Homeward Bound :)

Posted in: Mixed on 26 April, 2017 by Amelia

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After a busy few weeks I’m finally packing to come back to Linköping, and I’m very much looking forward to it, although leaving my husband after just having had only three days together won’t be easy! In the last month I have worked in two different parts of Germany, taken a language exam, done quite a lot of overtime, visited an organisation I’ll intern at, decided which city I’ll move to after Linköping and researched accommodation (though actually now I’d like to stay in Sweden…), and volunteered to sit in a cage for 12 hours as part of an animal rights demo! With all that though, I did not get much done on my thesis, and am now looking at submitting in August, rather than in May. That does not really matter though, as there is no penalty for postponement, and I’d rather take my time doing a (hopefully!) good job than rushing, as I did with my last thesis. So, whilst I’ll still be working, I’ll be coming back to Linköping to work more intensively on the thesis from now until the summer, and am looking forward to a few weeks with fewer distractions, both local and visiting friends who actually respect study (long story…), a flat with no interruptions and a working toilet, (even longer story…), a well equipped library, an abundance of vegan food, and peaceful and inspiring countryside. In other words, ‘Yay, home!’ 😀


 

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Visits

Posted in: Recreation on 23 April, 2017 by Amelia

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So, I’m lucky enough to have two visitors coming to see me when I get back to Linköping, and I’m trying to put a plan together of what to show and do. It is quite hard to decide! If the weather is good, I’d like to go swimming in one of the nearby lakes, and to the Göta Canal and its locks. Mini golf would be good too and if the weather is bad, I’m sure we’ll go to the indoor pool, as well as for a coffee on campus and a drink with my local friends. Perhaps we’ll even go to Stockholm and sail around the archipelago, or go and visit a friend down on the South coast. So little time, so many ideas, but even just to sit, chat and catch up will be great; three weeks to go 🙂


 

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No Wifi?

Posted in: Studies, Travel on 19 April, 2017 by Amelia

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So, I arrived yesterday to start work at the annual youth camp I previously mentioned, and it started very well! One thing that is not so great though is that as with last year, the wifi in the accommodation is dreadful, so aside from the time we spend in the seminar rooms, like now, it’s difficult to carry out my other job and my thesis. It’s strange to think that 5-7 years ago, wifi was a luxury, and it was not assumed even that everybody would have a wifi-enabled computer, and now I’m thought of as strange because I do not want to get a tablet or smartphone, whilst universities integrate online technology into compulsory aspects of many programmes. Luckily, I do not have any web-based assignments, or those which can only be submitted online, due in the next week, so I was able to download pdf files and other relevant information from the library to read during the bus journeys. For other students though, a week without the Internet can be quite detrimental to studies, so I’d recommend finding out any travel dates as far in advance as possible, swapping seminar groups to avoid clashes and/or missing sessions, and asking about compensatory assignments just in case, looking up coffee shops and libraries with wifi near to the destination, and putting as many materials as possible onto an e-reader or laptop. A whole semester offline won’t be possible, but a week is certainly do-able!


 

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In Memory

Posted in: Activism on 15 April, 2017 by Amelia

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Last year, a police conspiracy that covered up almost one hundred needless, unlawful deaths was finally acknowledged by a court in Britain. Whilst I personally do not feel that those responsible have truly been held accountable, the truth is now known, and the friends of the victims are no longer blamed. The anthem of the football team, Liverpool FC, that they went to support when the police let them down, this is dedicated to the 96 who lost their lives at or as a result of the Hillsborough Disaster, 28 years ago today:


 

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Bedtime!

Posted in: Reflections on 14 April, 2017 by Amelia

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It is only 19h and yet I’m about to get into bed with a glass of wine and watch the second Hobbit film, because I’ve got some sort of flu – probably as a result of staying in a building with no sunlight, fresh air or flushable toilet for a couple of weeks 🙁 I haven’t been unwell for ages and it’s very frustrating, because I have so much to do, but I need to be fit to go to Germany on Tuesday, so I’m going to relax for once. I’ve seen the first and third installations of The Hobbit, but not the second, so it’s time to fill in the gap and imagine that my husband has hair and a beard like Thorin! Well, either that or I’ll be laughing at the similarities to Super Mario game action; the book is much better, but laughter would be good right now 😀


 

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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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