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Spring Semester; Dutch.

I’ve just confirmed I want to study 15 ECTS-credits* Dutch during the spring semester.

* ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the European Union and other collaborating European countries. One ECTS-credit is equivalent to 25-30 hours of study in all countries irrespective of standard or qualification type and is used to facilitate transfer and progression throughout the Union (Wikipedia).


I feel home.

I am in Luleå for one day. Have some things I need to do here. A dentist appointment, hairdresser, and I also thought about speaking with some teachers about things that have to do with my thesis.

Since I am in Luleå, I also have access to fast Internet.
I did not realize I missed fast Internet this much… What a difference. Big .pdf documents are downloaded in a millisecond, at my parent’s place I am lucky if it is possible to download… I do not even want to mention in what time…

The autumn is here, it seems. It is raining a lot. And I do mean A LOT. Know the sound of an airplane? That is how it sounds when the rain hits the roof of the university library. Aiih. I still need to go out.

Still Alive.

I am still alive.

After finishing my exam, I packed my luggage and went on a four days trip to Helsinki/Tallinn/Stockholm. But more about that next week.

Now I have to write my part of a report.


After sitting on the same chair for 10 hours (well.. I did take one break. A few minutes to do the number one), I just could not take more. My brain is high on caffeine from all the tea I have been drinking. I feel like if I look surprised constantly. The muscles in my forehead are tense and my eyes are wide open; also because of the caffeine.
Now my body needs new energy; warm food. After eating and a nap I will continue studying a little. That is the plan at least. I feel quite ok after today but the exam is tomorrow, and I would prefer not to have to do this exam again in August…


Others, they went home before 17:00… Am I the only one having a re-exam?

16 Credits.

In the last exam period I had two exams, and I passed both of them!

I still have two exams to pass, and one six months long project to finish. 16 credits in total. After that I should have all the courses done. Still have to let somebody check my list with the courses I have done, to be sure I have all the courses needed to obtain the degree certificate.

So, what has happened?

The weekend 6-8/4 I spent in Umeå with Alfredo, Emeline and Fernando.
We went there to see the city and to have a change in the night life. These were really windy days in whole Sweden, so as well in Umeå. Almost all the snow was gone, but the nature still needs some time to wake up. Therefore everything looked grey and sad. I could not find anything really interesting to see in the center of Umeå. There are some touristic things around Umeå, but too far away for us. The fact that it was Easter did not make things easier. Anyway, now my friends at least can say they have been to Umeå! I have been to parties in Umeå ,and had a great time, before. But this time we got disappointed. All bars close at 02:00 in Umeå, one hour earlier than in Luleå. It was not only that, something was missing this weekend. We did our best, and at least I had a nice weekend. It is always nice to be with people you like!

Except for that… nothing special has happened. Everyday life, as always.

Göteborg, Sweden

I was last Thursday in Göteborg, with the rest of the members in my project group.

We have been working on the project during the last quarter and wanted to meet our contact person in Göteborg, before we go on with working on our concepts during this quarter.We met him in one of the company’s offices, the one where the human-machine-interaction (HMI) group is placed. In the morning we got a short presentation of one project they are working on and after lunch we discussed our project. Once again we have a more clear idea about what they are expecting from us. The visit was interesting and motivating.

Before going back to the hostel, we had 30 min to make a visit to another company. Some members in my project group knew a boy who has been studying the same as us and now is working there. I did recognise him as well, when I saw him. During the whole visit I felt that I should know him a bit better than a person I have only seen in the corridors of the university. Some of the thoughts going through my mind were: “Do we have a common friend?”, “Have we been to same parties?”, “Has any of my friends had something with him?”, “Have I flirted with him?”. In the end of the visit I got the answer. When we were saying good-bye, he told me we have done a group work together once. Memory like a goldfish…

The Banana Boy.

Now and then they send us information like:
“To avoid allergic reaction during the exam please do not bring any kind of nuts with you. Thank you!”
“To avoid allergic reaction during the exam please do not use strong perfume. Thank you!”

For a few minutes today, I did wish they had sent one that said:
“To avoid irritation during the exam please do not bring bananas with you. Thank you!”

I am not allergic to perfumes, but today even I could feel somebody was not “economical” with his perfume. I am sure it was the banana boy!
Shame on you banana boy.

Chocolate with hazelnuts.

It is time for the third exam period.
I have heard that chocolate, especially chocolate with hazelnuts, is good to eat when you are studying. I do not know how correct that statement is, and I do not care about finding it out. I just decide to believe in it. Therefore I am now again eating a lot of Marabou’s Milk Chocolate with Chopped Hazelnuts, without having a guilty conscience.

Mmm… Marabou.

24 credits.

Today I’ve got all the results from the exams in the second quarter. I could have done better, but didn’t do too bad.
Now I’ve 24 credits left to take. When I’ve them, I wont have any exams to worry about when I start with my master’s thesis.

24 credits.
One project and four exams.

Christmas/study break.

The last days there hasn’t been, and the next following days there wont be a lot of time for anything else than studies and a few moments of Christmas celebration. Someone nice has, for a few years ago, decided that our exams should be in January, after the Christmas break. Thanks for that. What was wrong with having the exams before Christmas, so everyone could relax and enjoy the holidays?

Today I pack my luggage, and move myself 120km to the north. The next week I’ll spend in the town where I grew up. Since I haven’t been living with my parents for the last 6-7 years, they didn’t see any reason to update their Internet connection to the 21th century. It’s still á la 1997. Therefore I wont be online a lot, it just makes me angry… because it goes so slooooow.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
God Jul och Gott Nytt År! Hyvää Joulua ja Onnellista Uutta Vuotta!

Dear Sun, I Miss You.

I woke up at 11:00.
After one class and a meal I was tired again. At 16:00.

I need energy. I need more sun light to charge my batteries.

Today the sun went up at 09:45 and down at 13:06. 3h and 21min of daylight.

Without plan for June and forward.

The plan is: Be a good student, study hard so I pass my exams, and finish all the courses I’ve left this academic year. In June I’ll then be able to… I don’t know! I don’t know what I want…

I’ll do my thesis. But where, in Sweden or abroad?. For which company, if for any? Aiih.

Before I’ve always had some kind of plans. It hasn’t been more than plans for one summer or one year, and I always knew I was coming back to my studies here again, though. Now it suddenly feels so different. What I do next can impact on my future.
Doing the thesis for a company can be a gateway to a work in the same. A smooth transition from university to work, without having to look for a work for months. Earlier I had a company in the top of my “list” of companies where I would like to work. I’m not as sure anymore. So, at this moment I don’t know in which company I would prefer to do my thesis.
I would like to live abroad for a longer period again. Maybe in Spain. I like the country and would like to improve my level of the language. Doing my thesis outside Sweden would give me the chance to live abroad, for a few months at least. It probably also means it would be a bit harder to do the thesis. In an other language, in a country where they maybe aren’t used to do the thesis in the same way as in Sweden.

It’s now it starts. The stress, worrying. What do I want? What’s the best way to what I want?

45 credits.

The first quarter of the academic year is over, and after the exams I now have 45 credits left to take.

The next 15 credits won’t be as easy as the previous ones, though. It’s more “heavy” courses I’ve this quarter, and the lack of day light doesn’t make things easier. I’ve hard time getting up in the mornings. Often I don’t get up before noon. I miss classes and I’m way behind in the planning the teachers have done for the courses. I haven’t got a lot done the last weeks…

Luckily I’ve two persons here who are kicking some life in me. Without them… buf… I don’t even want to think about that.

Oulu, Finland

Oulu, Finland

When the car was out from the snow from Fridays snow storm, we started our trip towards Oulu, Finland. We made a few stops on the way, changed the currency and the hour before we arrived to our destination. The night was spent in Radisson SAS dancing and drinking. On Sunday we drove back to Luleå, a stop for hangover food was made in Haparanda.

Exam period 1. Done.

After 4 hours with the exam, I feel a bit better now. I had at least some luck with me, the questions weren’t totally impossible.
If I minimum get 10 points, of the 21 I think I should get, I’ve passed it. Means half of my answers can be wrong, without problems. Everything is possible, as they say, so I don’t want to take anything in advance.

Noise problems.

I’ve spent 12 hours at university. 11 of them studying. Efficient studying. It’s true. I can hardly believe it myself*, but somehow I’ve done it.

Still I’m not looking forward to the exam tomorrow. Not feeling positive at all.
Frequency. Noise. Acoustic. Absorption. Resonance. How?!? Why?!?

* Before this academic year I haven’t spent one hour in the library studying.

It’s time to study for the exams.

The report is written and the presentation is held; one course is done. Two left.
Now it’s time to start the serious studying for the two exams I’ve to do this quarter.


Easy comes, easy goes… not this time!

Today I received an e-mail, explaining why the money has appeared on my account.

It’s an extra Erasmus grant!
The money is mine and no one will take it from me!

Such a nice surprise.


At the moment I’m 60 credits away from the next page in my book, the next step in my life…You could also say: I’m 60 credits away from beginning my thesis.