My September frolic

Taking long walks in the northern cemetery in Lund is really relaxing, such a beautiful final resting-place.

September passed so quickly, in the blink of an eye, that even though I planned to write time wasn’t on my side. After a somewhat lonely summer my life was suddenly filled with people and events. 

I did get omikron at the end of August, and missed the re-enactment I had been looking forward to, I also felt really down (I wouldn’t say depressed) for a few weeks after the fever had gone, and questioned my life in so many ways. Being sick also put an end to my plan to study Danish for the first part of the term at University. But maybe that was just as well:) – did you know Danish is considered one of the hardest languages in the world to learn for an outsider? 

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Summer sum up

Summer is coming to an end, and it has been a horrid warm one, one of the warmest in Europe for 500 years. Climate change is really here now, and I honestly think it is too late to turn it around. We (humans) have screwed up, simple as that. But of course I don’t think about climate challenge all the time (even though maybe I should, and maybe I do more than what is healthy) the world is a bit messed up in other ways too right now. Summing up the summer of 2022 I stayed at home, enjoyed my town and did some excursions, met some people and bought way too many new clothes (not good for the climate).

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Looking for adventures

Since my move I haven’t really felt the need to be adventurous. I have settled in and enjoyed a good dinner, a coffee, senior activities and of course Uni. But this summer I decided to take it just a bit out of my comfort zone and try some new stuff.

In the summer months the council sponsors concerts and performances around the city, especially in my favorite park, which has a proper stage to be proud of. So I have been spoilt for choice when it comes to cultural adventures, but I have also got myself a Summer Card so I have been able to travel as much as I want June15-Aug15 for only 749 SEK. It’s never really far between communities in Skåne, but now when there is no pandemic regulations to blame I just have to admit that I’m a bit lazy!

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After the rain

We had almost two weeks of disgusting heat, and it even lasted over Midsummer! I can’t remember when we had a Midsummer without rain…but this year we did. It was almost a bit strange. And to be honest – I’m not a fan of really warm weather, apart from the fact that it reminds me we are f*****g up the planet!

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Historical moments

June has given me a lot of historical moments. I finished my course in Japanese History (sigh, I’ll miss it so much!) and I visited Lund Historian Day and the Medieval Market. When summer comes to this university town you would imagine it would be very sleepy. When the term is over and students leave for summer holidays, not to return until September, everything should go into hibernation. But not anymore. The summer is filled with activities and I look forward to participate much more than last summer when we still was in the midst of a pandemic and I had just moved across the country…

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May mayhem!

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Every four years there is a carnival in Lund, designed and orchestrated by the students at the university. It is an oooooold tradition, since 1848, and this year would be my second carnival ever. When I grew up here I visited with my babysitter, just before our family moved north, and I was 8. I can’t say I remember much of the carnival, but I do remember the crowds and a very embarrassing incident involving peeing myself because I was too shy to let anyone know I needed a toilet in the crowd. Guess, there was a life lesson to be learned there…

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Spring-explosion!

The cherry and apple-trees outside my house is in full blossom, it’s so pretty!

Hello friends! I’m still totally obsessed by Spring down here in the south of Sweden, and enjoying every daily walk as I explore the town and discover new beautiful places. In Stockholm we had cherry-blossom trees and it was a real event in the central area of Kungsträdgården every year. Down here we have cherry but also apple-blossoms and the magnificent magnolias that has a problem surviving further north. Spring is probably the most beautiful season down here in Skåne!

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Will you still need me, will you still feed me when I’m 64?

Well, yesterday was my birthday, my first in Lund since I moved here exactly 10 months ago. I turned 64, which is a strange number, not really old but not really young either. Most people in Sweden think of retirement-age as being 65 or older (67 being the age when your employer can ask you to leave atm) but I have already been retired for almost two years, I have finished a year in community college doing some writing and I have moved to the city I have loved and adored since I was a kid. So what is left to do?

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Pieces of this and that

See, I can write regurlarly when I set my mind to it! I can’t promise I’ll manage to keep it up though…

This photo is from outside my university-halls and also the Museum of Sketches which is just opposite. I loved this state of the girl and the hare and kiss she blows…

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As hats come off and shades put on

It’s not the best photo ever taken, but this is actually as the hat/roof/spire of the church is taken down for renovation in my hometown of Lund last week. This was actually THE event of the week, as the Cathedral has been around for a 1000 years and the roof of the two towers has been there since 1850. So it will most probably be a once-in-a-lifetime-event for me…

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