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Anonymous asked:

Hey Ali! So I'm currently packing for Sweden and I was wondering what kind of adopter you used abroad to charge your laptop/use a hair straightener. Was it just a euro plug or a Schuko plug? Thank you so much!

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Sweden uses the Schuko plug, but I only had a converter to the Euro plug and that works too. My laptop charger worked no problem (I have a Mac), however when it comes to hair dryers/straighteners/curlers I heard people usually have problems with those, because there is different voltage in the States and in Europe. I heard stories of hair straighteners overheating, and now when I think about it I used an American hair curler once and the plastic tip melted off… so I don’t recommend bringing one, or at least make sure it works with the European voltage. Thankfully things like that are surprisingly cheap compared to everything else in Sweden, you can find that kinda stuff in Clas Ohlson. Another tip is to bring a power strip, This way you only need to get one converter and you can plug in all your American devices, I found it very handy during my time abroad.

Good luck with packing, and let me know if you have any other questions!

I’ve been putting off writing this post, because I feel that somehow it will make the end of my Swedish adventure final, over and done with. I’ve been back in Southern California for two weeks now, adjusting to American life and dealing with reverse culture shock. Some observations I’ve made:

  • You get excessive amounts of plastic bags at the store
  • People struggle eating with a fork and knife
  • Fast food joints are everywhere you look
  • You need to put on sunscreen before going outside
  • People wear flip flops
  • Strangers greet you on the street
  • Customer service staff is overly friendly
  • You have to drive everywhere

I quite miss living in Uppsala and all the friends I have made there, but alas, my time in Sweden has passed. Perhaps I can go back there some day, but for now I need to move on with life and not live in the past too much. As a result from now on this blog is going to become dormant, however if any of you future Uppsala University exchange students have any questions at all my ask box is always open and I await your messages impatiently. There is nothing study abroad alumni like more than talking about study abroad.

Tack så mycket, puss och kram, lycka till

Ali

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strawberryandchampagnejam asked:

Hi, i just got my modules confirmed and because i'm doing the IBS course in august. I only have to take 3 during the semester. I worked out that because of this i'll have september free. Is it worth going home ( I'm from the UK) or finding a job. Or perhaps just chilling. P.S Great blog

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I would say going home is not worth it, mainly because your experience in Uppsala would have just barely started. Maybe you can visit your family for a few days, since the UK is pretty close, but I wouldn’t spend the whole time at home. In September the weather is still nice (and beware, it won’t be for long), so I would recommend staying in Uppsala. Finding a job is pretty tough, your best bet is to work at one of the nations, either in pubs, cafes, or helping out during events and formal dinners. Another option is to travel around, but since you’re from Europe that might not be as appealing as it was to the Americans :) Thanks for the ask!

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theleavesoflorien asked:

Hi! :) I'd like to thank you for taking the time to answer people's questions on this blog, it really is quite helpful. :3 My question to you (it's a long shot, but just in case you've heard about it): do you know whether there's a way/place to do archery in Uppsala University or somewhere else in Uppsala? Thanks! c:

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Oh thank you so much! I absolutely love getting questions, it gives me topics to write about and makes me feel like my posts matter and I’m actually helping people :) This was the point of this blog, not only to document my experience, but also to help other international students coming to Sweden, so I’m glad it served it’s purpose! 

As for your question, I personally heard nothing about archery at the university, or in Uppsala, but after a quick search I found this and this website (they are in Swedish, but if you have Google Chrome it can translate the page for you). From what I gather the first one is an archery club, and the second one is a sports club that is supposed to have archery as well.

For general questions like this, about what to do and where to go in Uppsala, an excellent place to look is the tourist information. Their website is very well designed, they have an office downtown right across from the Central Station, or you can send them an email. Everyone working there is very friendly and helpful and maybe they can point you in the right direction or give you some contact information. Hope this helps!

momecat:

dreadpirateekre:

I’M SCREAMING THESE ARE ACTUAL ADS IN THE SWEDISH SUBWAY AND THEY ARE EVERYWHERE IS THIS REAL LIFE

Stockholm metro goes doge.

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Anonymous asked:

I'm going to be studying in uppsala in a few months (YAAYY!!!!) quick question, does uppsala assign Swedish buddies to exchange students who arrive for the Swedish course during the summer? Thank u :) hope u had a really amazing year abroad!!!!!

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Soooo exciting!! Yes, they do assign buddies to people taking the Summer Swedish course, but they might do it later after you arrive, just like for the rest of the students starting at the end of August. They usually try to assign everyone a buddy before the official orientation, but it might also take a few days before your buddy contacts you. 

One of the biggest events of the spring semester in Uppsala is the Spring Ball. Each nation holds their own on the same day, and yet it is still nearly impossible to get tickets. I was incredibly lucky, because working at the cafe at Norrlands Nation gave me the privilege to get my tickets in advance. By the time the tickets were released to the public there were only ten left, and people lined up for them since 9 o’clock. 9 o’clock the night before that is. I saw them outside in the cold with blankets and sleeping bags… such dedication.

The ball started at 5 in the afternoon, and the day was surprisingly hot. The dress code was ball gowns and white tie, so everyone looked very nice. Sparkling wine was served before dinner and everyone took pictures on the balcony. By the time three hundred people were crammed into the room everyone was sweating and gasping for some water. The dinner was nice three courses with toasts, speeches, and singing in between. After the dinner the room was cleared and ballroom dancing began. There was a live band and everything was so fancy I felt like I was in a Jane Austen novel. Soon the magical atmosphere passed as everyone headed to the afterparty where we were served hot dogs and beer.

Finally it was time to go to the train. It is a tradition that after the Spring Ball everyone takes the train in their ball gowns and coat tails and goes to the lake. The train leaves at 5 in the morning… so by that time it was already nice and sunny outside. It was an old train rented specially for Norrlands Nation, so of course the party continued on board as people drank beer and sang songs. The train was so old that it took four tries to get it over a tiny hill. When we finally arrived to the lake we were served macaroni salad, some people were brave enough to have a swim, while others laid in the grass in their fancy clothes. The excitement of the night slowly disappeared and exhaustion set in. On the train ride back there were two categories of people: the ones that were still very hyper, excited, and probably drunk, and the extremely tired ones. I have to say I belonged to the second category and despite the uncomfortable seats and people talking loudly all around I managed to doze off a few times. We finally got back to Uppsala at 9 in the morning. People who had some energy left in them went back to Norrlands for a traditional lunch, but the rest of us decided to call it a night. Or day. Or… after sixteen hours of partying in ball gowns we didn’t even know what to call it.

A video made by Uppsala University about student life.

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Anonymous asked:

Hey Ali I love your blog and it has seriously helped me in planning my study abroad in uppsala in a few months but I still have one lingering question! I'm currently buying my plane ticket to Sweden and I'm wondering how you planned your flight back. Most flights aren't scheduled for a year in advance so I'm forced to buy a random return date and then extend it when flights for next June are available. I'm just wondering what you did! (Thank u! Hope this makes sense)

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Oh thanks so much, I’m glad my blog is helpful!

I only bought my ticket one way, because I was unable to plan so far ahead and I was going to Poland for the summer first, and then just took a short flight into Sweden. I know a lot of people bought their ticket only one way, and even though it might seem expensive I’m very glad I did so, because just this year Norwegian opened flights straight from Stockholm to Los Angeles, so that’s what I’m taking back. Yay no layovers! I’d say buying just a one way ticket works out pretty well, because you never know what’s gonna happen in ten months, maybe you will want to stay in Sweden for the summer or travel to some other countries. Plus the fees for changing your flight are sometimes incredibly high, I once had to change my flight a few weeks before departure because of an emergency and had to pay double the price!

Hope this helps, let me know if you have any questions about flights, arrival, or anything at all!