paperwalkways:

STORA TORGET!!!! 

It used to look like this ohmy. 

(via billysherlockscott)

Q

paperwalkways asked:

Hi hi! I'm from Singapore (too) and I just wanted to say that Uppsala IS ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING PLACE EVER!!! Went there for my exchange last semester in august and it was too good :') The best time of my life. I can't believe I am missing Valborg this year cause I went back home in January sigh. Do upload more pictures of Valborg I will be so thankful <3 And, to the Singaporean person who said you're going there in Autumn this year, you will have so much fun!!

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I agree, Uppsala is absolutely fantastic, and I cannot wait for Valborg! I will be sure to upload tons of pictures :) Thank you for the ask!

Q

Anonymous asked:

Hey i'm from Singapore and will be going to Uppsala for an exchange program this autumn! which of the accommodations would you recommend? I'll be taking business so i thought Lilla seems like a good choice but it seems pretty far out

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To be honest, it all depends what you are looking for in housing. Here are all the housing options offered which provide all the basic info, but I’m assuming you already looked at that. I personally know no one who lives in Lilla, and even though it says it’s only six kilometers away from downtown, I can already tell you that’s far in Uppsala standards. Let me give you a bit of an overview of the housing I’m familiar with:

Flogsta

Most international students choose to live here. This is where the pre-drink parties happen, known as corridor parties. People sometimes go a bit wild, throw things out the windows etc. and of course there is the famous Flogsta scream. Just recently I heard that some students nicknamed Flogsta “China” this year, because it is so far away from downtown it feels like going all the way to China, or something like that. Another nickname I know, which is not very positive, is “the Ghetto.” To be perfectly honest I’ve only been to Flogsta once. If you live downtown it really does seem far away, walking takes quite a while, so most people bike or bus. Keep in mind buses don’t run 24 hours so that might be an issue when coming back from clubs.  Nevertheless, this is where most international students live and from what I’ve heard you meet plenty of people, there is always something going on in one building or another, so you are certainly never bored!

Kungsgatan 27 (Hotel Uppsala)

This is where I live, and I absolutely love it! If you value your privacy and don’t want to be social all the time, this is a place for you. Sure if you make the effort you can easily befriend your neighbours (they are all international students), but partying in small rooms is more challenging, therefore it’s usually pretty quiet. The location is incredible, only a short walk away from the main square, most of the nations, and central station. Most of the campus buildings are on the other side of the river, so the walk takes about fifteen minutes, but it’s a very nice walk and saves you money on bus passes and bikes :) I absolutely love living here, but it might not be for everyone. If you are looking forward to meeting a gazillion of new random people and knowing everyone in the building, this is a much more calm and private place.

Kantorsgatan

I’ve been to this place once at the beginning of the year and there’s not much I can tell you. The set up seems pretty similar to Flogsta, people live in corridors and share a kitchen. It’s on the other side of town from Flogsta, and I actually walked there from downtown, which wasn’t that far, but the walk was by a busy street, so not very fun. I know most people bike from there into town, but once you get to know the area there might be some shortcuts you could take. I also know it’s close to Lidl, a very cheap grocery shop.

Rackarbergsgatan

I’ve been to this place twice and it seems pretty nice. The big drawback is that you share showers or sometimes even a whole bathroom with the corridor, which might be problematic to some people. The location is very good, it’s the closest to campus buildings out of all the housing options, especially if you study business it’s right behind Ekonomikum where the business classes are held. This means it’s a short walking distance from downtown as well, probably around 15-20 minutes. They also have corridor parties here, but much less wild than in Flogsta. 

I haven’t heard anything about the other housing options, or know people who live there, so I can’t give you my opinion on that. Basically you need to figure out what’s important to you and what things you are willing to sacrifice. For me the top priority was having my own bathroom and living in the city center. Partying and social life in the building wasn’t really important to me, so Hotel Uppsala turned out to be the perfect choice. It all depends what you want, and when you figure that out, I’m sure you will be able to find a place that suits your needs!

Q

lookslikealesbian asked:

Is it difficult to get into the summer swedish course? Also, how did you fill out the course proposal since you took the summer course? So stressful :p

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It was not difficult at all, as far as I know everyone who applied got in. I strongly suggest applying, because it was a wonderful first month that seriously felt like summer camp thanks to all the trips they planned for us, and the beautiful weather of course. When filling out the course proposal I still included Swedish Basic I in the Fall semester, because it will count towards your Fall credits. Just a tip: to be a full time student you need 30 credits each semester and it’s hard to agree them to take on more, except for the Swedish course. So if the Swedish counts towards the Fall semester, that means you could take only three courses during the actual semester if you wanted to. This was very helpful to some of my friends who didn’t really have any classes they needed to take and wanted to go back home for winter break - they left for it in November! You could also use this time to travel around Europe, of course. 

I know filling out the paperwork is tough, but soldier on, you are almost here!! The time will pass by incredibly fast, I promise, and it’s all worth it. Crossing my fingers that everything goes well, and let me know if I can help you with anything else. I seriously want as many people as possible to come to Uppsala and experience it’s charm :)

uppsala-sweden:

One week left until Valborg, anticipation is rising! By the looks of it, it’ll be a worthy substitute for Queensday.

Already getting excited for Valborg!

Q

assbutts-idjits asked:

Your blog is aweeeeesome! :D I've been thinking of applying to study in Sweden next year, since I have to finish my first year here. I won't be on an exchange, 'cause my university doesn't do that. Stupid really. haha. So I've been thinking on going on my own. Since I won't have to pay the tuition fees, I was wondering how much do I have to save for living expenses? I mean, how much are you spending? P.S. I want to apply for Bachelor's degree. Thanks in advance.

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Aww thank you! That sucks that your uni doesn’t do study abroad, but if you want it bad enough you can definitely do it on your own. I absolutely love Sweden, but it is quite an expensive place to live. I spend almost 4,000sek for my housing and about 200-300sek when I go grocery shopping. It all really depends on how much you want to eat out, travel and so on. If you are an EU citizen and don’t have to pay tuition fees that helps a lot, but if your funds are tight I would suggest looking somewhere else in Europe. Also, if you are not on exchange I know it’s incredibly difficult to get housing in Uppsala and I heard horror stories of people being on waiting lists for years, but I’m not entirely sure how that works. I’m on a trip right now, but if you want more specific info about my spending, housing, or anything else, let me know! I hope you get to study in another country, because it really is an incredible experience that I think everyone should try.

How to let them know you’re not from around here

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If there is one philosophy Swedish people live by it is the philosophy of lagom. Lagom is a Swedish word which is difficult to translate. I’d say it basically means moderate, just right, not too much, not too little. Everything can be lagom: the weather, the amount of sugar in your coffee, the fanciness of your car. More importantly, everything should be lagom. Swedes like to blend in, they don’t want to stand out. Swedish people follow some unspoken rules that are very common in their society, and if you don’t abide them you are definitely going to be noticed.

Here are some tips on how to let everybody know you’re not from around here:

  • Buy candy not on a Saturday - Every Swedish store has a special isle for candy. There are even certain shops that carry nothing but candy! Plastic containers full of colorful gummies you scoop up into a bag and pay by the kilo are always very tempting, but Swedes have a rule that they only eat candy once a week, on a Saturday. This rule probably emerged from a government campaign to prevent obesity and dental problems among children. I didn’t think people actually took this seriously until I heard two of my Swedish friends talking: “You didn’t eat candy today? But it’s Saturday!”
  • Walk around in pyjamas - I went to a pyjama party recently and had to walk through town in my colorfully dotted fleece bottoms. I wouldn’t have thought twice about it in the States: going to Walmart in pj’s wouldn’t even make me the weirdest looking person there. But in Sweden? I’ve never felt so judged in my life. Swedes always dress appropriately and would never be caught in their pj’s on the street, not even when just taking out the trash. If you want to dress like a Swedish student your best bet is to shop at H&M as it’s pretty affordable and very Swedish in style.
  • Don’t arrange your items at the cashier - I heard about this before coming to Sweden, but only recently noticed that Swedes actually take time to do this. As you take your items out of your cart place them on the conveyor belt with the barcode facing your way. It saves time, because the cashier person can just slide them over the barcode reader and not turn them around. Also, don’t even dream about having your items bagged. And don’t be surprised when they charge you for the bag: it’s better to bring your own.
  • Be impatient and don’t stand in line - Swedish people stand in line a lot. More precisely, they wait around a lot. While in the grocery shop there is actually a line, in a lot of other places you are expected to take a number and wait for your turn. You can expect this at the tax office, when exchanging money, at the post office, at the bank, even when buying your bus pass. Waiting for your number is very common in Sweden, and a bit confusing for non-Swedes, as the number boxes can be sometimes difficult to find. If you walk into a building and see a bunch of people standing around aimlessly you can be sure there is a number box in the corner somewhere.
  • Be in a hurry and get stressed - There is a stereotype that Swedish people are always on time, or better yet a few minutes early. Swedes, however, are rarely in a hurry. They usually plan ahead and have plenty of time before their appointment. They also rarely get stressed, or at least don’t talk about it. I had plenty of conversations with my Swedish friends were I worried about the next exam, or where I’m going to live next year, or what I’m going to do after I graduate, or if I will graduate on time… Their response has usually been “don’t worry about it.” Swedes don’t pay for college, so they take their time completing their degrees. They also have a gap year after high school to work or travel, so maybe that makes them more savvy in the real world. They keep up the appearances of not competing in the rat race and taking it one day at a time, but who knows what they really think.
  • Don’t drink coffee - If you ever announce to a Swede that you don’t drink coffee, then be prepared for the stink eye. Fika, or a coffee break, is probably the most important part of the everyday Swedish culture. Swedes have fika even several times a day. At uni, at work, with friends in the afternoon, Swedes love to chat over a cup of coffee and some pastries. So if you want to fit in be prepared to drink coffee and eat cinnamon buns constantly.
  • Talk real loud - Maybe this is just an American thing, but I noticed a lot of exchange students are much louder than the Swedes. My first week in Sweden I was walking with my friend and chatting when a random guy asked where we were from. “California,” we answered “why are we being loud?” He confirmed.

Of course there is nothing wrong with being different, so if you want to be noticed and instantly recognized as the foreign kid don’t be afraid to show your cultural differences everywhere you go!

Fika

fuckyeah-sweden:

The word “fika” is an example of the back slang used in the 19th century, in which syllables of a word were reversed, deriving fika from kaffi, an earlier variant of the Swedish word kaffe (“coffee”)

It is a social institution in sweden meaning having a break, most often a coffee break, with colleagues, friends, date or family. 

Swedes consider having a coffee an important part of the culture. You can fika at work by taking a “coffee break”, fika with someone like a “coffee date”, or just drink a cup of coffee.

It normally includes something to eat, normally a kanelbulle or some biscuits or cookies; it can also be a Smörgås or a fruit  accompanied with the drink. This practice of taking a break is central to Swedish life, and is regularly enjoyed even by government employees

It also performs an important social function as the “non-date date”, i.e. while going on a date can be perceived as a big deal, ta en fika  is a very low-pressure and informal situation, and doesn’t in itself imply any romantic context