2011 Jan 27 | thrift store, dagens lunch

It says "apel" so you'd think "apple," but "apelsin" actually means orange. "Äpple" is apple.

Mitsubishi makes pencils?

Cute and creepy. Microbes (common cold, flu, etc) as stuffed animals. Obviously a medical campus.

The Odenplan t-bana has this neat display of lights in the middle. It apparently had working piano keys placed on some of the stairs, like in Big (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lXh2n0aPyw), but they're not there any more.

At the Hötorget T-bana stop.

Myrorna is the major thrift store in Sweden, kind of like the Salvation Army or Goodwill. There are 4 stores at 4 T-bana stops which are right after each other (Fridhemsplan, St Eriksplan, Odenplan, and Hötorget), so I just hit them all in a row.

And the reason I went to the thrift stores: suit coats. I signed up for the big school dinner on Saturday night, but I needed a suit coat. I'm not gonna pay hundreds of dollars for something I might only wear once, so bring on the thrift stores.

As always, lots of books.

And cheap electronics.

And all the kitchen and other items.

The one at Odenplan is a little smaller.

That is an awesome skirt.

At the St Eriksplan one, they even have a designer's section.

With neat shoes.

And neat clothes.

225 SEK = $32. Not bad, but I think I can do better.

85 SEK = $12. Oh yeah, that's more what I was looking for.

Definitely the biggest one I've been to.

I normally love shiny or sparkly clothing, but these tights, not so much.

I couldn't find the scarves. I mean, it's Sweden; they should have tons of scarves, right? Oh, there they are.

A neat-looking restaurant.

Ooh, a pool hall.

We set up a cleaning schedule for our floor. We'll see how well it works.

It snowed in the morning.

A fun wooden cutout at the hospital.

A picture of a picture, but still neat: they dug holes in the snow and put candles in them.

She was out Monday, so I stopped by on Tuesday and saw this. Sigh.

Finally figured out how to print for free, although I have to go up to the university to do it.

They often put a :- after the price. However, if the : is drawn sloppily by hand, sometimes I think it's a 1, which makes the item seem 10x more expensive.

Ooh, and a fish tank at the hospital, too.

At the Systembolaget to get some alcohol. It's usually either somewhat or extremely expensive to drink at bars and clubs depending on your reference (i.e., whether you drink whatever a place in the US is selling for $1 that night or used to spending $10 for a drink at a club), so it's cheaper to drink a bit before going out.

They had a bunch of these cute little samplers.

And some more.

Ooh, refried beans. I wonder how those are? (Not that great, honestly.)

Ah, they almost got me. I see blue jelly and figure it's grape. Then take a second to actually look at the label and it's really blueberry.

There aren't many performers in the subways, but I actually really enjoyed this guy. Usually the subway performers are bad an annoying, so I was pleasantly surprised.

OK, I can't find toothbrush holders anywhere, so I'm using one of these dumb travel containers for mine. I wonder how Swedes store their toothbrushes?

Received this letter in 4 days. That was surprisingly fast.

Lots of meat and cheese in the break room at the hospital. Nice.

I can't stand not either brushing my teeth or chewing on gum after eating, but I couldn't find any gum. So I first bought this Läkerol, which was just like licorice, and then the Emster, which was just weird. Finally I found a nice big bag of real gum at the store.

I correctly assumed that meant replacing the green line, but unfortunately, that does me no good, as I don't even know if I want the green line; I just know the bus number.

They have the little button to push to say you want to get off at the next stop, and then "Stannar" lights up on the LED screen at the front, but I've never once seen a bus not stop at a single stop. So either they always stop, or so far there's always been someone who pushed the button or standing at the station waiting to be picked up.

Ugh, I hate cyps.

Nice sunset if you're out early enough to see it.

Ah, finally got my free backpack from the university. She has boxes and boxes of them, too, haha, but she said none of the exchange students are coming in to pick them up.

Hey, what are those things?

Aw, how cute, they're bunnies! Right outside my dorm.

The sun is rising earlier and earlier every day. I can actually almost see it come up before I have to leave. Really nice that I got a room that faces southeast.

Cleaning the subway floors.

They finally got this escalator going again. Took a couple of days, though.

Can't quite see the sunrise from the hospital because some other buildings are in the way.

It's extremely impolite to answer a phone in Sweden with, "Hello?" You're supposed to say your name. However, most people say it so fast as soon as they pick up that you miss it.

Aw, now there are other students at the hospital. Apparently I just started earlier than them. I kind of liked having an entire locker room to myself. Interestingly, both men and women share the same room.

Almost all restaurants have a dagens lunch, or daily lunch. It usually consists of a salad, an entree, and a drink.

This is Dolce Vita, which is a pretty nice place.

My lunch. I upgraded to the beefsteak for 95 SEK instead of 80 SEK (so $13.50 instead of $11.50), but it's a pretty good deal.

Another one for 98 SEK ($14). Which is a bit more expensive as well, but it's actually normally a pretty expensive restaurant in a nice hotel, so getting lunch for that price is a good deal.

Pasta, pizza, kebab, etc for the daily lunch for 73 SEK ($10).

A hamburger lunch for 65 SEK. So this for $9, or a really nice lunch for $14. Although I haven't found anything much cheaper than this for lunch.

Another one for 89 SEK ($13).

Brr, it's cold: 19F. And even though it's just a few degrees colder than a few days ago, you can really feel it.

This guy is kind of standing in the middle of the escalator. Like everywhere in the world, they have a pretty strict stand-right, walk-left rule. Even though people occasionally don't follow it perfectly, like this guy, they will almost always get out of the way without a hassle if you try to walk by.

Duff beer?! No way! This was at Monks Cafe.

They seem to have lots of interesting varieties.

I don't get this. This train goes to Vällingby.

But that's only three stops before the end of the line. Why not just go all the way there?

Pre-cooked, ready-to-eat chicken, half for $4 and whole for $7. That's a pretty good deal.

Yeah, I'll just get one of these and throw it in the microwave for a few days.

Oh, something smelled so good at the bakery section, but I couldn't figure out what it was. How agonizing. (I wanted to go and sniff every single item until I figured out what it was, but I had a bit of restraint.)

Tropicana OJ costs $6 and the Good Morning OJ costs $3.50.

But this is on sale for $1.50. Nice.

This was not medium salsa. I wouldn't even say it was weak. Apparently Swedes are not into spicy.

A lot of stores sell really cheap flowers, like these for $2. They are a bit old, though.

Not quite sure what this graffiti in the basement is about.

My room after a bit of decorating.

I've been buying most of the things from IKEA (cheap) and other students moving out (really cheap). For example, the couch cost 100 SEK ($15).