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Zhu Qin Zhe

Utbytesbloggen Uppsala

Zhu Qin Zhe kommer från Kina och läser svenska vid Uppsala universitet. Hon bloggar om livet som utbytesstudent i Uppsala.
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Expensive

A Chinese friend of mine has just moved from Lund to Stockholm. He wrote that he had already felt the high living cost in Stockholm, when he found no free parking place anywhere, and a ticket could cost up to 600 sek.

Honestly speaking, when I first moved to Stockholm I also found it expensive. Gradually, however, I realize that it depends on where you live, and how you live. Most importantly, after being in Beijing so many times, I do not think that any foreign friends would think that Beijing is so cheap, or China is so cheap any longer.

To live in Beijing is also very costly, especially accommodation. The price is not lower than that in Stockholm, the central Stockholm. But one advantage with Beijing accommodation is that there are far more choices than those in Stockholm - you can rent a windowless room for no more than 1000 rmb per month, yet it is still in Center of Beijing. But in central Stockholm, such a thing might not be possible, unless the conditions are way too terrible to have human beings living inside.

As for the groceries and restaurants, it is the same. Eating at an ok restaurant would cost around 100 per person, whilst eating at a fancy restaurant, it would cost naturally even more. But there are choices for 10 rmb one meal as well.

There are no cheap places in the world, it is just a matter of how much money you have. And there is no need to pick a place just because it is cheap, you should pick the one that suits you and you love.

Milk

When my father was in Sweden last September, he enjoyed drinking Swedish fresh milk very much, and gradually, he also began to like butter, cheese, yoghurt, and many other dairy products. He could drink one liter of milk each day, and a huge bowl of yoghurt. He also had butter spread upon bread, which he would never do in China.

“What left the deepest impression upon you in Sweden?” his friends asked him at his return. “The milk”, he replied without hesitation, “oh, and the beef”, he added, smiling.

In Longyan we do have fresh milk sold at supermarket, yet the so-called fresh milk tastes more like milk powder dissolved with warm water, leading to no milky taste at all. So when my father took a sip at Swedish milk, he could not let it go. He even thought about buying a can full of milk powder home to Longyan, for he assumed that Swedish milk powder ought to be tasty as well. But he failed to find any.

“Swedes would not want to drink powder milk when their fresh milk is cheaper and tastier.” I explained to him. He finally gave it up, and I bought some more boxes of milk for him to drink before he headed back to Longyan.

I heard that he has lost the interest of drinking Longyan milk since he tried the Swedish one, and right now, he is trying hard to find the alternative. And I found one in Beijing! Unfortunately, longyan is way too faraway to have the milk delivered there.

My mother does not like milk generally, no matter whether or not it is from Sweden or China. But she still admits that Longyan milk does taste less milky, and that is the only milk product she can accept, yes, because it tastes less milky, and creamy.

I personally think that it is just a matter of habits. When I came to Sweden for the first time, I also turned myself against milk products, until right now, I can’t live a day without a bowl of milk, be it Longyan milk or Swedish fresh milk. It has become a habit that I can’t get rid of, something I like to stick to. I hope that I could gain enough nutrients from fresh milk so that I could grow a bit taller,a bit taller, that’s all. Nah, I am joking.

No One is alone

The news that terror attack occurred in Stockholm reached my family in Longyan directly after it was sent in the air. All my friends, relatives and even working partners rang and asked if everything was fine with me. I told them that I was not close to that area when the incident happened, they all felt relieved.

News travels very fast nowadays, with internet connecting the entire world. Chinese journalists residing in Stockholm uploaded the information as soon as they received the material, leaking it out to the land six hours ahead of time. But that is not what grips my heart – the care of the family and friends is.

Loneliness is not about the external environment, but what lies inside the heart. Even if you spend most of the day by yourself, it would not make you one man, as long as you have someone, either near or far, who cares about you. They do not have to send messages to you every single day so as to stay in touch, to show their existence, or their care, what they need to do is to appear whenever you are in need of them, for a moment’s conversation, or just a message that asks how you have been doing these days.

For me, I think the best friendship/ relationship, is when you are sitting together, and even if you have got nothing to say, you would not feel embarrassed at all, for having you around is already a huge bless.

Basically, no one is alone, unless you keep yourself isolated, and refuse to show yourself to the world.

Snow

Snow, snow in April! I can’t help but feel excited and pass on this news to my friends in China. They are all amazed.

“Is it really so cold up there in Stockholm?”Most of them asked curiously.

“It is only two degree, but truly, it is not so chilly.” I replied, confidently.

They would believe me, because for them, coldness is defined by the number of temperature, not by the feeling or the climate characteristics.

In Fujian, you feel chillness piercing into your bones even if it is 10 degree, whilst in Sweden, you could be easily protected by a simple overcoat.

It is not only the definition of coldness, but also the definition of many other things that are different in the eyes of Swedish people and Chinese people. I find that different continents share different cultures, yes, continents, not just countries. There could be slight differences between countries in the same continent, yet overall speaking, countries on the same continent almost share similar perspectives, traditions, and even ancient cultures.

For example, people in Vietnam also celebrate some traditional festivals celebrated in China, and many Chinese girls idolize the pretty guys in South Korean, vice verse.

We all find differences and similarities within cultures and thoughts, no matter where we are and which country we are from. That’s why communication is important, and that’s why we should all open ourselves to other cultures and exchange ideas for more improvised perspectives towards life.

Changes

It surprised me as I stepped out of the plane and came the border of Stockholm. The airport has been modified completely! It had just been four months since I saw this place, and now it has got a new look, modern and very fresh, but confusing as well.

It is not a common thing to see changes in Stockholm. I am not saying that the city is not progressing, what I mean is that it is not equally fickle like that in China. A Chinese friend of mine used to study at Stockholm University. After she graduated she moved back to China and, ten years later, when she visited the city once again, she still could see the buildings, restaurants she had been to standing right at the exactly same spot.

On the other hand, however, when I returned to Beijing 2 years after I left, I was already unable to find the restaurant I liked before. It had moved and been replaced. And what startled me even more, was that new lines of subways had suddenly come to light, and it happened so fast that I hardly could feel the process of changing, but reach the consequence directly.

Is it good to change at such a high speed? I think it is a two-sided thing again,and whether or not it is necessary depends upon the specific situation. For example, maybe for cities like Beijing, heading towards modernism quickly is an effective way of urbanization, but for Stockholm, staying still would help to maintain the traditional beauty of the country. The goals are different, therefore, there is no need to define if the performances are right or wrong. After all, what we do is for the sake of the place we are living in, and for a better, more convenient life.

Namn: Zhu Qin Zhe
Ålder: 22 år år
Bor: Stockholm
Pluggar: Media-och kommunikationsvetenskap

Familj: Mamma och pappa
Gillar: Att smaka god mat, ta tupplur och jogga
Gillar inte: Sitta still, sola på stränder och pendla
Gör om tio år: Hoppas på att jobba som översättare till ministern
Lyssnar på: Sveriges radio
Läser: Harry Potter, deckare och historia
Intressen: Läsa böcker, skriva dagliga texter, festa och träffa olika människor


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