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Arrival in Lund

13 Aug

The Don’t Forget list

Sweden is pretty, but often wet - pack accordingly! Photo© Jacob Ehnmark.

Planning your arrival? The Dynamo is starting to think about the upcoming semester as well! This is mostly for the new folks, but even if you’ve been here a year already, there is a chance you’ll leave something out of your bags you’ll regret not having with you. Here are a few suggestions and reminders, in no particular order!

1 – Credit/Debit card with PIN/Cash: As it might take some time to open a Swedish account or you might decide to skip it altogether, make sure there is a PIN and chip on your electronic cards. Like everywhere in Europe, there are ATMs/bank machines everywhere in Sweden, and most shoppers use their card rather than cash. If you can bring different cards with different pins (like have one debit, one credit, etc.) as it is pretty arbitrary what will work in what machine! Don’t give up if one doesn’t work, keep trying. You might want to warn your home bank you will travel so they don’t block your cards… Not a bad idea to get 500 SEK in cash ahead of time from an exchange office if you can. If you’re planning on getting some from Kastrup airport, be careful not to get Danish crowns, they won’t do you much good in Sweden!!

2 – Small tools: A small screwdriver, some bike tire patches, a sewing kit, duct tape, poster gum – prepare for a DIY experience with limited resources. Bike locks are a good idea, you’ll need one and they’re expensive in Sweden.

3 – Camping mat/Sleeping bag/Towel: You might want to travel, or you might just be stuck without a place to live when you first arrive… If you are going to sleep at someone else, it’s a nice gesture to be a bit auto-sufficient. You can at least bring a pillow cover you can stuff with clothes to make a pillow. They will sell bed stuffs at Arrival Day, but it’s cheaper if you bring your own from home if you have room! As for the towel, fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy will get this, but even non-sci-fi geeks will want to wash soon after arriving. If you like special shampoos/face soap etc., bring them too. You’ll probably find them here, but they’ll likely be more expensive than back home (you see this expensive pattern forming?). 🙂

4 – Letter of Acceptance (and extra copies): This is for the newcomers. It is ridiculous the number of times and places you will have to show this piece of paper. Carry it with you at all times until you get a student card.

5 – Rain/Wind gear: The end of the summer is particularly wet and cold this year, but then again it is often rainy and windy year-round down here in any case. As the Scandinavian saying goes, there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing! Consider a backpack rain cover and rain boots/Wellingtons too. And if the upcoming winter is to be like the last, consider a waterproof winter jacket if you have room, or at least a fleece to wear under a rain jacket. And gloves because it gets cold when you bike… But then you might need shorts too – crazy Swedish weather!

6 – Copies of your passport/national ID: Can never be too careful. And don’t put them in the same bag as your originals.

7 – Food and kitchen utensils from home: You won’t be able to bring groceries for the whole semester, but there is maybe something small (herbs/spices, maple syrup, dried mushrooms, etc.) that you’re able to squeeze in. More importantly, there is maybe some kitchen tool you use all the time they might not use so much in Sweden (cheese cloths, Swiss Army knife, spork, rice cooker, etc.). Do a quick web research to have an idea if the things you like and need are easy to find in Sweden. Don’t forget Malmö has more international products than Lund.

8 – Plug adapter: Depending where you come from, you might need an adapter to plug your electronics in the wall. Make sure they can work on 230V!

9 – Dress clothes/costumes: You can go out wearing pretty much what you like in Lund, especially at nations, but there are some occasions where Swedes REALLY dress up (like, penguin suits). If you think you’d like to go to a ball or fancy dinner at some point, bring what you’ll need to wear – clothes are (also) expensive in Sweden. Lund students really like themed and costume parties, so if you have some fun accessories that don’t weigh too much, think of bringing them.

10 – Sports gear: Swedes are active people. If you’re into sports, bring your personal equipment (shoes, racquets, etc.).

11 – Poster/decorations from home: It’s really depressing living with all white walls. It’s good to put a personal touch, plus it’s nicer when you invite friends over. Remember, you are coming to a land of style and design.

12 – Alcohol from home: If you drink, try and save some room in your luggage for the stuff you like to drink. Alcohol is expensive (as are most things) in Sweden, especially hard liquor. It probably won’t last long with the start-of-the-semester parties, but it can save a bit of money and maybe you can make new friends by making them taste a specialty from your home country. Don’t forget to check the allowed import limits if you come from outside the E.U.

13 – Games/Movies/Musical instruments: There will be long dark rainy nights when you won’t have the energy to drag yourself out of the corridor. Not a bad idea to bring things to stay entertained.

14 – Mobile phone charger: Obvious, but you’ll be using your phone quite a lot, and it’s the kind of thing you can easily leave plugged in the wall of your room back home when you’re stressed out before you leave! 😛 Check if your phone will work with a Swedish SIM card.

15 – Do some research: It might give you ideas of other things you need to back, or just help you know what to expect and mentally prepare! Reading up what’s up here at The Dynamo will give you ideas, but maybe stuff like this article from The Local can inspire you too! For some one-on-one advice and to make friends already, join some social networks – on Facebook, check out these groups: International Students Lund University, Erasmus Exchange Lund (Sweden) 2011/2012, ESN Lund, etc. Check if your program or faculty has a group or page, too!

Of course, you can buy pretty much anything you’ll need somehow, but it’s best if you can avoid unnecessary expenses! If you do have to buy stuff, you should start with second-hand shops if you’re on a budget – you can find a list here. Welcome (back) to Lund everyone!

Last Sista April ever?

4 May

At least for Stadsparken?

Read on here in Sydsvenskan to see what’s being discussed following the record-breaking Valborg party-in-the-park last Saturday (article is Google translated, for those who have been skipping Swedish class…).

(One other solution would be to increase police presence? Read here, translated, yes.)

If it was indeed a historic and possibly ultimate happening, we’re especially happy to have these pictures shared by Dynamo volunteer Jane Dihn to commemorate the occasion!

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Valborg 2011 Preparations

29 Apr

Last day before Last of April

Lund is alive with spring fever on this Valborg eve. A few notes for a great day ahead!

 The Lund city website has general information about rules (you are not allowed to bring glass bottles or furniture in the park – this includes camping chairs; blankets are best, one-time barbecues are fine too) and the weekend’s events here (Radio AF will be there – note the unfortunately little noticed Facebook event claiming 100 years of Valborg parties in the park!).

For those planning a liquid lunch, note all Systembolaget stores in Lund will be closed tomorrow. (So expect queues today!) Opening hours for different stores can be found here.

In past years mobile communication in the park has proved somewhat difficult. So many people mean signals are not always good, and besides you can’t hear so well!  It’s a good idea for friends to meet up before entering the fray.

For those eager to start partying already, VGs and Hallands join forces tonight to bring you Kvalborg. Details in English – scroll down the  Facebook event description.

Sydsvenskan has a good overview of all the weekend’s happenings here and here (both articles Google translated of course!). Find a fire near you!

The weather is looking nice (but not so warm)! Wishing everyone a happy weekend!

© Anika Lindtner

Valborg 2011

28 Apr

“City park is waiting for the invasion”

Sounds serious, but it’s anything but – the Sydsvenskan article in question (Google translated here) is referring to Siste April happenings in Stadsparken. The Facebook event has over 17,000 guests at the time of writing.

April 30 is a special day in many places (although May 1 is the actual holiday), but particularly in Lund – a “spontaneous” gathering of students partying all day in the park is the standard. There are also bonfires in parks and on beaches.

© Sergio Silva

More details to come in the coming days!


New Dynamo issue!

23 Apr

Read it today!

News, sports, theater, recipe, nutrition, comics, and even a sudoku! Read all this and more today in the newest issue of The Dynamo!

Erasmus contest

24 Feb

Sick of the cold?

Then you might want to participate in a contest to win a 5-night trip to Ibiza!

Details can be found here – sounds worth a shot in case this snow decides to stay for a while! 😀

Handball World Championship

16 Jan

Get in the game!

If you’re a handball fan, or if you just want to party with sports fans, you might want to check out the 22nd Men’s Handball World Championship!

There are games all over Sweden, and games in Lund include Group A & C, mainround II, and placement matches. There is a link for buying tickets here from the official web page. You can also check out the Fan Zone at Mejeriet, entrance is free and there’s food, music and entertainment. You can find details here (scroll for English at the bottom) and the program is here.

Nations back for the season!

14 Jan

Official registration period begins Monday

If you’d like to join a nation for the first time, or if you’d like to switch nations, you can drop by the one (the many?) that interest you to check things out starting this Monday, as nations will have longer hours the next few weeks specifically for this purpose.

If you’d like to renew your membership, you can do so simply by paying the bill your nation should have sent you! If you’re facing any kind of difficulty, or if you’re an exchange student, go to your nation during their opening hours and they’ll help you out.

In the meantime, last semester’s student cards are still valid, and some nations have already started activities for the semester (Blekingska, Helsingkrona, Kalmar, Krischan, Lunds, Malmö, SmĂ„lands, SydskĂ„nska, Wermlands and Östgöta – did we miss any? – all have activities tonight/over the weekend)! Check out their homepages for details (the studentlund calendar here in the right corner is not up to date, watch out!).

Welcome Party Tickets

13 Jan

One last chance to get in!

If you’re a new student who missed Arrival Day or the General Information Meeting, or if you’re a mentor, or if you’ve already been here a semester but want to party with some new faces, some tickets for the Official Welcome Party are still available!

They can be bought at the reception desk in KĂ„rhuset (where the info meeting was – John Ericssons vĂ€g 3, on Google maps here, #94 on the university map). Opening hours are Thursday and Friday 11am-2pm. The party is this Saturday night and tickets are 100 SEK.

You can check out pictures from a previous Welcome Party here at The Local (Swedish news in English!). Don’t forget to bring your ID (something national and official, like a passport or national ID) and letter of acceptance (no joke – you need to prove you’re a Lund student, it’s a liquor license thing…).

General Information Meeting

11 Jan

This one’s for the new guys

A General Information Meeting is taking place tomorrow, in two sessions (10:30-12:00 or 14:00 -15:30, pick the one that fits your schedule best!). There will also be an Information Market open from 10-17 (approximately).

The Meeting presents necessary information for the stay in Lund. The Market is an occasion to meet-and-greet with Nations and other student organizations and services (The Dynamo will be there!).

It’s all taking place at the KĂ„rhuset, which is at John Ericssons vĂ€g 3. It’s on Google maps here, and it’s #94 on the university map.

Green bus number 6 goes by it, or you can try finding a nearby stop more convenient for you using the SkĂ„netrafiken travel planner here. If you’re planning on getting there with your own means, you can find a great map with all the cycling/walking paths in and around Lund here.

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