Snaps from Berlin, April 2017
Snaps from Berlin, April 2017
I’m at that point in life where I refuse to check my bank account as I know it will only make me stressed and sad. I’m basically doing stuff that’s either extremely cheap or free, which means eating the occasional ice cream and reading on the balcony. As I’m pretty much the only one of my friends who don’t have a job or a holiday planned, I’ve so far read 2,5 books and neglecting all my uni work. I’ve also been sorting out paperwork to get my last name changed (finally!) as I’d rather have my maternal grandmother’s last name than the one I have now for several reasons, but the main one being that my current one, Svensson, is just simply too fucking common. So hopefully that will be sorted out and approved in some 6 maybe weeks.
A couple of weeks ago I saw this shirt at Weekday, but it was 500SEK at that point. Lucky for me it was on sale yesterday for only 150SEK and I got the last one, hence why it’s massive as it’s a large. But it’s so comfortable and I feel like a person who eats healthy and laughs in every photo that’s taken of me. (which doesn’t happen though)
On a little funny note; during the spring term, I took an online course from Umeå University in democracy, human rights and sustainability. I had one final essay to hand in about a month ago, but due to other uni work I decided to prioritise, my birthday and moving house/going back to Sweden, I didn’t hand it in until a few days ago. (26 days late – do not recommend) Lucky for me, the professor agreed to read it and mark it as the essay was the final one and I had to pass it to pass the course. Earlier today I got an email from the professor saying that, whilst I did pass with distinction, my essay had “inappropriate use of informal language”. As I was stressed and wanted to hand it in asap, I didn’t proofread it properly, so in the essay it said:
“…The four countries alone are responsible for over 50% of total GHG emissions in 2012 – fucking important that they sort themselves out”
I had forgotten to take out my own notes in the actual essay. Hopefully, he had a little laugh about it.
(also, I have about 90 photos from my disposable cameras from the past three months, so I’ll show you guys those later!)
It’s been a bit quiet here lately. Since the last proper post, I’ve been to Barcelona, had my 21st birthday with bbq celebrations, Summer Ball, a bit of uni work, and of course, gone back to Stockholm. As usual when I go back, I pretend that I’m rich and go off and buy things in shops that I can’t find back in England, like these sunglasses from Designtorget Stockholm and a bra from Monki. (can be found in London but I feel it has less stuff though, and no student discount)
I’ve been seeing some friends, going to two graduation parties, but I’ve actually spent most of the last week indoors. I’ve had this little hole in my heel that’s been a previous blister, and it’s been trying to heal and I can’t wear plasters or socks as it kinda rips open and that kinda sucks. So I’ve been reading and finished one book so far (The Girls by Emma Cline) and halfway through another.
I did a short 2 day runner job last week for Astrid S’ new music video which, even though I was sweating as fuck as it was 27 degrees outside and I ran errands, was really fun and a good experience. I have a similar job for my internship in August but I’m hoping it’s gona be a bit cooler and I won’t have a heel that hurts every time I walk. I’ve been lucky to get an internship in Soho, so I’ll be going back to England in the beginning of August to move into my new house with my new housemates (!!!) and hopefully some better weather than the one here in Stockholm. (rain, 12-18 degrees, no joke) Until then, I have a dissertation to research for and Swedish food and people to enjoy.
I turned 21 on the last day in May and had a joint birthday bbq with my friend Sonal with our closest friends before getting drunk at the Student’s Union and then passing out in my bed. 5 out of 5 toasters.
Over a month has passed and except for a little post the other day about the film I made during the spring term, it’s been quiet. I spent April in both Stockholm, Egham/London and in Berlin (with photos still on the disposable camera, waiting to be developed), the latter one to spend time with Maria and Gustaf. I’ve written several essays, done a presentation and started working on my dissertation.Second of May was Harry Potter day and I spent the day reading Deathly Hallows and the evening watching Deathly Hallows part 1 and 2, and the Philosopher’s Stone with a friend.
I’ve been meaning to write this entire time. Writing here, writing a script I’ve been planning for quite a while, just writing. It hasn’t really gone that well, and won’t for a good while now. I have class on Tuesday and Wednesday, but on Thursday I’m going to Barcelona with friends from my course, and when I get back a week later, I have a few things left to do for my Economic History course as well as my own + friends’ birthday celebrations.
I’m leaving England in exactly 4 weeks, taking an evening flight back to Stockholm. I haven’t booked my flight back yet, as I don’t know how long I’ll stay there, it all depends on my internship. But I’ll be there until the end of July at least. I haven’t planned to work as I’m only there for a month and a half or two months. Instead, all I want to do is to sit in parks with my friends, cold beer, pizza, eat Swedish food, going out in the archipelago with the ferries, walking around Södermalm, take the ferry over to Djurgården and have a picnic, and go to the cinema on rainy days. I’m supposed to work on my dissertation during the summer, but as third year (!!!) doesn’t start until late September, I’m giving myself a full vacation for the time I’m in Stockholm. Every time I’ve been back there since starting uni, there has always been some work to do, or something else keeping my mind busy – this time, I want to treat it as if I’m on a holiday. (which my bank account won’t like)
On their first anniversary, a young couple travels to the beach.
Starring: Ellie Panton and Luana Picard-Boni
Written & directed by: Pia Svensson
DOP: Michael Guan
Sound design and orginal score by: Omar Chamsi-Pasha
Crew: Molly Stapleton, Hollie Hurrell, Pavel Šmídmajer and Martha O’Brien.
Many thanks to:
Sussex Film Office
Seaford Town Council
I was in Stockholm three days ago. Just for a short visit, a week, yet I had thoughts about re-booking my flight ticket so I could stay another week. I miss it so much. But my uni work is too much, so I decided to fly back to London three days ago. My plan was to go to meet up with three friends from Stockholm tomorrow. But we decided to meet today. Today, the 7th of April 2017.
Of all the days, weeks, and months I’ve been here in England, I’ve barely hung out with any Swedes. Only a few handfuls who came to visit. Today was one of those days. It was a sunny day, almost twenty degrees. My friends and I went into M&S at 2pm UK time to cool down and get some water and fruit. We had just paid, it was 2:13pm and we get the news that just mere minutes ago, a lorry drove 650m down a pedestrian only shopping street in Stockholm. Drottninggatan. I guess it’s our version of Oxford Street.
The mood dropped. We sat down for 30, maybe 45 minutes to get in touch with our friends and family. We’re all from central Stockholm. Our whole lives used to be there.
Most of my friends and family replied quickly to my messages. But some took a while because they’d been there, on that very street when it happened.
Of all the days, it was a day when I spent it with people from Stockholm. We felt similar things. And it was comforting.
From what I’ve heard so far, all my friends and family are okay. But there might be friends of my friends, or their friends, who aren’t coming home tonight. My thoughts are with you.
It really hurts, being away.