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.
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 🙂
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. 🙂
~ Sindhu <3
PS : Yes, of course, they won’t make you fat, if you do some workout 😉
“As a pilot? I thought you were studying to become an energy engineer! ” As a reader of my posts, this statement might have just crossed your mind. Once upon a time, the only thing I wanted to be was an aeronautical engineer but I also planned to take some courses that would enable me fly some aircrafts but that was a really loooong time ago.
So, when I heard that SAAB was coming to KTH and then, seeing this at the entre, I certainly knew I would be there!
KTH provides a perfect platform for students to meet companies and vice-versa. Sometimes, these come as lunch seminars. Since the beginning of this semester, there has been a lunch seminar with a company almost every day at KTH. Most of them organised by THS Future and then you have this kind once a month at KTH Entré.
I was late for this lunch seminar as I had a class that ended at 12 exactly. On getting there, a presentation was ongoing on a new technology solution for control towers by SAAB. Next, another presentation by a professor and a student in the Department of Aeronautical and vehicle engineering on an on-going project to improve the material and structures of the aircraft and also, harness energy form the wings of these aircrafts.
After the presentations, it was time to try driving JAS 39 Gripen flight Stimulator. I drove the stimulator and tried landing too!
My fantasy finally became a reality, thanks to KTH 🙂
Why didn’t I post during the week? Laziness? Party too much? Well, non of them… I was actually waiting for yesterday’s field trip to a Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) facility called SIMS Recycling Solutions! Have you ever wonder where your old box-TV could have ended up or that big heavy cellphone that your parents used to have back in the 90’s? The answer to that could be (in most and worst of the cases) in a landfill 🙁 or in (best of scenarios) in a WEEE facility!
It is stated than less than 20% of the electronic waste (e-waste) generated world-wide is recycled; even though, nearly 100 % of e-waste is recyclable!!! We are talking about cellphones, computers, vacuum cleaners, radiators and so on. All these products are reached in metals and plastic that could have been re-introduced to the chain lowering their environmental footprint if they were disposed properly. Let’s just quantify with one example:
Recycling one million laptop computers can save enough energy to run 3,656 U.S. homes for a year.
Trust me… that’s a lot from just recycling…
The problem here is to know that these products have a lifespan and that they can be actually recycled, not to be left in a dark drawer as probably most our old cellphones in our homes. That’s bad, bad for our environment based on the fact that without recycling, companies will be needing to extract more natural resources. To be honest, this visit was quite amazing, but unfortunately we couldn’t make pictures of the process, despite that, here is a pic of Tobi and me before entering its facility.
At SIMS Sweden, they work with a wide portfolio of companies and businesses within the private and public sector to reduce and recycle this type of waste. Only last year, they recycled in their Swedish facility 34,000 tons of e-waste that was quantified in a reduction of 73,250 tons of CO2 (an average car produces 4.7 tons per year so yeah, the amount of emissions of 15,585 cars in a year… just saying). Do you know what to do with your e-waste in your country? If not, be curious and motivated to have a positive impact in your environment! 😀
Here is a video of what Tobi and me (and others not in this cool selfie) experienced on Friday at SIMS.
As the application period is over, the next thing on everyone’s mind is funding this prestigious education if it comes through.
The Swedish Institute offers a range of scholarships for various 150 countries for higher education in Sweden. To view the 450 available scholarships, click here
The Scholarship for the masters programme is now open! You can find out if you are eligible (a citizen from the selected 140 countries) here. On that page, select your country from the drop-down list to know what scholarship opportunities are available for you.
The largest group covered is the “Swedish Insitute Study Scholarship” for developing countries. It is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Sweden has long-term cooperation with and for other OECD/DAC countries.
Most of the questions concerning scholarships have also come from this group. To this end, this post would be centred on this particular scholarship.
To me, the most important part of the scholarship is this:
you must have proven leadership experience and at least 3,000 hours of work experience. It is also important that you have a clear plan of how your studies in Sweden can contribute to the development in your home country.
WHAT DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP COVER?
Tuition fees: directly paid to the Swedish university
Living expenses of SEK 9,000/month
Travel grant of SEK 15,000 ( One-time payment. Not applicable to students already living in Sweden)
Do you want to expand your knowledge on environmental topics and participate in different workshops?
Do you live in Sweden?
If you have answered yes to these 3 questions, then this will interest you! Jönköping University has organized the Student Sustainability Summit and is inviting us to take part in its conferences and workshops. This summit will be taking place between the 16th – 18th February. Don’t miss the opportunity and get involve.
Want to participate? More information? Who’s going to be there? Click here and get on board!
KTH Master’s Challenge 2018 has finally come to a conclusion with the announcement of the prize winners for the four programmes listed on the competition. Three finalists were chosen in each programme and the winner was announced at the grand award ceremony held at Bangalore, India on the 25th of January. The winners get a complete tuition fee waiver to study at KTH. Also, an opportunity to intern at Formulate IP. The winner of the Engineering Design programme also gets a Scania sponsored stipend to cover the living expenses, worth approximately 1.5 million INR, as well as an internship at Scania.
The programme began with a short presentation by Jairam Vijayakumar Sujaya, an official from the KTH International Relations Office. He briefly introduced the finalists to Sweden, KTH and the education system in general. Following which, I presented my experiences in this amazing city as a KTH student. This was followed by a very informative and inspiring presentation by Oscar Quevedo Teruel, director of the Master Programme in Electrophysics at KTH.
The President at Scania Commercial Vehicles India Pvt Ltd, Stefan Palskog, a KTH alumnus, gave the finalists an exciting glimpse into the world of Scania. He spoke about KTH’s industry collaboration with Scania and about the industry in general. His presentation was truly motivating for me personally ’cause of the fact that Scania is a dream company for me, and for anybody who is into automotive. Neeraj Gupta, a KTH alumnus, the founder & CEO at Formulate IP, founder at Lawcubator, co-founder and angel investor at Excubator, spoke to us about his journey through his KTH days to his vision to work as a professor at KTH. Neeraj is also the chairman of the KTH alumni chapter in India. It was very inspiring for me to meet him again this year and definitely mind-blowing to see his love for KTH. Following Neeraj, Arun Subramanian, a KTH alumnus who is also a consulting manager at Formulate IP shared with us his journey as a KTH student to a successful person in the Industry. It was indeed mega inspiring to listen to KTH alumnus being so very successful in their career and to know the difference KTH has made to them.
Just like last year, the array of speeches by the invited guests and lunch prolonged the winner announcement moment making the finalists ever so nervous most of the time. It was, of course, a super emotional moment for the winners and the parents. I could exactly relive my moment from the last year’s ceremony, ever so special and ever so emotional indeed.
Well, now is the time to meet the winners,
Saransh Chhawchharia, Winner of KTH Master’s Challenge for Electric Power Engineering programme
Satabdee Dash, Winner of KTH Master’s Challenge for Engineering Design programme
Shipra Jain, Winner of KTH Master’s Challenge for Information & Network Engineering programme
Sivanand Devarakonda, Winner of KTH Master’s Challenge for THRUST programme
It was a great experience for me to be a part of the event and be able to witness the award ceremony yet again this year, except for the fact that I was a nervous participant last year, while this year I represented KTH students at the ceremony. It was very nostalgic for me to see the nervous participants awaiting the results, the ultimate nerve-wracking winner announcement moment, the emotional joy of the winners, everything brought back the memories of the previous year. It was indeed very special for me to relive my moment again through this year’s winner and thank you KTH for giving me this opportunity 🙂