A letter from Atlanta

Dear readers of eMAG,

Being complimented on your clothes, hairstyle or something else by random people when you step off the airplane, talking to strangers at stores and everybody saying a nice “how are you” before asking if they can help you – that definitely sounds a lot like the US and very little like Germany. Continue reading

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It’s not that they don’t have a horn… – A little guide on how to drive in Sweden

Welcome to Europe’s biggest training ground for driving, which exceeds the size of Germany by a fifth. Although the size of its road system can’t compete with many countries in Europe, it’s big enough to host
several million cars. However, most of the time you won’t see anybody making use of this free (for foreigners) offer when you’re on the road somewhere between places with strange-sounding names such as
Älmhult or Växjö. The few cars which do come into sight are very unlikely to overtake you, even although you’re driving a bit more slowly than the regulations recommend. But if you come across a sign that says ‘Elkpark – 5 min’, you know you’re in, that’s right, you got it, Sweden! Continue reading

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WATCH.READ.LISTEN. – Autumn edition

We all had high hopes for sunny days and tons of ice-cream this summer, but now, to our great disappointment, autumn is already here: cold nights, foggy mornings, yellow leaves… and tons of free time once all the term papers have been handed in. So you can either try and chase every last ray of sunshine and go for long walks or you snuggle up under a warm blanket and WATCH.READ.LISTEN. to whatever suits you. Continue reading

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Modern technology : I wouldn’t go back, even if I could

It was a very subtle process. Without noticing, I started to manage my whole life with my mobile phone. It started in my teens when texting enabled me to contact my friends day and night, the built-in alarm clock woke me up in the morning and I was no longer able to remember my family’s and friends’ phone numbers, simply because I didn’t need to. Yes, now I rely on my smartphone when I have to find my way, when planning appointments, when I want entertainment, when I’m buying something, or, indeed, for almost anything else I need to do! Continue reading

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Wanna be my roomie?

Probably, like the vast majority of students, after moving out of your parents’ place, you decided to share flats, rather than living by yourself. If you were lucky, you soon settled in and found a new ‘family’. But then – oh no! – one of your flatmates moved out, leaving you no other choice but to look for a replacement. Now starts the most stressful time in a student’s life. No, we’re not talking about the dreaded exam period – but the exhausting search to find the perfect roommate. Continue reading

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My Erasmus Experience

Almost one year ago, I had to pack my most important belongings into the small boot of my parents’ car, before the 1,200 km drive from Northampton – a rather large British town – to Augsburg, where I was about to start my Erasmus year. Although I was really excited about moving abroad, I was really scared too. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to ‘survive’ the year. However, now I have returned home after my exams, and want to reflect back on the most important aspects related to my Erasmus year. Continue reading

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SUP – a way to escape everyday life

Stand Up Paddling is pretty much the most relaxing sport I know. It has a calming effect on me and helps me forget my troubles, other people and everyday life issues because I’m on my own, and I get to choose where I go. But still it’s a sport, it strengthens the lower part of your back and your arms, and it does get tiring after a while. So where did the sport come from and when did it first appear? Continue reading

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‘Missing People’ being found(ed) by amazing people

Missing People is a non-profit organisation in Sweden which consists of volunteers searching for people who have gone missing. The organisation helps the police in their work, but also continues searches for missing people once the official files have been closed, due to other priorities, and/or as time passes. On a number of occasions, Missing People has been more effective at finding missing people than the police. Continue reading

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