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Summer Festival Life

The Summer Festival life was a hazy dream..or was it?

With Autumn here, I find myself reminiscing of the summer past.

Way Out West

This summer I attended the Way Out West (WOW) festival in Gothenburg from the to 12th of August. For three days what felt like all of Sweden’s hipsters, party animals, musicians, vegans, young and old congregated at Slottskogen Forest.

Flower Power

A musician at the festival remarked that ‘Festivals are removed from current place and time, you get to be happy all day, everyday’. This couldn’t sum up WOW in better words.

The glitter, bubbles, freebies 😊, colours, music, sunshine and of course rain was like a scene out of the 70s Woodstock flower power era.

Summer Festival Life

#FlowerPowerEffect

Three flower bands were created and named according to an artist performing. There was Lana del rey, Frank ocean and Regina Spektor. It even included a mini photo shoot seen below.

Sania (Lana Del Rey), Anita and I (Frank Ocean)

The festival included some of the best moments I have ever experienced in my life. Seeing Frank Ocean, Band of Horses and Major Lazer were my biggest highlights.

Summer Festival Life

Environmental Sustainability

I am truly amazed by the level of environmental consciousness that the festival incorporated. This ‘vegan only’ festival also had MasterCard donate 5 school meals to the World Food Program timeserver someone blipped their card. They also had water stations with free re-fillable bottles . This truly shows that even a festival as big as way out west which had thousands of people can be Eco friendly.

Summer Festival Life

So whether it’s Summerburst, Way out West or Goteborg Kulturkalas . The summer festival experience should definitely make it to your study in Sweden bucket list!

Here is a recap of the Festival from Snapchat (@studyinSweden)

Until then. I’m looking forward to the leaves turning colour, bringing out my knit sweaters and finding a perfect Fika spot for some hot chocolate.

Check out a post I wrote last autumn on the colours of autumn.  Till then

From Sweden with Love

A year in Sweden in 15 photos.

It’s been a little bit over a year for me in Sweden. Tomorrow, a new beginning starts…the first day of my last year as a student in Sweden. After one year in this magnificent country I’ve been lucky enough to travel around, and experience a whole lot of new adventures. I compiled my favorite 20 pictures and this is the result.


The sunsets in Sweden are something out of this planet. During the spring/summer when the days are brighter, the sun paints the clouds in colors that I’ve only seen in pictures (like the one above).

For New Year’s eve, I traveled to the northernmost town in Sweden. Where I got the chance to ride a dog sledge through the amazing landscapes in the Swedish Lapland.

After feeling like someone punched my face for over an hour because of the cold-air in my face, we stopped to have fika in a traditional Sami tipi. Hot coffee and homemade cookies to warm ourselves back again.

-24 degrees couldn’t prevent me from being incredibly energetic while crossing the Norwegian-Swedish border. That trip to the Swedish Lapland was amazing.

The crane jungle-like landscape in Gothenburg. I saw this on my way to Chalmers for the for the entire academic year. It still amazes me how the cranes break through the clouds on a misty day.

Sauna in Sweden is a thing (maybe not as big as in Finland, but Swedes do like to spend some time in the sauna). This is by far my favorite sauna so far, it is in Abisko next to the lake. This was the spot where I got to see crystal clear the northern lights while partying in the sauna.

Now let me introduce you to my favorite dog in the whole Sweden: Zamba! The most friendly/cool/playful/noble dog ever. He was part of the group in the sledge that I was on.

The ice hotel in Kiruna is one of those places that only exists in everyone’s imagination until you set foot inside. The place is incredibly well curated, all the rooms feature all sorts of giant sculptures craved in huge blocks of ice.

The Lapland trip would have been hundred times less fun without these guys. What a better way of starting the year than partying and laughing until feeling like having done two hundred abs every day for a week basically.

Kuggen is an impressive green building in Lindholmen, the building is a fantastic place with group rooms and designer couches (I don’t know much about interior design but the couches look fancy) for reading and/or studying.

Vattern is the second largest lake in Sweden. I took this picture during a trip with all the digital ambassadors to Jönköping, Gräana Omberg. Those trips are always full of new experiences and great people from all around the world!

The only thing I knew about ice hockey before coming to Sweden was basically that the players fight occasionally for some reason and that it is Canada’s and Sweden’s favorite sport (I know it is a bit stereotypic but it is not far from reality). After being in Sweden one year and being a Frölunda fan, now I can say that I understand a bit more about the game. Actually I wrote a blog post about the basics.

I know it looks like I’m always traveling and just roaming around but I am actually doing a full-time master’s degree, and a lot of times I have to either work on assignments or prepare for the exams. Gothenburg’s Library has become my favorite spot to get the work done without any distractions and in a perfect environment surrounded by thousands of books.

The academic year was over, the weather was getting better by the day. This only meant BBQ and beers time, this was one of the last pictures that I took with my friends from the second semester.

This picture is not in Swedish territory, but I like it a lot. It was finally the time when we got to see the product of everyone at Chalmers Formula Student racing on track. On that particular weekend, we claimed the first place in Formula Student Netherlands.


This were a few of my favorite pictures from the first year, a lot of them from my trip to Kiruna and the Swedish Lapland. Some of them of my friends and the people I’ve got to share a lot of experiences. Now, a new year starts and new experiences lay ahead!

#AndresInGöteborg

A love letter to Gothenburg

A Love letter to Gothenburg

Here’s to Gothenburg

Choosing a university and city to call your home for the time you study in Sweden can be a daunting task. Especially when all you have is google to search for information about your potential new home.

For me, I googled warmest city in Sweden and landed on Gothenburg. Gothenburg  University had a program in Global Studies which I was interested in and the fact that Gothenburg is situated on the west coast meaning the sea was never too far away was a big selling point.

This turned out to be the best decision I ever made. In the last (academic) year I have had the coolest experiences the city has to offer. Everything from watching the sun set at the beach, attending street festivals, playing kubb in the forest by the lake, taking a ferry to campus, going swimming in the sea and hiking up hills.

So I decided to post a love letter to Gothenburg through pictures to show my appreciation as well as give you a glimpse of student life.

A love letter to Gothenburg

Autumn feels on Vasagatan

A Love letter to Gothenburg

Colours of Autumn

A Love letter to Gothenburg

Chalmers views

A Love letter to Gothenburg

GU

A Love letter to Gothenburg

Sunset at Frihamnen

A Love letter to Gothenburg

Night views at brunnsparken

A Love letter to Gothenburg

Early mornings at Centralstation

A Love letter to Gothenburg

Stenipren

A Love letter to Gothenburg

Christmas at Liseberg Amusement park

A Love letter to Gothenburg

Ice hockey at scandinavium

A Love letter to Gothenburg

Oceanen nights

A love letter to Gothenburg

Sunset at Askim

Andra Långdagen

Chasing sunset at Askim

So Gothenburg here’s to you!

Looking forward to seeing what next year has in store!

From Gothenburg with love!

Off to Denmark – one day trip with friends through the Baltic Sea

Living and studying in Sweden means more than only focusing on your own academic path or enjoying as much as you can the Swedish fika. Actually, when you’re a student here, there may be some chances to get to know new places and go through new landscapes that can enlighten your eyes and make you feel good.

If you live especially on the West Coast or the South of Sweden, it’s not so difficult to catch the opportunity to go and visit briefly countries such as Denmark, Germany, Poland and Norway. Well, that’s actually what happened to me few days ago. I’ve spent one wonderful day with some of my friends in Denmark – in a matter of few hours we were there and back to Gothenburg (for those of you who still don’t know what I’ve been doing and/or why I’ve been living in the second largest Swedish city, please have a look here).

Gothenburg is a city that strategically embraces the Göta älv, that is the river whose origin is in the Baltic Sea. Being a very important commercial port is not the only feature that makes Gothenburg a well known spot. Actually, its position is fairly favourable when it comes to travelling by ferry. If you happen to come here and plan to stay some time, why do not consider the option to take a ferry off to Denmark just for one day? It’s not that expensive, and especially if you are a group of friends, it can really be fun to spend some time on the ferry and then explore a little bit the North Denmark Region (Region Nordjylland).

In my case, my friends and I had the initial plan to reach Frederikshavn, a town whose harbour is well connected with the Scandinavian neighbours, as well as being famous for the quality of the fish. Once there, our idea was to move and visit briefly another small and still very important port town up in the north of Nordjylland, a town called Skagen. Its size is actually inversely proportional to its beauty and its historical background. Skagen was indeed home of many Danish Impressionist artists – who started the indeed so called Skagen Painters during the 19th century. Moreover, it’s fairly peculiar, considering its architectural style and the characteristic landscape where sand and dunes shape the seaside. By the way, before letting you show some glimpses of our short trip, let me just say that if you go there, you’ll have the chance to meet the point that both divides and unifies the Nordic Sea and the Baltic Sea.

Now, welcome on board and enjoy the rest!

 

Coming to Sweden: African Edition Part III

Coming to Sweden: African Edition Part II

From North to South we have (Top left to right): Mahmoud Hanafy from Egypt studying Systems, Control and Mechatronics at Chalmers. Tebkew Shibabaw from Ethiopia studying Environmental Science at GU. Sussy from Cameroon studying Social Anthropology at social work and human right at the GU. Ronald Byaruhanga from Uganda studying Social work and human right at GU. Blessing Kabasa from Zimbabwe studying Electric Power Engineering at Chalmers. Nomsa Kgosietsile from Botswana studying Social work and human right at the GU. Thato from South Africa studying Leadership and Management in International Contexts at Linnaeus University

Coming to Sweden: African Edition Part II

I’m back with the next installment of Coming to Sweden: African Edition Part II.

I interviewed a few friends and colleagues doing their masters from different countries to give you a little taste of how it is to study in Sweden from various countries in Africa.

Here are their thoughts on food and music.

Food

What do you think about Swedish food compared to food from your home country?

Coming to Sweden: African Edition Part II

Kalix löjrom toast
Credit: Magnus Skoglöf/imagebank.sweden.se

Mahmoud: Swedish food is fine, I eat here vegetarian food and seafood. The difference is that in Egypt we have many spices that give a special unique taste.

Tebkew: It’s nice and delicious.  It’s a bit different from what we eat back home. In my country, we usually prefer to eat meat and other animal products. But here people mostly follow sustainable way of feeding style. So, people consume more of healthy foods such as vegetables.

Sussy: Swedish food compared to my country food to me is very artificial, have very little taste, or sometimes very salty a good example is the salted pork and boiles potatoes they eat during Christmas .

Ronald: I am not so adventurous when it comes to food but I think Swedish food is so nice, especially vegetarian food. Meat is quite expensive but affordable if you are a meat lover.

Blessing: Swedish food is prepared and served in an art-form with lots of vegetables. The delicious food is usually like a paradise of ingredients replete with tasty seasoning.  

Coming to Sweden: African Edition Part II

Swedish Langoustine salad
Source: Jakob Fridholm /imagebank..se

Nomsa: Nothing beats my home flavor for I would say. The food here is actually not bad at all, they love cheese, it’s in almost every food they prepare, and since I don’t take cheese the food does not form part of my “interesting things in Sweden, list” however its manageable.

Thato: South African food is full of flavor, a fusion of spices give texture and personality to the food. I have experienced Swedish food to be quite mild in comparison. It is often modest and unsurprising. The Swedish also have a far healthier and organic outlook on preparing food.

Coming to Sweden: African Edition II

South African food
Source: eatout.co.za

What food do you miss most from your home country?

Mahmoud: I miss Okra casserole with meat slices and a special Egyptians dish called “Hawawshi” which is made of mincemeat in a local bread.

Coming to Sweden: African Edition II

Hawawshi
Source: thefooddictator.com

Tebkew: ‘Injera’- that’s the traditional food of Ethiopia

Coming to Sweden: African Edition Part II

Injera
Source: www.mmia.com

Sussy: Kwakoko and mbanga soup( graded cocoyam tied in plantain leaf and palm nut soup).

Kwacoco and Mbaga soup
Source: cameroonkitchen.wordpress.com

Ronald: Honestly, the only thing I miss is so dearly is matooke (banana), but the rest can be found in Sweden. There are several places in Gothenburg where one can get Ugandan/African food. For this, I recommend visiting Indian food stores if you miss something Ugandan.

Coming to Sweden: African Edition Part II

Matoke
Source: kitchenjs.com

Nomsa: Beef, farmhouse boerewors, Tswana chicken.

Coming to Sweden: African Edition Part II

Pap and Tswana chicken
Source: http://escapesfromthelittlereddot.com

Thato: I really miss samp! It’s basically chopped dried corn kernels which you prepare as the main starch for a meal. Then you can add beans to it, a light gravy for added moist and some diced beef. I especially love it when my mom adds some powered milk while it boils on the stove.

Coming to Sweden: African Edition Part II

Samp and Beans with Spinach and Bacon (Umngqusho)
Source: spar.co.za

Music

What do you think of music in Sweden?

Mahmoud: It makes me very happy, I like their music

Ronald: I personally do not enjoy secular music, but I love the fact the fact that I have bumped into African music playing in Swedish Clubs including Ugandan music, especially Jose Chameleon and Eddy Kenzo

Blessing: Swedish music brings with it a beautiful sensation to the ears. I think the Swedish pop genre is one of the best in the world.

Coming to Sweden: African Edition II

Source: giphy.com

Nomsa: I haven’t really listened to Swedish music, but I know we don’t dance to the same tune.

Thato: What they play on the radio is mostly the commercialized pop, hip-hop and rock music you find everywhere. I live in a small town so I can’t say there is a wide variety of music exposure.

Do you know any Swedish artists?

Coming to Sweden: African Edition Part II

Of Course! Source: giphy.com

Mahmoud: Zara Larsson of course

Tebkew: Zara Larsson

Blessing: I know quite a number but my favorite group is Bo Kaspers Orkester and I love their song ‘Vi Kommer Aldrig Att Dö ’.

Nomsa: I know Sebastian Stakset, probably because he had a concert at my church, and his story was very inspirational.

Thato: Swedish House Mafia, their music is loved at home and all over the world really. Zara Larsson is also an excellent musical talent from Sweden, I really enjoy her songs.

Coming to Sweden: African Edition Part II

Swedish House Mafia Source: giphy.com

What is your favourite music or song from your home country?

Mahmoud: I like trance and house music in general, also one of my best is this for Amr Diab https://goo.gl/KTdrEt , also, I like classic romantic ones that have deep meanings like this: https://goo.gl/omKLkg

Tebkew: ‘Tikur sew’ by Teddy Afro

Sussy: A good makossa such as son me by the group X- maleya.

Ronald: I can say Valu valu for Dr.Jose Chameleon.

Blessing: Gospel and Dancehall music are my favorite genres. My favorite artists are Oliver Mutukudzi , Jah Prayzah and Winky D.

Nomsa: Believe me when I say I started listening to Botswana music so much when I got to Sweden, on those days that I really miss home. I won’t say it’s the favorite, but the song at the top of my playlist right now is Charma gal- Mmokolodi.

Thato: The genre I enjoy the most is rock music. Artists like The Parlotones, Prime Circle, BlackByrd and Freshly Ground are just a few that I really enjoy. South African house music is also phenomenal! It’ll lift your mood on a bad day and keep you dancing all night on a good day!

Remarks

The interviews show the diverse nature of various foods and music from countries in Africa as well as how students feel about Swedish food and music. Zara Larsson had to feature of course. I hope you enjoyed seeing and hearing different foods and sounds from countries in Africa.

Here is a post I previously wrote about Coming to Sweden: African Edition Part I about all things hair and weather.

Look out for the next blog on the Coming to Sweden: African edition series.

Follow Study in Sweden on Snapchat for more updates

From Sweden with Love

 

NB: Disclaimer: This post is based on perspective and experiences of the students interviewed. It is not meant to generalize all African students in Sweden perspectives.

Master in Communication Series Part 4: What am I actually studying?

Spring is here, as Supritha would say (by the way, check out her last post)! However, sun and flowers go along with something else, too. Another period of courses and lectures has started. To be precise, new courses. At least regarding my Master’s Programme in Communication at the University of Gothenburg.

Still don’t remember what I mean by saying the word ‘communication’ and what kind of Programme I’ve been attending? As usual, no worries: you’ll find everything here.

The course I’d like to talk about this time, is called Communication technology. As you can guess by the course title, the relation between communication and different kinds of technologies is the main focus.

Probably, human beings have never experienced such a huge range of technologies in their relative brief history on this planet. Yes, thousands of years ago our ancestors were able to make up a great amount of useful tools, or build majestic buildings; or organize the first written linguistic systems. However, in the last century at least, humans have reached such a high level in terms of technology, capable also to alter (positively?) the way how they interact among each others, and the way how they live.

The Communication technology course has just started, and it looks like one of the most interesting we as a class could have expected. The aim of the course is to provide us with theoretical and practical tools in order to better understand the reality shaped by technology, when it comes to the field of communication. How much can technology influence our lives nowadays? Are we really aware of the reach it has in every single aspect that features our daily routines?

Thanks to this course, we will be able to analyse and discuss the relation between the different communication technologies and the historical periods, as well as being able to break down the underlying relation between technology and communication. Of course, when it comes to this sort of combination, one can’t help but thinking to their close connection to the way how humans build organizations, and plan social activities. Moreover, the tools provided in the course will guide us to discover how technologies can be shaped, and how humans can get the most out of them, especially in particular cases of communication, such as communication disorders.

In the very last lecture, our amazing lecturer told us about the importance of meetings nowadays. Probably we take them for granted, but do you know how in fact they have changed over the course of the last decades? And how many dynamics may occur during one of your meetings with your fellow students or friends? Have you ever thought about that?

I’m looking forward to going through this course more and more. And I will try to keep you updated!

A presto


sources for featured image and other pictures: https://it.sheridancollege.ca/aboutIT/ict.html; https://mags2304.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/advantages-of-communication-technology/; https://www.nari.ee.ethz.ch/