As I may have mentioned earlier, the university-provided apartment that I am staying in is really nice. They are indeed the the apartments that I thought I would be in, and they’re really cute on the outside!
On the inside, it’s about 300 sf, has a full kitchen (with 3/4 sized appliances) with dining area, a bedroom with a comfy chair, desk and closet, and a bath. The floors are hardwood (laminate, I think) and there are big windows. My bedroom faces east and my dining room faces west – perfect. I even have a corner unit, which is good because people aren’t always walking past my unit (the front window faces the walkway and it’s on the first floor, so it can be a little disconcerting). There is a rack for my bike right outside my door.
Here is the dining area. You can see that I’ve hung up my new Marimekko tea towel as wall art. The tablecloth is from Lagerhaus, a store I highly recommend visiting if you are ever in Sweden. They have the most gorgeous, fun textiles for dirt cheap. I think I’ll probably do an entire post on Lagerhaus/textile stores in Sweden at some point. Love!
Here’s another shot of the dining area:
Here is the boring-looking kitchen. I was making leek and potato soup when I took this. I love the tea towel – I will have to take a close-up later. I though it had lobsters on it, but it turns out they’re crayfish. (More on Swedes and their crayfish later, after I eat some tomorrow).
It’s funny living here. The apartments are gorgeous – in fact, they’re “real” apartments that the university has a contract with, so they’re definitely not meant to be dorms. But since they came already furnished (literally everything came from IKEA,) and since we’re all exchange students who brought almost nothing with us, our rooms all look the same, are all boring white, slightly messy, and quite un-homelike. Of course, being Sarah, I want to decorate my apartment to really be a home, just like in the apartment I share with Daniel in Seattle. I can’t do that entirely, because I can’t and don’t want to buy a whole bunch of stuff here that I can’t take back. I have allowed myself to go crazy over Swedish textiles, since they’re the reason I started learning Swedish in the first place. (Seriously!) With the help of some tea towels and tablecloths, and a juice glass full of wild daisies, I hope I can make myself feel at home here.
Tomorrow I will try to get some shots of the bedroom. It’s not completely organized yet, but since tomorrow is Saturday, I will have some time to arrange everything.