The last two weeks have flown by fairly fast, with life taking over. I’ve fallen to a pretty steady routine, the days going by being busy at prac. Come evening, I’m usually too exhausted to do much. Over the past week or so, we’ve also been able to enjoy some very nice and warm weather, though it does add to the exhaustion.
One of the things I’ve been most stressed about is the language barrier. Even though in Finland we learn Swedish at school, it’s not the same thing. The dialects and way’s of pronunciation are so different, it has taken some time to grow used to listening to the way locals speak. Furthermore, my language skills in Swedish were never good, and I’m missing a lot of vocabulary. However, I’m pretty glad of how well I’ve done so far. Only by listening to people I’ve started to understand them much better. And I’ve started to remember meanings to a lot of words. Also, when I’ve gotten over my initial shock, I’ve gotten more courage to speak and use the language myself.
During the weekends I’ve been getting to know the town I’m in, Eskilstuna. There area is one of the first in Sweden to have been settled, and it’s importance in Swedens history is that of the starting point of Swedish industrialism. The Sweden Finnish population here is fairy big. The town lies an hour’s train ride from Stockholm and so far I’ve really enjoyed being here. There is a certain serenity to the town and it’s atmosphere.
After the May 1st weekend, we took our bikes and rode around looking for geocaches, which I think is one of the most fun ways to get to know a new place. Actually, biking here is fairly easy and thanks to a generous co-worker I have a bike to use for the duration of my stay.
Last weekend, we walked along the river and I got to see the older part of town along Köpmangatan and the old church, Fors kyrka, with its tarred roof. Not just that, but I did also get a look at the old industrial area. On Sunday we settled for cooking some hotdogs outside.
The weather has been amazing, though it’s been so warm it was a relief when it got a little cooler. It’ll be interesting to see what the weather’s going to be like next.