No more cash payments on board starting tomorrow
Did drivers of this bus ever imagine a cashless society? Photo: Skellefteå Museum.
Jojo cards always were a good idea, but now they’re almost the only idea! Skånetrafiken buses and trains will no longer accept cash payments for tickets or handle cash to reload Jojo cards as of tomorrow June 1st.
Details can be found here. Note the cell phone ticket options and the possibility of buying Jojo cards in certain stores. Don’t forget to register your Jojo card here (requires some Swedish skills). You can also load it up by internet payment using that portal, but note it can take some time before the payment registers, so not a good last-minute plan!
China’s Metropolis through Russian Eyes
The LU Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies and the Lund Association for Foreign Affairs (UPF) present “Shanghai Trans-Siberia”, an exhibit by two young Russian photographers, Lena Kilina and Katya Knyazeva, which is taking place at Café Ariman tomorrow Monday, May 9, at 7pm.
The official description goes as follows: Continue reading
Musings on a first Valborg
Arriving at the park. Photo ©The Dynamo.
(Thoughts and impressions of an international student living through his first Sista April)
by Obinna Onuoha
I woke up at 9am and after my prayers, I realized it’s Valborg Day. Yes sir, it’s the day everyone’s been waiting for! The build up to this day has been charged with so much talk and activity, most especially among students in Lund. So I decided my first port of call would be a place that would give me a sneak preview of what to expect today – Facebook. And I must say I was not disappointed. A male friend of mine wrote: ‘Woke up at 8.00 to drink! Hello Valborg.’ The drink: ‘popped a cider.’ Another status from a female friend ran, ‘Morning shot at 8. Don’t be late.’ The excitement was just getting started.
However, there were a lot of mixed feelings about this day, from anticipation to feelings of apathy or being terrified. Laughing out loud, terrified?! Well, there was only one way I would know the general attitude towards Valborg – I had to go there myself. The venue: Stadsparken in Lund. I live in Malmö so I got on the 171 at Södervärn. This was going to be my first experience of the event.
In the bus, I saw Swedes who were chatting away happily with their drinks in bags. I got off at Jupitergatan with a lot of the Swedes, and then I made my move. I asked a guy and girl, names Björn and Miriam respectively (both Swedish), the way to Stadsparken, and they told me they were headed there. Great, my unofficial chaperones! As we walked, we also talked about the event and what I was expected to see. Miriam told me that Valborg was celebrated in all of Sweden but was particularly enjoyed in the cities of Lund and Uppsala since they had the biggest student populations. She attended the event last year for the first time and also said that she had friends from Denmark who were coming in today as well. Björn too mentioned that last year’s event occurred on a rainy day. But from the look of the weather, it was a clear and sunny day; a beautiful day indeed this was shaping up to being.
Irish low-cost airline back after 4 year absence
In 2007, Ryanair stopped all its routes from Malmö airport, as reported here in Sydsvenskan. This same newspaper is now announcing the return of that same airline here (both articles Google-translated).
Flights to two Spanish cities will begin in June (Alicante) and July (Malaga).
You can check out the companies currently flying from Malmö airport here.
Exchanges canceled, researchers brought home
Lund University has released this official press release regarding the situation in Japan.
Meanwhile, some of the students responsible for Monday’s vigil have formed a Facebook group, Act for Japan in Sweden & Denmark, whose purpose is “to list reliable humanitarian organizations through which you can make a donation, send invitations for future activities, and provide practical information we consider it would be worthwhile reading for everybody”.
More news on this subject to come, surely…