Erik Isberg
was @Sweden (2012-06-04 to 2012-06-10)

My name is Erik Isberg. I’m 18 years old and I’m just about to finish my second year at high school where I’m studying social science. Currently I’m living with my parents and my brother in Trollhättan, a small industry town north of Gothenburg perhaps most famous for the recently closed SAAB-factory.

When I’m not struggling with understanding Spanish or writing essays in school, I enjoy, in no particular order: literature, music, spending time with friends, skiing in the winter and gazing at shoes I can’t afford on various websites. I spend a lot of time trying to be up to date with news and politics, something that interests me a lot.

I’m very excited to leave my usual account @isbergerik to become @sweden for a week. I’ll do my best to tell you my view on Sweden and what it’s like being young in a small Swedish town best known for a closed down car factory.

@Sweden juni 10, 2012 16:28

The dog snores in one room and my dad snores in another while I’m sitting between them trying to listen to music. *having a breakdown*

@Sweden juni 10, 2012 14:12

I’ve hade some questions about my favorite Swedish music. It’s almost impossible to pick out a few but here are the ones I came up with:

@Sweden juni 9, 2012 16:27

I’m home, no one is injured, the car is not broken. Must say today’s driving went better than expected.

@Sweden juni 9, 2012 14:41

Now I’m off to do some driving practice. I consider myself as one of the worst drivers in southern Sweden, so some practicing can’t hurt.

@Sweden juni 9, 2012 11:56

In no particular order: A Swedish Love Story, Songs From the Second Floor, Persona, Fucking Åmål (english title: Show Me Love) and Play.

@Sweden juni 9, 2012 11:55

So I’ve had a few questions about my favorite Swedish movies. I guess a summarization would look something like this:

@Sweden juni 8, 2012 18:43

These absurd amounts of cake I mentioned earlier are now eaten. Totally worth it despite I can barely move right now.

@Sweden juni 8, 2012 17:08

Bad thing with that: I don’t know anyone particularly well. The good thing: I can eat absurd amounts of cake.

@Sweden juni 8, 2012 12:43

So I thought I could ask you guys something. I’m going to New York and Montreal this summer, what should I really not miss?

@Sweden juni 7, 2012 16:46

”You can never be to early” – My dad. So now we’re standing here waiting for a ferry that will departure in one hour.

@Sweden juni 7, 2012 11:01

That’s a Swedish summer tradition I don’t like equally as much: doing exactly everything outdoor no matter how cold it is.

@Sweden juni 7, 2012 09:49

These last days in school, where everyone walks around doing nothing, is one of my favorite summer traditions.

@Sweden juni 6, 2012 15:34

The celebration has started. Two orchestras are playing and it’s almost like a rap battle with orchestras. Guess that’s not the case tough.

@Sweden juni 6, 2012 14:44

The national day in Sweden is in a way quite weird. It became a national holiday first 2005 and almost no one knows why we celebrate it.

@Sweden juni 6, 2012 14:42

My family has never celebrated it very actively and I never felt a need to do it. Usually we just eat something nice for dinner.

@Sweden juni 6, 2012 10:37

@chinji Wow, that’s quite a large question. And right now, I’m not really sure. Just finishing my education is very important for me now.

@Sweden juni 6, 2012 09:57

So far I’ve celebrated the national day in what I think is the most common way: sleeping the morning away.

@Sweden juni 5, 2012 23:09

I’ll take the chance to sleep a little bit extra tonight since it’s the national day tomorrow and no school. Good night!

@Sweden juni 5, 2012 17:32

Ok, home again. Really tired and soaking wet due to the rainstorm that caught me and my friend by surprise. Next: a hot shower.

@Sweden juni 5, 2012 10:01

However, this is not a usual school day. Many lessons are cancelled since it’s just one week left to the summer holidays.

@Sweden juni 5, 2012 10:00

And after this not extremely exhausting lesson I’m free to go home. So this is my school-day in short: came here, ate cupcakes, went home.

@Sweden juni 4, 2012 22:30

Going to end the day by watching A Swedish Love Story. In my opinion one of the best swedish movies of all time.

@Sweden juni 4, 2012 14:39

If there is anything you wonder about how it’s like to be a high school student in Sweden I’ll do my best to answer your questions :)

@Sweden juni 4, 2012 10:04

Right now I’ve just had my last Spanish lesson (not Finnish as I managed to sneak in earlier). Feels great to be done with it.

@Sweden juni 4, 2012 09:43

I’m living in Trollhättan, a small town north of Gothenburg and I’m looking forward to show you this part of Sweden.

@Sweden juni 4, 2012 09:40

Here is a little about me: I’m 18 years old and I’m a high school student. Right now, I’m about to finnish my second year.