As I was going through some TedTalks online and doing some fact-checking on Sweden, for procrastination purposes of course, I came across the “Good Country Index” and immediately became intrigued. The Good Country Index tries to measure how much each country on earth contributes to the planet and to the human race, relative to its size… Read More Is Sweden a “good” country? Yes, it is currently the best at it. You don’t believe me? Maybe you will believe the rankings.
Every year an exciting 42,195 km race takes place in this beautiful capital, an event that involves the whole city and brings thousands of runners from all over the world. This year it was on the 3rd of June and I can tell you the city got crazy! I was following the race from the… Read More The Stockholm Marathon 2017
The first year you live in a new country, you experience the ‘honeymoon’ period. Everything seems so novel. You tell your friends back home over and over why Sweden is so much better in every single possible way you can imagine. You probably lose said friends because your infatuation for Sweden is so incredibly irritating.… Read More Stockholm: my international home
As the summer approaches, a sentence you will have heard over and over again is “you MUST stay in Sweden for midsummer because NO ONE celebrates midsummer quite like a Swede!” I confirmed this last year with my first midsummer celebration. This year I was home in rainy France (not sure I could survive two… Read More My first Swedish Midsummer: how I lived to tell the tale
I actually have already written about a number of ways in which Sweden has changed me in a previous post, which you can read here: https://studentblogski.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/how-has-life-at-ki-changed-me-let-me-count-the-ways/. Almost an entire year has passed since then: a whole year of cinnamon buns, postal tardiness and gender equality. Whilst it is likely that I will leave Stockholm come… Read More Swedification – what does it mean to me?
“This is your captain here. If you look outside of your window, it is highly likely that you will catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights” – was announced over the intercom as I was on my way to the airplane bathroom. In the minute or two it took me to rush back to my… Read More 50 shades of white: adventures in Lapland
When I was much younger, my older brother went on an Erasmus exchange to Bilbao for 6 months and came back speaking fluent Basque. Therefore, after a year and a half in Stockholm I imagined that I would be at least be conversational in Swedish. Well, in fact, no. There are many reasons for this.… Read More It’s all Swedish to me
Something strange came over me a few mornings ago. For the first time in my life, I wished for it to be colder outside. I woke up to the sound of rain washing away the sparkly bright snow from the rooftops. It is the saddest sound one can hear at 8am in the morning besides… Read More An ode to glacial winters
Hej allihopa (Hi everyone)! This blog was planned to be posted before few weeks mainly to serve as a Swedish mini-dictionary for our first year students up on their arrival. However due to technical problems☺️ it is delayed by weeks. May be some of you have already mastered those words and phrases and went a… Read More Some Useful Swedish Words/phrases for New Comers to Sweden
Dear first year students (no more prospective☺️) Welcome to Stockholm! I hope you have enjoyed your first week in Stockholm and wish you a successful academic year. In this blog, I am going to talk about some habits (based on my experiences in the last two semesters), which I believe, would be helpful during your… Read More Habits Good to Develop While You Live in Stockholm