Sixth week – My Scandinavian semester

Another update on my time in Stockholm!!!

This week includes:

Day 40: Walk around | Day 41: Sweden vs Slovenia | Day 42: Choking crickets | Day 43: What’s around DIS | Day 44: Don’t Worry, Honey (We Worried) | Day 45: Cozy | Day 46: Happy Birthday via Meat on a Stick

Day 40: Walk around

September 26

Monday night was another Outdoor LLC meet! This week’s activity was a walk from DIS in Östermalm to our accommodation in Södermalm, which took about an hour and a half. It was a little rainy, but the evening was still beautiful and Stockholm is just as charming!

Tour Highlights:

A few thoughts: It was interesting to see the government buildings because Sweden had its elections on 9/11, and there were political posters plastered almost everywhere since we arrived here in August. I also like very much The girl with the dragon tattooand we had watched it recently because we knew part of it was filmed in our neighborhood so it was sick to recognize the streets where Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig stood 😌 Monteliusvägen was absolutely GORGEOUS and I will definitely be going back just to sit and enjoy view.

Day 41: Sweden vs Slovenia

September 27

On Tuesday night a few friends and I ventured out to Friends Arena (cute name) for the Sweden vs Slovenia men’s football (soccer) Nations League game. It was a very good game even though they were tied 1-1, but Slovenia had a crazy goal by Benjamin Šeško, 19, at 28′, so I highly recommend you click the link to watch if you’re interested! The only other goal was Sweden’s in the 42′, so the rest of the game was a bit slow.

It was very interesting to see the attitude/behavior of the Swedish fans because Sweden has it socially built Rim Law which basically says you’re no better than anyone else, so don’t stand out and brag, and the competitions seem nowhere near the level of fanaticism in the United States. As a result, fans of this game were pretty tame and gentle, and unlike American sports games, there might have been a bare merchandise stall or two to get gear, if you dare wear it with pride. Also, a friend tried to put her camera in the game for a photography project, and they got her out of line and followed the suspicious guard to the security office for further inspection, only to let them be cool with it. Apparent moral of the story: if you can put the camera in your pocket, it’s not a threat 🙂

After the end of the game, freak people rushed into the metro station to catch the same trains. It was so crowded that we literally couldn’t get on a train because it was jam packed with people jostling and jostling – it was kind of scary. We decided to abandon ship and walk a bit to the nearest bus stop and finally made it home safely 👍

Day 42: Choking crickets

September 28

If you haven’t already heard, Wednesday means field study! Today’s trip was with my Affective Neuroscience class at the Experience Museum (Upplevelsmuseet) near the Tele2 and Avicii arenas. We tried to test our senses by being exposed to a variety of foods, smells, objects, and other ~sensory experiences~, and then examining how we felt about them. Our experiences include, but are not limited to: standing on an ostrich egg, poking a puffer fish, and eating chocolate Hershey (which tastes like vomit to some non-American people), Sichuan pepper, and dried squid as well as a variety of insects such as roast crickets, chapulines (grasshoppers) and mealworms. We smelled the skunk in a box, held the smallest foldable phone (it cost $35) we called my friend’s phone with, fanned ourselves with inflated venezuelan dollars and watched the most small book (in 1950) under the microscope – it contained the Lord’s Prayer in 7 different languages. Fun fact: Sweden consumes the most sweets per capita with about 35 pounds of sweets each year = 0.5 pounds each week (picture of this amount below.) 😳

I WISH I could include videos here as there were lots of comedic taste tests and activities like petting a robot cat and “walking the plank” of a building via VR, but alas, photos will suffice.

Day 43: What’s around DIS

September 29

A few classes were canceled on Thursday, so we decided to do a little shopping day! If you didn’t know, the area around DIS is Östermalm, which is full of beautiful buildings, shops and other businesses to explore. We went to Ostermalms Saluhall which is an 1880s food hall with some really cool antique stalls selling produce and goodies. We bought some ice cream and went to the Adidas store in Norrmalm to buy a soccer ball – a spontaneous purchase probably inspired by attending Tuesday’s soccer game. 😵‍💫

Day 44: Don’t worry, honey (we worried)

September 30

Friday night some friends and I saw don’t worry darling to Victoria Theater in Sodermalm! Before the movie, I tried to order a coke in Swedish, and the cashier answered in Swedish, to which I freaked out and stuttered something incoherent about how I learn Swedish. She laughed and asked me if I wanted her to slow down, to which I, somehow regained confidence, replied, “No, I can try!” – big mistake. She said more things in Swedish, and I absolutely watched confused so she resorted to English. She praised me for trying, which was far too generous.

The movie had the original English audio with Swedish subtitles, which made me half confident in my Swedish skills. I got excited when they said things I could too reading which was, though rare – unless Florence Pugh was going to talk about breakfast foods or modes of transport, the extent of my understanding of the vocabulary was limited. After the movie ended, we immediately turned to each other and exclaimed wrong it was. This discussion continued in the bathroom line where a Swedish couple also thought it was so bad it was funny, so I’m glad the sentiment crosses cultures.

Then we participated in the cultural practice of “Fredagsmys(literally “Friday Cosy”) where friends/family gather and stay on Friday nights to eat and recharge after the week. It’s definitely something I can pick up and bring home.

Day 45: Cozy

October 1st

Not much happened today ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ We stayed up late the night before so it was a lazy Saturday with bananagrams, cooking dinner at home and more comfort. Petition to make alordagsmys“???

Day 46: Happy Birthday via Meat on a Stick

October 2

Obviously I needed a relaxing weekend because Sunday was too lazy! I just went shopping, it became like second nature. Speaking of nature, it’s finally fall! The leaves are changing color but not yet dead which is weird to me because where I live in the US you see a (1) orange leaf and BAM it’s winter (aka 50ºF) and everything is dead or still green somehow? Chlorophyll sucks. 🥴

Sunday evening was a lively and premature celebration of the birthdays of a couple of friends at MOAS: Meat on a stick, which I think is the biggest name for a kebab restaurant – order the Valencia kebab if you want your life to change for the better. We then devoured a store-bought cake (ovens are rare in Högalidsgatan) and sang happy birthday to Penny and Christina! 😊

It’s all for this week. Stay tuned for the next weekly update, and the one that follows will be a detailed analysis of our long study trip to Paris!

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