It’s the only thing I’ve ever studied that truly interested me. It’s a really large field, both literally and academically, and it has a lot of potential. Archaeologists can be anything from borderline philosophers all the way through to those who spend their whole lives on digs (though tbh I prefer the former). I might not end up making as much money or a banker, or a lawyer, but I’ll be the one they’ll be wanting to talk to at dinner parties! Long story short, it makes me happy. Also: Daniel Jackson.
So I’ve been horribly neglectful in updating what was supposed to be my record of my trip to Sweden, but I think now must be as good a time as any!
It’s just on two weeks since I left sweltering hot Sydney behind, and I’m having slightly mixed feelings about the whole thing. The first part of the trip was absolutely wonderful, flying into Copenhagen and then taking the train up to Stockholm. I stayed in Södermalm, which is sort of the hipster part of town. I did a little bit of shopping on the first day (needed to get a coat, Australia definitely doesn’t have any warm enough to survive Scandinavian winter!), and had a pretty early night. In Stockholm the sun has been rising at around 9:30 in the morning and setting around 3pm, which is so very weird for me! I was wandering around Södermalm at 3:30 and thinking it was time to go to bed already!
On the Sunday I met up with a couple of my good friends from Australia, Jesper and Nikki! They took me around for a bit of a tour of Gamla Stan (old town in Stockholm), and we went to a lovely coffee house. After some amaaazing Swedish pizza and a few beers with one of Jesper’s friends from Lund, bedtime! The next day Nikki and I met up in the afternoon I go and see a film, which ended up being less than successful… We wandered around Stockholm for a couple of hours before realising all of the museums were closed on Monday! Big fail. Went back to the hotel and to bed early that night, after the exhausting walk. The next day (Tuesday) we actually succeeded in seeing a few museums, and went to the Stockholm Medeltidsmuseum (the medieval museum), as well as the Stockholm city museum. We went back to Nikki and Jesper’s place after that for some Swedish meatballs (mmmmm, as well as some Dead Island).
On Wednesday I headed to my new home, Visby! It’s a bit of a trip, involving an hour on a bus, and then 3 hours on a ferry, but it’s really only about a half hour plane trip. The ferry ride was fairly bland, but it was nice seeing Gotland, the island I’m living on, come into view. I found my apartment without too much difficulty, and started to settle in.
The first few days were pretty horrible, I’ve never been one for much homesickness, but it hit me like an express train at the start. I’m not even sure what it is I’m missing, but it was sort of like a general feeling of loneliness. On the Thursday and Friday I did a little wandering around, mostly just to the grocery store to pick up food, and to the local department store for plates, etc. The apartment had absolutely nothing in it, apart from the essentials, so I’ve had to buy a kettle, pots, pans, cutlery, etc. It’s still fairly sparse, but money is a little tight and I am only here for 5 months. I’m glad I brought a few things over from Sydney to furnish, the Dia De Los Muertos flags from Holy Kitsch in Newtown are absolutely killer! Sunday I stayed in, as my knees and ankles have been absolutely killing me (combination of the cold and the cobblestones, methinks).
Uni started on Monday, with an orientation session and a bit of a tour around the campus. Almost everyone here is from places quite close to Sweden, so it’s a little tough knowing that they can all go home for the weekend, or for a few days, if they really want to… There’s a girl from South Africa, as well as one from China, so they’re in a bit of a similar position to me! There are also some exchange students from last semester that are doing a whole year, who I haven’t met yet, but i’m really hoping we get to spend some time with them soon! Apparently there are some from America as well as perhaps Canada, so it’d be nice to hang out with them. A lot of the girls (as it’s mostly girls on exchange) are sticking together with others from their country, so it feels a little strange to be forcing myself into their groups. The exchange buddies have been absolutely lovely though, and very accommodating, so it’s been wonderful to meet some of them. I hung out with Natta, one of the girls studying archaeology at the uni, yesterday, and it was so nice to have someone to sit and talk with, rather than hanging out in my room alone.
I think the worst part, for me, has been feeling quite alone in my quiet little apartment. I sort of wish I’d gone with the house with roommates and shared facilities now, but I’m sure I’d end up hating everyone eventually, and wanting my privacy back. I’ve been forcing myself to go out everyday, which is making it a little easier! The town is tiny, but there’s quite a lot to explore. The weather was sunny today, so I ran outside to enjoy it as quickly as I could. It’s back to rainy now, but the sunny hours will only increase! I’ve joined the photography club, as well as the climbing club and the student bar in an attempt to keep busy, so hopefully that helps a bit! The archaeology society will start holding more events soon, I think, I’m really looking forward to that! I think as I meet more people it will get a bit easier. Heading to the student bar on Friday, I think, which could be good!
I’m missing a lot of my friends back home. Leaving work was really tough, it’s funny thinking that today would have been my 3 1/2 year anniversary! Especially missing my desk buddy Chris, and everyone from the Deathstar. I think i’ll probably change my ticket to come back earlier, as right now I can’t think of anything worse than travelling alone, after spending so much time by myself here! This really is a quiet little island, it seems like most people just study all the time!
Anyway, I think that’s it for now! Writing this killed about half an hour, so now to find something to do for the rest of the afternoon and evening! The weather is horrible and overcast and raining, as usual, so perhaps i’ll make a bit of a dent in IQ84. Photos below!
Miss you all like mad, please keep in touch :)
Poof! Your day is now improved!
Actually the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. PANDACAT
Got these from my amazing friend Isabelle for Christmas. Cannot WAIT to try them out!
It’s from the Rimmel Kate Moss collection. It’s the most opaque and darkest I’ve ever found, definitely worth a look!
Stevie Nicks covering “Crash (Into Me)”. It’s beautiful.
I love this <3
toocooltobehipster: even if I get as many followers as that guy, I’ll never do a stupid gif like that.