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
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.
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.
Heard: In conversation with my host mom, right before going to panta ourselves at a local supermarket. To panta is to recycle, essentially, but also to get cash back for your recycled bottles and cans – you put your empty plastic and aluminum and glass containers into a fancy machine, and it prints out a… Continue reading panta, v.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.