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Making friends can be tough. But what's life like for someone who's completely new to Sweden? We spoke to Olga to find out: "For the most part people’s friends are from their childhood or maybe university. Social interaction is based on planning, it’s not very spontaneous. It’s really tough to get yourself into someone’s schedule."
What do you look for in a friend? Is it someone with whom you share a common interest or someone who gets you completely? We can’t be summed up by a single interest or personality trait, and things we think of as integral to our existence may be completely irrelevant in another context. Humans are defined as much by our contradictions as anything else. It’s this complexity that makes making connections with others even more complicated.
Everyone has their own stories of disconnect, whether that’s feeling lost in a new city, missing home or simply feeling like you don’t quite fit in. We also know that sharing these stories can help us feel more connected and in touch with the world. Malmö is one of the friendliest, most welcoming places in Sweden, so why can it be so difficult to make friends? We sat down with Emma to find out.
Over the 10 years that I have lived abroad, I have heard a variation of this phrase a number of times. Sometimes it was “I” instead of “we”; sometimes a specific country or town was mentioned. It always bugged me, because while friends and acquaintances decided to consolidate their lives and relationships, my own social circle was getting fragmented through their departures. While the formulation varied, the one thing that never changed was the underlying condition: friends, family and home are all considered to be in the same place. For me — and for a number of people who often move between

Food is one of the most powerful connective tools we have. We build our bonds with friends and family over dinners, we go to restaurants on dates, we prepare food for others and with others. Even when we’re cooking and eating alone, food still connects us to the world. Whether it’s a particular meal that reminds us of home comforts, or simply sustenance to get us through the day, food is never meaningless.

Like music or literature, food is a shared cultural product, even if it’s often overlooked as such. The liking (or loathing) of a certain dish is shaped by our early experiences and the

As Panion enters the Startup world, we’ve come to realize that we are prime targets for an abundance of startup-focused businesses claiming to enhance outreach and profitability. It’s extremely difficult to stay focused on building a business, when constantly bombarded with tools for streamlining just about any and every process! With too many choices at your fingertips, navigating your way towards actual productivity can feel overwhelming. You may be familiar with the “must-have” lists filled with tools that offer similar services, many of which are out of your financial reach.
While visiting my family and friends in the United States, I am often confronted with remarks like, “If only I were as brave as you, I too would live in another country.” It’s funny how people inherently recognize the limitations of their personalities, then build self-fulfilling prophecy bubbles around themselves. Perhaps I did the same. I realized, for me, boredom comes easily and that exploring the world keeps me stimulated. I haven’t lived a conventional life, to say the least, and perhaps recognizing my need for adventure perpetuates my ongoing search for more.