A compass for the unknown.

“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will” S.K.

“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will” S.K.

Come on, be sincere, has this never happened to you? To be absolutely lost when the things are moving so fast? To have to take decisions when you have no idea what is best? Well guys, do not panic. This has happened to all of us! And the best part of it... is exactly that: the unknown. So let’s leave the fears outside and try to enjoy it!
So, yeah, you have left your country and here you are, living in Sweden to study what you like! Congratz!! Really! You are brave! Not everyone is ready to leave his/her comfort zone and jump into new adventures like this :) Now, I want to share with you some things that have worked for me and maybe can be of help for you! And believe me, I am a lazy person, so I won’t take you out for exhausting activities, but hey, move your butt and make yourself feel good! ^^

Join activities that you know you like but DO try NEW ones!
Why is that? You might be thinking: ‘If I don’t like theater I’m not gonna even try!’ Or the one reading near you: ‘I have tons of school assignments, I don’t have time to try out spinning classes!’ Well, not that I go randomly to activities I don’t like, let’s be honest, but from time to time it is good to explore new stuff, because you know what, you might end up liking it! Go with a friend to a salsa class for the first time, join badminton with your classmates or read that book with an ugly title! You don’t know what you can benefit from!

Forget about the phone one day and TALK to STRANGERS!
Yes, I know we are in Sweden, and talking to strangers might sound a bit wild, but hey! I just told you that you are brave, so do not chicken now (I count on you ¬¬ !). So here is the thing, try it at least once! It’s the beginning of the week but I’m sure you already have plans for the weekend (if not, whatever, this works anytime!). Whenever you need to go somewhere, and are about to open (wonderful) google maps app, please don’t! Let’s get crazy and ask someone! It’s ridiculous how helpful (we) people are if we just ask! Besides, like this, you might discover new peaceful parks, a shop you had never noticed (by the way, full of exactly that thing you were looking for your mom’s birthday!) or damn it, an amazing bar with Pub-quizzes and low prices on Tuesdays!

FIGHT for what you LIKE!
Speaking metaphorically, of course (peace and love, my friends). Now, seriously. Just think for a second why are you studying ‘whatever it might be’, why did you choose to leave your family, friends, and your home, to come here. And here I might be talking to two different groups of people (which I can definitely identify myself in): those who knew right from middle school that wanted to become “bla bla” and those others who still today have no clue what they are doing. OK. Fair enough. But whatever that moved you to choose it, it makes you happy! It motivated you to move abroad! So fight for it! Either if you just started your bachelor or are about to finish the master, even if you do not know what will come after, put all your energy in doing it well! Questions will be answered through the way. This might sound a bit silly, but the funny thing is that they really do.

YOU CAN bear more than what you think!
It is clear, right from the start of this post, that you (me) don’t know what will come later. That you might feel a bit lost thinking on the next semester. I’m sure you now have plenty of stuff to do for school (if not, lucky you!) and do not have time to consider what’s next. Planning ahead is good, it keeps your mind in order (and housing in Lappis). But being spontaneous will bring you things you didn’t even imagine! And thought it might sound as cliché, you don’t know what you are capable of until you have done it! Seriously! I don’t just said it, it has happened to me. Last year I was, in the same day, working as au-pair, coming to class at Uni, teaching languages to kids, organizing extra activities for my class and going to the gym! How did that happen? I don’t know, it’s a mystery! Even my grandma couldn’t believe me at first (neither myself), but if I was able to do it, you do as well! Organize well your time but always, always, leave some time to spontaneity! :)

We wish we had a compass to know what to do next, but if we did, we could be missing the wonderful adventure of exploring!
Hope you liked it! Be positive, people, good things happen either you expect them or not!

Reyes Martín González is about to finish her Master in Hydrology, Hydrogeology and Water Resources at SU.

Reyes Martín González is about to finish her Master in Hydrology, Hydrogeology and Water Resources at SU.

Do you want to stay fit in Stockholm for absolutely free?

Below are some tips how to do it.

 

Here I have a few tips for those of you who want to stay fit but do not want to spend any money on it. All that here in Stockholm, Sweden where probaly most of you think that the only thing that is for free is the air.

 

There are a few gyms and fitness centres that offer free try outs for a day or even for a week. Unfortunatelly, not every single sport centre does that and even some of them want us to pay 150-200 kr per one day of workout which for me is completely insane. Firstly, one of the most popular fitness centre called Nordic Wellness offers a whole week try out which enables you to come to the gym for your own workout session or to join some fitness classes. After such a week you do not have to become a member ( because who would want to pay 499kr per month?!). If you are interested just google the nearest Nordic Wellness centre and give it a try for a week. Secondly, there is a SATS story. In general, the try out session in every branch varies from 150 kr to 200kr (madness!). However, I found one that you can actually go for one day for absolutelly zero kroner. This fitness centre is located in Farsta where you can just go and simply say that you would like to try out just for one day. Moreover, less popular is Fresh Fitness which has a day or sometimes two days try outs. The amount of the days depends on your smile and on the place you choose to go to. What is more, Balance Training City is another option for a whole day spend in the gym for absolutely free. Furthermore, the closest fitness centre is at the Univeristy main campus called Medley Frescatihallen where you can train for free if your friend has a membership or you got their leaflet with one week try out. This option sounds pretty good especially because it is conviniently located at the University, besides gym and fitness classes and you can also play ping pong or badminton. In addition, just last Thursday Student Union organised breakfast and a possibility of two hours training. Does that sound great? Stay tuned for the next sporting event! Besides, 24/7 Fitness does not offer free try outs unless your friend or a family member has a membership there, then you are welcome to train there for a whole day otherwise it costs 99kr(!). Last but not least, Stockholm has many outdoor gyms which are an excellent choice to stay fit and to be outside for again no money.

Isn't it surprising that in a city which is famously believed to be astronomously expelnsive there is something that doesn't debit your account? The above mentioned places clearly show that there are quite few sites where you can train, socialize and have fun for absolutely free.

This blog is written by Elzbieta Swistak, she comes from Poland and studies Master Asian Study student and she is a Sport freak!

This blog is written by Elzbieta Swistak, she comes from Poland and studies Master Asian Study student and she is a Sport freak!

Modern Adventure – It’s snowing!

 

It was snowing in Stockholm and it seemed to be a big issue for everyone. Every year it is fascinating again how cities are surprised by the weather and just can’t handle it. Last year it took me more than double the time to go from Copenhagen to Hamburg because suddenly soo much snow was falling. This year it was an adventure coming from the airport home:

The airport bus from Skavsta was supposed to leave at 6pm and normally it takes 1,5h to the city center. When the bus left the airport they told us it would take 2,5-3h today because of snow chaos. In Skavsta was almost no snow and I wondered how much more snow can there be in Stockholm. The closer the bus came to Stockholm the slower it had to go because of the enormous traffic. Around midnight we haven’t moved at all for about an hour. A smart person on the bus found out that the closest metro station is not that far. So we went out of the bus walked on the snowy motorway between all those waiting for cars. It started snowing again. We reached the station all white. Luckily the tunnelbana was still running and I came home almost six hours later than it was the plan. Later I found out that I probably just could have taken the bus to Nyköping and then take the train. However, I would have missed the adventure – I never walked on a motorway before J

My advice for you – especially if you haven’t seen so much snow before: Enjoy the adventure! Usually, I take the bike to university but now I walk. There are so many things to discover: You will figure out all the different shapes snow can have. You will know how it looks when the snow is hard and you can step on in and how it looks when it’s soft and you will disappear into it. You can watch every day how the snowpeople are melting and how everyday people manage to clean the street a little more. You will notice that bikers are the least prioritized when it comes to cleaning their tracks. But you will still meet some that just give a dam and continue cycling. I always want to cheer for them when I see them. And in case you have not had the time yet to by boots: It works very well with sneakers too.

So everyone: Celebrate that once in a while humans cannot always fight nature and enjoy the snow as long as it’s still here! It might not come back while you are here since snow in Stockholm is actually pretty rare!

I am an exchange student at SU, studying at the department of culture and aesthetics. I like to see the world and enjoy what ever life brings - like for example snow chaos :)

I am an exchange student at SU, studying at the department of culture and aesthetics. I like to see the world and enjoy what ever life brings - like for example snow chaos :)

Few tips to reduce anxiety during exams.

Yes, we all worry about our exams and get conscious about it, few students may find it very easy to get rid of this anxiety and few may not, by following these simple hacks one could able to reduce the anxiety during the exams.

 

Yoga and Meditation

I personally follow this simple hack, I meditate regularly and it helps me to concentrate on studies and also reduce stress and anxiety during the exams.

Most of the people think it's very difficult to practice yoga since it has many acrobatics in it. But we need not to do all the postures but few easy ones. Here are the few easy ones which everybody can do,

  1. Pranayama (Breathing) : This is a formal practice of controlling breath, which is a vital source of our life, this will keeps us healthy and keeps us focused during the exams. For more details you can check this website.

  2. Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation): Exercise will always help us to be active and healthy, if we are healthy we can deal with the exam tensions, doing this simple exercise based yoga during sunrise, we can be active during whole day and helps us to concentrate on studies.

 

Good Sleep

Another important factor which is necessary to reduce anxiety is to have a good night's sleep, many research has found that the students are not having proper sleep before the exams due to anxiety. To get rid of this follow the first step regularly it will help us to keep up the good sleep. Maintaining the routines for the sleep is very important. A good night’s sleep will absolutely needed for a student who would appear to exams.

 

Confidence

Be confident! That’s very important to get rid of exams fever, proper preparation before the exams could make us confident to tackle the exams.

 

Don’t go to exams with empty stomach

Yes, we all usually skip the food before going to exams, this is because of the anxiety. If that is the case take small snacks to exam hall, fresh fruits and vegetables are often recommended.

 

Expect some anxiety

It is just a reminder that you need to do best in the exams, but it has to be regulated.

 

These are the few tips to follow before the exams to overcome the anxiety, I hope I have conveyed it right.

Blog written by Sandesh M Shivashankar

HALLOWEEN BEVERAGES - MEAN GIRLS STYLE

Okay so Halloween, according to Mean Girls the one night of the year where a girl can look
like a total hot mess in high knee socks and bunny ears and it’s acceptable… right?
But to really look and feel your inner Regina George you need to have the right drink in your
hand. Whether you’re looking to get intoxicated or just want a bomb idea to make the punch
bowl look fabulous continue on to a few recipes from yours truly Savanna Stephenson xo

Naughty Non Alcoholic Nightmare
A sweet and fruity punch, kept cool with the hand of a dead man!
Ingredients
Cranberry Juice
Lemonade
Lime Juice
Frozen berries
Sliced Oranges
Step 1 : Rinse out an old rubber glove,
turn inside out and pour in water and
let freeze overnight
Step 2: Add the cranberry juice and
lemonade to a bowl (use more
cranberry for a sweeter taste)
Step 3: squeeze in some lime juice for taste
Step 4: Sprinkle in the fruit for decoration
Step 5: Carefully cut the ice hand out of the glove and add in the bowl!

Gorgeous Ghosts ‘n Ghouls
A cool vanilla and marshmallow flavored mini shot with a deadly creamy texture
Ingredients
● Vanilla Vodka or Rum
● Double Cream
● Mini Marshmallows
Step 1 - Get yourself a shot glass and pour in the
vanilla rum/vodka
Step 2 - Add in some double cream
Step 3 - Sprinkle in the ghouls (marshmallows)
Optional - For a more marshmallow taste you can
add a drop of vanilla extract!

 

Sexy Sorceress Slime
Tangy lemon and lime flavoured alcoholic drink with a foamy twist that will put a spell on you
Ingredients
Sprite
Lemon Sorbet
Vodka
Lime Cordial
Sourz Apple
Gummy worms

Step 1 - Pour the Sprite into the punch bowl and make sure it’s nice and big
Step 2 - Add some cheeky Vodka in there to get the party going
Step 3 - Add a touch of Sourz Apple ( not too much don’t make everyone sick that’s not cute)
Step 4 - Sprinkle in a pinch of Lime cordial for taste
Step 5 - The most important step! Add scoops of Lemon Sorbet in the punch
Optional - Put some gummy worms in there for decoration!

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Blog written by Savanna Stephenson

Blog written by Savanna Stephenson

Stockholm: Eating out on a budget

Foto of La Neta

Foto of La Neta

The words Stockholm and budget don’t often go together but if you look out for good deals and small cafes, you can often find affordable options. As international students it’s nice to eat out and explore Stockholm’s foodie culture so I’ve made a list of places which won’t set your wallet back too much.

 

Mexican

 

·      Hellstroms

Not the best quality Mexican food to be found but every Wednesday the sports bar offers a fajita buffet for 40kr! On Fridays you can find a nacho buffet for 20kr and reasonably cheap beers.

 

·      La Neta

Probably offering the best Mexican food in Stockholm, La Neta has 2 restaurants in the city. Their specialities are tacos and enchiladas. You can get tacos grandes for under 50kr and enchiladas for less. It’s a great place to go with friends and share some dishes.

 

Italian

 

·      Vapiano

Vapiano is a chain with 3 restaurants in Stockholm.  You can order pizza, pasta, risotto or salad and watch your food being created in front of you. Many of Vapiano’s restaurants have communal tables with herb plants so you can garnish your food yourself. Most mains are under 130kr and the pizzas are so big they can be hard to finish!

 

Chinese

 

·      Beijing 8

Beijing 8 has several ‘fast-food’ restaurants across Stockholm. They serve dumplings, soups and tasty sides such as spicy edamame beans. You can eat there for less than 100kr.

 

Vegetarian

 

·      Hermans

Hermans offers a vegan buffet every day of the week. It’s not the cheapest restaurant in Stockholm but the buffet is unlimited and the view of the city is amazing so I think it’s worth paying a little more.  The buffet is 130kr for lunch Mon-Fri and with a student card you get 50% off when you buy a drink!

 

·      Falafelbaren

The popular Sodermalm restaurant serves falafel from 11:00-19:00 on weekdays. A double cheese falafel pitta served with goat cheese and halloumi costs 85kr and is very filling.

 

Breakfast

 

·      Kaffeverket or Pom&Flora

Stockholm Brunch Club and Greasy Spoon do great brunches but their prices often exceed a student budget. However, both Kaffeverket and Pom&Flora serve breakfast for less than 100kr. Popular choices include smashed avocado with chilli flakes on toast at KaffeVerket or ham and cheese croissant with a smoothie bowl at Pom&Flora.

 

Fast Food

 

·      Falafel Kungen

The fast food restaurant on Sveavagan serves kebab, chips and a soft drink for 53kr often making it a cheaper choice than Mcdonalds or Burger King.

 

·      Hemkop or Coop for salads

For a healthier takeout option, Hemkop, Coop and other supermarkets have salad bars with a wide choice of food. It works out a lot cheaper than buying a pre-made salad. Be careful though, you pay by weight and I’ve been caught out a couple of times!

Written by Esther Marshall an exchange student from the UK studying English Literature.

Written by Esther Marshall an exchange student from the UK studying English Literature.