Summer break!

Posted in: General on 9 June, 2017 by Sacha

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This post will get posted as I am hopefully finishing (or maybe already have finished) my final assignment for the course Historiographies of Intersectional Gender Studies. Once it is handed it, I will have a pretty long summer break: from 11th of June till the 21st of August. This summer will mostly consist of a lot of travelling and cool things, which I am really looking forward to! On Sunday I will be travelling to Greece for my next Erasmus+ youth exchange, this time on LGBTQI+ issues and art! As this is very much related to my master’s program, I am really looking forward to it. I hope to learn a lot and to also use my own knowledge and experience to hopefully teach others some valuable things. Aside from this exciting trip, I will also be travelling to Central Europe (Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Czech Republic) and I will visit my family in the Netherlands for a few weeks.

Throughout the summer, I am not completely sure how much I will be blogging, but I will definitely start again once the next semester starts. Enjoy your summer, and, if you will be studying in Linköping next semester: see you soon!


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Norrköping Pride

Posted in: Events on 2 June, 2017 by Sacha

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About a month ago I participated in Norrköping pride by walking in the pride parade that was organised as part of it. I participated together with Newcomers Östergötland, which is a network for LGBTQ people who are new to Sweden organised by RFSL (The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Rights). They organised weekly cafés for people to meet each other, and during the café in the week of the parade, we spend some time painting banners to use in the pride parade. Here are some pictures of the banners we made:

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Youth Exchange: 5D Future in Chania, Greece

Posted in: Travelling on 30 May, 2017 by Sacha

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I recently participated in another youth exchange, organised by System & G and part of Erasmus+. The exchange took place on Crete, Greece, in the city Chania, and was on the topic of democracy. During the exchange, young people from seven different countries met for a week to discuss this topic, as well as related concepts. In this post, I will talk a bit about the experience and share some pictures that I took. A lot of thanks to Tidsnätverket i Bergsjön for giving me this opportunity!

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Third face-to-face week: what to expect?

Posted in: Studying on 29 May, 2017 by Sacha

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When this message is posted, I just started the third face-to-face week within my master’s programme. I wrote about the previous face-to-face weeks here and here. These weeks are pretty important components of the programme, as these are the only weeks that (most) students are at the campus. During the week, we usually have a mix of lectures, seminars, and so-called co-tutor groups, where we meet in smaller student groups to discuss the literature and lectures.


Like I did for last face-to-face week, I figured it would be nice to give an idea of what you can expect from such a week. Here is the schedule for the week:





This week is not as heavy on lectures as the previous weeks have been. Instead, there is a lot of time for so-called Think Tank sessions. I am myself not completely sure yet what this will entail, but it has to do with discussing our final assignments for the course.

As always, the schedule is quite full, and usually some evenings are also taken up by going out for drinks or dinner. We all see each other so little, so when we are all gathered in Linköping it is nice to spend some time together outside of university!

I’m sure it’ll be quite a busy week, but I am looking forward to it nonetheless. And once we are done, there is only one week left until summer break!


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A day in Helsinki/Helsingfors

Posted in: Fun things!, Travelling on 22 May, 2017 by Sacha

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As mentioned in a previous post, a while ago I joined ESN on a trip to Saint Petersburg. Because we could only stay in Russia for 72 hours or less, the trip was extended by also spending a day in Helsinki and Tallinn: Helsinki on the way to Saint Petersburg, and Tallinn on the way back. In this post, I will tell you a bit about the time I spend in Helsinki, as it is pretty easy to visit this city when you are living in Sweden! (Also, when you are talking about Helsinki to Swedes, they might not understand what you are talking about unless you use the Swedish name for Helsinki: Helsingfors, which was the original name of the city when it was under Swedish rule)

We took a ferry to Helsinki overnight and hence arrived in the morning. Because we were taking another ferry to Saint Petersburg, we first had to drop off our luggage at a hostel. After this, our trip leader gave us a city tour around the main sights of Helsinki.


Just a random building that I thought looked fun..



Walking, walking…


After a bit of walking we arrived at our first sightseeing stop: Uspenski Cathedral, which is the largest Orthodox church in Western Europe. We were quite lucky that the weather was nice. I really like the background in these pictures!





As we were standing at the Uspenski Cathedral, we could already see our next goal: Helsinki Cathedral (the white building).



After a bit of walking we got to Helsinki Cathedral. This church was actually modelled after a church in Saint Petersburg, the Saint Isaac’s Cathedral. It was quite interesting to see the connections between the different cities. In front of this cathedral, there is a statue of Alexander II, who was the Emperor of Russia from 1855 to 1881.



Statue of an unknown (to me) guy… I just liked the bird on his head 😉


We saw a few more places in Helsinki, like the market square. We also went to the Chapel of Silence. I did not take any pictures of it, but it is a small building which is meant for reflection or simply having a quiet moment. I quite liked the idea of this in the middle of a busy city!

After our visit to the Chapel of Silence, the tour was over, and we had a few hours to spend however we wanted. As we needed some lunch, part of this time was spent trying to find a supermarket, but luckily, we had some time left to visit Temppeliaukio Church, also known as the Rock Church. Why? Because this church is built directly into rock. It was very interesting, I have never seen a church like this before!

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By then, we were mostly out of time and had to wake our way back to the ferry terminal. But first, I found this reindeer (?) to take a picture with. I would say that I prefer to pose with fake animals though, rather than dead ones, as it felt a little creepy.



Once we got back to the ferry terminal we had to wait… and wait… and wait. We were checked in and then finally, we could board the ferry for the next city and country: Saint Petersburg, Russia!




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Sacha Bogaers

Sacha Bogaers
Hello everybody!
My name is Sacha, I am from the Netherlands and I recently came to Linköping to study gender studies.
I am looking forward to sharing my experiences in Linköping and Sweden. I hope that living here will give me the opportunity to see more of this beautiful country!

MSSc Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change

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