I admit I have complained about winter in Sweden, but there are plenty of fun things to do around Uppsala during this time. Earlier today I went skiing with some friends to Kungsberget, a ski resort 150km north from Uppsala.
Last night we rented a car with Circle K, which has very affordable prices for a 24h period. This morning we started driving at 7 to be at Kungsberget just after they opened. We booked skiing equipment in advance and went directly to the slopes.
First I learnt the basics at the children area, just to get confident and know how to break and turn. After a few times going up and down I felt confident enough to go on a steeper slope, which was extremely exciting and fun! I only fell once and went down very fast. It was a short and intense adrenaline shot. So I decided to go even higher to a more challenging slope!
Once there it was OK during the first few meters, but I slowly lost confidence and technique what made it not that enjoyable. Not enjoyable as in I fell more than 20 times. As in I spent more time in the floor than skiing down… I think after doing it for a while my muscles got tired, so I lost balance and stability very easily. To make it worse, l got more and more frustrated every time I fell on the floor what made me angry at myself.
But in all, it was a very fun and different experience. Next time I will hopefully be able to ski more exciting routes without falling so much, haha.
Determination is the key to success, I believe. This is the reason why every year I like to make resolutions and set goals for the upcoming months. Then, I will share here my 2017 resolutions.
Get a PhD position
For me this has been a goal since long ago. Actually, I think this was my ultimate goal when I decided to go abroad for a M.Sc. But this year it gets real, time has come for me to start a new adventure. Of course I have to work hard to apply and get it.
Finish successfully my M.Sc.
Hmm, well, this is kind of obvious. But I just want to do my best on the time I have left. This of course is mostly work hard on the degree project (read M.Sc. degree project ).
Do more sports
Ahh, the cliché. But seriously, I even signed up for the gym and have been training. Motivation is high so far.
Travel more (within Sweden)
2016 was full of adventures in many different places. This year I hope to travel as much as last year. Actually I would love to see more of Sweden!
This is kind of another cliché and is contradictory to the previous one. But still I want to be more efficient with my expenses.
Yeah, I hope to get much more written. Specially here at my blog.
December is definitely a special month for students living abroad. Besides being the last month of the year it has two major holidays that are usually spent with family, but not enough official work/study free days to go home. Plus, quite expensive flights (specially for me). However, I managed to enjoy my time Sweden eating Pepparkakkor and Glögg 😀
Christmas was very social and cozy. I took part in the Christmas party at the Biocenter, where I am currntly doing my M.Sc. thesis and also at Gotlands Nation, my student association. Additionally during Christmas eve I had dinner with my family-in-law who flew from the Netherlands.
The week after Christmas I had a very nice trip to Dalarna, a region north from Uppsala. There I went to Fulufjället National Park and made a short hike to see a wonderful waterfall completely frozen. Additionally I also visited Sälen, which is apparently the biggest ski area in northern Europe. Although I did not dare to ski I did dog sledding which was a very nice experience, even more because the natural setting was simply beautiful!
Some international students – and even locals say that winter holidays in Sweden are awful. However, I do not regret staying and would not mind doing it again.