Easter, the Danger of Ikea Bags & Summer Plans

Did you know that Ikea bags can be quite dangerous ?! Me neither. Well last weekend I had a little encounter with an Ikea bag which was filledBlue-Bag0403 with BBQ stuff standing next to our picnic blanket. I was the chosen Grill Master for that day and Rickard, my Mum who visited over Easter, and I had a really nice time. Walking by the Ikea bag my foot got stuck in one of the handles and I fell down , whole body length and landed on my left wrist. Pain got worse over time and so did the swelling, so to make a long story short I ended up in the hospital once again. Lovely Swedish Hospital in which have been been quite a few times in the last three years. Me and my luck ๐Ÿ˜› The result after the x-ray was that it is not a fracture but a sprain , which ironically often hurts more than a fracture. ย Now it is better but still hurting which is particularly annoying while typing but if I can write my thesis I might as well can do some fun writing for my blog ๐Ÿ™‚ Apart from the Ikea bag incident I had a lovely Easter time with my Mother! We did Easter Egg painting, an Easter Egg hunt, we had a big Easter Breakfast and a really nice Easter Walk ๐Ÿ™‚ The rest of the time with my Mum in general was really nice ! See pictures below ๐Ÿ™‚

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My thesis writing is still going on and my progress is not as fast as I wish it would be but I think I am going in the right direction. I have a little bit less than a month left to write it and I think I will manage. I don’t like that my next two years basically depend on this one paper. If I don’t pass it, I won’t be able to go on with my Master Studies but hey I have gotten till here so I will finish it ! ๐Ÿ˜€ The Examination Seminar is in the beginning of June and right after the Distortion Festival in Copenhagen starts which is great timing and I already look forward to celebrate that my Bachelor Studies are over, all day and night long with my friends at the Festival ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

In the end of June I will travel with my Mum to Greece. It is an old tradition since I was 7 years old to fly there in the summer and I look much forward to do it again and just relax in the sun ! ๐Ÿ™‚ We always travel to the same nice village called Sikia which is about 1,5h from Thessaloniki on the half Island Sithonia. We have friends living there and every time I arrive there it feels like coming home. I haven’t been there the last couple of years so it will be nice to be at this beloved place again. The three pictures below are from the last time we were there:

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In August before my Master Studies start me and Rickard plan to go hiking again !!! Two years ago we did an amazing trip up up North in Sweden and were hiking in a national park called Padjelanta . We did a 160km trip! Last year we did a shorter hike along the border to Norway which was really nice as well but rather relaxed. This time we want to hike in Sarek. It is approximately at the same height in Sweden as Padjelanta but the mountains are much higher and there are no hiking passes or little huts in between. It is for sure not a beginners hike and I have lots of respect for the wilderness up there. We will have to plan the tour very well and count in at least two weeks for it since depending on the rainfall it might happen that rivers cross our way which we will not able to pass. I found this really encouraging statement of the administrators of the park ๐Ÿ˜› :

“I want to go hiking in Sarek”, you say. We, the administrators of the national park, hope you know what this involves. Sarek is a magnificent untouched alpine area with sharp peaks and glaciers. Between the mountain massifs there is a network of deeply cut valleys with swift streams.In other words, the terrain is physically demanding for the would-be hiker. Sarek is a wilderness without roads. The central sections of the national park are many kilometers from inhabited areas. There are no touristic facilities established, no trails or cabins here.”

Padjelanta was demanding too, however, sometimes you were able to find huts where you could buy some bread or cookies and most of the time you could see a pass to follow. This we won’t have in Sarek but I think it sounds like an awesome adventure ๐Ÿ˜€
When we have planned the trip fully and took everything into consideration we have to consider, ย I will post our hiking plan here so you can read about it ๐Ÿ™‚ And in case anyone worries …… we have really good gear and will evaluate all dangers properly before we start ๐Ÿ™‚ Look at the two pictures below , how can one be not excited to go ?!

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Growing up, Master Studies & ER encounters

“Jasรฅ…. du ska studera i Lund fรถr din Master ? Du รคr en jรคtte duktig lilla flicka ! ” ย [Oh so you gonna study your Masters in Lund? You are a very competent little girl ] ย My old neighbour tells me in the elevator a few days ago. She is the only one who can always force me to speak Swedish as she speaks no English but really likes to chitchat. Everytime I meet her I realize my Swedish is so good when I have to talk and well…. I still hardly do it. ย So…. yes I am accepted for my two years Master programme in Global Studies at Lund University ! Hoooraay ๐Ÿ™‚
It was my first choice when I applied to different programmes, so it made me really happy that I got in! Here is the link to the programme if you want to read more about it :ย http://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/o.o.i.s?id=24725&lukas_id=SAGLSSO

So now I just have to pass my Bachelor thesis this June. Just… well I have to admit right now I am struggling a little bit. I feel overwhelmed by all the literature I have to read and how to structure all my thoughts. The topic I am writing about is Palestinian NGOs in Israel and how they can, through Multi-Track Diplomacy, influence the peace process moving forward. I am planning on conducting a case study related to my work at the NGO I did my internship at last term (You can read about my internship in former posts).

So I spend most of my time nowadays sitting in the city library trying to concentrate on my research and not on Facebook, Buzzfeed, 9gag or 20140407_130616Newspaper websites… I really like this library though. Most of the times I am sitting with a friend together studying, talking, taking breaks and what not . Actually I am sitting here right now and of course writing a blogpost seemed much more appealing than doing further research on social movement theory…. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also I decided to start 20140407_130130reading more for fun again. I used to always have at least one book to read which is not connected to my studies to keep the balance a bit. However, lately I have not done that so its time to change that again. So I took a little walk through the shelves and picked out three books and hopefully they will take my mind of the stress a little bit. I have been drawing a little more lately as well which is 1613981_10202770433735252_1093659941_ngreat for stress relief. Last Friday a friend was hanging out with me at my place and we spontaneously got out the finger-colors and painted like little kids , lots of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

I am planning on doing a blog post soon just about my drawing and painting, so keep visiting my blog if you don’t want to miss it (: Sport is great for a more balanced mind as well, so if I manage to talk myself out of the bed in the morning, I often take a trip down to the gym, which is conveniently in my house on the ground floor.

Studying so much and knowing that the next two years of my life are planned for now feels kinda…. good but scary too. Not badly scary but it feels very grown up. I also have the chance to do an internship or exchange studies for one semester, I am thinking maybe somewhere in Africa or deeper in the Middle East…. Lets see what life brings….. Sometimes I think time is running a tiny bit too fast. But oh well that is life and growing up brings good things with it as well. We learn the more we experience and we learn to reflect on things we do, decide and think. And it is still fully legit that we sometimes prefer a glass of red wine over some decisions or studying ๐Ÿ˜‰ Moreover remember when you were with your parents at the supermarket, and you really wanted some candy or similar and you wouldn’t get it ? Now (if your student budget allows is ) you can buy as much candy as you want ๐Ÿ˜€ (keeping the small good things in mind…. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Last week I felt quite grown up as well for a moment (where being fairly grown up came in very handy..) when my friend called me feeling really bad , fainting and so on after she had been hitting her head really badly . So I run to her place , put her in a taxi and we drove to the ER.20140402_23474720140402_234630 This was also one of the first time I developed something like motherly-protective-feelings (or at least that must be how it feels…) when the nurse took my friend away from me to do some tests and I was not allowed to follow in that area. I got really really upset because I wanted to know what was going on… so I might have been letting out my upsetness onto a silly barbie like looking Swedish nurse…. ๐Ÿ˜›
Later I was allowed to be with her again to wait for a doctor in our own room. Then when I had the feeling again I can protect my friend from evil nurses ๐Ÿ˜› I was able to let my inner child out again and tried to entertain her to make the almost 6 (!!) hours we had to wait till the doctor arrived around 03.00 am, a little more bearable. The highlight probably was when I figured out that you can adjust the doctors seat super high up and so I started to “fly ” around the little room ๐Ÿ˜€ ย When the doctor did all her test the result was that my friend has a concussion and can’t do much more than take some meds for the pain and rest , rest , rest . Well better than something worse !

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Some days ago I also was at my first Swedish funeral. Rickard’s Grandmother unfortunately had died…. I sadly never got the chance to meet her but I went with to the funeral anyway. It was a beautiful funeral, with many flowers, nice people, nice words spoken and beautiful music. I am glad I came with. It was really sad as well and it made me think a lot about the people I have lost. But if we want or not, this is part of life and we have to learn to deal with it … We had lunch at a really nice restaurant afterwards with the whole family. They are all really really nice people. (:

Another day which made me feel sliiiightly old was when me and my friend went to a party of old friends which I hadn’t seen in over a year or even more. I used to hang out with those guys when I just wanted to take my mind of things and have a good time with wine, playstation, funny conversations and so on til late into the nights…. Now when I saw them again one of them got married last year, the other one has a girlfriend since two years, the other one didn’t come because he was home with his girlfriend he now lives with, and another really nice couple I met at that party was married as well !!! It was still a nice party with lots of drinks and fun conversation but still, married ?! I am 23 years old and my friends start getting married, planning on having kids and so on… Feels odd. Very odd. Especially since those friends always were the most chaotic party people I knew. Later we went to a student party where no one was married and the conversations where more towards cigarettes brands,school, old friends, drinks, music and so on . Felt a lot more normal….. ๐Ÿ˜›

IMG-20140403-WA0001Over easter my mother will visit me in Malmรถ, I look a lot forward to see her again !!! Then I can be the kid 10167991_650683624980948_1270861432_nand she the mother ย again ๐Ÿ˜‰ My Mum sent me lots of very old and sweet baby pictures from me, most from 1991 . (:

Spring takes it sweet time , like every year in Sweden , and right now I am looking outside seeing a foggy , grey sky. BUT the flowers start to bloom and the trees slowly get their green color back , so there is hope !!! I am sure studying and anyways everything gonna be a little easier when spring and warmer weather hopefully soon arrives ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Lastly, a really sweet comparison : My Mum as a kid and I as a kid ! You really cannot deny the similarity โค (:

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