Monday, April 16, 2012
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
- Swedes are EXTREMELY punctual! Their definition of meeting at 13:00 is meeting at 13:00 and arriving at 13:05 will be consider late. You can actually see teachers looking at their watch (or the room's clock) before the class so they can start exactly on time. Be prepare for any teacher to tell you that if you arrived 5 minutes late you'll have to reschedule the meeting.
- Swedes are very helpful, nice and friendly. Still, it's not common for them to start talking to you on the streets or a line for no reason. Maybe they'll talk to you to practice your language (many of them speak another language besides English and Swedish) but they consider saying "hi" for no reason as an intrusion. Still, if you say "hi" to them it's fine because they think that's part of YOUR culture and they think it's nice. So... you'll be OK being yourself, but don't expect them to act as someone from your country. They'll be themselves...
- It's OK to call teachers by their given name. Actually everyone uses just given names and that's OK.
- They all have lunch at 12:00 and you won't be able to explain that's also possible to eat at 11:30 or 13:00.
- They are really really friendly and eager to help.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
From February 12-20 2011, Uppsala celebrated its very first Ice Festival. During this week you could see many ice sculptures around the city, but the biggest collection was located in the City Park.
During the festival week, the Svandammen pond was lit up and open to the public for ice skating to music, which apparently is an old tradition from the 1890s.
I think the festival really brought light and happiness to the city. It is one of those things that takes the dark winter days and makes them a little happier. There were lots of people taking pictures of the sculptures and you could even see the artists finishing some of them. Every time I decided to enjoy the sculptures the day started with a typical Swedish tradition: fika. Either at the nations or at any of the many coffee shops in the city it is always a good plan to meet for fika and talk for a while.
Of course, I wasn’t going to be the only one without taking pictures so I hope you enjoy them!
For more information you can visit the Ice Festival website: www.isfestivalen.se/