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Just popping in to say I never thought I would talk about facebook, blogs, LARPS, RPGs, World of Warcraft and some other things in a class.  Like seriously talk about them. It was definitely interesting and kept my attention haha~

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Last week I started my new set of COM classes. It’s already much better than the previous class I was taking. This professor not only appears to know what he’s talking about, but he also shows that he at least has some passion in teaching.  Not to mention, he’s quite funny.  The last set of classes were so unorganized and bland that it hurt to go to class, this new guy is a lot more entertaining and has a much better teaching style. I actually feel like I’ll get something out of this class.

And today I got some free food! I was heading to the kitchen to make a peanut butter sandwich when Matthias (the German boy that came back) offered/told me he was going to make me food.  So, of course I wasn’t going to say no.  I at least helped with cutting onions, potatos, and mashing the potatos, both normal and sweet.  So, I didn’t feel bad because I put some effort in too.  I’m really a horrible cook.  But, luckily our mashed mixed potatos and the salmon with yummy sauce was delicious.  Definitely much better than a peanut butter sammich!

So, I got up early today because I planned with my group members in IMCS to meet up at 9.  So, all was going well until I apparently got on the wrong bus.  At Flogsta, the only buses that really come this way are bus 2 and 22.  This morning I apparently had the fortune of getting on bus 21.  I didn’t even realize there was another bus that came to Flogsta, probably because those times are so irregular.  So, I wasn’t paying attention and I probably would have if the whole bus stop didn’t get on this bus. The bus turned right instead of left at Rejkaviksgatan and that should have been my first clue. But no…I thought, “Maybe there is some kind of construction and this is detour?” Then we passed a bus stop and  I thought the sign said “2” as well so I was still comfortable. But then…we started to get really out in the boonies. I figured by then that I clearly was not on the right bus and I kept seeing bus stops for 21.  I had hoped that it would get near town, but when I could see the castle and the cathedral off in the distance I realized that wasn’t going to happen.  So I jumped off in the middle of nowhere after asking some girls on the bus which bus went into town.  They said 110, 115 and 20.  So, I managed to catch 20 and went to Centralstation, got off and then got bus 5 whichI realized stopped at Ekonomikum aaand finally got off there.

Sooo chaotic. So, by then it was already going on 10, our class starts at 10:15. I felt sooo bad! On the bus I also remembered that I wasn’t going to be having class in the same room as last week, so that stressed me out. BUT! Luckily as I was walking in the door, my group was turning the corner and yeah.  So, I explained to them and said sorry annnd all of that stuff. Vanessa said it was alright though because they were hving issues with the printer for like 30 mins and didn’t really get to talk either.

On a good note, we kinda rocked our presentation. Especially without practicing beforehand! 🙂

I went to Stockholm today with my politics class.  I arrived at the train station a bit earlier than the others.  I was a bit worried though, because I hadn’t checked my e-mail this morning, and rarely am I the first person anywhere so…  But, yeah.  Stefan eventually showed up and we went to try and purchase my ticket from the machines (since it’s cheaper than going to the people at the desk and buying them).  Of course, it’s me, so there was naturally some complication.  I tried to put my card in and it said the card wasn’t valid, so I tried my US one and it said the same thing.  Then we both  realized (when he went to purchase his) that he went and pushed the “buy ticket” button first instead of you know…just putting the card in.  So, anyway!  When purchasing tickets make sure to actually “buy the ticket” by doing all the steps like location, studentness, etc etc, THEN put in your card.  We broke the machine for awhile too.  It for some reason went “out of order” after our 3rd screw up.  Rofl.

So, I don’t want to imagine taking the trains by myself.  I don’t know why, but for some reason I’m still trying to figure out how they work.  But, anyway~  All of us (being Stefan, myself, professor A., and the turkish girls) went off to Stockholm.  We met up with Per and Suyin in the terminal and theeen we went to the subway.  Which is lucky for people in the Stockholm with magic cards that work, unlike the rest of us who had to go buy paper tickets.  I tried to follow Per and Suyin for about a second before I realized they had the cards since they’re both from Stockholm.  Though, technically I’d say Suyin isn’t. ;p

Anyway, after that we went to the lecture place and listened to a seminar by a professor from Rutgers, our professor, and 3 other commentators.  It was interesting, especially Brian Palmer who showed video clips of ads and whatnot from Youtube. Fun stuff.  The seminar was more on how the campaign was going in the US though, not really about deciding factors in it, which is what I think it was supposed to be.

Oh, I forgot to mention.  They had treats and stuff in the lobby-like area before we went in for the seminar.  And there was this homeless guy.  Or, well, maybe he wasn’t homeless but he certainly looked it.  We (Suyin and I) assumed he was up there maybe getting some food or something.  Well, Per and I got to talking aaand we needed to throw our trash away so I saw this bag, right?  Well, the bag had newspapers and an empty coffee cup in it.  It looked like trash, and since it was the only bad I saw, I assumed it was.  So, I through my trash in there and Per did with his shortly after.  But, right when Per did, the homeless-like guy picked up the bag and stuff.  And we realized, it was actually his bag, and it now had our trash in it.  It was so embarassing and we couldn’t stop laughing about it shortly after and later on in the evening.

After the seminar people were invited to go to the pub for more Q&A with the commentators.  Yes, you heard me right.  Go to the pub, get some drinks, and discuss politics.  Highly encouraged by the staff.  Never in the states would you see your professor ask you out to like Harry’s or The Cactus to discuss a seminar. Never.  I was definitely amused, but we decided against it.

So, Suyin, Per, Kim, and myself headed back to Stockholm city via the subway again.  Which was an adventure.  The subway was packed, we had to stand, and were squished like sardines this time, definitely more crowded than before, when we had seats available.  But, I guess it was around rush hour so, I imagine this is what it’s like in New York and Japan on the subways/trains as well haha.  I’m just thankful to say that I have double jointed shoulders, because I was holding onto a pole above my head and by the time we got to our destination it was definitely behind me, because of all the pushing.

So, we all went to Taco Bar for some food.  Which is a classier Taco Bell IMO.  Funny thing though, definitely more calories at Taco Bar than at Taco Bell I believe!  So, I got some yummy nachos and fanta. yumyum~  We talked a bit, and Kim is actually going to Maryland for Thanksgiving to visit his girlfriend.  See they can pull off the long distance thing well, and it’s so cute and I’m jealous, because I want to go home for Thanksgiving too. Rofl.

After that we went to the trains station again, because Kim and I had to get back to Uppsala.  We talked outside with Per and Suyin before our train left, which was probably a bad idea in the long run, because we ended up having to stand in the door-way between cars because there were no more seats on the train.  Which I also got completely OWNED by the guillotine-like door.  Some lady came through, looked me straight in the eyes, then pushed the “tryck” button.  Causing the door to violently slide open and knock me to the side, it felt like my elbow broke for a good 30 seconds.  It freaking hurt!  Then she just acted all apologetic and stuff.  Haha, I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt and say that maybe she thought that by pushing the button the door would open inwards and not slide to the side.  As there was no warning of this.  But, I bet she knew all along. 😦

Towards the end of the trip Kim and I managed to snag some seats after people left.  We talked a bit and eventually made it to Uppsala centralstation and went back home.  I missed the bus again though so I had to wait about 17 minutes for the next one, which was sad, but okay.

I don’t know why it feels extremely late.  It’s only 10:30 now, but it felt 10:30 when we were sitting at tacobar, and that was only 6:30 or something.  I bet it’s the darkness, tripping up my senses!