La La Lund

Trip Start Nov 25, 2009
Trip End Dec 21, 2009

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

We were only planning to stay in Lund for a night – the plan was to stay with Josh for a night, check it out, and then head somewhere else.  Well, 3 days later ... we are finally leaving Lund.  I think.  We are trying to anyhow. Having a few phone logistic issues...

Lund is a fabulous little town with cobble streets winding around little churches, squares and the odd H&M.   The first night we arrived we were taken straight to a potluck with Josh’s classmates.  Josh is doing this amazing Masters Program in Sustainability and has the most interesting, international group of people in his cohort.  It was so great to get to chat with them and do some dancing, eating and drinking.  The program sounds incredible and it led me to do some research into Master’s programs in Sweden.  The culture of sustainability over here is just so much stronger.  It would be pretty incredible to study this stuff in such an inspiring environment.  Ah, who knows... found a pretty neat sounding program in a place called Linkoping.  I might go there, because I like the name. ;-)

Back to sustainability.  It’s amazing that we can’t adopt more of the practices that they have already tried and perfected over here.  The bike culture is amazing.  I know it partly has to do with the fact that it is so damn flat everywhere, but still… it is really impressive.  This morning I watched a gorgeous girl, dressed in really nice clothes, and rolling a suitcase behind her, walk over to her bike, put the suitcase on her bike rack, hang a few other bags off little hooks, and then bike off.  No fuss.  With a SUITCASE.  I can’t even imagine that happening in Canada.  It was fabulous to see, because that’s how it should be.  She had no helmet on, her hair didn’t get messed up.  She had all her luggage and just biked her way home from the train. 

When we arrived in Lund, the first thing we saw was a two-storey, hard wood floored, A-frame bike parking lot building.  It was amazing.  I tried to capture it in a few photos, but it was hard to get the immensity and awesomeness of it.  Then right across the street there was a gigantic bike parking lot.  It was dark when we arrived (it is almost always dark actually) and so we couldn't even see how far the bike parking lot went... it just disappeared into the darkness.  Just like all the days do.  :-)  Nights in Lund were a heck of a lot of fun too though, so having them be ridiculously long wasn't such a bad thing.  We made delicious Gluhwein (called Glogg here), an incredible quiche, caprese salad (photos coming soon), and amazing super salad and cake... it was a great few days.

Went for a few runs to deal with the caloric intake and got to see most of the town and the surrounding countryside that way.  We ran up the one and only hill in Lund and could see windmills in all directions, as well as the sea!  It was really gorgeous and a great way to get out and explore. 

Now leaving Sweden to head to Northern Denmark to check out this really neat-sounding place called the Folkcentre, which is an education, development and policy centre for renewable energy.  :-)  (Will get some photos up one of these days - probably when we're back in Copenhagen).

Thanks to so many of you for all the kind words and notes back!


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Bruce Elkin on

Great stuff, Maia. You make me want me want to move to Sweden, buy a bike and take a Sustainability course. Glad to hear that you're having fun. Hugs!

Liz on

Wow, Maia your trip sounds so inspiring. Sweden seems like they certainly have this all figured out hey? Glad to hear you're having such a great time, and if you do a Master's in Sweden I definitely am coming to stay with you!!

Auntie Doroth on

Great to read about your wonderful adventures. You are a special lady and know that you will win in your battle to make this World a better place for everyon especially my Grandson Alex and the new addition on the 12th of Jan.
Love you

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