The Dala horse is a traditional Swedish ornament, a little statuette with bright colours and intricate decorations all over it. And it is also a symbol of Scandinavian Christmas!
And since I currently live in Sweden, and love this country so much, I decided to create my own teeny tiny version of the Dalecarlian horse. Hope you will like it! :)
Berlin Part Two
I think I enjoyed my stay in Berlin so much, because I had a fantastic group of people to hang out with. Just getting food, coffee and drinks (which were all very cheap compared to Sweden) was a bunch of fun. One evening we went out for amazing burgers and beer, another night we went to a bar and had drinks, which kinda made me feel like Carrie Bradshaw.
I was also able to relax and not worry about anything. Having a few tours planned by the IMCS program and traveling with a larger group meant that I didn’t have to worry about what to do and where to go. Having my friends responsible for planning things to do really made me enjoy my time.
Episode 4 of “Agents of SHIELD” starts off in Stockholm. Then, the action moves to Belarus. Except… that’s not Belarus. That’s UPPSALA. That is the bridge I walk on to get to class!! How weird!
Berlin Part One
Last week the IMCS students (International Media and Communication Studies) took a first field trip - to Berlin. We spent 5 days eating currywurst (a German delicacy aka the best street food ever, which was simply a cut up sausage with a curry ketchup-like sauce), drinking German beer (apparently Berliner with juice, either red or green, is the thing to have; personally I tried it with red juice and wasn’t very amazed, then again the place I tried it at wasn’t very good overall, so maybe that’s why) and Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes (they don’t have Starbucks in Sweden!), and walking around this very interesting city. Apart from doing all those touristy things the IMCS program planned for us tours and visits of German newspapers and news agencies, as well as the Museum of Communication. There were 14 people total that went on the trip (all girls) and most of us stayed at the Heart of Gold Hostel, which was nice and clean, and I would recommend it to anyone traveling to Berlin in the future.
During the first day we took a guided bus tour of Berlin, which was very helpful in getting us acquainted with the city. Some of the highlights were the church with blue mosaic windows, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Holocaust Memorial which made a huge impression on me. If you ever travel to Berlin I urge you to go there, walk among the concrete blocks and ponder on the feeling it gives you - the disorientation and isolation is quite powerful and it makes you realize this is similar to what people during the war must have felt like. A truly amazing experience, especially if you enjoy modern art. We also made a stop by Checkpoint Charlie, and I found it amusing that right behind the sign welcoming you to the American Sector there is a McDonald’s…
I think Berlin is quite a unique city and very different from many other European capitals. It’s history is obviously very tightly connected with World War II, but when looking at it’s architecture Berlin is quite a modern city. Our tour guide explained that the glass-and-metal buildings are a result of what’s called de-Nazi-fication, where modern buildings are placed on, or close to, sites connected with Nazi Germany. The glass walls are also often used in government buildings, signifying the transparency of today’s government. Another thing I noticed is that Berlin is covered with graffiti, not only on the remains of the Berlin Wall, like in the East Side Gallery, but also on numerous buildings around the city. Apparently it is considered the European graffiti capital by many people, and the street artists take their work very seriously and produce it to express themselves, not for profit. I heard people say that they were disappointed when they visited Berlin and did not enjoy the city - I think when you visit Berlin you need to re-evaluate your expectations. It is not a medieval city with old buildings, a town square and a castle, but in my opinion it still has a certain unique atmosphere that is worth to experience.
A well parked bicycle creates inner peace and is the fabric on which society rests on.