So let’s get to it!
Use of week numbers to talk about time
It’s very common here to use week numbers to describe a time period. For instance, “this class starts on week 16 and ends on week 21”. I still find it a bit odd as most of the time I am not actually sure what week we are on. Plus, neither my phone nor computer calendar tell me this information. Nonetheless, I am getting slowly used to it!
(So, if you are thinking of buying a physical calendar, I’d recommend one that indicates week numbers.)
If the sun is out and shining, you should be out as well!
In a weird way, I guess I could say that I am a bit thankful for the winter darkness. This meant that I have now gained a new sense of appreciation for sunlight. Being from South America, I have taken it for granted for many years. But now that I am in Sweden, every time the sun is shining outside, I see many people go outside and take the sunlight in, so I feel like I should too. It is actually really nice!I
So, in spring, if you go to any park on a sunny day, you will see many people be outside to get those rays of sunshine 😀
Bagging your own groceries
(This might be common in many countries, so it might not be specific to Sweden.) However, I did get a bit surprised when I had to bag my groceries and be fast enough to not make the line behind me slow down. This can be kind of nerve-wracking if you bought a lot of stuff!
But after ~ 8 months here, I think I have gotten okay at this! I plan my trips to the grocery store so I do not buy too much food at once. I pack heavy things and boxes first. Besides, if I buy from a grocery store near my place, I can just carry fragile food (like eggs) on my hand and not worry about them breaking.
Hi everybody! My name is Alessandra, but I usually go by my nickname, Kyomi. My role in the digital ambassador team is being the new Biomedicine (MSc) blogger. I was born and raised in Peru, but I moved to the United States for my undergraduate studies. After graduation, I worked for 2 years in a neuroscience lab. Now, I have moved to Sweden to be a student at Karolinska Institutet!