Monthly Archives: February 2018

Weird Stockholm Weather!

What just happened now?!

Just a couple of minutes ago, it was so bright sunny, I was soaking in all the shine and warmth but within few seconds, the sky turned dark and the snow was falling down like as if a snow dam broke open!

The weather in Stockholm is always a great topic to start a conversation with. If you wanna break the ice with someone, just talk about the weather. Everyone talks about the weather all the time here. That seems to be a favourite Fika topic to most of my friends. It’s so amazing how it can go from clear and sunny to blindingly snowy in a matter of seconds! So weird! So Interesting! So Stockholmy!

It’s not just the case during winters that the weather is simply unpredictable, even during the summer it would go from the clear sunny sky to dark rainy clouds in absolutely no time. One must always be prepared to be amazed by Stockholm weather all around the year!

And now, as I type, the snow is fading away and the sun is peeping out. LOL. I am all in for a hide and seek game, Mr. Sun! 🔆🌇🌥🌨🌥🌨❄☃ Have fun! Enjoy the Snow and the Sun!

~Sindhu

A Walk to Remember….

Hi there! Good morning!

This is such an early morning post. I don’t remember if I have written one this early in the day. Well well, this is not about the movie “A walk to remember”, this is indeed a walk to remember. And, yes, I love that movie, do you?

Today, I kinda woke up with a desire to take a stroll around. The weather is pretty good, negative 7 degrees so to say. Lots of snow, shining sun, and a negative temperature means a really nice weather to me. Swedes hate the cold and the darkness, well, I do agree with the darkness part now. But, that’s something to discuss in another post. I love the cold, it’s beautifully cold. The impeccable tranquility in this pristine coldness is something only Sweden can offer. So, I just started my day with a little walk down to the Lappis beach and man o’ man!

The fresh snow greeted me right when I stepped out from my apartment. It’s just so much fun to experience winter here. Snow makes it just too wonderful. Snow is a must-feel experience to every human I guess. 

I walked passing the woods that are behind Lappis and then down to the beach… And, this is the view that was waiting for me. A spectacular morning sun, a tiny little snowman that was created by a random stranger to make my morning so amazing. The entire beach was frozen, still solidly frozen! Nature always amazes me, Nature makes me feel so complete, so peaceful, I feel so alive when am with nature. I am sure everyone feels that.

It’s sometimes so hard for me to believe that this is my life and am indeed living it. It feels like a dream or a dream inside a dream. Like living an eternal wish. I would be so happy and content in life if I lived all my life doing the thing I love, living in a countryside, being one with nature, a tiny garage, and some circuits to meddle with would totally make my life complete. I don’t wish for wealth or luxury; some love, family and loads of nature is just enough 🙂
  Below is the picture of the beach a week before, when it was almost frozen. 

And, finally, the happy morning me! 😀

Ah! How would it be if life was just so beautifully frozen in time just like this beach? Ironically, it was only my phone that froze to death! 😂🤦

Does anyone else face this issue with iPhones? My little thing of a phone freezes all the time when the temperature goes below zero.🤷🤳 I am glad I took those pictures and video called my mom to show around 🙂

It is so nice to wake up early and to begin the day like this. A cold start to a day is not all that bad after all 😉 if you know what I mean 😛

Have fun! Love nature, Love our planet, keep it clean and go green! It’s our responsibility to preserve this beautiful and lovely earth 🙂 Wish you an awesome day ahead 😀

See ya!

~Sindhu

A Lunch Lecture with Scania

Does one even need an introduction to Scania? A world-leading provider of transport solutions, Scania, a giant in its field, is a dream company for any engineering student. Today, Scania conducted a lunch lecture at the KTH main library. Also, Scania being one of the main sponsors of our Formula Student team, the lunch lecture was definitely something that I couldn’t miss. This particular lecture was a very unique one for the reason that, the two presenters from Scania are actually KTH alumni. Rightly named, “From KTH to Scania“, the seminar highlighted the transition from student life to a work life at Scania. The seminar also provided us with information brochures about various student programmes and Job opportunities at Scania.

The seminar began with Olivia Löwhagen, a Project Engineer in the group Advanced Industrial Engineering Transmission Assembly , and of course, a KTH alumus, sharing with us her journey from KTH to Scania. During her student period, she did her internship at Scania and also was part of the Global Trainee program at Scania. It was quite interesting when she spoke about how much fun she has at her work place, apart from her everyday work routine. Definitely, all work and no play makes it very boring, a healthy balance of fun and seriousness at work will make work life very enjoyable indeed.

Patrik Johannesson, who is a student relations manager at Scania, took us on a quick walk along with him through his journey to Scania. From studying mechanical engineering at KTH to becoming the process engineer, team leader, lean coordinator and now to a talent relations manager, he sure is having an amazing journey. It is also quite interesting to know how much flexibility Scania has given them to move horizontally across the company and the opportunity to experience different work groups within Scania.

Patrik also spoke about the various student programmes that are currently open for applications at Scania. He also mentioned about graduate programmes that students in the final year of studies can apply to. You can find all career related information at this link here. Also, you can email them regarding any queries at student@scania.com

Alexander Magnusson, a Formula Student team member, who has been part of the team for several years now, was also a presenter in the lecture. Alex has a long affiliation with Scania. He shared with us his experiences from his multiple summer jobs and also from being in the Scania Student Intro Programme. It was quite fascinating to me when he pointed out the fact that at Scania, he was working with similar tools as that we use in the Formula Student team. A leisure time student project as Formula Student can take one a long way. Not only that it is interesting and fun to build a race car, but its a huge learning experience and a great addition to one’s CV. Also, our industry sponsors are always our good contacts who can help us in the journey.

Few upcoming deadlines:

Summer Job at Södertälje4 Jan – 22 Feb 2018

Summer Job at Oskarshamn: 4 Jan – 4 Mar 2018

Summer Job at Luleå: 4 Jan – 6 Mar 2018

Summer Technology Program at Oskarshamn: 4 Jan – 4 Mar 2018

Scania Engineer Program: 31 Jan – 22 Feb 2018

Studying at KTH gives one an array of opportunities, not just to learn and grow but also to finally land in that dream job. I do have mentioned about career fairs like Armada before, that gives the students an opportunity to interact with people from the industry. Apart from career fairs, there are also various other events like these lunch lectures that are held throughout the year, where people from different companies come over to the campus and give us a talk about their company, about different opportunities for students. These events are such an amazing forum to interact with the industry people, a great insight into what the company does, and also a  forum to get all your questions answered. And yeah, as the name says, they also provide you free lunch. With students living on such crunched up budget, a free lunch and great knowledge during your lunch hour is something to surely sign up for.

So, don’t forget to attend the career seminars and lunch seminars, you get a wealth of information and a load of motivation from these. For more information, you can check out the ARC calendar here. Also, look into the Career support page of KTH and follow their calendar as well.

See ya!

~ Sindhu

Ewww Sushi to Yummm Sushi…

Hello Hello!

Yup, you read it right! This post is about my journey from hating Sushi to loving them. Haha! Yes, another food post! The next one won’t be food, I promise! Sweden has its cuisine from all across the world, so it’s quite hard to not taste different food all the time and they have seasonal dishes too. Well, Well, okay! I am a foodie, no denying that. 😉

Sushi is kinda one of the favorite food of most of the Swedes I guess, at least of those I have met so far. All my Swedish friends seem to love Sushi, except one though. He is an anti-Swedish 😛 (No offense, you! 😉 )

I was first introduced to Sushi by my friend, Nishita. She took me out for a Sushi dinner the first time I met her here in Sweden. She gave me a super hyped description of Sushi (Well, now I am in total agreeance with her). By the way, if you’re wondering what Sushi is all about, here is a little bit about Sushi before we get into the story…

Sushi is a Japanese specialty dish. It is basically vinegared sushi rice (sumeshi) rolled over a sheet a seaweed stuffed with avocados, raw or smoked fish, or any other seafood. The roll is then topped with a layer of Salmon or anything else depending on your choice. There are different types of Sushis and they are customized according to modern taste. The most interesting part of a Sushi meal is the Wasabi, the super strong extreme pungent taste of wasabi hits your head and leaks your nose and eyes almost immediately. One only needs a little dot of Wasabi with your Sushi. Sushi is usually dipped in Soy sauce while eating, kinda gives it a nice flavour, you can also not dip it. I like the pickled ginger, it clears the taste of the Sushi in your mouth. Makes it easy to taste the next Sushi basically.

So initially Sushi did seem interesting to me, but the moment I had a roll, the texture of the raw salmon or Lax as they call in Swedish, totally disgusted me. I hated the avocado in it. I hated everything about it. We ordered a platter of Sushi for me and I ended up wasting 80% of it! My friend loves Sushi, she wiped the plate clean! It was definitely quite an interesting experience for sure, especially to learn to use chopsticks. I cannot sound super negative basically 😛

My first Sushi with Nish

My Platter of Pure Disaster 😛

Something in me kinda wanted to try Sushi again. I read about it and I realized that the rawness of the fish is what is bothering me, so I decided to go with prawn or crab this time since they are always poached and not raw. Guess what? I so loved it this time! I couldn’t really believe but yes I loved it.

Prawn Sushi <3

I wiped my plate clean this time 😉

Sushi is not something one might like on the first try. It is something that you need to let grow on you. You might not even like it the second time but the third time you would love the freshness of the food. You would love all the flavors. You have to give it some time to captivate you, there is no love at first sight when it comes to Sushi 😛

So after this, I went again to have Sushi, and again, and again. With each time I kept improvising and started tasting the other Sushi types. I have definitely made great progress but the ultimate is Sashimi. I don’t think I will get there 😛 By the way, you also get vegetarian Sushi, so there is something for everyone.

 

Scrumptious Semlas will not make you fat!

Hey there!

It’s so nice to get back with another post about food. I am truly wondering if I am slowly turning into a food connoisseur. Might as well get me a part-time job to taste different food, who wouldn’t like that! Oh yeah, I don’t eat beef and pork by the way. Haha!

So today, am gonna write about my new found love- Semla! I spend 25 SEK on these almost every day now. These delicious little bundle of goodness is all you need in life! trust me! If you’re someone who likes flavored buns or almonds or cream or all of these, you are gonna be madly and deeply in love with Semla.

Traditionally, Semla is eaten on “Fettisdagen” which literally means the fat Tuesday, which is the last day before the Christian fasting period, Lent. Semla is basically a cardamom flavored wheat bun filled with almond paste and topped with fresh whipped cream. In the beginning, Semla was just a boring bun but then a little more of almond and cream goodness was added to make things interesting and tasty.

I found this really nice article which is so much worth a read if you want to know more about Semla.

The semla – more than just a bun

Since I am a regular visitor at 7-Eleven and Semla is what I always buy these days, I asked the customer service person at 7-Eleven to show me how they make it. She so gladly agreed to teach me how. It is super simple and here are some pictures 🙂

The dough goes into the oven for the magic to happen

A little portion of the top is cut off and is filled with almond paste

Fresh cream topping on the little babies

Finally, the cut portion is placed back and is dusted with some fairy sugar dust

 So that’s how Semlas are made,  pretty simple yet so very delicious. There is also mini semla that cost much lesser and it is definitely worth a try. I usually have it at 7-Eleven, you can try there as well because it is freshly made in the store every day. Special thanks to Atosa Didari from 7-Eleven 😀

Do let me know in the comment section about your Semla experience. 🙂

See ya!

~ Sindhu <3

PS : Yes, of course, they won’t make you fat, if you do some workout 😉