December 31, 2011

New Year's celebration in Belgrade

Hej hej lovely people!

This is my only blog post from Belgrade, Serbia since I will return to Sweden in 5 days. It was nice to be at home, though very short this time. But I am happy to return to Sweden as well, it somehow feels like going back home as well.

It is half past eight and 4 of us girlfriends are putting makeup on and getting ready for the New Year's celebration. If you are a girl, for sure you are familiar how this "make-up all over the place, dresses hanging over lamps, shoes sitting on the table" looks like before going out. And it is 10x more messy before such an important event as New Year. I am too afraid to put out "before" but I will add the "after" pictures tomorrow.


Last year I have had 4 resolutions and I must brag that they are all fulfilled till today. This time I have only one and it is BE RELAXED since I am missing that at the moment.
This year I am going to write 10 reasons why I would love to stay in Sweden. In June 2012 I will have my Master diploma and it will be time to think what next. At the moment staying in Göteborg seems like a nice idea to me, but we will see what happens next. Anyway, my reasons for staying:

1. I like the city A LOT. It makes me feel safe and welcomed. It is big enough not to get bored in it and small enough not to be scared and alone.
2. People are interesting. It happens a lot that I don't understand why they do some things the way they do. But still, they are friendly, helpful and easy going when you meet them better.
3. I have made some great friends and I don't want to leave them.
4. Weather is actually something I like. This year winter is not as white and wonderful, but in general I am satisfied. Not to mention that my asthma problems are completely gone.
5. Everything is arranged and happens by rules. I like the feeling of knowing exactly what is going on and why.
6. Sweden is a great place to study and work in architecture field. Some of the best offices are located there and it would be awesome to find a job there.
7. Learning new languages is one of my hobbies and Swedish is not as hard as Swedes would like you to think.
8. Love of nature is something very specific for people living in Sweden. They even have a law the Right of Public Access (Allemansrätten) that allows you to visit somebody else's land or waters in order to enjoy the nature.
9. Mix of cultures and all the different nationalities you meet makes living in Sweden such an incredible experience. Learning more about those people and sharing different customs makes days never boring.
10. And last, but not least -Alexander Skarsgard is Swedish and we still haven't met ;)

As promised, some pics from the night and morning after. Also, I have remembered two important reasons that I have previously forgot.

One is the law against smoking in public places! It feels so normal not to choke on smoke while in a club or a restaurant that I forgot it is not the case back at home. I smelled like a smoked ham or something after the New Year's party. The other point is public transport and how punctual it is. I do a little happy dance everytime the bus I need comes on time here in Belgrade. That is definitely not the case in Sweden.