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Living in Lund

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A June 2005 trip to Lund by dackelynn

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Quote: I lived in Lund while pursuing my masters degree. I found this town to be incredibly enchanting. The nighlife is wonderful and the city is beautiful. I loved it so much that I would like to move back there in a year or so.

Living in Lund

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Students and tourists alike can find many wonderful experiences in this medieval town. What's not to like about ancient churches, cobblestone-yet-bike-friendly streets, delicious food, museums, and parks? The best time to visit is during the summer, when it's not too hot and it's not too cold, although you may find the city devoid of its student population. It's great to grab a sandwich and picnic in the park with the Swedes. For traditional tourists, you'll want to check out Domkyrkan, the Botanical Gardens, and Kulturen, the open-air museum. You'll find these all close together. For students, the best part is to immerse yourself in the culture by joining student groups (called n...Read More

Småland Nation

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Attraction | "Smålands Nation"

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Note: Smålands is a STUDENT pub; others are not allowed. If you are a non-Lund student then you *must* have a guest card. In order to get one, you must visit the Nation during their daily office hours, show your student ID and pay a small fee. Smålands is a feminist, leftist & vegetarian club. They often pull in excellent DJs from around the world. On Saturdays there are two dance floors. The music varies from hip hop to rock to other genres but it's always entertaining. Occasionally there are live bands. The crowd is very interesting and dancing is great. Beer and spirits are very cheap; there is even a happy hour from 10-11 on Saturdays. Tips are not expected. ...Read More

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Småland Nation
Kastanjegatan 7
Lund, Sweden
046-15 87 45

Celebrating Midsommar in Lund

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Midsommar is the longest day of the year. The sun might come up around 3.30 and go down past 11 P.M. This calls for a celebration! In Sweden, Midsommar is moved to the weekend so everyone can get extremely intoxicated and not have to worry about going into work the next day (seriously). Midsommar is a time for hanging out with friends in the park. In Lund, you can join the festivities at the open-air museum, Kulturen, and watch them raise the pole. You're also encouraged to dance around it! Another fun activity is to buy a Kubb set and take it to the park. Kubb is a Swedish lawn game in which you have two teams and each team tries to knock over wooden pieces on the other team's side ...Read More

Swedish Student Etiquette

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You might think that Swedes are like Americans but you'd be mistaken! There is certain protocol you should follow. When you first meet someone, you can introduce yourself by simply saying "[Your name], Hej." "Hej" sounds just like the English "hey." Shake hands. You don't need to say "Nice to meet you." Take off your shoes when you enter someone's house because it's rude to walk around with your shoes on. For this reason, don't wear holey socks unless you want a good laugh at your expense! It is not considered rude to slightly bump into someone. If this happens to you and you don't hear the other party offer an excuse then do not be offended. This happens all the time in crowded...Read More

For Students: Attending a Sittning

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A sittning is a formal dinner for students. In Lund, these are hosted by student groups called Nations. You will have to call ahead in order to book a seat. There will most likely be a charge of around 150kr ($20 US) which must be paid beforehand. Vegetarian and options for those with allergies are available; just be sure to request them beforehand. Everyone will be dressed formally so be sure to wear black. Men, put on that nice jacket! And if you drink, be sure to bring extra money for alcohol. Don't forget your regular ID and your student card. At the sittning, you will be assigned a seat. Traditionally, men are placed next to women. Be sure to introduce yourself to your...Read More

Surviving Winter in Lund, Sweden

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Winter can be quite dreary in Sweden. In the south it may even feel colder than the north because of the dampness! The sun goes down around 4pm, which can leave you feeling tired. So, what is there to do when you can't play in the sun? Well, here are some ideas: 1. Go the sauna. If you are lucky then you will have one in your building or can use your friend's. If all else fails, go the gym. Some Swedes object to people who wear swimsuits in the sauna. Be sure to shower before and after you're in the sauna. 2. Hang out in a cafe. There's plenty of wonderful little cafes around the city. The most hip is probably Ariman, near Stortorget and Kilroy Travels. Grap a w...Read More

A Guide to Swedish Food in the South

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Sweden has a wonderful range of food options waiting for you! Perhaps you think that Swedes only eat tasteless meatballs and open-faced sandwiches. Fortunately, you'd be mistaken. There are lots of find here and some real gems. For tourists on a budget, the best option for lunches is to choose Dagensr¨¡tt. This is usually a lunch combination and often includes the main course (two or three options are available), a soda, and coffee or tea. It's usually around 60-80kr, or $8-10 US. There's no need to leave a tip. For those of you wishing to experience more of the culture, I recommend trying a fika. A fika is sort of like a coffee break but always includes food. Try so...Read More

Staying a Vegetarian in Sweden

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So, you're a vegetarian in Sweden? Well, you're in luck because outside of India, this must be the best country to be a vegetarian because of all the fantastic options. At the supermarket there are many vegetarian-oriented products to choose from. Quorn is a fungus-based non-meat product that tastes awfully like meat. The Qourn fäs (minced meat) makes excellent fake taco-meat when mixed with taco spices. If you can't read Swedish food labels, there aren't too many meaty surprises waiting for you. Most soups and many sauces will have meat in them. Look for the words fäs (minced meat), kyckling (chicken) and kött (meat) and stay away from those products. There is usually an organic ...Read More