Settling Into My New Home
I have now been living in Växjö for five days and I couldn't be any more in love with this city and country. The Swedes are beautiful and friendly people and many of them speak amazing English. Yesterday morning there was a bike sale at an on-campus second-hand shop with the sweetest owners, where I was able to pick up a bike for 750 kronor (about $120 Canadian).
It's cheaper and much healthier than riding to campus on the bus everyday. While my residence is a bit far from campus (about a 40 minute walk), I'm able to make it in about 10 minutes on my bike while enjoying the beautiful lake view. The bike paths run through the forest area away from the road, so you're able to walk and bike to the university in peace.
There's even a disco ball in the middle of the lake that never stops spinning. Not sure what the purpose of it is, but it definitely adds some unique character to the lake.
Earlier today we picked up our Växjö International Students cards in one of the main buildings. Afterwards, it was ridiculously busy in the building so we left for Willy's (a Swedish grocery store), where I picked up some smoked salmon (which is amazing on flatbread crackers with cream cheese) and a little bag of candy. I only grocery shop for a couple days at a time, so my food doesn't go to waste and it's much easier to pick up only a bit of food at a time when I'm biking. If you go into any Swedish grocery store, you'll find a wide selection of candy sold in bulk form, where you can mix and match your favourites.
Tomorrow I'll begin classes and I'm looking forward to enjoying my view on the way to class in the morning (even if I have a few 8:00 am lectures to attend).
"I'm not sure what I'll do, but - well, I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale." -F. Scott Fitzgerald
I agree completely with F. Scott Fitzgerald here. Just traveling here to Sweden and wandering around for a few days, I have been able to observe the culture and people. By integrating into a new culture, I'm expanding my cultural knowledge, coming out of my comfort zone and experiencing new activities. I've also been introduced to many wonderful new people from all over the world, who have shown me differences in their cultures as well. I feel comfortable here with the support of my floormates, as well as others in my building who I've become close with and it has made the transition a breeze!
Well, I'm off for the night since I need to prepare for class tomorrow (even if I sometimes forget that I'm actually here for school).
Until next time,