Farm Life / Sweden

Farm Life / Sweden

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It’s ridiculous that I spent weeks waiting for people to come into Uppsala, and the minute the trickle of incoming students turned into a steady stream for Orientation Week, I feel overwhelmed. I haven’t yet spent a full weekend in Uppsala, I realized. The first weekend was attending a festival in Stockholm with friends. The second, Berlin.

This third weekend, I went to my farm.

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Swedish Shit / What is Fika?

Swedish Shit / What is Fika?

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Fika is a Swedish term that essentially means “to have a coffee with a pastry / cake”. It differs from, say, the way Americans say “go for a coffee” or Taiwanese say, “喝下午茶” in that it can be used both as a noun and a verb – you can fika (Shall we fika in an hour?)  or have a fika (Where do you want to go for our fika tomorrow?). Another purported difference is that you must have a pastry,…

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Vignette C / Berlin Cafes

Vignette C / Berlin Cafes

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I hardly did any sightseeing during my weekend-and-change in Berlin. I saw the East Side Gallery, and the Brandenburg Gate from afar. I hardly did any partying in Berlin, either. Besides an extremely ambitious sun-riser of a night in one of those typical Berlin rave palaces, I didn’t spend my nights in a blur, partying in city famous for night-time hedonism. Moreover, I didn’t visit the…

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Berlin / The Rundown

Berlin / The Rundown

berlincity    • • • I flew out to Berlin for a few days this past weekend. A good friend studies there, and another close friend was travelling through at the tail end of her summer Europe-tour. I stayed on the west side of the city, in Charlottenburg. As I stated in this post, my trip largely revolved around spending time with people I love – with copious amounts of coffee and wine, to wash all that…

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Small Beginnings / Exchange Life in Uppsala

Small Beginnings / Exchange Life in Uppsala

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I just completed my first official week in Uppsala, Sweden. It’s the early days. Strange that someday – perhaps someday soon – I will look back at this post and laugh. Right now, I’m not laughing.

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I’ll be living in Uppsala until December. Located less than an hour’s train ride from Stockholm, Uppsala is the  picturesque European town (and actually the fourth largest city in…

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Summering in Gnesta

One of the glorious things about Stockholm summer-time is the concept of going away from the (relative) hustle of city-life to a country retreat. The city virtually empties out as Stockholmers leave to chase the sun, with plans to return near the end of August. Of course, some do leave the country to pursue larger, saltier bodies of water and margaritas on the beach (Greece seems to be a…

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Stockholm Syndrome

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I’m convinced that there’s no place in the world that can beat Stockholm in the summer. In my ideal life, I’d spend winters in Asia – I need bowls of hot noodles during the winters, and I need them to be good. But summers, they’d be for Stockholm.

None of the stickiness of Taipei, when every foul stench of the city rises with the heat, and going out & about on the city sidewalks is more of an…

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Young & Hungry / 10 Days in Hong Kong

Young & Hungry / 10 Days in Hong Kong

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photos via my immensely talented friend Jamie Kao of bytuesday

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Hong Kong blindsided me. It all happened so fast. I’ve never given the city much thought – for many Taipei expats, Hong Kong is alternately a destination for a three-day weekend of no-limits decadence and indulgence, or a convenient destination for a visa run. I personally had a vendetta against the city, being completely…

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Vignette A / Ekerö, Sweden

Vignette A / Ekerö, Sweden

I chose to go work at a Swedish farm for the summer because it seemed just about the farthest thing from Taipei I could possibly think of. It was no great escape—living in Taipei was my bliss, my constant, never-changing bliss. Falling asleep to the puttering of motorbikes, waking up to the lilting chatter of the ladies at the corner breakfast store regardless of month or season. There wasn’t a…

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