be a very entertaining experience the first few times. Well, that's all the news for now. Not much is on the agenda for the next week since I've got some schoolwork to do.
I really haven't done much this week, just been working on school work. Most of my friends here are graduate students so they make fun of me when I tell them I actually have homework.I always get asked if I"m getting stressed yet from all this homework. But even still my homework is still easy. Today, I sat at a cafe in centrum and watched people and what they were consuming. That's my homework. I know, easy. Besides that it was good swedish practice. I ordered in swedish and almost made it through the transaction of getting my pastry and hot cocoa, and she asked me something I couldn't understand. So she switched to english for a few words, then back to swedish. Usually with swedes, if they know you speak english or can tell you're not native they will automatically switch to english to speak to you.I was surprised that she switched back to swedish when speaking to me; and happy she kept speaking swedish too!
I really haven't done much this week, just been working on school work. Most of my friends here are graduate students so they make fun of me when I tell them I actually have homework.
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