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Category Archives: The future

5 Years

by timst on August 20, 2017

In 10 days, it will be 5 years since I left my home and moved to Scandinavia. Now seems like a good time to do a little retrospective. What did I do in these five years? In reverse chronological order, I: – Played squash – Drank a 1L can of 10% beer bought for next […]

(500) Days of Sweden

by timst on January 12, 2014

Yes sir, 500 days. A little bit less than a year and a half since I left Nantes and settled in Sweden. Time for a retrospective of the past few months. Where am I now? As I announced earlier, I am not actually on the last stretch of my studies, as I have switched my […]

Getting involved

by timst on December 23, 2012

As I said before, my lessons are very sparse and that leaves me with quite a lot of free time. Now of course I have a ton of work to do, but it wasn’t the case some weeks ago, during a 20-days hiatus between two courses, so I took a look at all the student […]

90 Days

by timst on December 1, 2012

It still amaze me how adaptable we are. Human are creatures of habits and tradition, and yet we have an incredible capacity to change, so incredible in fact that we don’t even think twice about it.   I used to spend most of my life in the same 300 km² area, talking to the same […]

60 Days

by timst on November 1, 2012

If you wondered how I’m adapting to (oral) english, the answer is: pretty well. Since Sweden has a less retarded linguistic policy than France’s (ie, they don’t try to push swedish everywhere they can), people and companies routinely use english in everyday life, even on TV during shows or ads. For series or movies they […]

37 Days

by timst on October 10, 2012

Last time I told you that I spend hours at the library trying to understand the mysteries of graph transitive closure. When I’m not doing that (my favorite time of the day), I’m probably off doing one of those things:   Running in the forest. The surrounding areas are really, REALLY nice. Lakes, forests, nice […]

30 Days

by timst on October 2, 2012

It’s been a month now. A month that I’ve wanted to write this post, but mainly a month since I arrived in Teleborg Area, Växjö City, Kronoberg County, Småland Province, Sweden. The seat of the Växjö campus of Linnaeus University, where I’ll stay until 2014, at which point I’ll (hopefully) get a master degree in […]


by timst on August 16, 2012

Alright, this is it, we’re in the endgame now. Tomorrow my internship in Nantes come to an end, Monday I’m taking my driving licence exam, on the 23rd I move out of my flat, on the 27th I come back to the city for my farewell tour (by which I mean, my last exam), and […]


by timst on June 23, 2012

As I say on my “portal” (sounds like a 90’s web term), I intend to use this blog as a captain’s log during my next two years in Sweden. But first, I’d like to take a minute just to sit right there, and tell you how I became the student of a town called Växjö. […]

State of the union

by timst on May 20, 2012

Today I walked from one side of my hometown to the other, passing along my former elementary school, my former highschool, seeing landscapes that I contemplated for as long as I can remember and smelling the same odors of pine and saltwater that I smelled when I was an infant.   God that was depressing. Next […]