sunnuntai 26. lokakuuta 2014

Week 9

This week has been so amazing and I've been feeling really happy!

I've finished my examinations and one of my best friend visited me here in Uppsala. Actually, she was the very first quest that come all the way from Finland (not so far away but still) to see me. 


One page from one course book of mine.

I had two courses and both of them were taught in Swedish.
Only one book were written in English, but actually it wasn't that hard to read things in Swedish. 


Reward meal number 1 after my first examination here in Uppsala, 
healthy banana pancakes!





We had so much fun and it's still gonna continue 'cause today we go to Stockholm! Our plan is to explore the city and do a little shopping, but I think that we're both already gone over our budgets :D Maybe we can find some really cheap things to buy. Fingers crossed!




I'm also trying to eat only staffs that are healthy, but sometimes it's too hard. Here's so many beautiful cafeterias that serve even more beautiful and delicious pastries, salt and sweet ones, that you just can't resist. And now when my friend is here, we have been having a fika quite a few times. 

But I really think that I can allow myself to eat some little delicacies because I've been suffering a little stress lately (all that hard reading that I'd to go for the exams). Luckily, all those things are now far behind me. No more exams or any other school things to do for a long long time. 

Can you guess what I'm going to do next?




I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, 
than alone in the light.
- Helen Keller

Med vänliga hälsningar,

sunnuntai 12. lokakuuta 2014

Week 7

Almost all the leaves are fallen from the trees and are formed a colorful layer on the ground. The layer of transformation, a change towards winter. 


Now when the weather it's still quite warm it's the best time to go and explore as many new places as possible. When winter comes and it really is coming, it's gonna be so cold that staying inside under a warm blanket drinking hot chocolate or tea (which one you prefer) sounds so much better than being outside and freezing like a snowman. 


One building in our campus area in Ultuna


Autumn trip to Eckerö





One of the most important things that you should do is to eat. You need to get so called "spare food" that will help you get through the cold winter. Otherwise you might hear your bones clattering. Here in Uppsala we've been enjoying veggie dinners and also celebrated international Kanelbullens dag (Cinnamon Roll Day, Korvapuustipäivä)!




The best bakers ever!
















It's raining outside and I just finished my cup of tea. Hopefully tonight I'll get some sleep 'cause last night I couldn't. But the reason for that was coffee that I drank just a moment before going to bed. 

Some people say that if they drink coffee late in the evening they can't get sleep. So is it the coffee or caffeine that keeps them awake? Or something else? 

For me this was the first time that I stay awake almost all night because of coffee. Actually, two big cups of dark-roasted coffee. Swedish coffee.    

I was lying in my bed and trying to get some sleep but for nothing. I was wide awake and rolled around till it was 4 in the morning. After a while I finally fell asleep. When I woke up I was quite happy and smiling even though I'd just slept only a few hours. But I don't mind. This day turned out to be a pretty nice one after all. Now it's again time for me to go to bed, hoping that this night will be better than the last one. 


Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future,
concentrate the mind on the present moment.
- Buddha 

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lauantai 4. lokakuuta 2014

Exploring Sweden through excursion

There's some photos from my three days excursion around Sweden or approximately three hours range from Uppsala (at least by bus). 


One of my course is about hydrology and geology, so the trip was about those things. We're exploring the soil and things that are formed by the latest ice age, but also many other things. Every place we visited and all the beautiful landscapes we saw were so amazing!

But even though I think that I understood only a few things (it's so hard to learn all the names of every rock or soil types på svenska :D), I'm so happy that I'd this opportunity to visit so many new places here in Sweden. The course is held in Swedish and I mostly understand almost everything the teachers are saying. But I'm here to learn so what's the rush. 

DAY 1.














DAY 2.




















DAY 3.








 







Over every mountain there's a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.
- Theodore Roethke

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