Piles of stone

While I was staying in Sweden, my friend told me, that if one wanted to play tourist, all there is to be done is to choose from different piles of stones. Though she was essentially joking, I did get to see my share of stones and rocks around the area. One of the closest ones was Stenbyborgen in Eskilstuna.

Stenbyborgen is one of the over 1000 hillforts found in Sweden. The area looks like a random pile of rocks on top of a hill. It’s filled with wild pansies and trees and doesn’t look like much, but some 1500 years ago it used to be a defensive fort, strategically situated along an important waterway at the time. The fort would have had high stone walls with wooden structures on top. If needed, the people living nearby could be taken in for protection.

Some of the other interesting stones are some of the runestones I saw in the area. They’re not much, but what other word is there to is there to explain the feeling when you’re standing beside them, other than ‘cool!’

A closer look

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.

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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. Continue reading “A closer look”

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