Getting close to the life in Stockholm
The orientation week passed really quickly. We did sightseeing to the downtown, taking lectures about school and Swedish culture, also having parties of course. It’s been just a week but I feel like it’s been a month.
I met a Swedish guy in the welcoming party and he’s my friends’ mentor who is helping the international students in Sweden. We talked a lot on that day and he promised me to take me around the Stockholm and 2 days later, I and my friends went to the Gamlastan!
Before heading for the old town, we went to Asian buffet restaurant with another mentor, and it was great. With 99kr, I can eat many kinds of Asian foods there as lunch! I was satisfied with the restaurant especially because there’s tofu (:
After that, we walked and there were Kingsgarden, frozen river, and lots of ducks and birds on the way to go to the old town. In Korea, the shape of the buildings and the size of them are really different from Sweden and also from Europe. Skyscrapers and tons of apartments in Seoul are not beautiful at all but old buildings and old shops in Gamlastan were beautiful and impressive. If my dorm is close to that town, then I would be in one of the cafes there every day, probably.
I went to a supermarket named Lidl, and the closest one from Bjornkulla is located in Tumba. From Flemingsberg, it takes less than 20 minutes because there’s just one station, Huddinge, between flemingsberg and tumba. Close to the dorm, there’s Pulsen which is a small supermarket but I think Lidl is cheaper than Pulsen, so if it’s not urgent to buy, I will go to Lidl for grocery shopping, There was also systembolaget where people can buy alcohol. Since I don’t drink strong drinks, I just bought some beers but my friend bought several bottles of wine. It’s really strange that there’s a special store for alcohol in Sweden. Of course there’s stores just for alcohol in Seoul, too, but we can buy every alcohol including vodka and other strong drinks in the market or convenience store. But in Sweden, you can buy them only in systembolaget except some light beers!
I still feel exotic feelings here but I think it’s natural because I’m meeting new people from different parts of the world, and they definitely don’t know what Korean culture is or how the environment I’ve grown up is. However, I’m doing good right now in this country and I hope I can be closer to the others who I haven’t met yet!
(My worries about my roommates are gone away! My roommate and her friend are very nice and I love them now!)