EUROSLA conference: Stockholm shines

Last week I attended the EUROSLA conference in Stockholm, a stunning city and excellent backdrop for this dynamic conference.  Our stand was in a prime spot, right opposite the refreshments stand, so not only was I always well provided with delicious cake (big tick for the conference organisers!), but also had plenty of opportunities to meet the delegates and sell our new titles. Particularly popular were De Houwer’s text book “Bilingual First Language Acquisition” and Han and Cadierno’s “Linguistic Relativity in SLA”.  Advance Information sheets for our two new titles, “New Trends in Crosslinguistic Influence and Multilingualism Research” (published just yesterday) and “Comparative Perspectives on Language Acquisition” were also taken in high numbers.

The City Hall by day
The City Hall by night

For me, the highlight of the conference was the opening reception, which was held in Stockholm’s magnificent City Hall, the location of the annual Nobel Prize Banquet.  We were treated to a delicious spread of Swedish food before a talk on a little of the history of the building.  I was particularly struck by how the outside of the building, which looked to me a little like a factory in the north of England, contrasted with the striking inside: the mosaic walls, which are comprised of over 18 million glittering gold tiles, are unlike anything I’ve seen before.  It was such a treat to be able to visit such an impressive building.

View across to Sodermalm island

It was my first time to Stockholm (and Sweden) and it is certainly a city that I’ll highly recommend to anyone.  The clean air, green spaces and expanses of water made the experience of evening runs around the beautiful old parts of the city even more enjoyable.  I also had fun trying the local cuisine: I ate herrings for the first time and had some delicious salmon another night, both good reasons to visit Stockholm again!


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