Lund, One Last Time

Trip Start Jan 07, 2010
Trip End Jul 19, 2010

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Monday, June 7, 2010

My final week of university in Lund just flew past. With so many papers and final exams to study for, somehow the week was over before I knew it. On Wednesday I had my final Swedish speaking exam, which was a little tricky – we were to have a discussion about relationships, etc in a small group for about 20-25 minutes – but went ok in the end despite all my stressing and worrying. After the exam was over, Alanna (an Aussie from Brisbane) and I spontaneously decided to have a celebratory picnic in Lund Botanic Gardens. We bought delicious cheese, tomato, fresh bread and avocados and headed off to find a nice sunny spot in the gardens. We sat under a napkin tree (with flowers that look like draped napkins or tissues) and really enjoyed relaxing and eating in the evening sunshine. I also took great pleasure in taking those comparison photos I promised myself in January - taking pictures from the same points as I did in January to measure the difference across the seasons. Before we knew it began to get a little chilly so we headed back into the centre of town and bought a bag of lollies from one of Lund's awesome pick’n’mix stores (very popular places in Sweden since Swedes eat sweets like there’s not tomorrow) and took our bag of lollies to Ariman’s (a eclectic local café) for tea. We ended up spending hours just sipping tea, chatting and discovering many new varieties of lollies from our selection (we tried to pick two of everything to try) - some where amazing and some were amazingly not (i.e. salty licorice). I had such a relaxing and therapeutic evening after our crazy Swedish exam. 

I think our picnic and night off reinvigorated me for the final push to get my essay written and study for my Swedish written exam on Friday. My final essay for my Terror in the Name of God class (a great, engaging class in the end) was a two part question: (i) discuss a conflict in your country or continent in religious terms (as well as psychological, sociological, historical and ideological terms), and (ii) discuss similarities and differences between the extremist groups of Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Great questions, but all within 2000 words! Impossible! Since the first question is practically impossible for Australians, I managed to get permission from the course coordinator to write about another conflict and I sneakily suggested Israel-Palestine because I was really interested in it and hadn’t had a chance to study it at my home university. This is true, but I did leave out the little bit that studying the Israel-Palestine conflict was a large component of another of my Lund courses and so I would have to do very little research for it as I had already study it in class and for my other assignments. My final Swedish exam on Friday night (5-9pm would you believe) went quite well  and was good to get over and done with. I am a little sad to finish Swedish class. I would really love to continue to study Swedish, not because it is an overly useful language, but just because it is such fun to learn and speak. It really is such an adorable language.

And so with my class work out of the way, my weekend was full of fare-thee-wells and the much dreaded packing up of my little apartment that has really become a home to me.  I think over the course of the semester I have accumulated so many bits and bobs that have made my apartment homely and now that it comes time to cull the junk and pack the essentials up to take back home, I find myself  torn and not wanting to throw things away! I just want to fold my apartment into a box and take it home just as it is, but I know this is hardly realistic.

Somehow, Monday (my day of departure) arrived and I was far from ready to go. There seemed to be so much still to be done, not to mention the errands that had to be run in town, and of course, after a week of beautiful weather and sunshine, today it had to pour all night and all day and be windy to boot. The wild and woolly weather certainly made everything harder to do – by the time I got home from town (selling my bike, textbooks, etc) my jeans were soaked to the knees and my shoes were squelching and just oozed water. Not so great. Somehow, and I really am not sure how, I managed to get everything done in time (just) including all my packing, redistribution of junk (either to the rubbish, recycling or second hand store) and cleaned my apartment top to toe. Before I knew it I was saying goodbye to my corridor mates and was away to the bus stop to take my last Lund bus ride to the station where I was meeting up with Amanda to take to the train to Copenhagen airport for our flight to Paris. It was nice to see that Alistair had come down to see Amanda and I off at the station. It was really quite sad to be leaving but in all honesty I have had such a thrill on exchange – it has just been wonderful – and I am now ready for the next adventure of backpacking for 6 weeks. Hopefully I will have opportunity and means to come back to Sweden soon!
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