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And Hello to the Astronauts!

I cannot contain my excitement on hosting and meeting hundreds of astronauts from all over the world. This has to be one of my most memorable events. The astronauts were here in Sweden for the annual Association of Space Explorers (ASE) Congress and they had been travelling around Stockholm and the Kronoberg county, including Växjö and Älmhult.

Well, I have to admit I’m not into spacey stuff. I only knew one astronaut out of the hundreds and that was because many of Swedish friends asked ‘Is Christer Fuglesang going to be there?’ I did a little google and yes, he is famous. During the event, I had a really inspiring conversation about space travel with a German astronaut and at the end, I embarrassingly asked ‘By the way, what’s your name?’ Well, I should have done some pre-googling and ‘homework’.  Now, I can say I know three more astronauts.

Christer Fuglesang walking with Selin, IKEA co-worker and organizer of the event

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The astronauts were welcomed by IKEA co-workers and myself as well as students from Linneskolan. The Grade 9 students designed this rocket weighing an impressive 240 kilos and 3.2m where the astronauts signed and autographed on the rocket.

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The astronauts had a closed private meeting, followed by an innovation presentation by Tony Sandelius, development manager at IKEA of Sweden. Tony began his presentation with this line, “This is without a doubt the toughest crowd to impress.” Totally agreed!

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All the astronauts were extremely friendly and energetic. We took selfies with Christer and he was totally cool with it and the best part was that the astronauts personally thank us before leaving, we felt warmly appreciated and it was truly remarkable to be a part of this.

Space invasion in Sweden, checked!

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A day as an Intern at IKEA

This is the final week of my two month internship. It’s been a really fascinating journey and a pleasure to meet and work with so many wonderful people, including hosting visitors and media from all over the world. There’s never a dull moment. I know I’m not the only one who’s having a blast. My coursemates have also ventured into US, Bangladesh, Spain and cities from all over the world for their internships. From our school’s internship blog, you can see what my friends have been up to, and their interesting experiences at work. I know we would have lots to catch up when we get back together for the final seminar in school.

Flatpacks, Fashion and infinite Novelty. Who would have thought a furniture company could be so upbeat, dynamic and inspiring. Oh yes, we party too! Find out about my day as an intern in IKEA and what brings media from around the world to Älmhult, the heart of IKEA, in this video.

I feel quite emotional about my last week here. There are so many things which I will miss at IKEA of Sweden – free daily breakfast, fresh daily supply of free fruits, biscuits and crisp bread, the fika station/coffee machines which are everywhere in the office, free bicycle rental and most of all, I’m very thankful to my supervisor, Johanna, and all the people whom I met and worked with from around the world. Beyond words, it’s such an incredibly amazing experience but the best part is experiencing the Swedish work culture.