mom can i move to sweden



Anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm from Singapore and I'll be going to Uppsala for the spring semester exchange program! I'm considering Kungsgatan 27, however, I've read from the description that the kitchen is only for heating and no heavy or frying is allowed. I was wondering, how did you do your cooking while staying there?


Yay! Another person going to Uppsala - I am so jealous! 

It is true that the kitchen is more like a kitchenette - there is no oven, only a mini fridge, microwave, and a hot plate, and you are not supposed to fry stuff, because the fire alarm is very sensitive for smoke and if it goes off they need to evacuate the whole building and call the fire department - and you have to pay for that!! (there are many better ways to spend 6000 sek). 

To be honest, I’m not much of a cook. You can still boil stuff, so my diet largely consisted of pasta (which is what most students eat anyway, because it’s cheap). And you can get some microwavable meals, or already cooked meatballs that you just heat up. Other than that the food at the nations is reasonably priced, so you can go and get lunch there. If you work at the nation cafe (which I did at Norrlands) you not only get free food while you work, but also get to bring home some leftovers, so it’s a pretty sweet deal.

It depends what’s important to you I guess. For me it was privacy and having a whole place to myself, but if you are into cooking and baking then maybe Flogsta or some other place with a full kitchen would be better for you. I hope this helps, let me know if you have any more questions!





Our first attempt at a Swedish fire log was a smashing success.

burns for hours and it looks beautiful.

I have no idea how you make a Swedish fire long

but i have a MIGHTY NEED for a Swedish fire log

It’s actually super easy and you see basically how in the picture: Just cut slits about like 3/4 down in a big (dry) log with a chainsaw. Then, just light it up on top with some smaller branches and whatever, the inside will catch fire, and it’ll burn for a long time. Great at outside events in the cold months.

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Anonymous asked:

Hey Ali! So I remember you took the intensive Swedish course when you were in Uppsala and I'm taking it now as well and we have our final exam tomorrow (ahhhh!) Was it hard to pass? I'm super nervous about it because I feel like my Swedish is terrible!!


Don’t worry! It’s really not that difficult, it all depends on your own level though. I passed it the first time, but I also know a bunch of people that didn’t, and that is not a big deal at all, you can retake the test, or rather just the part that you failed. It’s a bit of a hassle later on, but after you’ve been in Sweden a while longer your Swedish will improve, even if it’s just you getting the sense of how the language works and listening in on random conversations. So don’t stress out about it! I know it’s the first class you took and your first test, but soon enough you will understand how classes work and you will find it’s really not worth stressing out about it. Good luck on the test!

Are you in SWEDEN?!

I know international students are slowly making their way abroad, starting their grand adventures all over the world. If you are one of those, specifically going to Uppsala, or anywhere in Sweden, and you have a study abroad blog then please message me and let me know! I would love to not only follow you and read about your experiences in Sweden, but also post a list of study abroad blogs as a resource for my followers and future study abroad students. To be included in the list please:

  • Reblog this post
  • Send me an ask with your study abroad blog url, name, and home country

There is no time limit, so if you are only planning to start your blog and message me in September I will still add you to the list, and even if you are reading this and it’s already January, or 2018, you are still very welcome to message me! And if you will be studying abroad in Uppsala, in Sweden, or anywhere else in the world, and you don’t have a study abroad blog, then please get one. You cannot imagine how you will feel a year from now, but trust me, reading your old blog posts will be a joy and help you a lot. So get blogging!


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!


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