‘Semester in Sweden’ Category

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Last Days in Umeå

     Hej! My name is Erin Baumann. I am a sophomore Environmental Studies major from Madison Wisconsin. This is my first time traveling to Sweden, actually it is my first time in Europe! I am on this program for a number of reasons. First, I wanted to do a type of study abroad program […]

Our Journey to Sweden

Dear friends, families, and loved ones, we made it to Sweden! Here in our first blog post, we’ll describe the journey we took from MSP airport to Arlanda airport, and then finally up to the Umeå airport. We left at 9am on January 14th and arrived at 5pm on January 15th. Our flight from MSP […]

Standing on Kinekulle

Our geology field trip with Mark was a very interesting and enlightening experience.  It was amazing to see all of the old rock formations and really put the earths age into perspective.  One of the parts that was the most interesting which made it easy to see the history of the area was when the […]

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 […]

Journey to Växjö, Kalmar and Öland

On the morning of April 15th, we departed from our hotel in Uppsala for a relaxing morning train ride to Växjö.  That afternoon, we congregated at the main square before meeting our families, while some of us had fika at a nearby cafe.  Matt and I would be spending the next five days with Stefan […]

Hello Hållö!

After a day of exploring the city of Göteborg, we began our first day “out in the field” of Geology with Mark on Tuesday. Mark taught at Gustavus for many years before he moved to Sweden in 2003 and began teaching at the University in Göteborg, and he is now head of his department there. […]

Our first week on the hill – Jönköping

We arrived in Jönköping after a short train ride from Växjö. The first thing we saw through the train windows as we pulled up was the enormous (2nd largest in Sweden) Lake Vättern. Jönköping is situated at the southern tip of the lake, with large hills on each side of the city. It’s actually quite similar to […]

Spring in Paris and Berlin

Over spring break I decided I would hop over to continental Europe to see Paris and Berlin. After spending 12 days in Stockholm, I thought it would give me a great opportunity to compare 3 very different cities. It’s interesting how cities have a character. Each city certainly feels different, but it’s sort of hard […]

A week with my family in Småland

Over spring break, some of us took the opportunity to reconnect with home again, through a trip back home or spending the week with family and friends.  I chose to spend my spring break with my cousins here.  My cousin Ingela and her husband Lars live on a farm near the small town Ljungby in […]

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 […]