Swedish Life – Easter Break!

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Easter eggs. Copyright: Unsplash/Annie Spratt

Class has been more or less over for a week now: it’s Easter Break. Indeed, most of LiU programs offer a break between Easter and Valborg – a traditional celebration I will write about next week! It’s sunny and everyone is either traveling, getting visits from their family and friends, or chilling in the sun. Weather has been really nice and here everyone is wearing summer clothes already!

Swedes usually spend Easter with their family. Here, the whole week-end is not worked: from Friday to Monday, it is dedicated to family celebrations. Honestly, I only have been studying and working on my thesis last week-end — the deadline is closer than ever!

Now I am looking forward to celebrate Valborg next week: a traditional Swedish event to celebrate spring!


Studies – Thesis time!

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That’s basically how my desk looks like (messier). Copyright: Unsplash/Sharon McCutcheon

These last days have been really really busy. I am writing my thesis — a 30 pages/12.000 words paper to pass my first year of master! I am writing about the representation of Black masculinity in the TV series New Girl. Finding the precise and detailed topic as well as my research question took me a long time, but now I think I am on the right track — I am meeting my supervisor next Thursday to talk about it. Meanwhile, I can just tell you how the whole thing is organized.

Two years/two thesis

My master is kind of special. Indeed, it’s not only one but two thesis that we have to submit at the end of each year. The first one must be not as deeply researched as the second one. However, it is still a lot of pressure and… not a lot of time to write.


Basically, we have two to three months to write our thesis — if we want to defend it in June, it’s longer otherwise. The first deadline was 1st March: by then, we needed to have a pitch to submit. Not a fully detailed topic and research question, but only a short text stating what we wanted to talk about. Then, on 7th April, we needed to submit a detailed research plan and (theoretically) we are expected to have written 80% of our thesis at the end of the month.


After submitting our pitch, our course coordinator matched us with our supervisors according to the topics we wanted to study. I set the first meeting with mine on 27th March. I had no idea how to tackle my topic which was by then only defined by “masculinity in TV series”. At the end of the meeting I realized I would have to read A LOT. So I did and the next one, set on 9th April, I was (late and) able to submit my research plan. I have been working on my thesis ever since, and my next appointment with my supervisor is… next Thursday!


Stockholm again: what new things did I experienced?

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ABBA The Museum and Pop house Hotel at Djurgårdsvägen in Stockholm. Credits: Wikimedia Commons/Leif Jørgensen

Last week-end, I was in Stockholm. After going there to see Michelle Obama live, I decided to stay a bit more. I was skeptical about what new things I could do there, after having visited the city a dozen of time. But, the experience was refreshing and (almost) totally new!

Hornstull flea market and second-hand shops

On Saturday and Sunday until September, a flea market takes place along Hornstull strand, a beach on the south-west side of Södermalm, the South island of Stockholm. It was pretty small but good vintage clothes were for sales! From there it is then possible to go all the way up to the North of the island while passing other numerous second-hand shops such as Emmaüs, the Red Cross and Myrorna – a shop I already talked about here.

Stockholm’s library

I had heard about Stockholm’s library and its round main hall. Visiting it was very interesting and I just wandered around the shelves checking out books dealing with topics as diverse as chemistry, travel or French literature. In my opinion, it’s a nice spot to visit in Stockholm to be in a calm atmosphere for a while.

ABBA Museum

First impression: the ABBA Museum is expensive. My ticket as a student cost 175kr (around 18 euros). This is a lot of money, but I really wanted to go. The museum in itself is interesting and I learned a lot about ABBA’s band history. The exhibitions display a lot of objects belonging to the band and music follows you everywhere, creating an immersive experience. And… I loved the souvenir shop!



Stockholm – Michelle Obama in Ericsson Globe

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Michelle Obama at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on 10th April.

Yesterday night I got to enjoy an evening with… Michelle Obama. I got my tickets last October and after reading her book, Becoming, I was really excited to see her on stage. Her talk was very inspiring, she talked about different issues such as parenting, growing up a Black girl, building a career of her own… The atmosphere was very intimate even though we were 15.000 people to watch her!

Ericsson Globe

The event took place in the Ericsson Globe, which is the main venue in Stockholm for concerts and other similar cultural events. The Ericsson Globe is located in the South-East Stockholm.

To go there I had to take the subway until the Globen station (green line). Stockholm’s subway network can be hard to get at first, but now I am used to it. The tickets are very expensive though — for a student one 1.15 hour ticket costs 31kr (around 3 euros)! You can either pay for an Access transport card and charge it regularly or use the SL phone application to buy tickets.


Map of Stockholm’s metro. Wikicommons/xyboi, redraw by Stonyyy



Going to France; flying from and to Linköping

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Copyright: Unsplash/Ross Parmly

Last week I flew to France for two days to surprise my Mom for her birthday. It was a quick trip from Wednesday morning to Friday morning but it was (1) cheap and (2) worth it. It was my third trip to France since I moved to Linköping last September. Each time I flew from Skavsta Airport, but it is also possible to travel from Linköping City Airport and Arlanda Airport.

Skavsta Airport

It’s the one I use. You can access it by booking tickets with Flygbussarna buses. One return ticket costs 269kr (around 26-27 euros). You can take the bus from Linköping central station, and the trip lasts about 1.30 hour!

From Skavsta only RyanAir flights are available… but they are cheap. For instance, I only paid 40 euros for a return tickets for Paris – you have however to ass the prices of the bus, 27 euros in Sweden and 30 euros in France from Beauvais airport.

Linköping City Airport & Arlanda

I have never travelled from Linköping’s airport. But I know it only offers a few flights, most of them to Amsterdam.

Arlanda Airport is located less than an hour away from Stockholm by train and it is the biggest airport in the country. When I lived in Uppsala, I used to fly from this airport because it is very close. You can also access it by train or bus. However, it is so far away from Linköping (almost three hours)!