ICEBAR – Stockholm, Sweden

I miss traveling, and the feeling of being free and having new experiences! I am looking forward to traveling again, once it's safe to do so. Here's a throwback to one of my favorite experiences, visiting the ICEBAR in Stockholm. In general, Sweden has an excellent public transportation system, so my friends and I hopped…

A Taste of Stockholm Food Festival

A Taste of Stockholm (or Smaka på Stockholm) is a vast food and beverage festival at Kungsträdgården. I highly recommend going if you’re looking for Swedish and all kinds of other street foods. Sauna Advertisement Lobster RollEthiopian Tacos Getting to the festival is a breeze using public transportation. I found the tunnels on the way…

My Consent Project (Paper)

It’s no secret that casual sex is becoming more and more accepted in today’s culture. Unfortunately, sexual assaults and nonconsensual sex are also still very prevalent in today's society as well. There is certainly more of an awareness of this subject which is has created a spotlight on the importance of acknowledging consent during sexual activity. Women and men are beginning to build a culture centered on consent.  This qualitative study researches the communication aspect of consent among young adults. This study draws from interviews regarding the communication behind consent of eight young adults. Major findings from these interviews indicated how the nature of the relationship, the timing of the conversation, and verbal and nonverbal messages are all critical factors when considering a conversation about consent. This study aims to help bring awareness to the importance of having a conversation about sexual consent with romantic partners.

Traveling in Sweden! Part 2

What an amazing trip so far! I truly recommend visiting Stockholm. I've listed my itinerary and tips below. Day 39:00am Nobel Museum Tour2:00pm Visit the Vasa Museum Rise and shine! Today's agenda includes the Nobel Museum Tour as well as the Vasa Museum. Starting off with breakfast, I'm thankful for the Zinkensdamm hostel. The breakfast…

Mormor Diary Entry #34

Hey y'all! Here's another snippet from my Grandmother's diary that she kept while in Sweden. I found this entry on a page titled "comparisons" "Comparison:In those days people feared thingslike lion's faces. We fear things inthe shape of mushroom clouds -- nuclearbombs." ~ June 1986 IIn this entry, she's referencing the Vasa ship. *Swedish warship…

My Travels in Sweden! Part 1

Traveling to Sweden was such a fantastic experience. I departed from Des Moines, IA, and traveled to Stockholm and Oskarshamn. I went with a group of classmates to study abroad at KTH and Stockholm University. ItineraryDay OneDeparted Des Moines Airport Day TwoArrived at Arlanda Airport in StockholmChecked in to Zinkensdamm hostel~1:00pm City Tour – Gamla…

Visiting Tallinn, Estonia in One Day

While I was studying abroad in Sweden, a group of us took a two-day cruise ship to Tallinn, Estonia. Estonia seemed like a hidden gem. I especially loved the medieval structures and the view of the sea. The cruise ship (Baltic Queen - Tallink) was clean, reasonably roomy, and had the most amazing mixed drinks!…

Mormor Diary Entry #36

Swedes are allowed to go anywhere, eat in grass at the palace lawn, see parks as they wish. The new law is that the Princess who is older than her brother will be queen. We Swedes are implementing equal rights for women! Vivian Olson ~ June 17th I had similar thoughts as my Grandma while…

Mormor Diary Entry #25

Peak morning, this sunny mile throughpeaceful wooden Sweden, sence *sense* ofa unity of my blood with all I see.I wish mom would have seen this. Itis so wonderful to think it is my heritage,this graceful serene land. Saw a deerback in the wood. ~  Vivian Olson - June 15th, 1986 When I picture being back…

Consent in the USA

I want to inspire Americans to care about reducing sexual assault, to help victims, and to change legislation with a focus on consent. I have chosen to focus on the actions of FATTA as an example of what can be done here in the USA.FATTA is a Swedish non-profit organization fighting against sexual violence and…