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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Busy Busy


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.

8 comments

  1. Love the definition of sonder. Congrats on starting your Masters!!

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  2. I'm planning a week long trip to Sweden in May; Have any favorite blog city guide post or travel books I should turn to? Hope May is a nice time to visit stockholm!

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  3. Hey, that's great to hear! Sweden is really beautiful in the spring and the days are long to enjoy it to the max. My suggestions really depend on what you're interested in -- hate museums but love nature? I did put together a list of my favorites a while back though, so feel free to give that a look here: http://www.expat-tales.com/p/tourist-tips.html
    And if you have any specific questions, drop me a note!

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  4. Oh very helpful, thank you! Definitely want to see the archipelago and those crazy-beautiful tunnelbana stations. We'll mostly be in the city but do you recommend any day trips out of the city to see a little bit of nature?

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  5. Congrats on getting started -- and on such a gorgeous campus!

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  6. That's great that you've started! I'll be interested to hear more about that class - it seems like an interesting topic.

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  7. Congrats on getting your masters! Its interesting that you are taking classes in Uppsala- my husband is actually there right now for a trip! Enjoy your classes :)

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