Fall in Sweden and fall in Taiwan are two totally different things. I love the fact that it’s not as dark or cold here.
But the crisp fall mornings with sharp colours and high skies – ah Sweden. Even my old home Ryd in Linköping is beautiful those days.
The other day when I was writing about how midterms was just starting I thought I was exaggerating a little. I thought. I soon realized that it was exactly what happened. And I did actually live in the library the last days, and will have to continue to do so for another week.
One of our teachers announced last week that we would have a small quiz in the week to come, and get us a list of which exercises to prepare. So there we was, spending as many hours as we could possibly find to learn everything before the test.
I still haven’t figured out how the courses are supposed to be here. The teachers spend and huge amount of time talking and teaching, but it is rare that they ask us questions or tell us what we are supposed to do with the information. And from out of the blue a test will appear and not until then I understand what I am actually supposed to study.
Today I went up early again and returned to the library. Wish me good luck!
Dear Linköping. Leaving you behind is hard. I have left you before, I have missed you before but I know that I, just as before, will come back.
August is probably your best month of the year, beautiful sunshine, crisp morning air and some cool rain showers – it all suits you so well. New students arrive and with them the special air of the student welcoming period. Suddenly you never know what you’ll find on the other side of a corner. Will it be lost exchange students wondering how to find the food store? Will it be yet another mysterious group in beards and matching outfits marching by? Or a rented bagpipe band?
You just can’t understand Linköping in August if you are not here.
Our local superstars taking an afternoon walk over campus.
I will miss going home on a half-broken bike with too many bags of newly bought groceries. I will miss waiting in line every break to buy the 5 SEK coffee. I will miss the bright colors of seventy styles apartments.
After the last exam was over I could finally have time to take farewell of some friends. Taking late night walks, eating apple pie and chatting. My heart breaks a little from having to leave you guys behind. In one year from now so much will have happened in your lives. I wish I could share it, but the other side of the earth is simply to far away.
When the last friends left I stood gazing out the window and saw you disappear.
Dear Linköping, see you again in next August.
So I got throughout another exam period. Did we celebrate it? Of course we did! I was treated to special homemade Indian dinner. We had “puri”, deep-fried breads, served with a potato-lentil stir fry. The intake of carbohydrates was far too high and my hands got oily and yellowish – but it was really tasty.
Now I’ll have some time to prepare for Taiwan : it’s less than one week to go!
Sweden is now recovering from an unusually warm summer. Fall is on its way and the bright summer nights are long gone. Right now I love the rain and the wind, it makes it cozy for me to stay inside with my studies.
Here is some pictures from the last week in Linköping.