It’s easy to get stuck in a rut from the same old daily routine, and I do my best to avoid this feeling of monotony by exploring different areas of the city outside of my own neighborhood. Gothenburg has over half a million residents, so it’s quite easy to find new places to explore and activities to occupy myself.
Last weekend I visited the eastern neighborhood of Majorna (and technically Stigberget too). From every indication, this area is continually gentrifying with an increase in businesses, cafés, families, and (inevitably) hipsters.
Leaving home, on the tram. Photo: B. Seward.
The first stop on my journey was Fabriken, which is probably the coolest store that I’ve come across in Gothenburg. It’s basically a vintage store with items scavenged from flea markets, old buildings, and other unique places all across Sweden. Some of the stuff is a little pricy, but the curation of items is second to none. The owner was friendly when I stopped in, and she had a dog who helped her watch over the store. Any place with a dog receives bonus points from me!
Outside the vintage shop ‘Fabriken’. Photo: B. Seward.
Last weekend, on a whim, a few friends and I piled into a car and drove north for an adventure.
One of the truly remarkable things about Umeå is its proximity to the sea, lakes, and forest: in short, the amazing possibilities to engage with nature whilst there. One of the other incredible things is how close it is to the Arctic Circle and Lapland – only a few hours by car, as we put to the test.
Our intrepid exploration team finally reach the Arctic Circle.
My experience with the Swedish language is a topic that I could probably write a book on. I’m not saying it would be the most compelling or best-selling book in the world, but I think I could come up with enough material to fill a couple hundred pages at this point if my life depended on it. I wrote more about the mechanics of the language in an earlier post, but here I’m going to focus more on some of the linguistic quirks I’ve noticed both from others and myself during my time in Göteborg.
My first observation is one of the most surprising to me: some days I feel like my English is deteriorating more than a little bit, which I was honestly not expecting. I sometimes forget words that I haven’t used in a long time, and I also tend to unintentionally appropriate speech patterns and sentence constructions that aren’t very common in the US.
Unrelated but delicious. It’s semla season in Sweden. Photo: B. Seward
Welcoming party in City Hall for all international students in Stockholm
If you are looking for a place to study and to live in, with both awesome international atmosphere and old local culture, I believe Stockholm will be your best choice. And this time, I will introduce the international atmosphere around the place I live in.
I remember before my arrival to Sweden, I was deeply worried about being not a Swedish speaker. However, after the first moment I stepped on Stockholm, I found out that Read more »
As some of you may have seen on the Facebook page, I made a video about my life in Stockholm and in KI!
Adeeb, one of the video ambassadors kindly followed me around for a day and we sat down for an interview! He did a great job editing (I talk ALOT). Anyway I will let the video do the talking- hope this may give more of an insight into what being at the Karolinska and Sweden may be like for you when you arrive!
…is from a small town in the American Midwest. He studies Sound & Vibration at Chalmers in Gothenburg, and these are his candid impressions of everyday life in Sweden.
Following undergraduate studies in Australia, Jonathan relocated to take his Master of Architecture in Umeå. When he’s not gently sobbing over impending deadlines he can be found drinking tea, reading pretentious novels and otherwise inventively avoiding using his twelve month gym membership.
From Ireland, Andrew came to Stockholm after 15 months travelling. He’s studying his Masters at Karolinska Institutet in Bioentrepreneurship. Each blog is an insight into his life in beautiful Stockholm.
…is from the ancient city Nanjing, in the southeast part of China. Qianyun is following a master’s programme in Wireless Systems at KTH in Stockholm.