Athens in April

Acropolis    At Athens, wise men propose, and fools dispose.

– Alcuin

Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities with its recorded history spinning around 3,400 years. Back in the day Athens was a powerful city-state and a center for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum. Athens is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilisation and the birthplace of democracy. Now Athens seems more like a tired and decayed city.

The city core is relatively small and you need not spend too many days there in time to see everything that you should see.

It is easy to see that the star of Athens is the Acropolis. The whole city revolves around it and you can see the Acropolis wherever you are in the city! That makes it easy to navigate in the city core.

Things you need to see and do in the Ancient Athens

Even though Athens seems tired and decayed, it is still a very nice city to visit. The amount of historical artefacts you can find in this city is beyond impressive.

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New York – The City That Never Sleeps

New York

Make your mark in New York and you are a made man -Mark Twain

New York is the city that never sleeps. There is so much to see and so much to do. The best part of Manhattan is that you can never really get lost. The whole city is built in a very logical way. The most important thing to remember while in Manhattan is if you are going downtown or uptown. As long as you know that you can basically never get lost. Taking the subway is complicated though but that’s not a big deal because walking is much more satisfying, there is so much to see. I walked almost everywhere.

If you need help or want to ask something the New Yorkers are more than happy to help. When I for example asked for directions they stopped and tried to help me as much as they could.

Things you need to see and do in the Big Apple

There is a lot to see and do in Manhattan but there are some things that is must-do-must-see, according to me anyways.

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Sleepy people in Japan

There is something I noticed in Japan. Some classes at the university were really big and the professor had to speak into a microphone, which was not that weird actually. But during the lectures the students were sleeping. Yes. I am talking about put-your-head-on-the-table sleeping in front of the professor. And the professor didn´t mind, at least he didn’t react to it.

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The bus system in Japan

Bus system in Japan

I was living in Japan during some month for studies. I learned and saw a lot of new things. One of those things was the bus system, it fascinated me. It differs from Sweden and the rest of Europe, I think.

The university I studied at was located in the mountainous area so I needed to take a bus to get downtown.
And the bus system works like this; when you enter the bus you take a ticket from an orange box. I don’t know if it´s orange in all other buses. You drag a small ticket; depending on where you step on the bus you get a number. At front, above the bus driver, there is a plate or a sign where numbers from one to around sixteen is placed and under each number you have a digital box. So if I for example get on the bus when it´s on its second stop the box on the sign is going to say 140, which means 140 yen. So the minimum price to take the bus is 140 yen.

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First day at japanese school

Japanska läxor

My first lesson at APU was in Japanese language and it was tough.The first thing our sensei (teacher) brought up was the instructions for Japanese foundation course 1, which of course includes rules!In this class there were seven rules. Some of them were obvious and some weren’t.

The first rule
– You should submit homework by the deadlineIf you delay to submit it you will have a penaltyWe do not accept your homework later than one week. We have homework every day. 
Another rule that was interesting was rule number three
– If you are late for the class three times, it will be counted as one absence
. Ouch! This was a hard rule to follow.

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Health examination in APU – Japan

APU campus

The key issue in this post is not the health examination itself, but it’s actually the process. Before school started all the new students at APU had to do a health checkup.
Before I tell you about the health examination you need to know something about the Japanese people. Everything has to come in the right order. And everything has to be right at the first time. Of course this is not all, the Japanese people and the Japanese culture are more than just doing everything in the right order.

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