Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Life has been a bit crazy lately. This week, I started classes at Uppsala University in their Department of Government in my first step towards attaining my Masters. That, combined with work, life, and everything else has made my days absolutely fly by. And so then, before I realize it, days or a week has gone by without writing much of anything down, so here's my attempt to at least check in for a moment so that someday when I look back and see January 2014 was a giant black hole, I'll at least remember why.
The photo of the yellow building above was taken yesterday, just before I walked into it for my 1:15pm Constitutional Change class. It almost makes me laugh at just how gorgeous the campus is. And then, sitting in class, discussing a topic I've always been interested in with a bunch of likeminded people about my age, it amazes me that I get to do this entirely for free, as it comes out of the taxes we're already obligated to pay. The conversation in class is decent, and it's kind of funny to see how the US is used as an example a majority of the time. It's not too surprising as it's such a large and moderately successful democracy, but still, as the only American in the class, it makes it interesting. Thankfully, it's not like they're out to criticize the US anymore than I would normally. They're mostly just curious for an citizen's opinion.
Another thing I can't help but think about often is captured well in the image below. Though the word is made up (this site's attempt at creating just one word for such a powerful feeling), the meaning behind it is one that I think of almost daily -- especially while taking the train or walking around Stockholm. Just thinking about how many people I come across daily and how complicated and complex each life is, how interesting their background may be, always intrigues me.
Location: Stockholm, Sweden