Vaknade upp till rikitigt härligt vårväder idag. Gick ner till frukosten, fruksoten blev lite dämpad då den andra Elin kom ner och berättade at thon bestämt sig för att åka hem till Sverige och inte stanna terminen ut. Sorgligt tycker vi men samtidigt är det ju bättre att göra det som känns rätt.
Efter frukosten bestämde jag mig för att gå ut. Passa på medans vädret är så härligt. Upptäckte en mysig stig längs med floden Don för några dagar sedan men hade då inte tillfälle att utforska den närmare. Men nu hade jag ju det, så jag gick som jag trodde att jag skulle gå för att komma på stigen fast ifrån andra hållet. Det gick nästan. Jag kom tll rätt plats men inte rätt stig. Men andra sidan av floden var lika fin den. Fick forbid botaniska trädgården, Snödroppar och klosterliljor i full blom.
Efter promenixen så skulle jag plugga, det gick ju inget vidare ska väl erkännas. Det var så häriligt att bara ligga i sängen I solen och chatta med kompisar. Började planera en dagsutflykt under påsklovet till Dunottar Castle. Kanske skulle dit med familjen iochförsig men jag kan åka dit två gånger det gör inte så mycket. Får väl se hur det blir, men det skulle vara kul att se något mer än Aberdeen.
Sedan dags för STAR award workshop, varför anmälde jag mig till det här egentligen?
Went to bed far too late yesterday. Left the library at 9.30 dumped my stuff in my room and went out to take a couple of pictures, I literally just stepped outside. Then I met Katie who just came back from having dinner with her boyfriend and his parents for the first time. Then she invited me over to have short chat. The short chat turned out to last until 1 at which point we were both tired but it was so much fun that we still didn’t really want to stop but we realized that we had to get up in the morning. When I got back to my room I also needed a shower, I can only shower before I go to bed, I know a lot of people shower in the morning. But anyway so didn’t go to bed until 2 and I still woke up at 8! It’s bloody annoying to be honest, especially since I had set the alarm to 9. I’m not tired now but I’m going to crash sometime during the day, problem is I have a bone practical today and a lecture after that so we’ll see how it goes I guess.
Wednesdays are normally free but today I had a practical in Marischal Museum in the Marischal College. The practical didn’t start until 13.30 and I was planning on working before then. Planning being the key word. I needed to buy some lunch but then it turned out that my headphones had died completely and since I can’t live without music I decided I needed to buy new ones. So instead of going to Lidl to buy lunch I ended up going into town. HMV had some special prices so got two headphones for 10£ and fine if you are a real sound nerd that are probably really bad quality but for the everyday person who just needs them to listen to music to feed her addiction they work perfectly fine.
So went past Morrisons instead and bought some bread for some lunches to come. It’s a cheap way of living. Then went back had lunch and basically waited to leave for the practical and got into a discussion with some flatmates. We are all kind of panicking that we have not found a flat yet. But we shall see how it goes.
The Pracitcal was a guided tour in the Marschial museum behind the scenes. So we got to see the archives, conservatories etc. It was pretty interesting to see the Museum store. They had a couple of 1000s of objects everything from mummies to moth eaten birds of paradise. Then we had a answer sheet which we had to fill out and which we have to hand into St:Mary’s. After the practical it was almost time for my working training. Okay not really, but I ended up finishing the worksheet and had that in so it was better than nothing I guess.
The working training took place in McRobert. The most boring building on campus. It basically looks like a hospital. The Campus here is very diverse, we’ve got buildings from 1495 and then we’ve got the more modern ones. Anyway, got my rota for the day and a leaflet telling us what we need to bring up for the Campus tours. They warned us that there probably is going to be changes and to keep a close eye on our email. The whole thing was concluded with a campus tour with one of the old student ambassadors. By then I had missed dinner but I had requested a late meal. Went by Crombie reception and asked for it, turns out they had forgotten it but the portier was nice and ran and got it for me. It was good I went past as apparently he had come to the hub in the last minute. The late meal was better than expected I guess, I thought I would get something from whatever they had had for dinner. But I got yoghurt, bread, crisps, fruit and a pasta, bulgur salad with chicken. I don’t like bulgur so for me it wasn’t that great but I’m still impressed that I got a decent meal anyway. Ended up not eating it, a friend offered me some pasta instead so we switched, or we were going to but he didn’t like the salad either so he got the other stuff and left the salad for his flatmates to eat if anyone wanted it. I kinda felt bad for eating his food since it turns out that he had not had dinner as he had gone training. But the guy is really stubborn and insisted that he did not want it. Not sure I believe him but what to do.
En av dessa konstiga tankar som slår en vid konstiga tillfällen är väl ändå denna. Om något skulle hända med mig vem skulle sakna mig då? Hur lång tid skulle det ta innan någon saknade mig? Har funderat lite på det här i Skottland. Familjen är ju hemma i Sverige och man skypar med föräldrarna normalt en gång i veckan men det behöver inte ens bli en gång i veckan. Har därför funderat på hur lång tid det skulle ta innan någon började fundera på om något hade hänt mig. Det skulle ju åtminstone ta en två veckor utan att prata med föräldrarna som de skulle misstänka att något var fel. Man skulle ju kunna bli kidnappad och mördad utan att de visste något eller ens anade något.
Visst man har ju flatmates men man har ju olika scheman och andra aktiviteter så ibland dröjer det ju ett tag innan man träffas regelbundet och sen kan ju en person frivilligt dra sig undan ibland. Och vem skulle de kontakta liksom, SRA, visst men det skulle ju ändå dröja ett bra tag innan det kom fram till hemmet att något hade hänt.
Det är ju inte som i skolan liksom när lärarna skulle märkt direkt att man var frånvarande en längre stund från lektionerna och då antagligen hade ringt hem. Här dröjer det ju åtminstone tre veckor innan de reagerar på frånvaron och då mejlar dem en och varnar för att man håller på att få C6 varning men om jag är inlåst i en källare eller ligger död i ett dike liksom så kan jag ju inte precis svara på ett mejl eller hur? Och det är ju inte så att familjen kan komma hit på två röda om det skulle hända något heller.
That must be the most used title of all today on blogs and facebooks across the wolrd me thinks. Valentine’s day today if anyone could have missed that, don’t think so with all the hearts and fluffy stuff around. In school we used to be able to buy roses for people that the student council then gave out. This usually ended in disaster as the flowers wilted before they even got to the recipients. At least there is no such thing here though, people are a bit more mature.
Sometimes for Valentine’s Day me and my sister would get chocolate or something from our parents, but now I’m a bit far away for that but I got Ahlgren’s bilar yesterday so at least I got something.
How did you guys celebrate Valentine’s day? For me it was lectures and German results. Probably going out Sunday, having a late Valentine’s “celebration”. Tonight its time for the Tunnels and center Stage and Creative writing.
So went into town, got soaked. Its raining/snowing and the wind is seriously cold. Got the present, a gift card for the movies and some Lindor Chocolates. I’m so bad with presents. I never know what to get people unless they give me a list of what they want. I think its because I’m kinda scared that they don’t like the present or that they already have the book/movie or whatevevr. Also bought myself a hoodie because I need one and found a cute one on sale. Only 8£ instead of 20£ so I’m rather pleased.
When I got back it also turned out that the package my parents sent on Sunday had arrived. So now I have another book for one of my essays and some Ahlgren’s bilar, Yay!
Så idag Fettisdag, Semel dag eller kalla det vad ni vill. Sjalv har jag inte fått några semlor då de här borta i Skottland inte har semlor. Istället firar de Pancake day. Syftet är den samma som semeldagen, man ska äta lyxig mat innan det är dags för fastan. Har aldrig fastat i hela mitt liv och känner ingen Kristen person som fastar heller. En del muslimska klasskompisar har ju följt Ramadan men de är nog de enda jag kan komma på som faktiskt fastat på riktigt så att säga.
Men det var ju munk kväll ikväll så jättemycket plugg har det inte blivit. Ytterligare ett brandlarm precis när vi kom tillbaka från Munkarna för andra gången eftersom Val skulle ta några extra, tror hon tog en 10 stycken allt som allt. De flesta andra tar ju en och så te/kaffe när de är där nere och är nöjda med det men inte Val.
Och det här var mer än jobbigt, har hittat å men inte de andra två. It’s a pain to write in Swedish with this keyboard so its probably not going to happen very often.
So I am currently on a top-up card (kontantkort heter det visst I Sverige) I used to have a contract which was pretty good to be honest. I’ve started to think whether to get a contract here or not.
· Don’t have to go top it up at the weirdest times
· Can always use the phone
· Get more texts and minutes for the same amount of money
· Which means I can text more which is what I mainly use my phone for and don’t have to think of the really stupid texts that I’ve caught myself sending.
· Could get a contract with internet included which would enable me to use the smartphone as a smartphone. At the moment I have a very stupid smartphone :/
· I have to pay a set amount every month regardless of how much I end up using it.
· I have to pay even during the months I’m back home and not using the phone.
· I don’t know how to pay bills which could lead to some serious issues
· I could get stuck with a contract for like 24 Months and who know what might have happened then.
So at this point I’m more leaning towards keeping the top-up card because even though I have to top it up I still only pay for what I actually use but on the other hand it is a bit of a pain not being able to use the phone like I’m used to. Please leave a comment I need help deciding...
Do you ever feel like you need to talk to someone that fully understands you, that you can confide in and trust that they wont spread the word around? Someone will listen and make inputs and advice but not judge. I’m not a person who finds it easy to trust, I have great friends but they are far away and time and distance has made it difficult to share things the way they used to be shared. I got into a discussion with a girl from Hong-Kong yesterday and she hasn’t seen her family since September and we discussed this issue of confidantes and family. She has a very close relationship with her family as that is part of the Chinese culture, I wouldn’t say I have that type of relationship with my family and definitely not with my sibling. I would say I have a good relationship with my family, but I’ve never felt like I could tell them everything, I probably could and I’m just being paranoid but there has always been that feeling of a boundary you are not supposed to cross. Things you want to share but at the same time not.
You don’t really want to vent to people that you have to meet and see everyday but on the other hand its not like you wan to go vent to some random stranger either because that is strange and they don’t know what your background or reasons might be. Which is perhaps the good aspect of talking to a stranger but at the same time it also makes it difficult.
It has become increasingly difficult to find someone to really talk to as the months progress. Don’t get me wrong I love my life here and my friends but the friendships are still too new for me to want to go into depth about things. And then there are the friends back home to whom the distance has made the things that goes on here and over there entirely separate and sometimes difficult to express. Its things that perhaps you should have said something about ages ago but then you didn’t and it just starts to accumulate, snowball effect and it is difficult to go back because you risk insulting them by telling them too late in a sense since you did keep it under wraps for a time.
Yes, this is a really weird random post I guess. But it’ll have to do :)
The people in Scotland are very friendly at least those here in Aberdeen. If you need help people seem to be willing to help. I don’t know whether people are more helpful here than back home since we swedes don’t tend to ask for help unless we absolutely have to and it is then mostly when we’re on vacation anyway.
Based upon what a friend of me has said that now goes to uni in Sweden after having done IB as well, I would say that Uni in Sweden seems a lot easier. She says its much easier than the IB. But since I’ve never gone to Uni in Sweden I really have no idea. Other people has said that Uni is harder than upper secondary school so I guess its individual. The contact with staff works great here. One can always talk to lecturers or email them. Big difference though, here it is best to write dear Dr or Professor as some of them are pretty picky about their titles and you’d better not refer to a Professor as a doctor. I don’t know about the Uni back home. But in school we didn’t have to refer to teachers as Mr and Mrs or Miss which the students here had to do all the time throughout school.
The weather here is quite similar. It rains quite a bit but not as bad as expected perhaps. But it is slightly colder here or at least the cold feels different perhaps due to the close proximity to the sea. That’s just a theory since it is always windier close to the ocean.
According to the more experienced partyiers the party life here is pretty good. I’m really not in a position to comment but at least I know that the drinks are cheaper here than back home so I guess that’s good. There are some preally nice bars and pubs, I don’t really like going to clubs since I’ve got two left feet and the music is too loud.
Rents for apartments are pretty high but apparently Aberdeen is one of the most expensive cities in Scotland. This might be due to the oil I really don’t know. The costs for food seems to be perhaps slightly cheaper than in Sweden but I haven’t really checked as I’m catered this year so I don’t buy that much proper healthy food.
So yeah that is not really a comparison I guess, its more of a random rant. But that’ll have to do for now.