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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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Beautiful Sights

Today was a day of beautiful sights (and beautiful weather). We drove to the Alps and stopped at some churches, castles, and even an Olympic stadium while we were there. We got lucky with great weather – a perfect winters day. The first castle we visited was Linderhoff Palace. It was King Ludwig II’s hunting […]

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Sending a Hej! From Jokkmokk!

Reporting from the Arctic Circle here in a very cold Jokkmokk. While we are all so busy frolicking the snow, we managed to find some downtime to do our homework, play some cards and go to school. I’m sure you are all eager to hear about our very intense Uno game, but first let me […]

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A Heavy Day of Experiencing and Exploring

    As Kirsten points out in her blog post, our day began in the town of Dachau at the site of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial.  We spent over four hours reflecting and remembering the thousands of people who died during their imprisonment at the camp from 1933 to 1945.  It was truly an […]


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