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Midsummer in Sweden

swedish-midsummer.jpgMidsummer is quite a big traditional festival in Sweden. It is on Friday between 19 and 25 of June. At midsummer many people usually get five weeks summer holiday, and the midsummer Eve or the day before midsummer  is usually celebrated grandly in countryside. There are some traditions of midsummer.

Maypoles and dancing

When midsummer comes, many swedes take the advantage of celebrating it. Many family gather together and during the day, the maypole is raised and people follow the frog dancing, and teenagers tend to stay out and wait for other entertainment.

Herring and potato

“A typical Midsummer menu features different kinds of pickled herring, boiled new potatoes with fresh dill, soured cream and chives. This is often followed by a grilled dish of some kind, such as spare rib or salmon, and for dessert the first strawberries of summer, with cream.

The traditional accompaniment is a cold beer and schnapps, preferably spiced. Every time the glasses are refilled, singing breaks out anew. Swedes like drinking songs, and the racier the better.

Midsummer is an occasion invested with a certain nostalgia. Deep inside, Swedes are all agreed on what it should look like and how it should proceed. So after dinner, many people still want to go out dancing, just like in the old days. Preferably on an outdoor dance floor beside a lake as the evening mist settles and the sound of the orchestra echoes back from the rocky hills on the opposite shore.”  Midsummer Sweden.se

Love story of Midsummer

There is a legend says if you collect 7 different flowers and put them below your pillow, you will dream about your true love. Of course, you do not dream your true love, then you probably pick the wrong flowers.

Walt

 


A Typical Vegan Day in Stockholm

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Study in Sweden means you will have a lot of opportunities to lead a vegan or vegetarian life. In Sweden more and more people start to lead a vegan life, because they have realised that the life style is more important for protecting animals and environment, the other reason is that poultries like chicken are treated by hormonal drugs that could bad for human.

There are lots of vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Stockholm and there is one that i can recommend you if you are coming to study here.

https://hermans.se/

I went to there with my friends yesterday after a wonderful sightseeing view. You can take subway from Universitetet to Slussen and walk for 10 mins. Always you need to take a long line since there are long of people waiting for the food. And for students, you have a discount, but now you need to buy a beverage to get the discount. There also have places that you can choice to sit, both inside snd outside. However, i recommend you sit outside because of you can have very amazing view of the city. The sea gulls, the blue sky and the endless sea…

And the way to the restaurant Hermans is also wonderful short trip, you can see the great views of the city as well.

Enjoy your day in Stockholm and try a nice day to become Vegan.

Walt

 


Masters Programme Taught in English

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Hey all,

After one year study at Stockholm Business School at Stockholm University , I want to share my experience with you guys if you start to come to SBS to study in the next semester or in the near future. Here is the link of all of the master programme you can find on the website. All of them are taught in English.

http://www.sbs.su.se/en/Study-with-Us/Masters-Programmes/

For the first three semesters, all students are mainly attend classes and in the last semester, all students write their essays. And at the third semester, all of students have the opportunity to study aboard for one semester. Basically, at the first semester, there will have some basic courses for those who has not strong foundation of business. For my programme, Banking and Finance, we had the course Financial Accounting and Corporate Finance, which were taken by both undergraduate and graduate. And we also have almost half of the course are collaborated with Department of Economics, thus we attend a lot of courses with economic students.

There are more useful information for those you will come to study at SBS. About the courses and how will do for the first few days when you come here.

http://www.sbs.su.se/en/General/Enrolment/

http://www.sbs.su.se/en/Courses/

Walt

 

 

 

 


When The Semester Comes to End

“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” —-Miriam Adeney

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(photo by Monika)

I would like to write down this blog as a personal experience instead of living tips as a student in Stockholm, though most of blogs belong to the latter.

This picture is the farewell dinner for some ambees, I have spent most of my amazing time with them during last year. Not only for organizing activities, but also for hanging out, chatting as good friends!

One year always seems so fast that we even do not have time to think about what actually happened during the academic year until when realized that it is the time to say goodbye to our friends.

“What have you gained during the year when you stay in Sweden?” Adriana asked. Everyone started to think about and then it was a long long silence. There were lots of unforgettable moments happened during the year and the valuable things that we even cannot counted, friendship, team work, good memories…And for me, I have learned so much from them and the deeper we know each other the more I know the truth: there is no right or wrong, only difference. And I am pretty sure that most of us would never forget the chill seawater near Albano, the small picnic under cheery tree on campus, the stereotypes of countries, the secret book and of course, ambees’ dinner.

Sometimes, living in the moment only means you just need to feel those moments by hearts. And maybe because I am also such a person who do not get used to express the feeling and especially write them down. However, it does not matter whether you will come to Stockholm next semester or you have already studied here for a while. Open your heart and make good friends, when you look back someday, you will also have a story box, and when someone asks you what have you gained, what in your mind is every single moment that you have experienced and you could not speak them out immediately.

 

 

 


Never see your corridor mates? Walk into the kitchen and start a conversation

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Hey all,

It has been a long time since my last blog. How is it going? I gonna tell you all my typical corridor life this time.

The most amazing and interesting part of being a student here in Sweden is corridor life. You can meet new neighbor from all over the world. You share the culture, food, story or even private secrets, the more new friends I know, the better I understand about the world and people: there not exist right or wrong, there only has difference.

I have moved in current corridor for around 4 months and previously I was living in another corridor. And the atmosphere of the two are quite different. The neighbors there were almost international students and of course we held a lot of activities, we had a tradition there: we organized an international dinner every Sunday. Every one cook different food from their own countries and share together. When we meet at the kitchen, we can chat for hours and even we clean up the corridor divided into groups instead of individually. I spent most of wonderful time with them at my first semester. Of course, we celebrated Christmas and watched fireworks in New Year’s Eve. And the second corridor which I am living currently has another type, because 7 out of 10 people are Swedes, they are not that outgoing at first time, and Swedish girls and boys are quite different on this aspect, the girls seems like more willing to talk and the boys might talk to you after drinking alcohol ( you guys can try, maybe it’s true). However, the longer you stay, the more you know about the local and they are all amazing neighbors although sometimes you need to speak first!!!We all together ate at Chinese Restaurant, had corridor party, and made Swedish Dancing Workshop in the kitchen…

Sometimes, the strange ideas come out in my mind: how many difference between them from different backgrounds and different cultures. Do they really feel the same when they feel happy or pain? Are they could be motivated and impressed by the same motto and the same view?

Do you have the answers now?


Sakura Blossom at Kungsträdgården

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Hey folks,

It has been a long time since my last blog, not because I am too lazy to write everything down, but I don’t think something interesting happened to me lately. Okay, if you think your life is nothing new and repeat the same routine every day like me did, then you need a wonderful outdoor adventure. Why not go to Kungsträdgården to see Sakura blossoming.

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The events about Sakura blossom are everywhere on Facebook, especially currently in spring here right now. And there are some knowledge about Sakura.

Sakura also called cherry blossom. “Cherry blossom is speculated to be native to the Himalayas. Currently it is widely distributed, especially in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere including Europe, West Siberia, India, China, Japan, Korea, Canada, and the United States. Along with the chrysanthemum, the cherry blossom is considered the national flower of Japan.” (From Wikipedia). And sometimes it is easy to confuse that the Sakura has fruits which called cheery, but in fact Sakura cannot produce fruit.

And besides Sakura blossom, there are a lot of other interesting activities there at Kungsträdgården where you can also cosplay, taste sushi.

Do not waste the wonderful spring time, bring your good mood and go to see Sakura Blossom!!!


Explore other Countries during Easter

IMG_1Easter holiday is a great timing to travel and explore other countries. Living in local friend’s house and experiencing different life style.

 

The length of Easter holiday depends on the departments you belong to and courses are chosen. Normally, there are 3 to 5 days holiday. Fortunately, I had 7 days which I had decided to explore a new area-Germany. There were a lot of famous cities where I eager to visit. However, since the duration of holiday, I had to make a clear plan. Thus, finally we chose the western routine, which starts from Trier, passes Frankfurt, Heidelberg and ends with Cologne. The hard decision was that we had to give up to visit Berlin, a city which represents the history and development of the country.

 

Modern metropolis and famous resorts always the same, you cannot point out the distinguished differences easily. However, a small city or a small town are quite opposite. Thus, I want to describe my Trier Experience in this blog, since most of people are familiar with big cities.

 

Trier is a middle city which located at western Germany and near Luxembourg. Since one of my best friends lives there and we had a great opportunity to experience a real German life. After one night homestay and a typical German breakfast, we were on the way. Driving around 10 minutes, the small town Bernkastel, where the river Morzel passes by and divides the town into two part, one side called Bern and the other called Kastel. Old architectures, stone roads, ancient status, and harmonious people, all of these make the town unique. The feeling is like you walking in a place which only exists in fairy tale. And luckily, since famous for wine in the region, we had a wonderful time of drinking wine with my friend and her family. And driving about 40 minutes from my friend place, we arrived at the city-Trier, where a part of it was built by Roman. And  the famous spots are the City Dom, Caeser’s palace, Palace Garden and the Ancient Archway which was established thousands years ago.

 

Everything happened during these days are unforgettable, I still remember the views when I saw through from the car, the amazing homestay experience, the warm family,  the dinner on the mountain, and the long walking towards the Castel in dark evening . Falling in love with a place is not only because of the views the food, but also because of the people and the culture.