10 things that a student studying abroad faces while returning back home!

  1. You feel like you are wrapped around with a hot cloth! 

Especially if your home is in tropical areas such as India and you study in cold countries like Sweden, you would feel this! For a week, I kept asking all the people in my family, “Don’t you feel quiet uncomfortable and hot?” and I get sarcastic “No”!

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2. You are most wanted in the Kitchen

Since you are well versed in cooking, be prepared to be called often to kitchen in help in cooking. Sometimes, you will be asked to cook something new for your family! And when you have some food-loving siblings, just like I do, yes, better manage your time 😛

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3. You are more prone to use tap water

In case if you happen to be in countries where you don’t have to treat the water before use, you might be in trouble when you are in countries like India and other Asian countries! I almost drunk the tap water in a couple of occasions!

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4. You will be taking extra care to save electricity 

When you have been in power-excess countries where people don’t care about saving electricity,  you must be attentive to switch off the appliances!

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5. You find lovely food all around and can’t wait to have a taste! 

When you are back home, you know where to get the best and tasty food. So while coming back, you will be having a check list to visit all the new places. Usually you come to know them from your Facebook friend’s check-ins! The first food I ate on landing India was a plate of hot Idly and Sambar 😛

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6. You start to mark you calendars more often 

Because of your extensive friends and relatives circle, you will often get many number of engagements – Your friends and family will be asking you over a date, and you will be welcomed to all your relatives home and so you will have to manage time!

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7. And so you have to repeat your one year of story often 

And so tell me, “How was your experience”, “How are things there?” “Have you got enough friends” “What do you do in free time?”, “How do you manage your food?”. So be prepared to answer these often and most importantly, with the same enthusiasm with everyone 🙂

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8. Be prepared to face the traffic congestion

Especially when you hail from a country who boast of one of the highest populations on earth, you better again have to learn to be with traffic congestions. If you had your time, then you might face something like these also,

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9. You are expected to bring candies lots of candies! 

Whenever you return from abroad, whether you are a student or not, you are expected to bring tonnes of chocolates, toffies and candies for your friends, relatives and others!

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10. You get frustrated with the speed of the Internet 

When you will be cruising internet at the fastest speeds, you will easily lose your temper at speeds which are just a fraction of those high speeds!

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Midsummer – The gala festival of Sweden

You might have not seen a Midsummer celebration happening in Sweden but the chances are that you might have heard about this famous Swedish gala.

If any Swede is asked about the Midsummer celebration, the common answer that one could get is that, “Hmm, Yeah, We celebrate the festival by erecting a maypole, singing and dancing around with wineglasses in hand”. But, getting the facts straight, “Mid”summer gives the meaning. It marks the summer solstice when the people experience the longest day of the year. In fact some people say, the sun never sets. Although assuming the truth was a bit stretched here, for the past few days, we did see that the daylight was available for most of the time. A lot of green will be seen during the celebration because the vegetation shall be seen at their highest. Its also interesting to notice that exactly 6 months down the line, people shall be celebrating X-mas!

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Midsummer Maypole

It certainly is the day for children, as a lot of kiddos shall be seen looking so happy. A number of games are held to engage them. I too did participate in one such game, where I figured out that its a trick, but still children feel happy playing it. Fish a parcel, Nail it fast, Spin the wheel were some games being arranged in Vitabergsparken.

More people spreading the spirit of summer day! #midsummer #visitstockholm #visitsweden #sthlm #stockholm

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The traditional dresses are worth to make a mention. One such person, whom I met was with her daughter. She said me that, the dress what she wears belongs to her grandma’s and the dress what her daughter wore was worn by her when she was young! And she was proud to say that!

Flowers are also an integral part of the celebration. You can see a lot of people wearing flower head garlands. I too managed to borrow it from a benevolent soul! 😛

😎#midsummer #picoftheday #sthlm #visitstockholm #visitsweden

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Another interesting belief is that, as said by one of my friend, young girls keep the flowers beneath the sleeping pillow during the midsummer night and the tradition is that they shall dream about the man of their lives. It would be funny to see if they dream an animal, a cow or something! 😛

You can ask me that being Midsummer, why does it rain! Hell yeah, that bewilders me too! :O Check this video and see what people say to me during this midsummer.

Don’t forget to enjoy this crazy song in the video! It’s damn good.

SmÄ grodorna, smÄ grodorna Àr lustiga att se. (The little frogs, the little frogs are funny to observe.)
SmÄ grodorna, smÄ grodorna Àr lustiga att se.(The little frogs, the little frogs are funny to observe.)
Ej öron, ej öron, ej svansar hava de.(No ears, no ears no tails do they possess.)
Ej öron, ej öron, ej svansar hava de. (No ears, no ears no tails do they possess.)

Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,
kou ack ack ack ack kaa.
Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,
kou ack ack ack ack kaa. (This is super fun!)

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