About arriving.

I have arrived. Really arrived. I´ve already been traveling around in Scandinavia for a week now. And just feel great. I´m arriving, feeling home und don´t feel like leaving again. At least for now 😉

The car ride from the South of Germany to Gothenburg was even longer than expected for we were more standing than really going. Must love the traffic. But actually this gave me the chance to finally spend quite some time with my parents again which I´m really grateful for. So once again things that look annoying at first sight might really be happening for a good reason.

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My new flatmate warmly welcomed me in Gothenburg. What can I say guys: Good thing happen to good people – at least that´s what I´m trying to tell myself 😉 No, for real now: I think was incredibly lucky with her and the flat. My room is tiny, but just right. Lagom, like they would say here in Sweden. Also I love my new furniture – even though it might be I got a little to many for my tiny room. Oh well. IKEA. Where the love goes – it´s not always a free choice.

Here we go again.

After some really nice days of family holidays in Norway (article will follow), I know finally settled in Gothenburg. Well what ever „finally settled“ means in my terms… But at least for now.

I love the new beginnings. Meeting new awesome people and making them a part of my life. And myself a part of theirs. Explore and experience the new city. Live every single day. Not even the confusing registration procedures, various appointments, to be signed contracts und applications can narrow my satisfaction about living here now. But well, to be honest I´ll be more than happy when all the organisational part is over. 😉 If you´re further interested in anything about the registration/application for studies, what to take care of when moving to Sweden or even just how to get a swedish mobile number – please leave me a comment below. Just hit the comment function right under the headline. I will tell you everything I know about it – at the latest when I found out myself 😉

Into the life.

So now it´s just time for me to dive into my new life and enjoy it. Really looking forward to sharing more infos and thought with you soon and also to seeing some of you soon again. Cause this is actually what I treasure most: You can never have enough awesome people in your life.

Vi ses guys!

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Moi 🙂

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Five Days. And some realisations.

That´s my time left in Germany for now. Five more days. Job – quit. Room and furniture – left and sold. Packing status – chaotic. Not to say apocalyptic. Academic degree – check. Savings – let´s change topic here.

This is the time of goodbyes. I hate them. But avoiding them is no option and deriving strength from earlier experiences I try to convince myself it´s not gonna make much of a difference. Good friends will stay. Nevertheless time flys and I won´t even manage to see everybody of those important friends once more. I´ll have to come back sometime.

No borders. No plans.

Just recently some realisations hit me. Really good feeling ones, so I wanted to share them with you. Most important: I love the current status of my life. Being single and not owning a single piece of furniture anymore I feel free like never before. I know this is a very decent position for feeling free and light. Other situations in life will bring more responsibilities with them, but my point here should be valuable for everyone. It´s fulfillable in any situation you might find yourself in right now.

I´m moving to a new but known country, alone – and I don´t bring any plans with me. Of cause I want to decide where my life goes – I´m actually also living more conscious than ever before. And am thereby willing to become the CEO of my life, really finally taking over all responsibility and making smart decisions. But I decided not to limit my options in any way by making any plans right now. I´m so excited about how everything will go on. It feels like this is exactly how it should be right now. Adventures, independance and self-focus. Never have I ever been so close to myself. My dear friends – however young or old you might be – please do yourself a favour and find out about who you really are and love that person, treat him or her like you would treat your very best friends. Cause you´re the only real constant in your life. And stay open. Otherwise you might limit yourself to the options you have forseen for yourself. That´s what I´m trying to make my motto for life right now. And it feels really good so far. It´s the only plan right now. I´m so excited how the story goes on – for me and you and everybody.

Let´s stay in touch – and see/read you soon!

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Lucie

 

The Master Plan

Hello dear friends,

I´m back – with good news and a brand-new own English section. I decided to do an all English section this time which is the same articles like in the „Master“ (German) one. So I guess it will be easier now to follow. 🙂

Sometimes things just work out. You dream and hope and in the end you don´t even really believe anymore that I could be possible. Just to realized that in the end it all worked out.

That´s what happend to me and my applications for a Master in Sweden. After a crazy post-Erasmus-time, that cost me insanely much energy, I decided to try to move back to Sweden. Well, here we go – here´s (almost) the whole story:

An identity crisis.

Oh yeah, those students. Not prepared for life, pampered and sheltered. Naive and purposeless and then going for an Erasmus semester. Where they have everything organized for them and party all day. Just to end up in a post-Erasmus-depression afterwards. Sissy youngsters.

That´s more or less what you are told by society. We purposeless and aimless  people in our mid-twenties. lllusionists.

No, I didn´t want to say I went through a post-Erasmus-depression altough for sure I was melancholically going through old picture and reassuring my friends we would sure meet soon again – somewhere somewhen. Just like everybody. To be honest living in another country and going through all those challenges and adventures did way more to me – both easy and nice things as well as things that were quite hard to go through and overcome. But that I will maybe explain in detail sometime later. It hasn´t been the most easy time for me. However, I can say for sure that I´m incredibly thankful for having been forced to deal with myself and all the challenges to come with that.

The crisis. Now for real. Along with the overwhelming feelings I was left with after my Erasmus semster came another feeling that I am already old friends with. Doubt. Did my studies make sense at all? What would I be doing afterwards? Would I find something that I could really be happy with? This time the feeling hit really me hard since my Bachelor was fast coming to an end and time started to run through my fingers. Reality suddenly started to knock on my door and I just couldn´t ignore it anymore.

And now? Work? Study? Find a Trainee programme? On top I wasn´t really happy with my choice of my study field at that time cause I felt like I missed out on something and could have found something more suitable. I really was in need of a good alternative.

Working: yeah. nice. Would mean I could afford more than pasta on a regular basis. And then? Work for the next 50 years? Or longer…? Who knows. The mid-twenty-unicorn-worldpeace-dreamer inside my head starts to rebel. No. Too early. Still too young for this. Need to see and conquer the world. You know what I mean. Who needs more than pasta in life anyways.

So a Master it is. Actually I am a very ambitious person and love to learn new things – so that was kind of a good argument for studies, too. But what and where?

Conquering new old frontiers.

Communications didn´t seem like the end of the story anymore. Don´t get me wrong, I still love to communicate in any way and think it´s one of the most important skills in modern times. However, a career in the intern corporate communication of a mid-sized company had never really been my idea of life ( – no offense).

Now what: Web developement? Law – maybe international? Start a career as an engineer? Or finally go for human medicine? Reality was showing up again, knocking on my door and telling me to shut the f*** up and focus on my real life.

Right she was. So I was going back into myself asking me all those question about what I loved to do and what I´m really interessted in. A never ending inner crisis. Again and again.

Finally I decided to just follow my feelings and apply for a Master in Sweden. I almost missed out on the application deadline since it had taken me so long to make up my mind. But in the end I made it. And after three endless months of waiting and more doubts I was shocked when I got the notice that I really was accepted. And then again when I realized that it would be impossible to find a flat in Gothenburg. And then again when I realized how incredibly happy I was to move back. I´m not gonna be an astronaut. No engineer and no doctor and no Lama-farmer (yes that had made it to the list for quite a while). It looks like I´ll find myself somewhere in the field of international relations of states. Communicative and political.

The mind thinks big and allows itself to dream. Reality is finally nodding proudly and is happy that some decision had been made. And what will happen in future can´t be forseen anyways.

But I guess my nearer future I will spend in the most beautiful and cool city of Sweden: Göteborg. Starting off in summer. Of cause I´ll share all adventures here – so I hope we´ll read us soon 😉

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Lucie

Get to know Sweden – Nature edition: Hiking in Store Mosse Nationalpark.

***for english version please scroll down***

Hallo ihr Lieben,

In Schweden erlebe ich immer wieder ein ähnliches Szenario: Ich mache mich auf eine neue Gegend oder Stadt zu erkunden und lege Ziele fest, die ich unbedingt besichtigen möchte. Am Ende stelle ich immer wieder das gleiche fest: Die Stadt und ihre Sehenswürdigkeiten waren ganz schön – aber die Natur auf dem Weg dorthin oder beim Wandern war wieder umwerfend. In meinen mittlerweile fast vier Monaten hier hat sich die Natur wahnsinnig verändert – logischerweise. Von kalten weißen Landschaften bis zu warmen Frühlingstagen, an denen man einfach nur am See in der Sonne liegen möchte habe ich mittlerweile alles erlebt hier. Dieser Wandel macht die Natur hier nur noch aufregender, denn an keinem Tag sieht der gleiche Ort wieder aus wie am Tag zuvor. Ja, das hört sich furchtbar übertrieben tiefgründig an. Vermutlich ist das zuhause genauso, nur geht das im normalen Alltag eben an einem vorbei. Umso mehr ein Grund es hier zu erwähnen – einer meiner Lieblings-Nebeneffekte am Auslandssemster ist, dass man auch alltägliches viel bewusster wahrnimmt.

Vor drei Wochen habe ich einen wunderschönen Tagestrip gen Süden unternommen: Eine Hiking-Tour im Store Mosse Nationalpark, dem größten Moorgebiet Südschwedens. Der 14km lange Wanderweg führt größten Teils über (wippende) Holzplanken direkt über dem Moor. Den großen Weg einmal um den Kävsjön herum zu nehmen kann ich nur empfehlen, denn hier zeigt sich wieder einmal die schwedische Natur von ihrer schönsten Seite. Dank toller Ausschilderung muss man sich keine Sekunde Gedanken machen, ob man noch auf dem richtigen Weg ist und dank der Holzplanken kommt man trockenen Fußes und ohne Probleme durchs Moor. Einige äußerst wilde Tiere haben wir auch angetroffen, auch wenn sich die erhofften Elche lieber tief im Wald vor uns versteckt haben.

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Welcome back everyone!

Here in Sweden I experience the same thing over and over again: I make plans to explore a new region or city and decide about all the sights I definitely want to visit. In the end I´m always left with the same impression: The city and the sights were nice – but what really impressed me was the nature surrounding it. In the last four months that I spent here I experienced everything from the cold snowy Swedish landscape to beautiful warm spring days that make you want to lie at the lake all day long. This change in nature makes it even more exciting to watch it. No place will look the same when you come back to it even just a couple of days later. This sounds exaggerated deep. Probably it´s just the same at home, we just don´t see this process in our everyday busy lifes.  That´s one of my favorite side effects of studying abroad – you start to perceive little everyday things so much more conscious.

Three weeks ago I did a really nice day trip to the Store Mosse national park, southern Sweden´s biggest marshland. We did a 14km long hike there, mostly on wooden planks directly over the marsh. I highly recommend taking the long route around Kävsjön – the nature is stunning there once more. Thanks to great signage you don´t have to think about if you´re still on the right way for a single second and thanks to the planks you stay all dry. We could find some real wild animals there, too. The moose we waited for with tension decided to stay deep inside the forest though.

Direkt am Parkplatz findet sich ein kleiner Ausstellungsraum mit Informationen zum Moor. Typisch schwedisch ziehen sich alle Besucher vor dem Eintreten die Schuhe aus – Hausschuhe stehen in allen Größen bereit. ~~~ Right at the beginning of the route you can visit a small exhibition room. As a typically swedish habit everybody takes off their shoes before entering – of cause. Slippers are provided in all sizes ;).

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Blick über das Moor – endlose Weiten. ~~~ Endless view over the marshland.

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Unsere erste wilde Moor-Begegnung ~~~ the first wild animal we met.

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… und ein Miniaturfrosch ~~~ and a tiny little frog ❤

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Klassischer Weise kann man im Moor gut Vögel beobachten – auch wenn wir dabei relativ erfolglos waren, ist mir doch noch ein Specht vor die Linse geflogen. ~~~ The marsh is famous for being a good place to watch birds – well, at least we saw this beautiful woodpecker…

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Auf der Route liegen verschiedenste Landschaftstypen, auch Wald ist dabei. ~~~ The route goes through different landscapes, including forest.

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So, ich hoffe es hat euch gefallen mal wieder von mir zu lesen. Wer Lust hat selbst vorbeizuschauen, hier geht’s zur offiziellen Website des Nationalparks. Bis bald!

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Hope you enjoyed reading about my stay here after this quite long break. If you´re interested in visiting the park yourself or reading more about it, this link leads you to the official website. Read you soon!

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Eure Lucie

Get to know Jönköping – Jättesyngg naturen.

***find english version included in text***

Hallo ihr Lieben,

nun gab es doch schon eine Weile kein Lebenszeichen mehr von mir. Das liegt unter anderem daran, dass auch im Auslandssemester irgendwann der Alltag einkehrt – Unibücher und Assignments geben keine allzu schönen Blog-Beiträge her.

Am letzten Wochenende hatten wir zum Glück grandioses Wetter und die Sonne hat sich doch tatsächlich herausgewagt: Beste Voraussetzungen also sich endlich einmal auf den Weg zu machen und die Gegend zu erkunden! Dick eingemummelt haben wir uns auf den Weg gemacht und sind einfach drauf losgestiefelt – raus aus Råslätt und durch den Wald (eher „das Wäldchen“) Richtung Felder. Hier sind ein paar Eindrück von unserer Erkundungstour:

~~~ Hey everybody,

I didn´t blog in quiet a while now. One reason for that is of cause the daily routine that comes up sometime even when living abroad – schoolbooks and assignment don´t seem to be good blog post topics…

Fortunately we had fantastic weather last weekend: Best conditions to go for a walk and finally explore your environment. Bundled up we left Råslätt in a random direction and found this:

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unterwegs ~ on our way

unterwegs ~ on our way

winterliche Straße in Jönköping

Eine Ansammlung von Häuschen außerhalb von Råslätt – sehr typisch, abgeschieden vom Rest der Welt. ~ a couple of houses outside Råslätt – very typical, isolated houses

 

 

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Ein süßes kleines Häuschen – Mitten im nichts. ~ A cute little house in the middle of nowhere.

 

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Ungewohnte Bäume ~ unfamiliar trees

 

Fußabdrücke im Schnee

Und Fußabdrücke im Schnee – weder Mensch noch Hund, wer hat diese Spuren wohl hinterlassen? ~ footprints in the snow – neither human nor dog… who left these?

Und plötzlich taucht wieder ein Hof aus dem nichts auf. ~ And suddenly there is another house appearing out of thin air.

Und plötzlich taucht wieder ein Hof aus dem nichts auf. ~ And suddenly there is another house appearing out of thin air.

Der Höhepunkt unserer Tour: Ein wunderschöner See, fast direkt vor unserer Haustüre. ~ The highlight of our walk was this amazing lake just outside of Råslätt.

Der Höhepunkt unserer Tour: Ein wunderschöner See, fast direkt vor unserer Haustüre.
~ The highlight of our walk was this amazing lake just outside of Råslätt.

Ich hoffe wir sehen, hören oder lesen uns bald wieder!

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Eure Lucie