After a short walk and an even shorter trip on Stockholm’s Tunnelbana (subway) we find ourselves sitting in the classroom waiting for the start of lectures, which varies in subject from Arctic markets and geopolitics to historic Arctic explorations endeavors and even Nordic folklore and Romanticism themes that lie within this vast and unknown entity that was and still is the great Northern Arctic. Next in succession is our daily break, known as “Fika,” which is traditionally time for coffee or tea and pastries. Nearby cafes provide the perfect setting for enjoying a wide variety of coffees, teas, and pastries during a welcomed reprieve consisting of catching up on the daily happenings, discussing the day’s lecture material, and reminiscing about home. The end of break time signals the continuation of lecture and some discussion of thoughts on the key points.
Rachel Bonet is a senior studying Anthropology, Animal Sciences, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She intends to study Environmental Law. Rachel comes from Darien, IL.
Matthew Borden is a senior studying Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, concentrating in Human Dimensions of the Environment. Matt hails from Oak