study tour — london, uk

Helloooo everybody! I come to you live from Stockholm, freshly returned from my Long Study Tour in London last week. I wanted to give a little background on what the long study tour is before I jump in on a day-by-day for the past week, so here it is!: (I'm gonna call the Long Study… Continue reading study tour — london, uk

lagom, adv. & adj.

Heard: In Swedish class and at home, in the discussion of Swedish-ness and Swedish cutlure. Lagom has no synonymous definition in the English language, but it means just right or just the right amount. It's really quite a bit of a cultural thing, applying to the work-life balance, or the repression of those things that… Continue reading lagom, adv. & adj.

nu, adv.

Seen: All over the place. Ads in the subway, ads in the street, newspaper ads – mostly in ads, yes, but nonetheless I see it everywhere, and hear it in just about every conversation I eavesdrop. (Is it eavesdropping if you can’t understand what the people are saying?) Nu means ‘now,’ and sounds something like… Continue reading nu, adv.

museet, n.

Seen: Written in a perfectly apt updated Brush Script on the side of the Moderna Museet, Stockholm’s Museum of Modern Art. Today was our technical first day of classes, beginning with a telecom academic orientation at KMH, and then splitting into our respective Core Courses to go on our first official Field Studies. I’m in… Continue reading museet, n.

buss, n.

Seen: On signs for bus stops, on the busses themselves, in the (greatly helpful) SL app — everywhere. Today was Day 1 of a sort of “Welcome Week” at DIS — we met at KMH, chatted a bit together, and had a lovely introductory program before splitting into groups to tour the facilities and gather… Continue reading buss, n.

påfylla, n.

Heard: Or, more aptly, told to me in post-dinner, mid-äppelkaka conversation. It means a coffee refill, and apparently it’s a super important word to know (as I am beginning to figure out on my own — I’ve had a lot of coffee these past 2 days, and I’m not particularly upset about it). Today was… Continue reading påfylla, n.

tack, phr. and n.

Heard: In an airport lounge area, soon after the post-arrival check-in with DIS, while waiting for my host family to arrive. Myself and one (wonderfully friendly) DIS peer began a conversation with a sweet Canadian college student who was preparing to go to her own, different Swedish abroad program for the semester. She said “tack”… Continue reading tack, phr. and n.

away, adv.

Heard: In direct text conversation with my mother. “You need to make a list of all the things we need to do before you go away.” Also, read: In a full-page magazine ad for RVs – all the wonderful adventures you’ll have while “away.” “Away” means an awful lot to me at the moment, as… Continue reading away, adv.