I mentioned, a little cryptically, in an earlier post about something fun I bought in Berlin this past weekend. I believe it’s time to show you. Since we’re moving out of the country, we’re trying to not buy too much, which will only be more things to move, but I couldn’t resist this one. It’s actually something I’ve wished for for several years, and now I finally bought it. I’m now a proud owner of a Lomography Diana Mini Camera! We walked into the Lomography store in Berlin and I was in heaven (or close to it).
Liz and I spent the weekend in Berlin, Germany, where we visited some friends! It’s been crazy cold and a little too gray, but the weather didn’t stop us doing fun stuff! Here are some pictures from my instagram account liersees.
1. The street view from the apartment where we stayed. 2. We went shopping and I bought something really fun that will help me to expand my creative soul even more. It needs its own post so check back soon again.
3. They have Starbucks in Berlin which we of course took advantage of every now and then. A perfect “excuse” when you wanted (read; needed) to go inside in the warmth. 4. Part of the Berlin wall. Such history…
7. Here and there, you can see where the Berlin Wall had been on the ground. Crazy feeling standing with one foot on each side. Easy today, impossible back in time (1961-1989). 8. Drank some local beer.
I got my acceptance letter along with the important student visa form today! I’ve known for a couple a weeks that I’ve been accepted, but just through e-mail, but I had not received the official letter in the mail. Now I’ve gotten all the important papers, student account login information, some additional information and dates. I’m so excited! My dream is coming true and I feel so fortunate about living my dream.
Such a good singer, and I’m really excited about seeing her live in the end of May!
It’s been a great and busy weekend. But you know, busy in a good and pretty relaxed way. My friend from Gothenburg came Friday afternoon and we just stayed home and chatted. So cozy and nice! Saturday we had a lazy morning, a long breakfast, and then headed downtown for a little shopping (I’m working really hard to not buy anything since 1. We are gonna move to the States and need to bring everything there then. 2. We are gonna travel some and might find something there instead, more “exotic”. 3. You save money.) We ate dinner out and then watched a movie at home Saturday night. Today, Liz worked and I sang during the service, and the rest of the day has just been calm. I’m pretty tired though. I made some home made crackers/hard bread/”knäckebröd” tonight which we are eating now. Might start the huge project; organize all my old photos and put them into new photo albums later on. Phu. But will be so worth it later. Hope you all have had a great weekend!
Some pics from this fall of preparation:
I ordered the guide book for the TOEFL-test (the English test all international students have to take in order to apply to an American University) so I could prepare myself as good as possible. I took the test in Stockholm in the middle of November. You know when Liz and I went to Stockholm for a long weekend (check out blog posts in November 2012, here), and I got to sing with the band Blackbyrd in Old Town Stockholm. The main reason we went up to Stockholm was actually for my scheduled English test. I had to get above a certain grade/points in order to even apply to the University.
I filled in the application to the school, which was several pages with plenty of detailed information, and it took me a while to do it. I ended up doing it online instead though. Still many pages to fill in and not like in Sweden where you basically check a box of which program (major) you would like to study, which school, in what order, and then the computer system has all your information and former grades. I kind of like the idea of how they are doing it in the States though. Feels more serious in some ways since you have to put a lot of effort into filling everything in, and also pay some money.
It is pretty common for prospective students in America to do a school visit. You get plenty of information about the school, get to see what it looks like, and have the opportunity to ask all your questions to present students, and admissions staff. It’s probably not as common for international students to visit the school, but since Liz and I spent Christmas and New Years in the States, I scheduled a visit. The students still had their winter/Christmas break so I didn’t get to meet with a student, but I met with an admission counselor (who had actually studied at UNCA). Liz and I walked around campus after the meeting to get the feeling of it. Some buildings were open so I got to check some stuff out. It felt great from the first minute I was on campus ground.