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Swedish Design.

For all you fashion and design lovers at Stockholm University, this post is dedicated to you!

Today, we will go a little off the topic of education and onto the topic of Swedish and Scandinavian design, because hey, who doesn’t love the simplicity and functionality (think neutral color schemes and clean lines) of all that Scandinavian fashion encompasses? Here’s a few shops and designers that I would recommend you looking into, whether it’s for yourself or if you’re looking to bring back gifts for family and friends:

  • HOPE: clothing brand best known for its androgynous designs
  • Design House Stockholm: a Scandinavian design chain offering clothing, home and interior products, even porcelain items
  • WHYRED: offering sleek clothing designs inspired by the college-prep look
  • ACNE: Swedish label known for its jeans collection and accessories line
  • Ordning & Reda: design shop offering modern designs, everything from pens and notebooks to bags and wallets
  • Designtorget: contemporary design chain offering toys, knickknacks, books and more (several locations within the city)
  • and of course, who could forget H&M: visit the flagship store including it’s interior design shop H&M Home

Now would be a good time to visit these shops to do a little early Christmas shopping, wouldn’t you say? Or perhaps you’re just lusting for that something special to wear at the university’s next pub crawl?

Design lover,

Olivia

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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


Keeping Costs Down as a Student

Hejhej everyone!

Let’s talk about budgets this week! As a student and as most of us have come to know, having a budget during the duration of your studies is invaluable not just for your wallet, but for future financial preparations also. So how and what should we keep in mind when trying to keep costs down while studying?

Well…some tricks up my own sleeve and questions to ask yourself include:

  • Groceries: look out for weekly deals and discounts- these can make a huge difference in their dents in your monthly/weekly budget.
  • Food in general: Do you really need that bag of chips? Are you watching your portions? How often are you eating out and is it really worth it?
    • A great tip I would give is to plan your meals not according to what dish you want to make that week, but what produce and fruits are on sale that week- test out your creativity!
    • Buy less of ‘fast-food’ (including microwave dinners) and spend that extra money on cheaper homemade meals instead.
    • Drink more water (it’s clean AND free)! You’ll save a lot by not having to purchase so much Coke or other carbonated beverages all the time.
    • If you do drink beverages, don’t forget to recycle them to get credit back towards your next grocery purchase! Helping out the environment is always a plus, wouldn’t you say?
  • Bills: Look for student phone plans (I recommend Comviq) as well as internet providers
  • Banking: most banks have lower-fee accounts specifically designed for students (check out ICA Banken)
  • Transportation: Don’t forget to get the student-priced fares on metro transportation (also known as Access cards)
  • Books: try to find your textbooks either at the library or through online PDF versions before you go out and buy them full-price. If you can’t find them at the library, then purchasing online with a discount code is usually your next best option
  • School supplies: most can be found free at school many times, especially during student fairs and networking events (think free pencils, pens, notebooks, rulers, etc.) If not, try discount stores like Rusta or Öob first before stores like Office Depot since they usually run pricier.
  • Toiletries- because the selection here in Swedish shops may be quite limited at times, it is often best to bring your favorite shampoo and conditioner from your own country (which is often cheaper anyways)
  • Cancel your cable! This one may be odd, but it’s not worth it. With Netflix or free streaming options available now online, it really isn’t worth it. You need to study anyways.

Most importantly, just watch what you spend before you spend. Be less impulsive and think for the future. As a student, a little less waste can go a long way.

Until next time,

Olivia


Grocery Shopping in Stockholm: International Options

Hej alihoppa!

As promised last week, I’ll continue this weeks post with a list of international grocery options around and surrounding Stockholm. As a Swedish implant myself, goodness knows I have cravings for other food aside from Sweden’s usual fares on the not-so-rare occasion!

Lets get to it, shall we?

  • Kista Grossen- local supermarket with a good selection of mixes of Middle-Eastern, Greek and Asian food located at: Torsnäsgatan 4-5 (near A-entrance outside Kista Galleria) – T-stop: Kista (blue line)
  • The English Shop- a British and American food & gifts shop located at: Söderhallarna 1st floor – T-stop: Medborgarplatsen (green line)
  • Taylors and Jones- a small British shop specializing in meats located at: Hantverkargatan 12 – T-stop: Rådhuset (blue line)
  • Japanska Torget- Japanese supermarket selling groceries and goods located at: Tegnérgatan 6 – T-stop: Rådmansgatan (green line)
  • Japan Food & Kitchen, JFK Shop- a larger Japanese supermarket with wider selection located at:
    Swedenborgsgatan 28 – T-stop: Mariatorget (Red line) or Medborgarplatsen (Green line)
  • Indian food center- an Indian supermarket located at Kungsholmsgatan 15 – T-stop: Rådhuset (blue line)
  • Hong Kong Trading- Asian supermarket selling predominantly Chinese foods (great selections of sauces and spices) located at: Olofsgatan 5 – T-stop: Hötorget (green line)
  • Asian Market- asian supermarket selling mostly Thai foods with a tiny bit of Chinese sauces. Not very cheap, but good for Thai food lovers! Located at: Olaf Palmes Gata 12- T-stop: Hötorget (green line)
  • Oriental Supermarket (Great Wall in Mandarin)- the biggest and best (in my opinion) of Chinese supermarkets. Fantastic selection of all Chinese foods, complete with a counter selling fresh steamed buns, dim sum dishes and even Peking Duck. Reasonable prices for most items also. Located at: Hötorget (exit at Sergelgatan) (green line)
  • Latinamerikanska Livsmedel- Latin american supermarket located at:
    Hötorgshallen 20 – T-stop: Hötorget (green line)Well there you have it! A small list of some of the great international options that Stockholm has to offer you during your stay here with us. There’s bound to be a bunch more that even I have yet to discover, but that’s the fun part of this entire journey- never-ending discoveries. 

    Until next time,

    Olivia