The One Where I Learn to Laugh at Myself

Hej! Stockholm has been great so far, and it is really starting to feel like home. However, every journey to Scandinavia has its obstacles. Here are a few of my funny moments from the past few weeks.

The first Saturday in Stockholm, a week after arrival day, my roommate and I accidentally slept until 15:00 aka 3PM! This was a big yikes moment. And the saddest part was, the sun started setting at 2:20 PM.  Yep that’s right! We slept through all the daylight for that day! Don’t worry, we vowed to never let that happen again and woke up bright and early the following Saturday.

One day I stood up too fast on the train on the way to school and completely fell on a Swedish woman across from me.  Oops.

One day an old man was walking down the aisle of the moving train and fell on me, and I then proceeded to spill some coffee on a different Swedish woman sitting next to me. Another oops. Thankfully she was very sweet and was not upset with me. Lesson learned: coffee is not for trains.

A few days ago, I decided it would be a good time to practice my Swedish by ordering some breakfast.  I planned out what I was going to say in my head, rehearsed my lines as I waited for my turn, and finally built up the courage to ask, “Kan jag få en cappucino och ett äpple, tack?” The woman at the register responded with “Do you want that for here or to go?” in perfect English.  Maybe next time!

It took me too long to realize that the treadmills here are in km and not miles.  So, turns out, I did not run that mile in 5 minutes and 30 seconds.  

The laundry in Sweden is a bit different. You have to reserve a specific time slot to do your laundry. In the student housing that I live in, we get 4 time slots per month for laundry. One day, I decided to sign up for the 7AM time. This was a bad idea because I slept right through it. Thankfully, I was able to sign up for the 10AM time. When I got down to the laundry room, I realized that I had signed up for a machine that was out-of-order. So I had to sign up for a different machine. Basically, I used 3 of my 4 time-slots of laundry for the month within 1 day. Luckily, I now know how to successfully do laundry without any mistakes!

I was getting off of a plane from Norway, and the flight attendant said “Hej då.” This means goodbye. I couldn’t decide whether to respond with “hej då” or “tack” (which means thank you). I panicked and what came out of my mouth was a combination of the two : “tej,” which simply is not a word. I walked very quickly off of the plane.

I have come to realize that embarrassing myself is a part of this experience.  I can look back at these moments, laugh, and figure out how to not make the same mistake again the next time. Stay tuned for more laughable moments as I continue to settle in to my new home in Sweden😊

Love,

Kate