My April was so full of everything. Keep it short. Let’s see some photos!
Firstly, one of my so to speak math teachers-Etienne Piccolo left Sweden to his homeland-Switzerland. He helped me a lot when I was struggling with the math assignments in my first semester. We had our last supper (Hope it wasn’t the last) at the red house!
Then, I went to Iceland! We were 5 people-me, Guillaume Dickeli (that French boy), Jannis Dickmann (the German friend), Yinglai Xu and Steven Hu (the Chinese company). It was just great and awesome. This country is such spectacular and extremely beautiful. It was 6 days and I had taken almost a thousand photos. So much hiking, so many waterfalls, ice and heat, beaches and mountains, and of course the Northern Lights! So crazy, so pretty. I would love to go there again and again.
Thank Steven for the lovely group photo :)
Day 1: After landing, we started the trip with Blue Lagoon, then Kleifarvatn (lake), and ended the day in Reykjavik.
Day 2: We wandered around Reykjavik, went to some touristic places: Hallgrímskirkja (church), Harpa (concert hall), Whales of Iceland (museum), then Hraunfossar (waterfall), and Glymur (waterfall). This night we were lucky enough to catch the Northern Lights!
Day 3: We went to Geysir (geyser), then 3 waterfalls: Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss (We can walk behind it.), Skógafoss.
Day 4: This is my favourite day. We drove to the far east of the island. Started with Sólheimajökull (glacier), Dyrhólaey (peninsula), Reynisfjara (black sand beach), Svartifoss (waterfall), and end the route at Jökulsárlón (glacier lagoon).
Day 5: It was sort of our last day. We went to Reykjadalur (hiking trail) and Raufarhólshellir (cave). We tried to find Thrihnukagigur (volcano) but we couldn’t find it because we took the wrong path. We ended up somewhere around the volcano which I don’t know the name. Anyhow, we hiked and climbed a bit. It was a nice area. This night we caught the Northern Lights again :D
Day 6: We had a few hours in the morning before flying back to Stockholm. We stopped by somewhere on the way to Keflavik.
I just can’t show all photos I have here. See the rest in my Facebook album then.
After that, it was the C-Awards event. My friends and I submitted a project-Solid (click to open in a new tab) from the Information Visualisation course to this contest. Our project got nominated into 2 categories-Bästa affärsmöjlighet (Best Business Opportunity) and Bästa forskningsframsteg (Best Research Opportunity). So we decided to go to the event just in case we would win some award. Yes, and somehow we won 3 awards…those 2 categories and the last one-Publikens val (People’s Choice)… It was so unexpected and surprising. The journey of this project was really tough and dramatic. So much discussion and argument. Anyway, special thanks go to Mario Romero, our professor of the InfoVis course, and big thanks go to all of my teammates: Adrià Cruz, Cheng Tianchang, Ewoud van der Heide, Giovanna Vilaza, Ingrid Sörensen, Maria Rahamägi, Martin Hedlund, and Yun Zeng.
I will write about this project again soon. Just keep an eye on ;)
And yeah, after those fancy events, came the 2 crazy weeks with shitload of works and stress. Probably it was the consequence of my one-week absence to Iceland. I just had some time to chill a little bit today when I was writing this blog, and then I had to continue working again. Master’s student life is not as easy as it sounds (or it never sounds easy anyway). Three more weeks to go and this period will be over, sort of.
See you when it’s warm then!