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Celebrating Thanksgiving in Sweden.

Hello all you lovely readers!

The wonderful time of year has come where we once again celebrate Thanksgiving and taking the time to give thanks to all that we are blessed to have in life- our family, friends, bountiful food, youth and of course, our education.

As an American, I am especially fond of this holiday. Besides, once Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is that much closer to arriving, am I right or am I right? Always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, I wanted to share with you all pictures from my own little Thanksgiving dinner here abroad in Stockholm, Sweden. Although our meal may not be as big and abundant as it usually is back at home in the United States, its the meaning and memories made behind all these festivities (and gorging on food) that makes the holiday, wouldn’t you say? 

Take a look!  Our menu this year consisted of: 

  • Roasted basil chicken
  • Roasted vegetarian chicken (Quorn)
  • Garlicky Scalloped Potatoes topped with Swedish Präst cheese
  • Squash and Corn Casserole topped with Parmesan Italian breadcrumbs
  • Roasted Vegetables (Celery root, Fennel, Tomatoes, Potatoes)
  • Orange Plum Sauce
  • Honey-glazed Carrots
  • Pepper Gravy
  • Freshly baked bread (bought)
  • Swedish Pear Cider
  • Plum Pie (not pictured)

Everything on the menu aside from the loaf of bread and cider was homemade!

Happy Thanksgiving, good folks! Count your blessings and give thanks to friends (both new and old) and family – near and far!

Olivia

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Finding other International Students in Stockholm

Hey everyone!

Today I wanted to quickly expose some of you (both new, old and prospective) international students to some of the places and resources online that you can use to meet and look for new and likeminded friends!

Since starting college here at Stockholm Business School last September, there have been a number of places where I’ve been able to network and meet people that are also here from abroad- from a whole lot of countries. Alright let’s get started!

  • Facebook groups: I’ve bolded this one and listed it first for a reason, here me out – if you go onto Facebook and search within the groups using keywords such as: Americans in Stockholm, Italians in Stockholm, International Students, or Meet new friends, you are bound to come up with more than enough groups to suit your particular circumstance. Because I’m from the US, I’m in a number of American expat groups here in Stockholm and it’s fantastic, I’ve been able to meet so many new people in a similar situation as my own!
  • Joining clubs and Meetup groups in Stockholm
  • Find a group that corresponds to your campus living: for example, I know that Lappis has TONS of groups on Facebook that posts events, parties, etc on their pages.
  • School associations and societies here at Stockholm Business School: there is both the Student Business Association (Föreningen Ekonomerna) as well as the Student Union at Stockholm University (Stockholms univeristets studentkår) that holds a number of events, meetings, mingles and even movie nights that run throughout the school year.

Be sure to look into some of these option, look them up, and get involved! There’s nothing ore satisfying than finding another person in this faraway country that shockingly holds many interests and things in common with you! Who knows where these friendships will lead!

Yours,

Olivia


Spring Has Arrived.

Well hello there!

All of you lovely readers (myself included) might be delighted to know that Spring has finally arrived here in the beautiful capital of Sweden: Stockholm City. I say this with the biggest grin on my face because I of all people, would know how it feels when the weather decided to play trickery with your mind by making you think Spring has arrived…5 times before.

So, yes, it is amazing weather out now (and you know how much the Swedes love to talk about weather…but now look at me!)- the sun is shining and albeit it can still be quite chilly without a light jacket, it sure doesn’t feel like Winter is lingering around anymore this year. Thank goodness!

In the neighboorhood I live here in the city, it’s called Vasastan by the way (just a stones throw from Odenplan, a very busy area to get together for us SBS students), it’s starting to get really pretty everywhere you go. Flowers are booming, tiny colorful assorted ones mind you, dogs are playing, and the moods and attitudes of everyone around you are slowly changing from dull and rushed to get home to a more lively, happy sort.

With this said, what’s a girl to do with all this beautiful weather anyways? Tune in next week for my personal list of things to get you hopping around the city in Spring!

But first, a picture of the gorgeous cherry blossom tree that I get to call my living room view 

  


Getting Around the City: Part 4/4

Lovely little readers,

Now that you’re a little more in-tuned with the transport/transit system here in Stockholm after my little series of posts from the past few weeks (along with prices, tips and tricks and some things to take note of), I want to introduce you all to something much more interesting. Well, according to me at least.

The following two maps that you’re about to see will not only help you familiar yourselves with Stockholms neighborhoods, attractions, and points of interest by their English names (Map A), but also help you in determining Your ‘fika scene.’ (Map B)! Yes, that’s right, a map of Stockholms cafés according T-Bana stops- how awesome is that?

Here what I’m talking about:

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Map A (Courtesy of thelocal.se) 

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Map B (Courtesy of lostinstockholm.com)

What do you all think? Nifty, aren’t they?

Be sure to save these images because not only will it help you navigate Stockholm as a newbie without the fuss of mispronunciation, but also get to know the city better now that you have secondary name alternatives for them when you need to refer to them.

Secondly, who doesn’t love a good fika at a café that you can now pick and choose when you’re coincidentally in the area/stop!

Well, that’s all for now little lovelies- hope y’all enjoyed this little series of posts on transportation and navigating your way-with and without fikas- in the beautiful city of Stockholm.

Until next time, 

Olivia


Getting Around the City: Part 2/4

Dear fellow readers,

As promised, I will continue from last week’s post on how I’ve personally been getting around Stockholm as well as some of my favorites tips and tricks! First off, let’s chat some about buses in Stockholm city. To be very honest, I feel that it could certainly improve.

From what I’ve experienced, here are a few things I have noticed since starting to take buses:

  • Bus 40 (Red) will be lifeline if you live on Campus Lappis since it is the only one running there.
  • Bus 40 also coincidentally is the bus line that’s always often late when coming from the city.
  • and if you’re on one of the via (example: Ekhagen) stops on Bus 40, don’t ever count on being on time, and if you are you will either be way early or way late. Why? Because that’s just how often it runs.
  • Bus 2 and 4 (Blue) are ones that you will come to love as it runs very frequently- and the buses are huge (with two long parts connected by a tubey-looking thing I have no clue what it’s actually called. This means you will usually be able to get a seat- YES.
  • Always prioritize taking Bus 70 mot Universitetet (Red) over Bus 40- any day.
  • Double-deckers are usually pretty fun if you’ve never seen one before since it feels more like state-crossing travel bus back in the States.
  • You will need to take the bus to a nearby T-Bana stop, always, since the Business School is not actually at one, but instead it’s at an bus stop called Albano. Good thing is that you have plenty of choices: ride over to the University (Universitetet), the other University (KTH, Östra Station), or even to Odenplan (where many kids seem to transfer at).
  • Again, don’t forget to get the Res i Sthlm app as it will make all these bus trips THAT much easier to navigate. Why make life harder for yourself, right?
  • Also, try not to miss your stop. This is self explainable. Don’t complicate things, yes?

Below is a map of the Stockholm bus system for reference: 

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Tune in next week!

Olivia


Getting Around the City: Part 1/4

Greetings to all our lovely readers!

I wanted to touch upon an important aspect and topic of life here in the beautiful city of Stockholm- transportation and how I personally, as an American SBS student, have been getting around since I’ve first arrived.

Now aside from the artful stations of the Tunnelbanna/T-Bana lines (a.k.a. the Subway as we New Yorkers are used to referring to) (Fun fact: Stockholm’s transit system is said to be the world’s longest art exhibit at 110 kilometers long)- which are sufficiently and efficiently handy and well-run mind you- there are also the corresponding Pendeltåg and Roslagsbanan (train and commuter rail lines) that many aren’t aware of or forget. These might not be the prettiest stations, but they are a godsend to fill out those sparsely commuted to areas that you just happen to need to go to at certain times.

Additionally, there are a number of lines that run to surrounding counties and towns, although they may require an additional fare so plan out your route before leaving home!

  • Here’s a link to plan your trip using the handy-dandy SL Route Planner that I use often! 
  • Another quick and easy way to get around by viewing routes and time schedules of the T-Bana and buses is an app called Res i Sthlm that I use on an everyday basis to and from school, as well as going anywhere new. I would highly recommend you download this immediately as it will become your new bestie around town.

Below is a map of the Stockholm T-Bana system: 

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Tune in next week as I introduce the bus lines as well as other forms of transportation I’ve been personally using as a newly-transplanted Stockholmer!

Until then, 

Olivia


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Unspoken Swedish Rules: Part 1

Hej allihopa!

How fun would it be if I started a series of posts focusing on the ‘unspoken rules and customs of Sweden?’ I think it could prove to be fun, interesting, and hopefully useful to those of you new or unaccustomed to Swedes or life in Sweden, as I myself was not that long ago.

Part 1: No line-cutting in the land of Swedes. 

There’s something Swedes have grown so accustomed to that they wouldn’t even bat a lash at, but for those of us coming from countries where life doesn’t consist of lines and queues at every place you go, you will bound to bat more than just last so to speak.

Here in Sweden, Stockholm included, lines will be a big part of your life. They are everywhere- literally! Think banks, the return counter at IKEA (although this one we do have in the States as well), your local tax office (Skatteverket), the list goes on and on. So, what’s with Swedes and their love for queuing? Well, it may be that Swedes are an orderly and structured bunch of folks, rational too if I might add.

Seeing as lining up and queuing will become a central part of your new life as a Swedish expat, here are two points that you might like to consider as well as refrain from doing:

  • When in doubt: Get in the store, locate the ticket machine and get yourself a numbered queue slip, and get yourself in line.
  • I highly recommend you refrain from cutting in line in any form or fashion. Not only is this totally not socially acceptable, but it will drive your fellow Swedes nuts, literally. (No, I have not done so myself, but I have seen some do so).

As odd as this love of waiting and lining up may seem to you, wherever you are from, you best get used to it quick. Practicing your patience might be a good way to prepare for life in Sweden too, as Swedes are not an impulsive, rushy bunch as we New Yorkers typically are. Goodness knows I’ve had my patience tested on more than one occasion during my transition here.

Enjoy what I like to call ‘the art of standing’ and lastly, happy standing everyone!

Until next time,

Olivia