Reached Munich safely and check in done for the next flight. Students take a stroll in the airport before their next flight.
Day 1 Of the Exchange Program : Students get a quick glimpse of the city on their way to the school.
The day started with the small fan on top of the locker falling right next to my face. Swedish alarms are strange. We then ate a hearty breakfast consisting of Sandwiches, cereal, oats and coffee. Surprisingly all of us were ready on time and we left for school on time. The walk to school took about an hour, mostly because of small detours (a 'haunted' house that was better maintained than our school, the Haymarket.
school. We learned about their subject options; they have 9 different streams, notably, hairdressing, music and media. The students also get paid 1,100 crowns a month for coming to school. After eating some very impressive school lunch, we went to see the cherry blossoms and the church. The ice cream was repulsively expensive and didn't taste all that different from the softies at McDonald's.
While we were walking back to the lodge, we stopped at the grocery store and bought some food for dinner and breakfast. As I write this we are doing our best to make soup and upama, which I can't say I'm looking forward to. I gather that we take the small things for granted in India, and I will be looking forward to eating a meal and not spending more than 200 rupees.
Another walk was with Annelie and our knowledgable director, Laxmi di who guided us with expertise through a huge field of long green grass with a few horses to a pretty little spot at the lake. After a thousand photos, we walked ahead into the forest where we found out about the spanish email and also were lucky enough to see a grave from the Viking age ( approximately 600 years old ). And after all our adventurous spirit being fulfilled, we now look forward to a barbecue!!
Annelie's wonderful house was nestled between a beautiful lake and a lush forest. The chirping of birds, the light breeze and the shining sun just makes being indoors a crime and that being said we went in three long walks, one near the river, where we enjoyed splashing water on each other in the company of Mallards.
Aniruddh says -- The day started like any other, sleeping till late, and then taking an hour to get up from bed. But today was going to an exciting day..As all of us were going to meet our hosts here and move in with them. So after getting ready and quick goodbyes, we headed off to our respective host’s abode.
Intercultural exchanges of these sort can be really helpful in not just seeing and experiencing another society but also in understanding that among our varied mannerisms....We are basically the same. Through our classroom interactions as well as navigation on the streets of Stockholm, that is one learning g that we are all learning very well!
At 12:30, we left with Annelie to see the Swedish Museum of Natural History. Unfortunately, we couldn't visit the museum because it is closed on Mondays. So instead, we had a great time sitting in a park nearby, playing and talking and just soaking in the sun which is a rarity in Sweden. We got a perfect time to know each other better and also enjoy the nature and beauty around us. We had another perfect day, which will be remembered forever.
Some of us decided to join a Civics class and find out the carbon footprint left by us in our regular lifestyle. This was a project that the students of Andreas Sir was working on. It left some of us really shocked at the gross overuse and wastage that we are indulging in as part of our daily existence.
Priya Says -This morning started really late, hurrying for school, waiting for the local bus to drop us near school. Our first period was Art and Design, taught by Ms.Birgitta. Our time was well spent by mingling with the students and learning how to use a designing app called Solid Works. The students had created interesting designs of houses and cars, taking into consideration all necessary aspects of constructing and designing.
Now I have just attended only one math period here so I'm not gonna make any justified claims saying that the math curriculum here is easy,but it would be nice to have a few topics like cryptography to learn back at home as well. Over all it was a nice change in pace regarding the subject and the teacher was super enthusiastic to teach us ,which kept us students interested in the topic. 6. Right now we are at the mall of Scandinavia and I have bigger things to worry about like travelling back
What really opened my eyes was the fact that even though it was a math class it didn't feel like one. What I mean by that is back in school when we hear maths the first thing that pops in to our mind are numbers and calculations,our maths curriculum is calculation intensive.
5. So, if you receive a message from me that I have encrypted with my private key and you are able to decrypt it using my public key, you should feel reasonably certain that the message did in fact come from me. If I think it necessary to keep the message secret, I may encrypt the message with my private key and then with your public key, that way only you can read the message, and you will know that the message came from me. He even taught us the origins of cryptography and how it came to be.
It can be abstract things as well. That is what we were taught in math! So just to give a fair idea of what is cryptography, here is the Application of how it is used today. 4. The authentication and digital signatures are a very important application of public-key cryptography.
2. What is cryptography? 3. Cryptography or cryptology is the practice and study of techniques for secure communication in the presence of third parties called adversaries. Yes,that is what we were taught in maths. Now the funny part is that cryptography is not completely related to numbers or addition ,subtraction ,multiplication or division.
Aryan Jadhav Says- 1. Today we had our first math class. The math teacher András, taught us cryptography.
It was fun learning history in the explorative way. Later We had to solve a worksheet based on the topic. We also saw the procession of the King's Guards. At 1 pm when we returned from the museum we had lunch which we were all waiting for. The lunch consisted of beef and rice with some sauce and pasta. At 2:30 we left with our respective host and came back home.
At about 10:30 am we left the school and took a bus to Army Museum which was a museum showing the history of the wars fought by the country. Andreas, a teacher showed and explained the whole history of the wars and the aftermath. He explained how wars impacted Swedish societies. He took time to take us around every corner and explain every detail. He patiently answered our queries.
Aryan Jadhav Says- Our day started with everyone waking up late. We woke up at 7 and got ready and had breakfast. We had to leave by 7:30 but it was already 7:50. That's when we were told that there was an accident on the way to Cyber Gymnasiet due to which there was a heavy traffic and the buses were delayed. Due to which we missed a maths test that was planned for us. Half of our group wasn't late so they did give the test and most of them scored well.
I don't even feel like an outsider now because of the love and care I've got from everyone around here. The food here is great too! It has been a great experience, and I advice everyone to opt for it if they have a chance. This makes an individual more independent and responsible too. It has made ME a more independent and responsible person too, and I feel confident about a lot of things in life already and looking forward to more exchange program like these.
So as today was a holiday, we really didn't do much all day long. Early morning we went for a stroll in the neighbourhood and I have to admit, the places here are far more aesthetic than back home:) The weather here, at 17°C is very pleasant too. I also liked Cyber Gymnesium, Odenplan too! It's got a beautiful campus, wonderful teachers and a set of amiable students.
Aryan Jalla Says - It's been a little around a week since I've been here to Stockholm and my stay here as been amazing. I've been greeted everywhere with ,"Välkommen till sverige" and I have come to love this place more and more everyday. Felix, my host here, is a great friend, companion & guide. At his place, I feel home. His home, I must say, is really beautiful. And the view from there at the crack of dawn is breathtaking. Such pretty skies and a pleasant morning breeze.
It was fun and we got to know more about our Swedish hosts. It is important to note that people of different cultures act differently when they're in groups that when they are individualistic. Swedish People are really sweet and fun loving once they get to know a person. After coming back from our football session tired we came home, spent some time with the family and then had a scrumptious dinner of KEBABS! YUM.
Raunak Gulati Says- Today's day started out late. We had a hearty brunch and then went out. It would be safe to say that it was a lazy Saturday with nothing much extraordinary happening throughout the day. Our plan for today was to meet up at a host's house and play football and that's what we did for most part of the day.
We are figuring out a lot of things ourselves even when we don't mostly understand the language. I guess we are beginning to get a hang of that too. We try to locate the 'English' in the Swedish and more often than not we are correct. The long weekend also gave us a good chance to connect with our hosts. Some had sleepovers too. We try to engage ourselves without bothering the hosts too much as many of them have exams going on.
That seems enriching enough. He really liked it and I said I was looking forward to writing about it in my report. We're all very excited about writing, especially since we actually write about what we're doing, without anyone else telling us what our trip should be like. This is by far one of the most exciting trips of my life. I've also experienced some things that I never thought I would.
Advait Rao Says- Today was a rather uneventful day, I was still tired from the previous night. One new thing that I observed is that people will always complain about the weather. I say this because I found myself complaining about the heat. I taught my host David how to make butter chicken.
We learnt about how the mentality and psychology of a new born develops as it grows up. We learnt about three theorists in brief - Piaget, Vygotsky and Errikson. One dealt with the universal, the other delved upon the role of culture in development and the third spoke about the interpersonal domain. This was new to us and hence we found it quite intriguing. Overall today’s day was really fun and at the same time informative.
Today, we started our day by going to the Technical Museum. It was really interesting and informative. In the museum, there were a few inventions which were displayed in order to give the children as well as the adults an experience on how to handle them manually. This was really engaging and at the same time it helped us to learn new things. Then we had our lunch at school followed by a class on Developmental Psychology by Mr. Johannes Lindberg.
Gayatri Kharche Says - The last week was full of fun and learning. We were all exploring this wonderful place unfolding the beauties of nature. The most important of all is that we learnt to travel on our own in a new place. It was a new experience from which we could learn a lot.
My learning of the day was in the language class where I learnt what I had already observed about the Swedish being reserved people and not making conversation with a stranger or preferring to remain on their own in public places which was exactly the opposite in our country!
After school ended our teachers took us to the Botanical Garden where we saw a beautiful lake and various kinds of flowers.After walking around in the serene atmosphere of the garden (and getting a tan in the process) we took a long bus ride back to the station where we parted our ways and went back to the host families' house where a delicious dinner of fish and chips was waiting for us!
After a hearty lunch of spaghetti, all of us were looking forward to the class of Hairdressing. The class didn't disappoint and it was certainly a lot of fun to get our hair washed and blow dried, while the girls curled their hair. There was a certain disappointment though as most of us hoped to colour our hair but realised that it took too long!
The exchange of cultures and practices proved to be a huge learning for the day and to sum it all up I also learned how to appreciate the weather in Swedish and Spanish! To sum it all up, Anindita di and Ashwini di gave their valuable opinions about the language situation in India to the Swedish students. The language class was over ( with the result of making of dozen new friends) but the day most certainly was not.
The interactive session started with us splitting into groups of three or four with each Indian pupil in a different group. We then had an interesting discussion with our group members on topics of day to day lives provided by our teacher. It was a great experience and all of us got an insight to how a Swedish person thinks and how he or she behaves.
Aniruddh Naik Says- Today was a day full of learning and new experiences..The morning started early as none of us could afford to be late for class (not at least after the prior experience regarding this matter). I was pretty tired from the previous day and was not looking forward to the morning Human Language class.But I must say that five minutes of Eva Axelsson's class compelled me to change my mind.
After a nice walk, we returned back in a ferry, each of us with an ice cream in our hands. The day ended with a nice dinner of hamburgers and halloumi burgers prepared by Annelie. We realised that people here live in unity, without judging what work a person does, how he/she dresses and how they communicate. They show respect to every person alike and always try to maintain the beautiful nature they have been gifted with.
After a 1 hour ride, we reach Vaxholm and walked along the streets, admiring the beautiful pastel-colored wooden houses, to a small beach where we had a great time talking, soaking in the serene beauty followed by a lunch of delicious pizzas. We roamed around, watching the beautiful lilacs fully bloomed.
Priya Pastore Says- The day started with a break from the usual schedule of attending classes. We took a ride on a ferry to the island of Vaxholm, a municipality spanning several islands in Sweden’s Stockholm archipelago.
Last day also means packing. That is one thing that I do not look forward to as it’s a lot of work, but because I have just gotten used to the way everything is done here. The only thing to look forward to now is our visit to Gotland, and from what I heard it’s going to be quite chilly there as well!
Sadly today will be the last day with our hosts, I have enjoyed my stay with the host hopefully my host and his family have enjoyed my company. It’s amazing how time flies when we are learning something new and exploring different places everyday.
What I found interesting was the fact that motor vehicles had such a huge influence even in the past that there were claims that people were ready to reduce their quality of lifestyle just to own a car as it was a very integral part of the working classes lives. We also had our first English Period where we were shown a movie which was a part of the Swedish students assignments on the lives of skinheads and gangs in Britain during the 1980's.
Other than the drastic drop in temperature we attended our first history lesson today which was quite interesting; it was on the evolution of transportation and how it changed the ordinary man’s life. From the evolution to the wheel to horse drawn carriages to the first mass production vehicles. The teacher Rickard lead us through the ups and downs of the acceptance of motor vehicles in society.
But ever since we have landed here in Stockholm, we have had temperatures go up to 30 degrees Celsius. But that was too good to be true, today we experienced the coldest day from our stay so far, 19 degrees was the highest the mercury could reach on the thermometer. It’s as good as saying that we got jinxed.
Anshul Kaware Says- Whenever we interacted with any of the Swedes in the school , they always said that we have come at the perfect time; the weather is just perfect they said. Which is true when you come to think of it, their summer’s are usually a tad bit colder than our Indian winters.
Visit to Gotland
The Media Gymnasiet School, Stockholm
Getting set for a TV show....camera men ready, guests ready, control room ready... It's Lights... Camera.... Action...
Graphic design class...learning to make posters for an upcoming film festival.
The Group is leaving Stockholm, returning back home to Pune.