Summer Plans

Posted in: Mixed, Recreation on 9 June, 2017 by Amelia

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Time to take another break from blogging for the summer, but hopefully I’ll have a lot of news to report later in the year, as I’ve got a lot of goals to tick off the to-do list:

  • Find accommodation for my Gender Studies internship.
  • Travel to the Åland Islands with my husband.
  • Visit and catch-up with a friend in Germany.
  • Complete and submit the first of my theses.
  • Spend three weeks at a former concentration camp museum leading seminars and volunteer sessions.
  • Go swimming in the lakes around Linköping.
  • Attend a celebration for student union volunteers.
  • Sit in a cage at an animal rights demo.
  • Get fitter!
  • Design a tattoo.
  • And of course, work….but also hopefully… read a few fiction books, relax, and enjoy a few cold beers 😀

Have a great summer, and if you are moving to Linköping or Norrköping ready for the Autumn semester, good luck and have fun!


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Botanical Garden

Posted in: Nature, Recreation on 5 June, 2017 by Amelia

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Yes, I know it is a cliché to talk about the weather, but having walked through deep snow only six weeks ago, the summery feeling in Linköping seems especially beautiful. Whilst I do like the winter, I cannot deny that I’m concentrating much better with sunlight, and the sight and smells of the flowers and forests really are something special. Last year I kept planning to walk around the botanical gardens on days which turned out to be rainy, but today the weather worked out in my favour, and I enjoyed taking some photographs:

DSC_0111 Trees Stairs Sign Purple Pomd Plants Pink Path Green DSC_0109 Flower Bridge Colours Castle DSC_0120


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Reflections on my LiU programmes so far

Posted in: Reflections, Studies on 1 June, 2017 by Amelia

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Now that I have almost completed the taught sections of both the Applied Ethics and Gender Studies Master programmes, (though I am still by no means in the final stages!), I feel like it’s time to reflect on some of my most and least favourite aspects of the courses. Let’s make it three of each, to keep things simple.

Applied Ethics

I have loved getting to choose most of my own assignment topics – writing about the ethics of domesticated animal adoption has to have been the overall highlight (so far!)

I have enjoyed conversations with my co-students on everything from whether trees are conscious to how human population levels could be controlled without infringing on rights.

I had much fun getting to play an Iraqi politician, in a skit to highlight the problems of the International Monetary Fund.

I didn’t like the fact that one member of the teaching staff, who I shall not name here, made promises with regard to student support that were not kept.

I was a bit disappointed that we did not take some controversial topics further into deeper discussion in the seminars.

I was frustrated that a lot of administrative information was distributed very late.

Gender Studies

I appreciated being allowed to experiment with creative writing styles within academic texts, and especially to be able to use a short story to set the scene.

I found it refreshing that nothing was too controversial about which to write; boundary-pushing was encouraged.

I was pleasantly surprised that the staff were interested in our careers, offering a whole course on how we might use the degree in the future.

I lost a lot of time to technical issues, either mine, a co-student’s or a teacher’s, with regards to the distance-learning seminars.

I felt a bit embarrassed to admit that I could not grasp some of the more abstract theories, as it seemed taken for granted that they would be easily understood.

I found some of the assignment briefs a bit vague.

So, good points and bad points, but all programmes at all universities have good and bad points. Personally, I have enjoyed the Gender Studies programme more so far, but everyone is different, and others will enjoy Applied Ethics more. Hopefully, I’ll have good news to report from both as my theses and internship continue…wish me luck!


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Posted in: Recreation on 29 May, 2017 by Amelia

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I’ve blogged before about the wonderful indoor swimming pool in Linköping, and last year I panicked when I saw the sign announcing that it closes between June and August! Do not despair though, because Tinnerbäcksbadet wll be open instead, and all Medley membership cards are valid there too. The complex has a 50m pool, which is so warm that I barely notice I’m outside, plus a lake with a slide, floating adventure playground, and pedalos, and a sauna and a café to finish off the experience. I even went a couple of times in the rain last year, which might sound crazy, but is actually a very nice feeling in the warm pool.

Anyway, rain or shine, it will open next week, and you can find the opening hours and prices here. Happy swimming 🙂


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Bargain Hunting

Posted in: Mixed on 25 May, 2017 by Amelia

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When trying to keep costs down, the Red Cross shops and LiU noticeboard are great for clothes and furniture, but they can’t help bring down the high costs of food in Sweden!

Luckily though, aside from preparing meals at home rather than dining out and growing your own veg if you are lucky enough to have a garden or allotment, there are a few tricks to keep the shopping bills down:

  • Buy in bulk – unless you’re about to move house, it works out a lot cheaper to buy a kilo of spaghetti/potatoes/flour rather than 2x500g.
  • Choose budget brands – ICA or Coop own-brand beans are just as good as Heinz products.
  • Get a bonus card – most supermarkets in Linköping offer loyalty cards to customers without Swedish ID numbers, but this does mean that your purchases will be tracked, so privacy concerns might outweigh the benefits.
  • Look for special offers around the store – discount coupons (which also require a signature, but no other identifying information) appear between the aisles, as do free items that are tied to certain purchases. I have gotten a travel mug, ice bucket, and several beer glasses recently, all free of charge alongside things I was already planning to buy. (Well, ok, one of those was premium biscuits, but a treat every so often is allowed, no?)



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Amelia Gackowska

Amelia Gackowska
Hej, my name is Amelia and I recently moved to Linköping to study the Master programme in Applied Ethics, as I thought it was about time to study the theories behind my activism!

When I am not studying you can find me teaching ballroom dancing, learning Swedish, up-cycling whatever I can find, or getting carried away debating politics into the early hours.

MA in Applied Ethics

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