Monthly archives: February 2014

This is how I become international

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 » >>

A Day In My Life

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!

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And thus Umeå2014 begins!

Crown princess Victoria and prince Daniel visit UMA. Photograph property of UMU.

Well, what a month it’s been. Following on from the Swedish winter games, Umeå was officially inaugurated as European Capital of Culture 2014 on February 1st with Burning Snow and the presence of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria and family – visiting, on crutches (courtesy of a recent ski trip) but smiling nonetheless, the Umeå School of Architecture!

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It’s all about winter Stockholm

Snow scene outside of my corridor

I have a habit of comparing two moments with an interval of one year.  Last year this time, with snowflakes dancing in the air, snow covered Stockholm was calm and soft. That was an early snow greeted us at the end of October and she must have been delighted to be here since it was April when we could finally say good-bye to her.  In contrast, this year, I can hardly find any snow around Stockholm. Indeed it would be only dry roads surrounding us if it were not to rain. This really corrected my impression of Stockholm that it should be always cold and snowy during the winter, and winter is half year long. Can you believe that? The first snow of this winter waited until January 2014. Yet surprisingly, more than half of the days until now are beyond 0 Celsius degrees. Therefore, Stockholm will be different between cold winters and warm winters.

Regardless of the low temperature, it is delightful for me to experience more snow in Stockholm. After all, snow makes the extended winter nights bright. I have seen the most beautiful snow ever in my life here in Stockholm. Read more » >>

The Little Differences

Vincent: But you know what the funniest thing about Europe is?

Jules: What?

Vincent: It’s the little differences. I mean, they got the same stuff over there that we got here, but it’s just… it’s just, there it’s a little different.

In case you aren’t familiar with Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, this memorable conversation continues with a brief discussion of the metric system and then shifts to the American Quarter Pounder and French Royale with cheese, which is named such due to the incompatibility in the units between Europe and the US.

 I believe Tarantino meant for this conversation to be informal, humorous character development for Vincent and Jules, but countless ex-pats and international students have adopted this dialogue to express some of their feelings after moving to a new country. As my way of appropriating this discussion topic, I’ve compiled a short list of random observations that are perhaps mildly interesting but not necessarily newsworthy in their own right.

  • A Swedish mile (mil) is a unit of distance equal to 10 kilometers, or 6.2 American miles. Summary: American mile = easy walking distance. Swedish mile ≠ easy walking distance.
  • Cheese slicers (osthyvlar) and wooden butter knives seem kind of like gimmicky souvenirs to me, but a lot of people actually use them here on a daily basis. Just add some knäckebröd (Swedish cracker) to the equation and you’ll have enough for a small (and unexciting if I’m being honest) snack.

Cheese and butter essentials. Photo: B. Seward

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