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Stockholm is not ready for us!

  Hej! My name is Sidney Patnoe-Hagelberger and I’m a junior religion and Scandinavian studies double major. I am from Minneapolis, MN. I choose to study abroad in Sweden because honestly I hate hot weather and lots of sun- so Malaysia was out of the question. Alexa Giebienk is one of my best friends and she […]

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Hejdå Mora, Hej Stockholm!

Hej alla! Jag heter Amelia Napiorkowski och jag är från Chicago. I am a junior Sociology/Anthropology and Scandinavian Studies major. I am here to tell you all a little bit about my experiences abroad and our last week here in Mora. We’ve been in Mora for five weeks and are currently on the train to […]

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Hej from Beautiful Mora

Hej from beautiful Mora. My name is Britta Johnson.  I am a Junior Psychology and Scandinavian Studies major from Eagan, MN and I am absolutely loving this semester in Sweden.  It is the perfect day here – sunny and in the mid 40s. I just returned from a walk where I got many strange looks because […]

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Well done, and we’re not even close to done.

If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume that you’ve been following the Semester in Sweden and you know where we are going and what we are doing, so I’m going to take my turn to tell you some of what I, at least, am feeling.  First, a little bit about who we are.  Jeff teaches […]

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First Week in Mora

Hallå! We now have been in the city of Mora in Dalarna county for over a week and we all love it! My name is Alexa Giebink and I come from Sioux Falls, SD. I am a junior History Major, Sociology/Anthropology and Classics double minor.  I have no Scandinavian heritage or studies in my background. […]

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Our final days in Jokkmokk, and the Winter Market.

Hej allihopa, och Glad Alla Hjärtans Dag! Hello everyone, and Happy Valentine’s Day! My name is Zach Gardner and I’m from Edina, MN. I’m currently a sophomore at Gustavus, pursuing a major in Scandinavian Studies. As you may have read in the last post, my friend Patrick was the one who told me about this […]

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A Few More Days in Jokkmokk

Hello everybody I am excited to be updating you all on what is happening in the Arctic Circle.  My name is Patrick Day and I am from Branford, Connecticut.  I am a Sophomore, Environmental Studies Major.  I was really excited when I found out that there was a Semester trip to Sweden.  So the first […]

Home Sweet Home

10 hour flight across the Atlantic from Munich – check. Going through customs in Chicago – check. Finally flying home to MN – CHECK! After a fun, educational and busy month abroad, everyone has made it safely home! This month couldn’t have been possible with the help and hard work of many – including Liza, […]

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Germany: Much More than Alps, Beer and Castles

A great teacher once told me, “Many years from now, people will seldom remember the things you said. Your actions will often be forgotten too. But what people will almost never forget, regardless of how much time has passed, is the way you made them feel”. For our group’s final day in Germany we all […]

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Gusties in the Mountains; an Unexpected Journey

While they did not find themselves battling a greedy dragon on the slopes of the lonely mountain, an unexpected journey was already brewing when the Gusties stepped onto the bus destined for the Bavarian Alps this morning. Today’s tour brought us through some of  Bavaria’s most remarkable places. Stop Number 1: Ammergau. Located deep within […]


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