Adventures Ahead: From Los Angeles to Stockholm

The itinerary for our trip consists of visits to Pitea, Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo. Having never traveled to Sweden, Denmark or Norway before, it will be an adventure! I can't wait to see the midnight sun, and experience the beautiful Scandinavian cityscapes.

Our group arriving in Stockholm

A group of us are going early to explore Stockholm before the official class starts up in Pitea. Pitea, Sweden will be a journey to the north of Sweden, where Dr. Myhr grew up. For the two days we will be in Stockholm, our group plans to discover the Old Town of Gamla Stan on foot, trekking though the streets of Stockholm and admiring the architecture. We also want to take a boat cruise tour to see the bridges of Stockholm from the water. After that, we would love to go to the Vasa Museum, and learn more about the ship and Stockholm's history. One tip for flying with Norwegian Air is to bring your own headphones because it costs $3 on the flight. Also, it is necessary to take your own blanket because they will not provide one. Finally, you’d better to take some snacks and water with you because the flight duration is more than 10 hours and purchasing on the flight is costly. Snacks will help you eliminate hunger and help fill the monotony of a transatlantic flight.

One of my favorite parts about spending time in foreign countries is to try the local cuisine. I've researched Swedish food, and I am looking forward to trying all sorts of fish dishes, as well as more adventurous choices of meats such as reindeer. In addition, I've heard that Swedish and Danish pastries are absolutely delicious. I hope to taste a selection of Swedish delicacies, including the Swedish cinnamon buns, and Danish puff pastries

Sweden not only has delicious food and beautiful sights, it is also the home of many successful global brands. The following list includes some of the most famous Swedish brands of the world:

  1. AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical business selling innovative medicines that are used by millions of patients worldwide.
  2. Electrolux is the second largest home appliances manufacturer. Major products are vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, washing machines and variety of other appliances.
  3. Ericsson is a forefront of communications technology company. Its services are software and infrastructure, especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud.
  4. H&M is the second largest clothing fashion retailer and operates more than 4,000 stores across 66 international markets.
  5. IKEA is a multinational group, headquartered in the Almhult, that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories.

  1. Skype is an instant messaging app that provides online text message and video chat services. In 2005, it was purchased by ebay for $2.6 billion, and in 2011, it was bought out again by Microsoft for $8.5 billion.
  2. Solvatten have pioneered in the creation of portable water treatment units that allow households to heat up and treat contaminated water using solar energy.
  3. Spotify provides online music streaming services as a legal alternative to pirated music file-sharing sites. Spotify allows users to freely listen to, stream and share millions of music tracks to their computers and mobile devices.
  4. Peepoople is combatting one of the world’s biggest problems: sanitation. It does this with its ingeniously named Peepoo toilet, which is a self-sanitising, single-use and fully biodegradable portable toilet in the form of a bag.
  5. Wrapp is a fun and easy way to give free and paid gift cards to your Facebook friends’. With the Wrapp app, people can now send friends digital gift cards for various celebrations without needing to know their email or postal addresses.

With all of these amazing and innovative Swedish companies, our team is excited to visit and learn more about Swedish business. This trip will be a fun-filled way to explore new cities, businesses, cuisines, and cultures.