At this point I can safely say I’m beginning to get settled in here. I’ve unpacked, done a bit of grocery shopping, been to the Stockholm city center, registered for classes, and gone to many orientation programs. I was amazed to find out that there are over 400 exchange students this semester! So nice to know I’m not alone here.
Here are a few tidbits from the past few days here, a few new discoveries:
Having a kindle makes life fantastic.
Yes, it is dark and cold, but I love it.
Compared to New York, the campus here is dead (in terms of population density) – but it’s a beautiful national park so again, I love it.
Everyone is sharply on time. Apparently it’s a very Swedish thing, but when something says it’s going start promptly at 4pm, it starts promptly at 4pm. Lateness is just not accepted. I really like this – takes away the stress of waiting. (My dad would love it!)
Formal exercise is on the back burner for now, but I’m walking everywhere, and there are lots of hills and stairs here. So I’m not slacking that much! Those red buildings? That’s where I live. Maybe a hill & two stories up.
On that note – I got a gym membership today! I joined the big gym on the main campus at Frescatihallen, I can go to all kinds of awesome group classes (I get to do BodyPump!) and use the regular gym. I’m excited.
Good, fresh food is everywhere. There isn’t as big of a selection as in the US (or maybe I just haven’t seen enough yet), but I can already tell that the quality is so much better. I mean, check out that airplane meal! I asked for a veg meal, since the only other option was chicken, and I generally don’t like to eat meat if I don’t know its origin. But this was delish!
And this was a bowl I picked up at the kaffebarren, one of many little cafés on campus. The ingredients tasted fresh, nothing processed, filling and satisfying! I’ll get more into foodie things another time, but I can already tell it’s not going to be a struggle to continue eating healthfully.
Have you ever lived in a foreign country? What are some things you liked or disliked?
Do you find it hard to eat healthy foods in other countries?