Archive for Ryan Jacobi


Since I grew up around sheep, I was given the task of chronicling our journey to the sheep farm outside Jönköping. The farm is owned by Karin and Göte Lindström. Göte is the Vice President at the school we were staying at. Their farm is about twenty minutes outside of Jönköping in a lovely countryside starting to […]

Wood, Students, and the Greenest city in Europe. April 17-18

For years if someone wanted to build a building over 3 stories in Sweden, wood was not an option. It was not considered strong enough to safely support such weight. Recently, however, people have changed that. Wood is cheaper and more environmentally friendly than brick or cement. It can also be recycled and is easier to […]

Got Land? I did during Spring Break

As loyal readers already know for spring break I traveled with Devon to Visby on Gotland, an Island off the southeastern coast of Sweden. Visby is an extremely well-preserved medieval town, and was a member of the Hanseatic League, a group of predominantly German towns specializing in trade on the Baltic and North Seas. At the local museum, Devon and […]

Third week in Mora: No sportlov for you!

In our third week in Mora, things kicked into high gear. People were flocking into Mora for the Vasaloppet and the many ski races during the week. This is also when the students here take their spring break, called sportlov. So while they were skiing and goofing off, we still had class in the morning and Swedish […]

The Calm Before the Market.

Feb. 2 On this most auspicious morning we had the pleasure to attend the esteemed Winter Conference. We mingled quickly before filing in and sitting down and giving our full attention to the speakers. The first was a learned scientist who lectured on the current international politics in the Arctic. With record amounts of ice […]

Class discussions: Using what we’ve learned.

January 28 Our first day of Swedish classes and class discussions went very well, I would and do say. In Swedish 202, we spent the class reviewing material and discussing what areas would be most useful to focus on. Chelsea also used this time to see where we were in our mastery of the Swedish language. After […]