A Journey to Sweden: Part 1
Since I had replied email of an offer of EMIS program on May 3, 2006, I was so obsessed with finding information about residence, visa, people who come in fall 2006, course literature, livings and clothes. I spent time every day checking mail from the kth2006 group and messages on pantip board. I didn’t wanna miss anything. Before I applied to KTH, I knew a little about living in Sweden, or in such very cold conditions. On weekend, I surveyed shops selling winter clothes in Pratunum area. I knew nothing about how to dress or what to wear under such harsh environment. A shopkeeper educated me what I needed to survive in that country. I asked for his name card and would be back to his shop later because I’d like to collect more information about all stuff that I need, compare the price and look around. When I arrived back home I onlined to talk to a person who had experiences about this and browsed through the Internet. As a result, I found that I need an overcoat, sweaters or jackets made from wool or duck down. Also, I can check in large department stores for the North Face brand. I can be sure of that before I arrive in Sweden, I must spend a plenty of my money here because I need to buy a notebook, clothes, a rice cooker, a flight ticket, to name a few. (Note that for the rice cooker, a friend of mine in Stockholm said that it’s a must I needed to buy, I thought hmmm, what a paradox in this country! It’s a country with a lot of hi-tech stuff, but I need to buy a rice cooker, stressed that "a rick cooker" from Thailand. I knew later that rice cookers in Sweden are much more expensive and low quality.) However, I’m happy to do all of them.