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Traveling: Malmö & Copenhagen – By: Aslı

Hej hej, it’s me again! Since my first blog entry was about my trip to Norway during my Erasmus exchange studies, you could guess which topic I’m going to talk about today…
Traveling!

This time it’s not too far away and partially in Sweden. For those of you who are here for a limited time only and want to see and experience as much as they can, this mini guide will hopefully be a nice contribution to your bucket list. We all know that studying abroad can be expensive and yet most of us want to have the full study abroad experience, so it is wise to set aside a little bit of money in order to get on the road aaaand travel!

Have you ever been to Malmö? It’s a popular destination so I wanted to see it first-hand. So, I went on the Internet and did my research on how to get there and, most importantly, the expenses linked to my trip.

If you are staying in Uppsala, you have two options: you either go by plane or you take the train or bus to Malmö.

There are some cheap flight tickets by RyanAir from Arlanda to Malmö airport for roughly 40 € for a roundtrip; however, do keep in mind that you need to get to Arlanda and back and from Malmö airport to Malmö city and back. RyanAir mostly departs to Malmö in the early morning hours, so busses like those from FlixBus or FlixTrain are most likely not your option, as the cheap ones depart from 11 am onwards. So, if you decide on going by plane, you will most likely need to go there by UL/SJ train or UL bus (keep in mind that you need to pay an extra fee to enter Arlanda Airport).


Your second option includes a train ride or bus ride from Uppsala to Malmö. Both will stop in Stockholm, so maybe you can have a small breakfast (depending on the time of the day of course). I decided on FlixBus as it was the cheapest and most comfortable way. 

I only had to go to Uppsala Central and then had a 1,5-hour layover in Stockholm, during which I treated myself to a nice brunch. After that, I hopped on the bus again and arrived in Malmö central station. The downside of taking the bus is the long hours. It took me roughly 12 hours, including the layover in Stockholm, to get from one central station to another. However, if you like to get mesmerized by the beautiful sceneries of Sweden, this shouldn’t be
too much of a problem for you. The round trip cost me 69€. 

However, the issue is not the transportation, it is the accommodation. Hotels can be very expensive in Malmö, and I wanted to have a decent place to stay. It was important for me to have a separate bathroom and a room to myself. If there was breakfast included, that would be a bonus, but not a must. So, after a long search on different websites, I decided on First Hotel Jörgen Kock. It was near the central station and cost 140 € for three nights.

Having the opportunity to see Copenhagen, I added a day trip, which cost me around 16 € to Copenhagen central station and back to Malmö central station (I used FlixBus again). 

I have never talked about this during my takeovers, but me and my partner do collaborations with photographers. We did some collaborations with Swedish photographers already, and we wanted to expand our portfolio a bit, so we did a collaboration with a photographer in Copenhagen. It was so much fun and super nice to get insights from a local!

Now to the fun part! What can one expect of Malmö and Copenhagen?
A lot of seagulls, delicious pastries, and the big city experience! 

If you plan to go to Copenhagen, I totally recommend going to Strøget, which is the main shopping street and has a lot of attractions. Watch out for seagulls when you’re eating, as they will try to steal your food! And of course, Nyhavn, which is the most touristy thing one can think of, but it’s so colorful and lively to be there and to take in all those impressions. 

Malmö is Sweden’s third-biggest city, so it’s different from Uppsala. You must visit Ribersborgs Kallbadhus, which has a beautiful café and an amazing view! You can also go swimming there or treat yourself to a massage – just check out their homepage. Öppen Famn is a big and cheap second-hand shop that you must see if you’re into second-hand shopping. If you’re looking for a good vegan and gluten-free fika, you must go to Bageri Leve! I mean, just look at this tasty passionfruit white chocolate cake…

If you’ve read this far, you’re more than welcome to watch the Reel I made during my stay, so you can see more of my trip. Do you feel inspired to go to Malmö or Copenhagen?

/Aslı

Exploring Visby as an Uppsala Student – By Samantha

Hej Hej! I’m Sam and I am an Uppsala student who got the awesome chance to travel to Visby in Gotland. Gotland is a beautiful island on the south of Sweden. The island has a city named Visby and that’s where Uppsala University has a campus! For my programme, they sent students of my programme to Gotland to follow lectures and seminars, but also to explore the city. It was an amazing experience and very different to Uppsala. From the gorgeous shores to the saffron flavoured desserts, let’s talk about Gotland.

So, to get to Visby it took us around six hours. I had to take a bus, two trains and the ferry. The ferry was actually very big and even had its own restaurant. The views from the ferry were also stunning, especially when arriving to Gotland!

After arriving in Visby, I dropped my stuff off at the hostel and walked a bit around the city. The first thing I noticed was the amount of sheep around the city. It’s so cute and honestly a bit fun to count how many sheep you can find throughout the city, from statues, to souvenirs, they were everywhere.

Aside from the cute sheeps another thing I noticed about Visby is that it is very hilly. My hostel was at the bottom of a hill and the city centre was at the top. Sometimes it seemed like I was climbing a mountain to get into the city, nevertheless it was worth it! The city is gorgeous and so historical. There were ruins all over the city and the architecture truly combines modern buildings with historical touches and vice versa. Sometimes it felt like walking through old viking cities. Especially when walking next to the city walls. It transports you to a whole other world back in time!

The campus was also modern with historical touches inside and out. Sadly, I forgot to take pictures of the campus to show you all but trust me when I tell you the campus is really cool and has much to offer. The campus is also very close to the seaside. You can even see the shores from the library. But the days are getting longer, so I couldn’t see the sun set from the library while I was there. But Visby has many hiking trails which offer amazing views, especially of the sea. The view from the top of the city on to the shores were to die for! The ocean breeze brushing against your skin with the beautiful silhouette of the sun setting onto the open shore. These sunsets catch you in moments you do not expect them and makes Gotland truly magical.

The food at the campus was also great! The cafeteria offers meat, fish and vegan options, and a salad bar with different spices and sauces to add to your plate. The price for the food also includes coffee and tea. So, after a nice lunch at the cafeteria you’d be entirely full and satisfied. The cafeteria also had two floors where you could sit and enjoy your food. So, you’d always have somewhere to eat on the campus. The cafeteria also offers smaller cakes, sandwiches and cookies if you aren’t looking for a big lunch. Even ice cream! The cafeteria in Gotland really is awesome and has something for everyone.

AND did you know? Visby has an ice cream shop that claims to have the most ice cream flavours in Europe. They have about 300 flavours! The ice cream shop is on the way to the campus, so you can get ice cream before class, or walk to the shop after class or during the break on a hot sunny day to get some delicious ice cream. Gotland also have their own Visby beer; I tried one in a pub, and it was tasty and fresh. They also have their own berries, called Salmbär, that they use to make jam, ice cream and much more! And, if you’re ever in the mood for saffron, Gotland is obsessed with saffron. They put in pancakes, sauces and even in ice cream!

All in all, Gotland is a historical place, with lots to do, lots to see and definitely lots to eat and drink. Visby is vibrant, warm, and beautiful. From gorgeous ruins and sunset views to delicious beer, pancakes, and ice cream the island is worth a visit. And if you’re ever in the mood for more, there are many more cities in Gotland besides Visby. While I haven’t been there yet myself, I have heard they also have much to offer and will definitely be going back to Gotland soon and explore more of this gorgeous island.

/Sam

Valborg in Uppsala – By: Mansi

After a long,dark winter the people of Uppsala will welcome the much awaited spring on the 30th April by celebrating Valborg. What makes this year’s Valborg stand out is that it is being celebrated after being canceled for the past two years! Which means more enthusiasm from the students to finally be able to experience the spring festival.

If this is your first Valborg in Uppsala, here is a summary of the main events happening in Uppsala during Valborg-

Nations

Credits: uppsalainternationalstudents.se

If you witnessed the extremely long queues near the student nations the past weeks in Uppsala, the students were queuing up for tickets for none other than Valborg! The student nations usually host the majority of events for the festival from champagne breakfasts to pubs in the evening.

But even if you could not get the tickets for the nations, you can still enjoy Valborg! Keep reading to know more…

The Raft Race

What started as a friendly bet in 1975 has now become a tradition in Uppsala to highlight Valborg.On the morning of the 30/4 the much awaited raft race will be hosted by UTN at the Fyris river and you as an onlooker can enjoy it too.

Champagne breakfast and herring lunch

You along with your friends can celebrate Valborg the traditional way by enjoying a nice champagne breakfast and/or a herring lunch outdoors while taking in the warmth of the sun.The crowd usually gathers at Ekonomikum park so be sure to arrive early and reserve a spot. You could also head to the Uppsala Concert House to enjoy a nice herring lunch.

Donning of the caps

Another tradition to welcome spring is when the vice chancellor of Uppsala University waves her hat from the balcony of Carolina Rediviva and the students gathered around wave their student hats back.Sounds like something you would enjoy? Then be there on the 30/4 at the Carolina Hill at 15:00 sharp to celebrate the festival with the enthusiastic crowd!

Spring song

A tradition that dates back to the 19th century is a mesmerizing song performance by the orchestra, Orphei Drängar at the steps of Carolina Rediviva(sometime after the donning of the caps) to welcome the arrival of spring.

Bonfire

Credits: Aline Lessner/imagebank.sweden.se

A large bonfire or majbrasa is lit at the Royal mounds of Gamla Uppsala on the night of Valborg (around 9 pm) as a way to ward off predators threatening pasturing animals and welcoming the arrival of spring by gathering around the fire and singing into the night.

It can be overwhelming to keep track of all the events happening during Valborg, so here is a link that contains most of the information you need on the day of Valborg: https://valborgiuppsala.se/en/

Hope you enjoy celebrating Valborg in Uppsala!

/Mansi

Valborg in Visby – By: Patricia

Something wonderful about the Swedes is that they don’t burn their bridges. Valborg, a tradition historically associated with warding off evil spirits through the act of lighting massive bonfires and singing with intentions to scare off witches, transformed with the times to keep up with the pace of a less religious country that’s now too occupied to make time for witch hunts. I am, of course, just kidding to lighten the mood through my history lesson, Sweden is a very welcoming country even for witches today. A functional adoption of lighting bonfires through the course of our sheep-island, Gotland’s, history became the use of bonfires as means to protect livestock – Valborg traditionally became the day when farm animals were let out of the barns for the first time, and farmers would gather their sheep around the fire to scare away predators, all the while praying for a fruitful harvest season. Nowadays, Valborg is celebrated for yet another reason.

This time last year, I was a burnt-out Zoomling sitting in my Visby apartment with no hope on the horizon to experience a true Valborg gathering which everyone else has fired my imagination with, but now, I am burning with curiosity to see what this tradition is all about. The modernised function of this tradition is to welcome spring, to manifest the change in seasons, which is much needed after the lengthy winter we have been stuck with here on Gotland. If by dancing around bonfires I can let the intrusive April snow clouds know they have outstayed their welcome, buckle up beause I have energy to burn!

Fiery jokes aside, allow me to spark your curiosity about Valborg celebrations on Gotland. Rather than a closed, family celebration, Valborg is a public event, often organised in neighborhoods by the local community, and there are numerous celebration spots to be all fired up and ready to welcome attendees on the evening of April 30th. HelaGotland’s calendar lists several bonfire gatherings to take place across Gotland, where the general celebration events include music, song-singing, spring-welcoming, Swedish fika and hot dogs, choir performances, as well as well-planned times for the lighting of the bonfires. These true-to-tradition celebrations have a cozy atmosphere as the small communities gather and spend time by the fire from dusk till the cold grips of the evening. The afternoon sun is bound to keep everybody warm, but after sunset, gatherers seek warmth around the orange flames of the scorching fire.

If you don’t feel fired up by the idea of spending time outdoors after sunset, here’s a hot tip: our student union Rindi has other events to offer between April 28th to May 1st to cater to your liking. From Hästarnas dal to Strandgärdet and Almedalen, their gatherings take place both during the day and in the late afternoon to evenings, and you can join them for all sorts of games, sports activities ranging from football to baseball, a quiz walk, a big picnic in Almedalen park, as well as an ovve ceremony! This will be a fantastic opportunity to unite as students and spend some quality days together. Don’t forget to wear your ovve!

I hope I managed to spark your interest in spending Valborg on Gotland and get aquainted with this beloved Swedish tradition. Personally, I will spend the rest of my working week burning the midnight oil to wrap everything up and have the free time to enjoy the planned events. Thank you for reading my article that I filled with as many fire-expressions as I could for your enjoyment – Have a safe and pleasant Valborg celebration!

/Patricia

A cup of tea and Inclusion – By: Tanzila Khan

Its 4 am and world outside this window is as white as snow. Pun Intended. I sit down with my tea and with every sip I recall a story that I would like to share with you all.  A couple of years ago I was part of a leadership exchange from Pakistan to USA. I was so excited to learn from it, meet so many young people from around the world and participate in activities. But above all I was excited to use accessible bathrooms, ramps and lifts to my heart´s content. I reached USA and quickly made friends with all the participants. Then one day the organizers arranged a trip to another event and a bus was booked for us. I was super excited to see a bus that had a lift in place and I could easily get in a special designated seat which was at the back of the bus. Once the bus started, everyone was settled and I realised there were a couple of seats between me and the other participants who mostly occupied the front rows. Just in a few moments into the journey, the music started and then there was dance followed by singing. Though I was in the bus and with them but yet not ´with them´. I saw from a distance all the fun and waited for them to move back a little so I can also participate. When that seemed impossible, I could not make my voice reach them and none of them looked back, I sat there just fidgeting with my phone and looking outside the window, a tear escaped my eye.

Once we reached our destination, we got off. Everything was normal. But my mind kept trying to reflect over the situation. I asked for an accessible bus and my wish was granted then why did I feel not included? That’s when I realised the infrastructure did not fail me, the community did.

Fast forward today, I am in Uppsala pursuing a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship aiming to find sustainable solutions for people with disabilities. I am also aiming for a student life experience that I could not have back in Pakistan because the infrastructure did not support it. But I wanted that to change forever. As I enjoy some parts of accessibility, I wrote to all the student Nations to ask about their understanding of accessibility and inclusion. Seven out of thirteen Nations replied me explaining why their buildings are not fully accessible. I wrote back cheerfully proposing a workshop or a meeting under the theme of ´Inclusive Lens´ to build a community that would support people with disabilities regardless of the infrastructure. Sadly none of the curators got back to me after the proposal and now I sit here sipping my Pakistani milk tea wondering how insignificant infrastructure is as compared to the power of people is. If only we as people could build our foundations on empathy through our actions and not let policies, systems and conventions take control.

As my tea reaches the bottom of my mug so does my article with a challenge or a proposal for you all to build an inclusive lens through your leadership and actions and  also call me if you want to have fantastic tea and hear stories of inclusion.

Worried about your initial expenses in Sweden? A few ideas to raise some extra income! – By: Rebeca

It was 2017 when I first set foot on Swedish soil.

I walked through the streets of Malmö with the help of the wind that pushed me. Sitting in a cafe, I watched students riding their bicycles. I thought: “I want to be one of them.” And at that moment, I chose Sweden as the destination for my future studies.

Upon returning to Brazil, I readjusted my plans towards one goal: save every penny to afford part of my studies in Sweden (I am also an EU citizen). I did this for 3 years, and 2020 was dedicated to making the best applications to pass at a Swedish University.

The result?

My acceptance at Uppsala University! S-O H-A-P-P-Y!

In April 2021, I WAS ACCEPTED TO STUDY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF MY DREAMS – Uppsala Univesity!

HOWEVER, it’s not all roses… even though I saved money in recent years, I would still need more to go to Sweden. So two alternatives came to my mind:

  • Give up studying in the incredible strawberries land… or
  • Find new ways to raise extra money.

As I tend not to choose the easiest option, I opted for the second alternative (spoiler: it worked!) and found three ways to alleviate my initial expenses!

With these 3 ideas, in addition to my full-time job, I managed to raise more than my goal, so moving to Sweden was smooth, and I could calmly afford the initial costs. When your goal seems far from being achieved, remember how hard you fought for it and how many people are willing to help you.

See you!

/Rebeca

Northern Lights Adventure – By: Aslı

Hi there! If you’re new to Sweden, are considering to study in Sweden or are simply planning an exchange to Sweden, I’m sure that you would like to make the most of your time here. I hope this post will help you with that!

My name is Aslı, I’m 26 years old and I’m currently in my second – and sadly, last – semester as an exchange student here in Uppsala. Obviously, before I came to Sweden, I did a little bit of research on what is a must-do here. Seeing the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) was one of those and it was on top of my bucket list. I found the Facebook group “Uppsala Northern Lights Watch”, in which people communicate when and where to see the Northern Lights here. Some of the most popular spots are up at the Uppsala Castle or at Gamla Uppsala. But really any spot outside of the city, with a little bit higher ground and less light pollution is perfect as well. In November 2021, I saw the Aurora Borealis from the Uppsala Castle and got a first glimpse of the beauty and majesty of nature. However, that wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to see more, and I had read a lot about places to see them in northern Scandinavia, but I wanted something different. I’ve been following the Aurora Borealis Observatory on social media for a long time now, and I’ve been fascinated by its location and the experiences previous visitors shared. That’s why this spot on the island of Senja in northern Norway was at the top of my list and I chose that as my next destination. Plus, it was a lifelong dream come true!

I went to Senja in December 2021. If you would also like to go there, this is one possible route to choose from: You go to Arlanda Airport by train and take the plane to Oslo. From Oslo, you take the plane to Bardufoss. I went to the Observatory in Silsand. There will always be a bus waiting for all the passengers at the airport and it will then drive from Bardufoss airport to Finnsnes. The crew will pick you up from Finnsnes and drive you to the Observatory in Silsand. They will also take you back to Finnsnes at the end of your stay. During that time, it was up to -20 degrees, so make sure to wear thermo clothes and bring a thick jacket with you.

One evening, the owner asked to take over the live stream of his daily Aurora sessions. I was unprepared but thrilled to do so. You can also see how beautifully the Aurora changes:

https://fb.watch/b25w-ddjVU/

Seeing the Aurora changing colors and dancing above made me feel like I was in a different universe. It was pure magic, the snow and forest surrounding me and the sounds of the Arctic wind… this is a memory I will never forget. I even thought that I could hear something while I was taking in the magic dance of the Aurora. It was only later that I found out that some people claimed to hear the Aurora and that there is no scientific evidence for it yet. I found a nice book by Pål Brekke called The Story About the Northern Lights which is about the history and different perceptions of the Aurora Borealis. I can warmly recommend it to everyone.

Here is a Reel that I created of our trip. Enjoy the beauty of Norway!

Of course, wanting to explore the Northern Lights doesn’t necessarily mean that you must go to northern Norway. There are nice places in Sweden as well. Kiruna and Abisko, for example, are very popular spots as well!

I hope you enjoyed reading through my recap and feel inspired to go on your own little Northern Lights adventure!

/Aslı

Attention Please! – By: Carlos

University studies may seem like an arduous path. A path of which you cannot foresee every blocked road nor every turn you ought to take. Yet, you must embark on the journey if you want to reach its luminous end. What, then, could help you make the most of the effort and, if we want to be really ambitious, bring you closer to that extremely rare human capability that is differentiating mere knowledge from wisdom? With the word itself, we all might be familiar with. But it is its full significance and relation to your future endeavor what concerns us now. That word is ATTENTION.

The first step in the exploration of its meaning takes us to what you bring to class. Or better still, what you don’t bring. It’s quite clear that everyone’s life comprises a myriad of things: we have our family, friends, desires, pets, fears, work, among many others. But it is a demand of attention to be in the “Here and now”. That is, to momentary let the mind free of its various obligations and let it focus on the issue at hand. To let it be truly present. As philosopher Simone Weil puts it: “…to suspend our thoughts, leave
them detached, empty, and ready…”


It depends on the professor, but so far in Uppsala I have encountered more than one that urge the students not to use computers to take notes, as it has been proven that it not only distracts them, but also distracts students around them that are not using computers. If you insist in using one, at least make the commitment to have preferrednote taking software in full screen mode (e.g. focus mode in word).

Photo by Todd Trapani on Unsplash

The second step is more subtle, but not of less importance. It’s a characteristic of human beings to extend their hands into the unknown while standing on experience. And that may not only be natural but needed. The only way of making sense of something new is to see how it changes or fits the known world. A world seen from your own particular perspective. A perspective which in turn is shaped by your experience. But there is a peril to be avoided in all of these: the old might prevent us from seeing the new.

In other words, every time you encounter something new in your studies, you must make an effort to see it for what it is, instead of seeing it as a reflection of your own previous knowledge. With a dismissive attitude (one that constantly repeats “I already know this…” and makes you check your phone) you will close the door to new insights and to the possibility of contributing. And please, try to speak up and contribute! It will not only enrich the whole class but might inspire additional comments from otherstudents that make you see things from a different perspective and grow your own knowledge. Especially considering the international nature of Uppsala classes, where you will find many different backgrounds.

I firmly believe that adding these two requisites of attention to your studies will yield great results, not only in what you learn, but even in yourself, as it might become a life habit. To borrow from Weil one last time: “never, in any case, whatever is a genuine effort of attention wasted”

/Carlos

My LGBTQIA+ Journey – From a Tiny Caribbean Island to the Big City of Uppsala

My LGBTQIA+ journey, from a tiny Caribbean island to the big city of Uppsala
Before talking about the LGBTQIA+ community in Uppsala and my lovely experience here, I will give a bit of background information about myself and my experience in other countries as a queer woman. Sooooo……

Hej Hej, I’m Sam and I’m from a small Caribbean island called Aruba; located just above Venezuela. The island is smaller than Stockholm and holds about 110.000 people. The island is beautiful, warm, with gorgeous beaches and the people on the island are very kind. But even though most Arubans are lovely people, many people are not kind towards locals who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community. Being a tourist and a part of the LGBTQIA+ community is fine, you´ll be treated like royalty since you´re a source of income. However, being a local and a part of the community is usually very frowned upon. Aruba is a very Christian island and the Christianity on the island does not support the LGBTQ+ community.

I’ve always known i was attracted toboth men and women. I found girls very beautiful and sometimes would feel the urge to pursue them romantically or sexually, but growing up on the island I supressed these emotions and only dated men and only showed interest in men in fear of judgement. I was also told that finding girls pretty is a normal thing and since I´ve only dated men and shown interest in men, I´m heterosexual and can’t be queer. Sadly, for most of my life I believed this and did not realise that I was and am, in fact, bisexual. Thankfully, things on the island are changing for the better and hopefully one day the community will be welcomed completely. However, when I was there it still was not. So, my attraction for girls was supressed until I left the island.

When I was 18, I left Aruba to start my Bachelor studies in the Netherlands. During my time in the Netherlands, I realised that there was a lot more than just homosexuality. I learned about various sexualities and specifically bisexuality which opened up a whole new world for me. A world I was, sadly, too scared to explore right away. I´ve only dated men and for years believed I was heterosexual, so this new information made me question everything. My life, my identity and most importantly my sexuality. Who am I?

Thankfully, with the help of amazing friends, and one truly supportive cousin, I started to explore my sexuality. I dated both women and men, and realised my attraction to both was and is real. I´m not a heterosexual that simply finds girls pretty. No, I´m a bisexual who loves both men and women, would love to pursue both and I´m finally proud of it! After having found my identity and sexuality, I was happy and could finally live my life freely.

After my bachelor studies in the Netherlands, I decided to move to Uppsala for my Masters. I wasn’t sure how the environment would be for us queer folk, but that was soon cleared up. One of the first things I noticed when moving to Uppsala was the vast amount of rainbow flags hanging around the city. I felt welcomed and I felt as if I´ve found my new home. I also noticed how open everyone is, from their clothing styles up to their sexuality. I saw many same-sex couples walking hand-in-hand and nobody, absolutely nobody, looks at them in a judgemental way. My heart still melts every time I see it. Everyone seems to be accepted here.

During the welcome weeks in Uppsala, I also got the time to visit all the nations and I found that one nation had recently had a gay night, and when I visited the nation, the nation was and still is decorated with rainbow flags. It truly warmed my heart when I saw it and it still does. When at the nation, I asked about the gay night and they were all so excited and happy to talk about it, and were so happy to welcome another LGBTQIA+ member to their nation. They explained how everyone could just be themselves with no judgement there and it was so very true. During their activities it´s totally not weird to see people with hair of all colors, or men in make-up, heels, skirts etc. Everyone is accepted and can truly be themselves. I can truly say I´ve found my second home.

Apart from the nations, there is also an LGBTQIA+ group in Uppsala which meets every Thursday (I will post the website below). They give lots of information about the community and also host fun activities. Everyone is welcome, and so kind to each other. It´s truly a safe space to be in and it´s truly fun to be around other members of the community to talk about your experiences, but also just have fun. They also have other specific groups meetups, such as trans groups and a mental health group. You can find all their info on their website! There is also an LGBTQIA+ student association being formed at the moment and hopefully they succeed in starting it, because that would be great! Their Instagram handle is: uppsalahbtqstudenter

All in all, Uppsala is so welcoming and very accepting of the LGBTQ+ community. I can be myself and be completely free here in Uppsala. Everywhere I go there is a rainbow flag to welcome me and show me, I´m home. I hope you can feel the same way as well.

/Samantha Angela

The Quest for Milk! – By: Samantha

After having lived here in Sweden for a few months, grocery shopping is going pretty smooth. But one thing I always have to be very careful with is buying milk! Here in Sweden, they have a variety of milk, which can be great, but can also make it very difficult for internationals like me to know which milk to pick and if you aren’t careful, you might end up with sour milk (filmjölk)!

So, to help you on your quest for milk, here is a short guide of the types of milk in Sweden.

Mjölk: this is the Swedish word for good old regular milk. There are four different kinds of milk:

⦁ Minimjölk: this is milk with the least amount of fat; less than 0,1%
⦁ Lättmjölk: lätt means light and is comparable to skimmed milk with 0,5% fat
⦁ Mellanmjölk: mellan means middle and this milk has 1,5% fat
⦁ Standardmjölk or just Mjölk: this is the fattest option of milk and has 3% fat
Filmjölk, also known as Fil: this is a Swedish fermented milk and is very sour. If you are looking for regular milk, avoid fil at all cost! But if you’re interested in fil, there are different flavors such as raspberry, vanilla, etc. Also, Fil comes in three fat options:

⦁ Lättfil: which is 0,5% fat
⦁ Mellanfil: which is 1,5% fat
⦁ Standardfil or just Filmjölk: which can be between 2,7 to 3% fat

Laktosfri mjölk: Sweden also has a huge variety of lactose-free products, including milk. Usually lactose-free products have their own section, so you don’t have to look for lactose-free milk between regular milk. When looking for lactose-free milk, just look for products which say Laktosfri. Lactose-free milk comes in the same fat options as regular milk. They also have lactose-free fil, but again if you are looking for milk avoid the word fil at all costs! Even if it says filmjölk, do not be fooled, it is still filmjölk!

Still confused? Take the quiz!

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