Colorful pants, first days and fast lunches

Now that I have slept two nights at my new place I can take a little breath to tell you something about my life here. Yesterday night my roommate and I went to a grill party near the exchange students buildings…at the end it was very cold, everyone frozed but none wanted to show it because you know, “it’s summer!” I have to say I got some problems meeting new people, firstly because I am quiet shy, and secondly because nearly all the people there thought I was Swedish…and you maybe know, ‘cause I know at least, that exchange students love to meet people form all over the world, but they recognize how difficult, and sometimes impossible, it is to meet locals. By the way at the end I met two boys from Spain and France who talked Italian! but we spoke English as well, and at the end the night went well enough.

Today I went to the university to check some things, like get the student number, visit some areas and print some copies of my cv…of course I forgot to put the file in the usb and had to go back home again. The university is not big as other universities but enough to get lost…and of course I did not hesitate to do that. At the library I registered at the course Intercultural communication and I read that I would have also needed the compendia, which I bought later. In Sweden the student associations choose a colorful pants to be recognized, therefore today everyone who is not a nollning (zero,  then a nothing, because is in the first year) and is part of a student club (they are divided for faculty, courses or interests) wore these pants, and it was very funny, especially because many had those pants used by the mechanics.

Later, biting an Italian green apple I took the bus to the center where I started to leave some CVs….I just need to cross my fingers now!

After some hours of tours I am enjoying some hours of relax, cooking some chickpeas that will be part of my lunch at university next Thursday…I am really tired and I need to sleep afterwards. You maybe do not know that here in Sweden the first period of the academic year is dedicated to the welcome activities. Therefore you have matches, funny games, parties and meetings which last for the first three weeks. The “nollning” can be defined as the student baptism, or initiation ritual, for those who are in the first year of a program, and it is led by the different student unions. It includes activities that they think new students need to do in order to be honorably considered “first year students”, and of course in Sweden this will mean alcohol. Besides, other parties are organized once a week during the three weeks, in collaboration with the different student association, the student union (studentkåren) and the international and exchange students association.

After this, people start to study hard, maybe some will leave university and then for me it will be easier to get a new place where to stay.

I’ll see you some day!

First day in Karlstad!

I feel that I need to train my English because on Thursday I will have my first lesson here.

Now I can say I am very happy. Ok, it could be the effect of the light which still makes days longer than in Rome, or maybe the warm weather, by the way I feel like I found my own dimension here in Karlstad, and I do not wanna think that I will have to leave in a year, because it really makes me feel blue. Two days ago I took the flight to Stockholm, and then one to Karlstad, this time with no accidents regarding ticket cancellations. I stayed the night at my host family’s place which made me feel very relaxed before the moving. Yesterday we fixed some things to shop at Ikea and the food, and then I moved in the afternoon. I have found a room in a very nice apartment in Kronoparken, which is the nearest area to the university, just 10 minutes of walk. Today I took a walk through the park and I got to the supermarket to find something familiar. The only thing very familiar I saw was an Asiatic international student who was completely lost in the shelves of the supermarket, I know that feeling! I met two of my roommates who were buying something for the lunch. We got home together and had a nice talk and a squisite lunch. These all sound stupid things, but I really feel comfortable with myself and all the environment just after some hours here, and this is just wonderful.

Now we got some time to rest and then we will take another walk so they can show me the surroundings. In the afternoon I will meet a friend in the center, a girl who attended the same school as I when I came as exchange student, and tonight I will enjoy a party prepared by IESK, which is the International and exchange students of Karlstad association.

Have a good time and see you!

A presto, Italia!

Mi trovo di nuovo a dire arrivederci a Roma, e tutto è successo molto velocemente. Mentre ero in Svezia per salutare la mia famiglia ospitante, ho saputo che sono stata presa a dei corsi all’università di Karlstad, 90 km da dove ho vissuto un anno e mezzo fa. Sono corsi singoli che non appartengono ad un programma di laurea, ma l’anno prossimo mi iscriverò a Malmö, e intanto con questi corsi mi preparo per quello che mi aspetterà. Avendo saputo due settimane fa di essere stata accettata, trovare un posto dove vivere, prenotare il volo, comprare i libri e salutare qualcuno è stata una bella corsa!

Parto venerdì e il primo corso inizierà giovedì prossimo, e sono allo stesso tempo eccitata, contenta, e molto spaventata!

Ho in progetto di iniziare a correre una volta lì, cosa che non ho mai fatto. Inizierò ad allenarmi dalle basi, 10 minuti, pausa e da capo, per poi arrivare in 12 settimane a correre un’ora senza sosta. Chissà come andrà…

Lo scalo a Francoforte per andare in Svezia è stato un’esperienza, fra qualche giorno pubblicherò forse i post scritti li…per ora dico solo che arrivata al gate per il secondo aereo, mi hanno detto che il mio biglietto era stato cancellato dalla compagnia a causa di un errore tecnico…sapevo che il mio primo scalo sarebbe andato non proprio liscio!

Ora vi lascio, ultimi saluti e valigia da fare…ah! Dal momento che lo spazio su wordpress è finito, almeno quello per caricare le foto, d’ora in poi pubblicherò le foto sulla pagina facebook…passate se volete 🙂

A presto!