We got back from the cruise at about 11:45 on Monday morning and headed straight back to Uppsala and to class. It was pretty rough to go from a poor nights sleep on the boat to Swedish class, lunch (with lots of coffee to keep us awake!!), afternoon grammar class, and then take the three kilometer walk home to our flats, but we all survived :) I went right home after class and took a loooong nap, did some homework, and then went straight to bed!
Here’s Austen with his fika at lunch!
To be perfectly honest, I have no idea what we did on Tuesday. Not a clue.
Wednesday was a very, very exciting day! We had our final exam for the B1 Swedish course which took until 10:30, and then did a lesson on Swedish politics and the royal family. I personally think that our dear King Carl Gustaf looks just like a turtle (please don’t kill me, Swedish government!), so I refer to him as Sköldpadda Kungen (or the turtle king, for short :) ). As an exercise, we were divided up in to groups to make a new political party and create a platform to convince the Swedish people (and our classmates) to vote for us. We chose to make a Fikapartiet with the idea that everyone should have free fika every day, and that the Turtle King would pay for it himself ;)
After class I had made an appointment to finally get the tattoo I’ve been wanting for a while. I’d changed my mind regarding where I wanted the tattoo about a million times, but decided to get the Swedish letters: å ä ö on my lower ankle.
I went with Austen and our friend Lyle who has a huge tattoo on his forearm. I think Lyle managed to take a picture of me when I was getting tattooed, but I don’t know if I want to see it ;) The whole process took around 45 minutes, but the actual tattooing part was only about 10 minutes. I was freaking out a little before she started, but in the end it really didn’t hurt too much at all. The best way I can describe the pain is that it hurt as much as someone scratching you with a mechanical pencil. Not bad! Here’s the finished beauty:
I think I got super, super lucky with this whole experience because the tattooing wasn’t too painful, I was able to walk with no problems right afterwards, and its been healing like a dream. No pain, no itching, no scabbing! But don’t worry.. this is my first and only tattoo… it’s not a “gateway” tattoo ;)
Austen, David and I went out to V-Dala and Uplands for drinks for our last real night in Uppsala. It was a beautiful night to be out on the balcony and in the garden while the sun went down. Holly joined us a little later ;) David bought be a farewell drink and I couldn’t decide what I wanted, so he surprised me with a really delicious vanilla vodka drink with lime syrup and sprite!
Thursday was our last day of classes and I was feeling a little emotional about it. I loved our morning class with Jenny and really didn’t want to leave Sweden in general, let alone stop learning Swedish for nearly 7 hours a day. Everyone brought something to share for a big fika in the morning and we played Alias (sort of like Swedish charades but only using words) and then “David’s Game”- another word game we’d played in our A2+ class. It was a wonderful way to finish the three week course :)
At 12:00 we were called in to Drakensalen for the certificate presentations where all the graduating students were given a paper certifying their level of Swedish. Looks pretty cool!
Liana, David, Austen and I saved our last lunch ticket for Hamnpaviljonen, our favorite place, and sat by the water and watched the boats during lunch. A bittersweet goodbye– there’s nowhere more beautiful to enjoy a meal in Uppsala!
After class we all went home to shower and change for the farewell dinner at Norrlands Nation that evening. The theme was 70-talet (70’s) or a famous Swedish celebrity from the 1970s. I dressed “lightly” in 70’s attire, but some people came as members of ABBA, Björn Borg, Pippi Långstrump, and the King and Queen of Sweden. The outfits were amazing!
I got some of my tallest friends together for a picture with me in our 70’s attire. David, Tim, and Austen are all at least 6 feet tall, so this photo made me look even shorter! Haha :)
We had a very traditionally Nordic meal of reindeer, älg, potatoes, summer salad, and a pannacotta at the end. Of course the meal was full of beer, cider, wine, snaps, and digestifs. We were quite full! ;)
There were many performances, songs, speeches, and entertainment throughout the dinner. We had a little break after dinner before dancing, so I got some pictures with my teachers from the 6 weeks. I am so, so, incredibly thankful that I was a student in each of these teachers’ classes– they were amazing and are all truly wonderful people that I hope to keep in touch with as I begin my journey to move to Sweden! :)
Here are Jenny and David, my morning class teachers for A2+ and B1:
And here are Camilla and Emma- my afternoon teachers for grammar and conversation.. getting very in to the theme! :)
We danced and danced to lots of 70’s music late in to the night. When it was time to go home, we all said some quite tearful goodbyes and reluctantly went back to our flats. I have made some incredible friends on this trip and didn’t want my summer with them to end! Hopefully I can come back next year to do it all over again :)
Friday was move-out day. I furiously cleaned my flat and packed all my bags by 11:15 when someone from UISS came to check me out and give me back my 1000 SEK deposit. Austen and I took a cab from the flats to my hotel right next to the train station (because there was NO WAY we were going to drag incredibly heavy luggage 3km through the streets of Uppsala!) and he went to his hostel to check in. We met David, Liana, and Hannah for a Chinese food lunch and a little shopping, then David and I went off home and the others went in to Stockholm for the day.
I walked back to my hotel to repack everything and watch some Swedish TV for a relaxing afternoon. David came over for dinner around 20:00 and we met Austen for one last chat outside in the beautiful moonlight just before midnight. I hugged the crap out of those two boys, said goodbye, and went upstairs to get a few hours sleep before my 6:00 train in the morning to the airport.
Hej då, Sverige! I’ll be back so soon :)