We are Ellen and Sarah and we are students at Örebro University. We just started our second semester. Ellen is 20 years old and she likes to hang out with her friends and watch a good sports game on TV on her spare time. Sarah is 21 years old and she also likes to hang out with friends and work out at the gym.
We just started this class, Tvärkulturell retorik A1, and we already think it’s interesting and fun! We are looking forward to learn more about other cultures!
We believe that many people think that Swedes are xenophobic, but we don’t believe that’s a fact. We think that Swedish people in general are simply shy and don’t feel the need to be the first one to make contact. Swedes are also afraid of taking too much space; however, this is not how everybody acts. Like the two of us, we are happy and outgoing people!
One other thing is that swedes don’t talk to strangers. We are raised not to talk to strangers. When we were kids our parents told us not to talk to strangers and we didn’t! Actually, the only time we talk to strangers is when we are intoxicated by alcohol! You can still be an outgoing person but that doesn’t make you comfortable in the company of a stranger. It’s a pity, because we are very social and happy in general.
We have 4 seasons in Sweden, winter, spring, summer and fall. Swedes allways complain about the weather during winter but we travel to warmer countries during summertime. That is only because that’s among the few times on the year swedes having vacation, not because we don’t like the Swedish summer! The Swedish summer is really nice when it doesn’t rain!
Now we have a question for Russia!
One of our friends is from Russia and her parents are really strict and kind of angry, are that common for Russian parents?
(Ellen to the left and Sarah to the right!)