Nightlife thus far

Trip Start Aug 07, 2007
Trip End Dec 22, 2007

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Sunday, September 9, 2007

    At a university with some 40'000 students there is always some form of a nightlife going on. At Lund University we have student nations, something that everyone has to be a part of.   They are student ran organizations that offer students chances to get together for various activities. Each nation has a bar/pub and club. Generally there will be a few bars on either side of the dance floor and are where most students go at night. It's a fraction of the price to go there to drink and dance then anywhere else in the city. Its student exclusive as well which is better to just hangout with peers and not have creepy sexual predators in their 30's and up trying to dance to a Fergi song. The Vastgota nation (VG's) is the nation I may end up joining as many of the int'l students are in it. I have also been to the Ostgota nation multiple times and the Krischansta nation. Most people generally dress up, so no sweatshirts these parties, for me it is usually some sort of buttonup shirt that accentuates my perfect physique. However, I will not be coming home with any of the skinny jeans that everyone wears.

I am also in a mentor group where a few Swedish students have taken about 15-25 of us international students to show us the ropes. It's a great chance to meet people and fun to just sit back and watch people from all over the world try to communicate to one another through broken English, although I get the feeling that a few of them speak better English than I do. With the mentor group we have little get together like showing us around town to pre-parties in their corridors followed up with a night at a nation. We've had a fun bowling night where we went to this small pub after that felt like it was in a basement. A few other normal parties where we go to their corridors, as mentioned above. This past weekend we went to Malmo which is the 3rd largest city in Sweden (gasp in awe) and just a few minutes away. One of our mentors recently moved there so we went to her apartment and then a local club. It was a nice change of pace because at nations it feels like you are being pushed around a mosh pit since the dance floor is so crowded. In Malmo we got a bit more breathing room.

The thing about going out in Sweden is you always have to go out and dance. It reminds me of the Will Smith movie "Hitch" where Kevin James the fat white guy dances like he is the whitest person on the planet that lacks complete rhythm. To me that's how Swedes dance, it's comical yet very freeing. No longer do you have to worry about how you look dancing. No longer can society hold down your inner urges to dance to Michael Jackson songs. You are free to dance as you please, usually.
Much more will be said on this as the semester progresses as there will be many more nights out and many more stories. But for now, Cheers.

(Also enjoy the pictures of Lund. I figured this would be a good entry to just add a few photos of the town I am living in.)
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lakaitgreg on

There's nothing like a dancing european
It sounds like you had some good fun. I think I've come to the conclusion that any trip warrants some nighttime excursions. Who knows who you'll end up meeting, ya? I'm jealous though, I've never gotten to dance like Kevin James in Sweden

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