Monday, August 24, 2009

The beginning

Wow so I moved in! In Sweden! At Uppsala! I can't entirely believe that I am here sometimes but I really love it so far. I was ready to feel displaced and isolated at worst but it's been completely opposite of that. Spending a week with family and friends has really helped me feel differently about the upcoming year. I am relieved and excited for winter now instead of wary and glum. It sounds like way more fun than we have at home because there actually is a winter and they make the most of it. All the sports and traditions and snow!! I know I'll be eating my words in a few months but from where I sit now it just sounds fun :)

So. My room. Is HUGE! Well... compared to last year. I have THREE chairs, my OWN bathroom, an ENORMOUS desk, OODLES of shelves and a BIG window!! I am so pleased :D I was gearing up to have to buy lots of furniture once here but it's all taken care of. I still had to buy all the rest of the stuff you need to survive in the semi-urban jungle but that was still considerably better. They even had lamps already! I had a tiny dark one last year in a dark room with a small window. And roommate. Which I don't have now! Own room. Own space. Own decisions. (Wow does that sound cliche.) I put up my few posters but I haven't started with the rest of the little stuff I brought. I think that'll be the fun part. There are several postcards and lots of cutouts from calenders of oldtime posters- they're like posters, but smaller and cheaper ;)

My desk is a complete mess and I've lived here for 3 days already. I just don't have the place for them that I want and I suppose I just don't feel organized enough myself to start cleaning it up haha. I will have to make another trip to Ikea for organizers! The clutter is driving me a little crazy.

Today I slept in for the only the second time since I arrived and I definitely needed it O.o Woke up around 11 and missed the first day of registration... But not to worry, it continues all week and I already reserved a spot in my classes. So I took my sweet time getting ready and headed out the door to walk into town. I didn't rush and took apparently the longest possible way because I made it there 35 minutes later. Ah well.

I took care of some pressing business- but not all of it, sadly- and paid my membership dues to the student union and V-Dala nation. Yay! Official nation member :D Then I took a stroll around the neighborhood- just a little. Mostly I just stuck to shopping. Oops. I made some unnecessary purchases at Gina Tricot and some necessary ones at Ã…hlen's. Now I have a coffee press and a new outfit! What could be better?!

I turned in my application to have internet access turned on in my room and was told it will take ANOTHER 5-ish days for them to get it done. Omg. I am using my neighbor's wireless connection because he took pity on me and gave me his password. I wanted to not impose anymore (figuratively speaking) and stop piggybacking on his network. Plus, he downloads a lot of stuff and it slows everything down a bit... Not that I should look a gift horse in the mouth or anything... That would be rather ungrateful. Ahem.

I met some really great people last Saturday at a roof party someone was throwing and we're going out again Wednesday for a pub crawl! Yay! I was so worried I wouldn't meet people and here I am, meeting people. How anticlimactic. But I am somewhat relieved that the student life is such a big deal here. Somewhat because my corridor mates to throw all-night parties and blast their music at times but overall glad that people are willing to socialize. I spent most of the night explaining to people where I was from and inwardly chuckling at their amazement at my level of fluency. HAHA looks like I'm a bit of an oddity. Hope that will work out in my favor.

So much more to do tomorrow. It just won't end... Sigh.



armygirl3 said...

Awww you're starting to sound like you already fit right in already :]

that's exciting!

Britta said...

thanks! yea it's getting to be kinda great :)