3. February 2013

Ice in Mellanskärgården

Impressive experience on the ice in the middle parts of Stockholm’s archipelago — thanks to a phenomenal friend.

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3. February 2013

Ice on Stora Värtan

Gemütliche ice-skating tour on Stora Värtan. Small sight-seeing à la Shackleton included.

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27. January 2013

Winterness Around the Corner: Tyresta National Park

As an allusion to a previous article about the wilderness in Tyresta National Park, here is a short report on the winterness in the same place but during another season. Looks completely different.

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27. January 2013

Ice on Rönningesjön

It is just appropriate to praise the public transport from time to time. Especially if it makes a trip to a frozen lake a breeze. This time it was Rönningesjön near Täby. The snow was cleared from a circular track on the lake that used to be a bathing place in summer.

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22. January 2013

Missing in Sweden: Amazon

Strange but true: there is no Amazon in Sweden. I conceive this country as very eager to adapt new concepts and cutting-edge technology. Connectivity to the Web is ubiquituous. However, to my big surprise, there is no www.amazon.se. I could not find a matching Swedish counterpart either. Why?

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20. January 2013

Ice on the Baltic Sea

Magnificient ice on the Baltic Sea within Stockholm’s Archipelago, as discovered on a tour 20 kilometers east of Norrtälje.

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9. January 2013

Ice on Norrviken, Edsviken, Brunnsviken

Getting the better part of the nordic winter: An ice-skating tour in the darkness from Norrviken to Brunnsviken, The evening was rounded off by some beer at Karlaplan. What else to expect from live?

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8. January 2013

Ice on Östermalms IP

How to create a nice area for ice-skating? “Deep-freeze” a stadium, clear huge amounts of snow, and turn on the floodlights. While ice-skating on a lake is definitely better, the circle at Östermalms IP is large enough to offer space for skaters at all kinds of speed and abilities.

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6. January 2013

Ice on Vallentunasjön

Many thanks to those who know the ice and made me have a wonderful day on the frozen Vallentunasjön – igen: tusen tack till dem som gjorde det möjligt.

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14. December 2012

Vetenskap och konst - Julkonserten 2012

KTH’s Christmas concert 2012 offered a diverse composition: traditional Christmas pieces, a Lucia procession, and an extract from Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium (Christmas Oratorio).

10. December 2012

Secondhand Course Literature in Stockholm

Being sick of expensive course literature in Stockholm? Relief is on the way: Secondhand books can be bought at Campusbutiken of Stockholms Universitet. There is also an online platform kthbok.com which performs a similar duty without taking detours via a reseller.

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8. December 2012

Swedish in Sweden - Musings about Motivation

Musings about motivation: the last part of a series in favor of learning Swedish while in Sweden.

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14. November 2012

Swedish in Sweden - Practice and Rehearsal

When learning a foreign language, there is an abundance of new words, new grammar, and new expressions coming in. Rehearsal is necessary in order to keep the learned items in memory. Much practice is required in order to turn passive understanding into readily available active language skills.

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14. November 2012

Swedish in Sweden - Learning to Listen

What use is it to ask someone in Swedish and then not to understand the answer? How to get the pronunciation right without being able to listen to Swedish? These two thoughts made listening a top priority for me when I started a new foreign language.

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20. October 2012

Swedish in Sweden - Gathering New Input

When learning a foreign language, full immersion probably guarantees a nearly unlimited supply of new words, new grammar, and new expressions, which never comes to a halt. When immersion is not possible, how to react?

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15. October 2012

Swedish in Sweden - Translation Tools

The best way to find a good Swedish translation while in Sweden is to ask a Swede. Of course. And there is no surprise here. However, there are a couple of resources available on the web that help with translation when professional help is not available.

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15. October 2012

Swedish in Sweden

Swedes talk Swedish. Surprised? Swedes always talk English with you as a foreigner? Well, the game can be changed and it is not too hard for native speakers in German or English. This is the start signal for a six-part article series about how to concretely speed up your progress in learning Swedish as a foreign language, based on my experiences. Why not just talk English? This crucial question is tackled first.

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5. October 2012

Stockholm in Autumn - Worth a Thousand Words

Autumn has arrived and Stockholm dresses itself in wonderful colors. The magnificient scenery is definitely worth a few pictures.

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3. October 2012

TUM @ KTH Go Global Exchange Fair 2012

In 2012, KTH Stockholm offered an exchange fair for local students that want to go abroad. We organized a booth for Technische Universität München.

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12. September 2012

Vetenskap och konst - Fyrverkeriorkestern 2012

Charming. Unbeatable. Inconceivable. So much to the concert at KTH in Stockholm on September 12, which featured a variety of enjoyable pieces and culminated in the overwhelming “Music for the Royal Fireworks” (G. F. Händel). A fantastic display of music and fireworks in the Borggården of KTH main campus in a chilly late summer night.

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3. September 2012

Two Semesters at TUM - Four Periods at KTH

Technische Universität München divides the academic year into a summer semester and a winter semester. However, it is four periods instead of two semesters at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Here is a glance at some of the implications that I can see.

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3. September 2012

Biking in Stockholm - Practicalities and is it worth it?

Where to get a bike in Stockholm? Where to put the bike? And is it worth bicycling in Stockholm? While the practicalities are not easy to address, the efforts certainly pay out as a first trip indicates.

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28. August 2012

Överraskning: min kurs är på svenska

Why is the lecturer talking Swedish? Kursen är på svenska, förstås! I noted with some surprise that one of my courses is given in Swedish. It turned out to be a very welcome opportunity to listen to Swedish in a multi-modal setting.

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27. August 2012

Swedish Krona reaching 12-Year High against the Euro

Unfortunate for all those who have to exchange euro for Swedish krona: the krona has reached a 12-year high against the euro in August 2012. This is a rough 10% loss compared to last year.

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23. August 2012

Shout it out loud every Tuesday: Living in Lappis

Every Tuesday one can hear random shouting at 10 pm in Lappis, a big housing estate near Stockholms universitet and KTH Stockholm.

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