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InternChina Staff Swedish Dinner!

InternChina staff Swedish dinner!As we were previously three Swedes in the office, we decided to share some of our yummy national food with our fellow colleagues! Philippe, who was visiting from Zhuhai, made a quick stop at IKEA during his trip to Beijing and got some of the food that we needed. Thank you Philippe!

After work the three Swedes skipped across the road to Carrefour and bought the rest of the ingredients before heading to the apartment to commence our Swedish cooking, Chinese style.
After battling with our blunt knives and our watery eyes while trying to chop onions, we finally had enough decent looking pieces for our meatballs. They don’t sell ‘stöbröd’ at Carrefour so we had to improvise with smashing up a baguette. It worked surprisingly well!

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InternChina – Burned Kanelbullar

While the meatballs were cooking we ate some lovely ‘gravad lax’ on special hard Swedish bread, or ‘knäckebröd’. When the entrées were done, we immediately started on the long-awaited main course. This is what it looked like:

Everybody ate a lot and we got very positive feedback! This was nice considering at this point they had no idea what they would be eating for dessert…
In Sweden we have a special pastry called Kanelbullar (cinnamon roll). They are supposed to look like this:

However… due to our kanelbullar having travelled half way across the world, frozen, we had try try to cook them without an oven. Option number 1: Steaming. The result? Fail. Option number 2: panfrying. The result? Well… see for yourself…

Although it might not look like the most delicious thing in the world, if you scraped away the burnt bits they were actually quite tasty… or maybe the others were just eating to be polite…
Even though the dessert might have been a little over done, the meal was a great success and there were many smiles and comments on how good the food tasted. The leftovers were taken into the office the next day and everything was eaten!
We are looking forward to having another Swedish dinner soon!
The InternChina Swedes.

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Hello from My

Hey everyone, I am the new intern at Intern China and I am here to stay for 6 months. I came all the way from Sweden to Qingdao, China and it sure was a long trip, however, I am happy to say that I’m finally here!!!!
There is not really much to say about me besides that I’m from Sweden and I come from a multicultural family whereas my ethnic roots descend from China and Vietnam. You probably wonder why I chose to come to China? The answer is really simple… I have always been fascinated by cultural differences and how to negotiate between cultures. Moreover, I have a strong passion for learning new things and especially languages. Maybe it had to do with the fact that I was brought up in a very multicultural environment where I spoke three different languages on a daily basis.

I have been in China now for almost one week and so far, everything has been great here in Qingdao and as well in the office. The staffs are really nice and I do not feel uncomfortable around them, which, is great! The city as well has a lot to offers such as the incredible food. There are food from all over the world such as Japanese cuisine, Korean cuisine, American cuisine and etc. I was also very surprised over how cheap the transportation is in Qingdao! To take the bus cost less than 1 euro!!!! To take the cab costs around 1-2 euro for a 15-20 min ride…really cheap!!!!

Before I came to China, I was an exchange student in Taiwan for about 5 months and after that, I went to study abroad again but this time in South Korea for another 4 months. While I was in these two countries, I encountered numerous of cultural shocks and differences. For example the language! However, during my 4 months in Taiwan I managed to learn the language and this made me come even closer to the locals. While in South Korea, I learned that the social life is really different to our Western culture but of course in a good way.
Since both of my experiences of going abroad have turned out to be very successful, I thought why not go to China??? So, I packed my bags and decided to come to Qingdao but this time for work and not for studies. What I have learned from my two trips is that, if you come with an open mind, you will experience many incredible things.