The world is like a book And those who do not travel read only one page
It is better to see it once Than hear about it a thousand times

Big day today! I was determined to break our boundaries and set some new records this beautiful Friday. And we totally managed. Apart from some falls and screams, all four of us did well. The girls squatted 60kg and Seb did a 100! This, compared to where we started this semester is HUGE. I'm super proud of you, and also very thankful, because without you I wouldn't have had the motivation to lift this much, and this often. I never though I would find the best gym squad in CHINA of all places. I love that you are so dedicated to this, make me get out of bed all these mornings, and make the workouts so much more fun. So today I hit my record, 90kg squats, and this is only the beginning mohaha. Cheers to all of us, and prepare for the coming weeks to come, before I get back to Sweden and you can have a rest.

PS. Have to give cred for Seb thinking that he actually managed to hide from the camera xD #thatredtshirt

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This week almost killed us all. My program had a new intense course started, with classes every day since Sunday. Yeah we had class all day Sunday! During the week we had class from 17.30 til 21. That in addition to the regular classes has made this week way too long. But thanks to the best class mates, still bearable. Also, public economics is actually quite interesting, and practical enough to be important. Although now I'm in class blogging haha. My brain is fried, but we still have one more hour to go. I decided to skip gym this morning and just sleep in and chill before first class at 1.30. Luckily we finished class early and had time to go shopping before the next class started. Haven't had much time to do anything this last weeks. After S Korea I was sick for some time (seriously almost died), and now I'm basically in school all the time. Today is last day of this though, finally.. then one day rest and Saturday we have the Conference with the students from Seoul and Tokyo.

Thank you guys for making me survive this course, you are the best <3

Jaya just accidentally lost all her powerpoint work.. and the rest are being fake cheerful during break.

My Shiba dog socks from South Korea. And the tea shop that has kept me alive these evenings.

Finding out we have time for shopping between classes yaaay :D

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The reason we came to Seoul (at least officially) was to take part in a workshop hosted by Yonsei University, together with students from a Uni in Tokyo as well. We arrived early morning at Yonsei where the professors gave us some introduction and then we were divided into groups to prepare a presentation about different topics regarding East Asia. We had some traditional Korean lunch and then every group held a presentation, followed by speeches from the professors as well. It was such a long day, already 8pm after we had joint dinner, but we followed through with the original plan and decided for a club night in Itaewon. Seouls nightlife is really good btw, clubs everwhere!

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Today we traveled north from Seoul to visit the De-Militarized Zone at the boarder between South and North Korea. Our trip started at a train station that was supposed to be used to transport cargoes between the two countries, but now it was just standing there waiting for the reunification of the two countries. The next stop was at an observatory from where we could see over to North Korea! This was crazy cool. We could see one of the southern cities in North Korea. The third stop was at one of the tunnels that the North Koreans had dug to S Korea for secret military attacks, but 4 of these tunnels had been discovered and now we were able to go down in one of them. At the end of the tunnel was a wall, with a whole from where we could see the North Korean side. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take any pictures down there. On the way back we had some Korean BBQ. It was really amazing good. Now we are just resting and then going out again for dinner.


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For this weekend me and my Shanghai friends went to Seoul, to take part in a conference for school but mostly for exploring S Korea. We basically had our first bump on the road right at the airport where they refused the Dominican guy his plane ticket #onlyinchina. After some worrying and all he made it in the end, we all made it to South Korea yaay! Although, it took us all day. I basically left home at 10am and didn't really get here before 9pm. Anyways, we had a late night dinner and we are in bed, getting some sleep soon before the big day tomorrow. Oh, btw, haven't seen much yet, but so far I really like Seoul.

The fake smile they put on for the picture, while we were worrying for Sebastian getting stuck in China.

Flew through this beautiful sunset over Korea.

We all had to buy something at the store to get change. Guess what the French girl got xD

Found Sweden :D

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I've had this amazing Christmas feeling all weekend as I realized Christmas is only a month away now. Time has passed so quickly it's insane. This weekend I finally had a lot of time to just relax, go shopping (I got a new furry hat) and get some decorations to adjust my room to my mood. I wanted to get a tiny Christmas tree, but then if you just added a little bit more money you could get bigger, and then a little bit more to get bigger, and so on.. so I ended up with quite a good tree, and also a mini one for my desk. Anyways, today is Monday and my relax and chill just continued, except I had to get to school in the afternoon for a group work thing for statistics class. At least we could choose our groups haha so it was just us friends hanging out. We didn't do much but had a look at the assignment, and I had a cheesecake yaay. So after about an hour or so I headed home again. But omg it's soooo cold now. From nowhere it's really winter weather. I decided to go lazy, couse it was freezing and I had my gym back to carry, so I just took a taxi home. I'm really going to miss some of these perks about China that makes life easier. Instead of a 10 minute bike you can just call Didi =D

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My friend Nushiii P took a day trip to Paris.. or at least, the Chinese version of it. China has built its own mini Paris town, just outside of Shanghai. This is probably one of the coolest and weirdest things I've heard about. I definitely have to go some day, but until then, here are some amazing pictures she took from the trip. And also, here is her comment:


Fake Paris is pretty cool because the building facades and the Eiffel Tower replica make it feel like you're in Paris, but it's so empty that if feels a bit eerie. Definitely a cool idea though because Chinese people who are unable to travel far can see such a famous landmark without leaving China!

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Today me and the other students that are in the double degree program with Gothenburg Uni and Fudan went to lunch with the coordinator for this agreement. We met outside of a building quite close to where I live, from where we took an elevator to the 4th floor and ended up in the most random restaurant. The Chinese girls told us it was Xin Jiang province food and the theme of the restaurant was authentic. In the middle of our lunch they turned the lights off and put on some music that really sounded Indian and started some bollywood dancing. It was really the coolest most random thing ever. It ended with them inviting me to join their dance on the stage, and even though I tried to refuse it didn't really work. Anyway, the food was also great and the professor was really nice :) Also I finally got to meet Candice again, she's the reason I survived coming to Shanghai haha

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I'm in Disneyland right now with boyfriend, waiting in an endless queue so why not blog haha. We've been here all day now, almost done with all the rides, at least the most interesting ones. My favourite so far is a Pirates if the Caribbean ride! The Trone one was also good, a rollercoaster but sittning in one of the trone cykles. It's a good thing we chose Disney on a random weekday couse it takes ages still to wait in lines. Some we just skipped and most Times we were lucky, but this one.. we've been standing here for over an hour. Anyways, I always Love Disney, It's cute but the Shanghai one I think is quite small compared to others. Okey, almost our turn now...

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Did you know there is a rollercoaster inside the Pearl tower? Apparently the world's highest one, as it is in the pearl Lying 100m over the ground. We went there this morning with boyfriend, and it was one of the coolest things ever. Not only is it a rollercoaster inside a building, but it is a 4D coaster where you wear glasses that makes the ride appear being outside of the tower, all around the famous skyscrapers on Pudong. This is a Shanghai must do! We also went to the higher sightseeing level 260m Above ground. There is a see-through level as well that was scary as hell. I only stepped on the glass to take the picture (without looking). But at least I was better Than boyfriend who got glued to the walls haha. After discovering the Pearl tower we had to find a very specific hamburger place at West Nanjing that is supposed to be one of the best in Shanghai, according to my boyfriend's 5am Tripadvisor search. #jetlag . He also Managed to re-organise my wardrobe before I woke up. The afternoon we spent walking around Nanjing Road, and then after this long day we got a 1 hour well needed foot massage.

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