The Northern Lights

During our travel break in November, some friends and I travelled to Abisko—a little village far north above the Arctic Circle, and summited a mountain to catch sight of the Aurora Borealis. Photographing them was a challenge, given that the camera on our phone showed pitch-blackness when we tried to take photos. Out of hundreds of pictures, here are the ones we took where you can see them the most clearly.

Visiting the Original IKEA

As a child, visiting my city’s IKEA was the first encounter I have had with Swedish culture, and with Scandinavia’s existence as a whole. Initially, I thought that all of the product names were just complete gibberish, until I understood what the Swedish language was…

Spooky Season at Gröna Lund

This weekend some friends and I visited Gröna Lund, the major amusement park in Stockholm, to ride the roller coasters and partake in the scary seasonal events…

Uppsala

Two weeks ago, my study group traveled to Uppsala, a cozy little town north of Stockholm. With a population of roughly 170,000 people, Uppsala has a reputation for being a small college town loosely connected to Stockholm, and conveniently accessible via the pendeltåg—the commuter train network linking various suburbs in the greater Stockholm area to…

Timeliness

Living and sharing a space here among local Swedes, the most noticeable—and in my experience, challenging—cultural difference is the importance of time and punctuality in Sweden…


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