He’s a little slow…

The funniest thing happend yesterday at the golf club. Two of the guys that we hanged out with suddenly said: “hej allihopa!” to each other, and started to laugh. I was like: “What did you just say???”.
-I said hej allihopa…
-Where did you get that from.
-Dumb dumber.
-Do you know that it’s Swedish? (laughing)
-Aaa, we didn’t know that, we just think it sounds funny when she says it. What does it mean?

It turned out that these guys mocks a lot of movie stuff but it was really hilarious to hear them say it in nearly perfect Swedish, and be able to understand where they got it from (my first thought was of course Dumb dumber).
Enjoy the clip, and the bad actresses=)

Different, in many ways…

I had many prejudices before arriving to the US for my first time. Prejudices that I’d got from movies, TV and of course people who’s has been here. Some of them have been fulfilled and some of them weren’t even close.
Some of them are obvious like: “they have bigger cars than us”, yes they sure do. But it’s hard to believe that the difference is so huge before you’ve actually seen and experienced it. I’m now going to present to you, some of the things that I’ve found very American and odd.

  • Grocery stores: If you’re going to buy milk in a ICA store in Sweden, then there’s usally about 5-10 different ones to choose from. Here you’ve got 30. And it’s the same with all articles. So if you’re new to it (like I am) shopping groceries takes some time…
  • Cars: This car is common here: Ford F250, say no more.
  • Toilets: In Sweden we’ve got this “small flush”-button on todays toilets. Over here they just fill up the whole toilet with water and when you flush, it empties the toilet and fills it up again (and I guess that it uses a lot more water).
  • Size: Clothes actually have about the same size like the ones in Sweden (even if XXL is more common here). But the size of the meals here are huge! You never walk out of a restaurant worrying about that you haven’t got you daily need of calories. Especially the sodas are enormous, I don’t think I’ve finished one by myself yet…
  • Alcohol: The beer here is really cheap compared to Sweden. You can get 24 cans of Miller for example, for less than 15$ (100sek) and you pay about 2-5$ for a beer at the bar. Drinking and driving is unfortunately very common here and you’re allowed to have up to 0.8 per mill. But there’s a rule against drinking in the car. Not even the passengers are allowed to have an open bottle in the car.
    Concerning the consumption of alcohol: I believe that Americans drink more often but not as much at the time as the Swedes do. This might have to do with the fact that alcohol is more accessible here.

I will problably come up with a lot more things to write about later, but this is the list for now…

I’ve now added a application to the right sidebar that gives you the opportunity to receive an email every time I publish a new post. Unfortunately it’s not working with Hotmail addresses for the moment but I’m working on it…

Wasse left for Windsor today so I’m quite bored (already), but I’m looking forward to school next week, and tomorrow we’re celebrating Labor day!

Walking!? You mean you’re not driving?

After two days here in Dearborn, I’ve had time to check out the area around the school, the big Fairlane shopping mall (great shopping) and some stores and a restaurant downtown. I must say that it’s not even close to any place in Califonia when it comes to being nice and cozy. You see more cars than people when you walk around and there’s big roads everywhere.
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Anyway, the school seems nice and everyone there is very friendly and helpful. I’m almost done with my course registration but I’m on the waiting list for some courses so I’ll get back with my full schedule later.

Yesterday my flatmate Nick arrived (in his Porsche Carrera). A very decent guy that is going to study computer engineering here at UMD. He’s from Santa barbara-CA so everyone is asking him why he’s going to Michigan but he says that this is a really good school for him so he’s willing to give up the good weather for a good education (or something like that).

Like I said before, the apartment is great but we got some issues. Nicks furniture is running late and wont be here before the 4th, and we got no hot water (gas) until the 8th because there’s been a problem with the gas company. The good thing is that we got a exercise/pool-area that’s located just round the corner where we can take a shower.
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We (me, Nick, Wasse) are thinking about going out some place tonight but we haven’t really decided yet. The options are not that many=)

I said someting stupid today when me and Nick discussed our living room. The stupid swede thought that we had to buy firewood to use the fireplace…
Of course it’s just to push a button to lit the gas fire=)

“Arrive at destination!”

(Like the lady in our GPS would say it)

I’m now in Michigan – Dearborn, and its dark and warm outside.

After three flights my head is starting to feel a bit tired, and my first night here will be on a broad loom (helt√§ckningsmatta). Me and Wasse picked up the key to my apartment under a rug at the office where Ashley left it earlier. The apartment is huge and non furnished, yet. My roomie: Nick Evans from Santa Barbara will arrive here tomorrow, and his furniture a couple of days later. I will have to find myself a bed and a desk, that’s tomorrows project!
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Wasse will stay here (on the floor) with me for about four days before leaving for Windsor- Canada, just across the boarder.
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It felt strange to say goodbye to Anders at the airport today. But we spoke with tonight and he had arrived safe to his accomondation in Hawaii. It feels good that we’re going to visit him there in four months…img_2006.jpg

School starts 3rd of September, but we will give it a visit tomorrow I think.

Take care everyone!