Top 3 Field Studies

Let’s talk about Field Studies, the (mostly) weekly trips DIS takes us on around Stockholm. Since most of mine are done and the semester is beginning to draw to a close, I thought I’d share my favorites.

3. Nationalmuseet, Norrmalm

Classes: European Security Dilemmas, Nordic Contemporary Art

That’s right, Nationalmuseet was so good I did it twice! I’m kidding, but it was actually interesting to see it from both an art perspective and a political perspective. The 1989 exhibit was full of snapshots of both everyday life and huge political change, and the art there really captured how revolutionary a year it was.

2. Kristofferskolan, Bromma

Class: Swedish Language and Culture

When you think of cultural experiences, the first thing that comes to your mind probably isn’t a room full of 16-year-olds, but the English class we visited surprised me. The kids had all kinds of questions, from simple “So you’re from North Carolina, where is that?” to the completely unexpected “Do you miss Obama?” They got to talk to me about Sweden too, from the eccentric kind of perspective that only a high-schooler can have. I think we learned a lot from each other.

I chose not to take photos during this trip for privacy and logistical reasons.

1. Stadsteatern, Vällingby

Class: Swedish Language and Culture

Just this past week I had my favorite one yet: seeing a play in Swedish with the other intermediate students. The play was based on the book and movie Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In), about a vampire who befriends a human boy and protects him from his bullies. It was a chilling, powerful story, played out by amazing actors, and as an added bonus the theater wasn’t far from the Stockholm suburb where the original story took place. It’s one of those things I wish I could see for the first time again, but there’s always the movie!

Who knows what’s next? Vi hörs!

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