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Our self-isolation binge favorites from Yulia and Elif

As the pandemic is still around us and most students in Stockholm are still studying from home a lot of our times are spent listening to podcasts, watching tv and reading books. We asked international students Yulia and Elif which their favorites are.

Series:

Yulia: The Handmaid’s Tale might be a dark one, but it is an impressive story to tell. For a fan of a good dystopia, this is a true gem. The entire first season made me wonder: how is it possible that this reflects our society so very well, and what can potentially happen to us if we continue acting the same way.

The Handmaid’s Tale might be a dark one, but it is an impressive story to tell.

Elif: Very different tone of series but TIGER KING. It kept me entertained start to finish and I’ve watched it twice now. Although it’s mostly about the weird and selfish actions of big cat owners in the US, it’s a real advocation for the ending of exotic animal captivity in the US.

Apps:

Yulia: both Breethe and Calm work wonders for me. They help to release the stress or anxiety, guide through meditation and tell wonderful bedtime stories!

YouTube:

Yulia: @kremlinballet have videos from Don Quixote, Nutcracker and other classics. In these hard times, getting closely to culture and listening to the classical music can be opted for as an ultimate relaxation experience

Elif: Yoga with Adrienne is my current daily YouTube crave. I do her 30 day ‘home’ yoga and it has been a fantastic way to reintroduce structure into my life. I would definitely try this out if you’re craving a stretch, some deep breathing and a sore core!

Books:

Yulia: Flowers for Algernon – a wonderful story about humanity, love, friendship – relationships in general. It shows how personality is affected by the level of intellect, and how the relationship suddenly seem different. It’s been several times I’ve read this one and always find something new in it.

a wonderful story about humanity, love, friendship

Elif: Killing Commendatore is an excellent long read by the legend Murakami to get us all through. It took me 3 months to read but takes you into a magical and spooky world while staying firmly in a reality we can all relate to. The slow and peaceful pace of his books make me feel like they’ll never end which is welcome in a time like this!

takes you into a magical and spooky world while staying firmly in a reality we can all relate to

Podcast:

Elif: “How to ignore the haters and learn to love yourself with Jameela Jamil” on Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness is a podcast episode I would recommend. Listen to this episode for a feel good moment and a lesson in self-love.