A Postcard Alternative

Postcards are so 2000 and late, earrings are so 2028. Get ahead of the curve.

Recently I have been very into earrings. This started winter of 2021 when I realized I loved wearing ridiculously large and out there earrings from previously never wearing any sort of jewelry. Now I feel naked without them, and sad because it makes my day to look in a mirror and see the beautiful jewels and shapes hanging from my ears. Each of them have memories/stories to share or a meaning behind the jewel that bring a sense of comfort and luck when I wear them. On top of that, most countries I have visited have a special character or stone that is said to bring fortune and luck to its inhabitants. Then, they make these gems into cute earrings that you can find at a local market. And to drive the point even further, these earrings are anywhere between $3-$15 if you are buying from a street market jeweler, and therefore supporting local:) Two birds, one stone.

The first picture shows my first four pairs of earrings I picked up. The turtles were overpriced but they were my first pair and I had no way of knowing that. I picked them up in the French Riviera and the market lady told me that the stone on the back of the turtle was said to bring good luck to those who wear it. I figured going into an adventure like abroad I would need it, I was right. The other pairs were picked up on side trips throughout Ireland. Between the green stone and anchors, they really remind me of what amazing things the country has to offer. However, I wear the elephants the most out of any earrings on this list, just look at them.

The next picture shows the amazing glass jewelry South Europe has to offer. The blue earrings we picked up in Budapest when visiting the famous Central Market Hall. The market was so special and in a way made me feel more connected to the people and the culture there. The other items were picked up in Murano (a small island just outside of Venice) and remind me of the best day excursion I have ever taken. Murano was such a special place home to the best glass blowers in the world. Which, judging based off of the amazing figurines and jewelry at their markets, came as no surprise.

The final picture shows a pair of Eiffel Tower earrings that *shockingly* I picked up in Paris. I truly love these simple earrings, even though they are not the earrings from the Montmartre region I initially wanted. They still commemorate an amazing experience (for only $3). Finally, the last three earrings were acquired in Austria from the many, many Christmas markets I attended. If you ever get the chance to visit Austria, GO. Hands down the most friendly and cute people I have ever met, paired with the most beautiful scenery. Especially during Christmas time when the whole country becomes a winter wonderland.

So there you have it, earrings that tell a story and complete an outfit. What more could you want?

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Southern Sweden in a Snowglobe

Hejsan! This weekend, Lund got its first snow of the year. Me and other international students (and even a couple Swedes who are in their first year) have been commenting that we don’t know if the Swedish students have been lying to us, as they kept telling us that “Lund doesn’t get snow.” However, it seems that even the Swedes were pleasantly surprised by the few cm of snow that stayed on the ground all weekend. I acted like I had never experienced winter before in how excited I was by the little bit of snow, but it hadn’t felt like winter until this weekend. While I enjoyed getting to go on a pretty walk Monday morning (I went south of the city and into some farmland), the only downside of the snow was having to bike in it. I realized that I haven’t biked in the snow within at least the past 10 years (if I ever have), so I was very unprepared for it. Thankfully, I took the perspective that biking in the snow is like driving in the snow but with less protection. My small secondhand bike has very thin tires, so I had to make sure to go slower and be conscious of the ice, slush, and water along the cobblestone paths. One of my friends who is really good at biking mentioned that he fell this weekend, and my law professor told us a ‘funny story’ about how business professors make bets over how many exchange students break their legs biking along a certain icy road by the business school every year. Because of this, I have made sure to start wearing my helmet consistently again (despite the teasing from certain friends). I can live with a broken leg, but a broken skull sounds less than ideal. All of my biking worries seem to be for naught now, as all of the snow has already melted off. It was quite fun for the weekend, and I have now accepted that it is winter in Sweden. I am excited to see if Lund gets more snow as winter progresses, as well as learn to navigate the cold, wind, rain, darkness, and ice that I know is coming. I’ve already mastered the Swedes’ way to handle winter (lots of fika), so I think it’ll be a fun season overall. Varma lyckönskningar!