Travel issues (a tragic tale)
Partially inspired by all of your recent posts about going to and planning trips to Sweden and Scandinavia, as well as a recent need to just /get away/ and do something interesting with myself, I decided that I too would love a trip to Sweden right now.
I hadn't really considered it before. Living in Australia, Europe is a favourite travel goal, but many don't go because it is simply so very very far away, and so bleeding expensive. If we go, we go for at least a month (if not three), and try to go to and see everything we can because it is so expensive and long a trip to get there and back. So really, it was no big surprise that I hadn't even /considered/ going until yesterday. It just hadn't ever seriously occurred to me.
So I got to looking at my uni timetable. Get this: I have literally ONE WEEK mid year break (compared to the usual Aussie Uni four weeks). One week. If I fork out 2000+ on flights alone, I would be away for one week. And most of that time would be spent travelling to and from.
Sometimes I truly hate my uni course.
I could go in my summer (Sweden's winter) when I have ~8 weeks holiday, but who wants to go to Sweden when everyone is sad and grumpy (I hear that the mood changes a lot come winter?)
So fingers crossed for next years mid year break (although, knowing my course, not much will change :'( )
In the meantime, can I please have some hugs?
A few thoughts:
- I feel your pain. International travel is complicated and expensive (both in terms of actual cost and opportunity cost).
- Traveling during non-peak times can offer opportunities you'd miss otherwise. My family and I went to Quebec one snowy November; hotel rates were great, there were no lines at the tourist destinations, and we even got to go sledding, which was a blast. I'll bet Sweden in winter is fantastic, even if only for the northern lights (which I've seen, but not in Sweden, alas).
- Is study abroad a possibility? Sweden has some world-class universities, and I gather that some college courses are taught in English. That could be a way to move your education forward at the same time as you live your Swedish dream.
However you proceed, lycka till!
I echo what Ezkertis said, there are several international exchange schemes, so ask at your uni and see if you can study abroad for a year or a term. However, I'm not sure it's correct that college courses in Sweden are taught in English - you'd need to check that - but think of it as extra motivation to learn the language!
Other than that, why not embrace a Swedish winter holiday? You can still do the sightseeing, see the country and enjoy winter sports. Do some research to see what's on offer.
Hey. Hugs, Rachel. Hopefully you'll get the chance one day not all too long into the future. And by then, you could be even better prepared for what's coming at you. As someone who's also feeling the whip of the uni schedule on my back this year, I can offer you a good deal of sympathy.
Thanks Zmrzlina, I genuinely feel a lot better now. All the best with your uni, lycka till!