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!

Two days ago was really interesting, but yesterday I was a bit too lazy to write about it.

I got up at 11 then, and went to town with Jenny and Julia, I don’t remember why we were going exactly; but we did.  Sooo, yeah.  We went around shopping/looking for a bit.  I even tried on this dress, which was pretty cute, but I didn’t know when I’d wear it.  I love shopping here, there are no meltdowns because things somehow actually fit me!  They have my size in everything I’ve wanted to try on so far! And it’s not even the biggest size, can you believe it!?

Then I met up with Ingrid as well since I had told her we could meet for fika, but I wasn’t done shopping yet! So, she came and I ended up buying 3 pairs of shoes.  Okay, so technically I bought 2 pair, and the last one was free.  I realized I had 0 nice shoes, so I got a pair of maryjanes of some sort, ballerina shoes, and some boots.  Very nice~ haha. Oh, I forgot to mention my card gave me issues again so I went to the bank AGAIN and withdrew some cash and they said they would send me ANOTHER card.  This will be my 3rd one.  Am I doing something wrong? I don’t think so. 3rd time’s the charm!

We then ended up going to Lindex (like Windex!) which seems to be a store mostly for under garmets and the like, and I picked out some tights and leggings.  Oh leggings, how you remind me of elementary school. Haha~ But, I mostly bought those because Ingrid said the pair she bought was her best purchase thus far, though apparently she’s been wearing them lots and they’re really supposed to be used in winter, Jenny says.  But, Ingrid is from Florida, I can see why they’d be nice now!

After that we went to Storkens and got fika.  I love the Storkens special, and you can get ice cream with it for FREE! Yummm~~

Then, Jenny and I left to go find out where they sent my package.  I heard they were supposed to send it to the ICA by my building, but they didn’t and they sent it to some mail place on Skolgatan.  Which, is very much in town and very much not by my building.  So, we got there and the mail guy joked with me, especially when he brought the package. It was HUGE.  Mom, how did you expect me to carry that?!  It was so heavy too!  The bottom of it was also busting, and that was sad~ But nothing fell out except maybe some medicine because when we opened the box on a bench to empty it a bit because of the weight, I noticed my medicine thingy was destroooyed.  So, I had pills and stuff all over the place in there, I saved as many as I could find, but Im pretty sure that most of them are in the plane, on the mail room floor, or scattered throughout the US and Sweden. Oh well. :< So, I stuffed my bookbag full, along with some more bags and there still wasn’t enough room for it.  If Jenny wasn’t with me, I don’t know what I would have done!  She helped me with the box because my elbows kept buckling and that’s no good.

We then went over to Lisa and Peter’s (after a quick stop to jenny’s) because I apparently said I would go clubbing with them and promised Jenny since they were trying to hook her up with a random guy and I had to save her.  Uhm…I don’t remember promising, but since they said I did. I went.  But yes, we played a bit of guitar hero; and Jason should be happy because I passed some songs, on easy, but I still passed! Way better than what happened last time I played!  Aaand we also played Mario Kart, which I wasn’t so good at today, though I rocked last time. >>;And I picked out my costume for Halloween, which will be Little Red Riding Hood, since the Fallen Angel one only came in like a small. :<

Aaand I also met Josefin (another good friend of Lisa, peter, Jenny, Suyin, etc), who throughout the night I came to find is a really awesome person, so I think she may have erased previous bad thoughts about the name.  But, we won’t get into that.  Unless she does something douchebaggy, she’s good!  And quite amusing.  She said she was from Kalix, and at that time I was texting a friend who lives up there.  It’s a super small city in northern Sweden.  Josefin swears that everyone knows everyone, so I said the name of my friend, and she didn’t know him; but that did NOT stop her from texting and calling friends/family to see if they knew, and it turns out yes 2 of them DID know the person I was talking to.  It really is a small world, which also means I pretty much believe in that whole 6 degrees of separation thing now. Haha.

So, Lisa bailed on us and I ended up going to Värmlands with just Jenny and Josefin.  So, we danced mostly, which was entertaining I guess?  It was fun, though I don’t think this is something I’d want to do on a frequent basis.  Something about bumping into sweaty people is not so great, or having the drunk swedish girls flail and pratically start a mosh pit with you, also not fun.  Haha, but yeah there were 2 dance floors, and we randomly went back and forth between them. It was nice, and by the end Josefin ended up dancing with some guy, but Jenny and I stayed together, because we just aren’t for the whole going with random guys thingy.  And whatever if you want to dance with them, that’s fine, I assume that’s what you’re supposed to do.  But, aaaish! I hate the making out that I sometimes saw, especially making out with no dancing.  It’s like gtfo if you’re going to just stand there and suck face.

We ended up leaving and walked home, which was nice because it was nice outside, but not so nice because my feet were killing meee~ XD

When I got back to my room I stayed up to watch the presidential debates, I was exhausted, but I really thought it was important to watch, so I streamed it on cnn.com I think.  I didn’t want to go watch them in the main corridor TV room, though I believe they were on live Swedish television as well.  I know there was a recap yesterday on the news, so they probably did.  I really felt that McCain did a horrible job, which doesn’t surprise me.  I have yet to see Bill Maher for Friday night, but I’m sure it’ll be entertaining.  I mean, he kept repeating himself, not answering the questions, flat out LYING, and doing that republican smirk-laugh.  It’s so irritating to watch, not to mention he was being super condescending.  Anyone who votes for him has got serious issues, especially if they are fed up with the current administration.  You know, this election is more important so if you want to vote solely on party-lines, that’s also stupid.  Look at the issues, look at how they’re presented.  Two Monday’s or so ago McCain said that the economy was sound for example, and then the crazy crash happened.  And now he’s playing it off like he’s been worried about it for so long?  He’s a fat-cat and the Democrats need to paint it that way.  He is not fighting for the little people he is fighting for that top 1%.  I have a lot more I could say on the debates, but this probably isn’t the place.  I will say one final thing though, you can tell he’s  warmonger and that there will be more wars.  All he could talk about were the wars, no matter what the topic (not to mention the frequent use of scare tactics he was using, it’s fine in little campaigns, but you can’t use those during a debate; hopefully it backfires!) and he wants more wars and he wants to use hard power in his foreign policy, it’s ridiculous.  We can’t have someone like this. We just can’t.  If you want more of the same, or Bush Administraton part 3, by all means vote for McCain.  If you want change, please vote for Obama.  At least with Obama there is hope of something new.  And if you feel so uninformed and are too lazy to catch up on details, and won’t vote.  Then please, give me a few extra votes and vote for Obama.

ANYWAY.

The next morning I got up and “cleaned” a bit (it’s just as messy now though haha) and unpacked my box.  I got teary eyed because I don’t know, just randomly a little homesick seeing the stuff.  There were a lot of amusing things in there like the giant lollipops, the halloween decorations, the Purdue sticker and the OSU poncho (which would have been nice the first two weeks here haha).  It was nice, though I was so angry when I realized how big the box was, I really liked EVERYTHING inside it, so it was all worth it.  <33

I did laundry yesterday, since I FINALLY ran out of clothes!  Uhm, yeah the washers are different here and super small, so I had to hog three of them.  The laundry room is in building 7 (I’m in building 6) so that’s not going to be fun in the winter haha.  But, I decided to do it on a Saturday night, because people will be partying and out, and I can easily just…use the laundry facilities.  Now, the whole washer system is very strange.  I wasn’t sure how to do everything so I just kind of threw my liquid detergent into the machine like I would at home.  Well, while my clothes were washing, I came back to my room and talked to a friend who informed me that there are box things on the top that you’re supposed to put your detergent or fabric softner into.  Well, I clearly messed that up!  I’d say maybe next time I’ll get it, but I’ll need a Swede to come and explain it to me.  I think there is one slot for dry detergent, another for liquid detergent, and another for fabric softner.  However, the pictures and stuff don’t explain or tell you what to put where.  So, it’s probably best to ask a Swede before you go what everything means.  If I had a camera on my phone, I probably would have taken a picture and sent it to peter like, “What is this nonsense?!” haha.

Anyway, the dreyers aren’t AS complicated except there are 3 things you can pick.  P1, P2, or P3.  According to the picture P1 is no water, P2 had one drop so I’m assuming it was some water, and P3 had two drops, which I assume was a lot of water.  Well, next time I’m using P3.  Because I used P2 this time, and came back like an hour later and my clothes were still damp.  What the heck?  I didn’t think they were THAT wet when I put them in there, but I guess they were.  It also doesn’t say anywhere how long your clothes will be on for.  It says between 15-70 minutes.  And that’s a large span of time.  Jonatan said he usually just puts them in, and goes back in an hour.  Seems like a good plan to me.  Except yeah, P3 next time!  I did notice one machine did have the time listed, but only one~  So strange.  So yes, check with someone before you do laundry for the first time if you have no idea what hole to put the detergent in (Hello, kids from America!) or if you aren’t sure how long to keep it in there just keep it in there for about an hour on P3.  Also, don’t expect to stay down there, there are no chairs for you to keep watch over your stuff.  I guess people are more trusting here, at Purdue there are signs on our doors like, “Don’t leave laundry unattended!!!”

Oh! There is also a “hanging” dryer apparently.  I didn’t realize that until I came back and Peter and co. told me that it could be a tumbler or a hanging one, I said one was like way taller than me, and I assume that is probably a hanging one.  I was going to check it out when I came back, but apparently someone was using it at the time and it would be pretty bad of me to like…open it, check out their clothes, and mess up their settings just to see it. Haha.