Farewell mingle – The end is near…

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As the end of the year comes, LiU organizes events to celebrate our Swedish academic experiences as well as friendships with forged in Linköping. One of these events was the Farewell Mingle, which took place last Tuesday in KK! It was initially reserved to exchange students (not master students) but one of my friends who is an exchange student here, registered me as a guest.

Free food and drinks

The event started around 17.30 but I was late and missed the opening statements and speeches. However, I arrived just in time for enjoying the buffet: sandwiches (vegetarian for me) and bubble drinks (still don’t know if it was very low alcohol percentage or just non-alcoholic).

Playing Games and singing karaoke

After enjoying free food and drinks, we were gathered to play Kahoot. For those who don’t know: it is a smartphone app which allows you to organize quizzes with every one who is willing to play through a reference code – it’s very badly explained but you get the idea. So, we played Kahoot by teams with a Swedish/LiU-themed quizz. My team did not win but we had fun!

Then, a big karaoke was organized with songs from ABBA first. But most of the people just wanted to hang out on KK’s terrasse and enjoy beers in the sun. Which I also did!

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Watching Eurovision… on a big screen!

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Bilal Hassani, French 2019 Eurovision contestant. Credit: Screenshot/Youtube

 

Last Saturday took place the Eurovision finals. As many international students live in Linköping, some of my friends organized a screening of the show. I had never watched Eurovision, but being surrounded with other European students it was interesting and exciting to follow the competition!

I began by listening to the Eurovision Spotify playlist. So when all the songs played I knew them already, I enjoyed the show even more this way 😉

On the D-Day we all gathered in Valla – a neighborhood located between the university and the city center where there are also student housing. There, it is possible to rent a “cinema room” with sofas, a spotlight, a fridge and a microwave. Thus, we could enjoy the show with beers and pop corn!

We were a bit more than 20 people in the room, which was a lot given the lack of windows of the place… It was super warm.

I was very disappointed that Bilal Hassani, the French contestant only arrived 14th… and even more when Sweden was defeated by The Netherlands. Anyway, that was a nice show and a nice night!

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Where to eat in Linköping

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Credit: Unsplash/Tim Mossholder

 

Of course Linköping offers fast-foods (MacDonald’s, Max and Burger King) but what’s also good about Sweden are the Dagens Lunch: every week days, almost all restaurants have lunch offers costing between 100 and 150kr (around between 10 and 15 euros). However, having dinner is often way more expensive.

Asian buffés

  • Yogi to eat delicious Indian food
  • Sushi Yama which offers cheap sushis, with vegan options!
  • Yellow Fellow where you can eat great Thaï food for 100kr at lunch!
  • Ming Palace, a cheap Asian buffé (but the food is not outstanding)

Pizzas

  • Pizzeria Adriatic
  • Vallastaden Pizzeria

Both have super good pizzas, with gluten-free and vegan options. Pizzeria Adriatic is located near the city center, and Vallastaden Pizzeria is closer to university.

 

Others

  • Grekiskt och Gott, for very good Greek food mixing tzatziki, eggplants, halloumi… and of course meat for meat-eaters!
  • Merwah, a Lebanese restaurant which is very expensive at night (I payed around 30 euros last time I got there) but cheaper for lunch.
  • Falafel huset – THE place to be on the Valla Campus, where you can have a falafel roll for less than 50kr.
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Swedish Life – Going to the cinema

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Credit: Unsplash/Erik Witsoe

 

I must admit something: I love going to the cinema. But since I have been living in Sweden, I have not been to the cinema so much. And one of the reason is… the price. Indeed, Swedish cinema is VERY EXPENSIVE. One ticket costs 140kr (around 14 euros) for a student – it is twice as expensive as French cinema.

E-tickets only

To get tickets, you have to book them on the internet on Linköping’s cinema’s website – if you are going to Linköping’s cinema.While booking you also choose your seat and get e-tickets you show at the entrance.

I think you can also buy them through the machine located in the entrance hall, but I have never done that.

Salted pop-corn

Once you are at the cinema, pop-corn can be bought of course. But: it is only salty. I was surprised at first, because in France you can choose between salt and sweet pop-corn. And obviously I used to pick the latest. Now I guess I learned to like salty pop-corn…!

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SOF 2019 – music, choirs and party

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LiU’s Red Army choir on Stora Torget.

Last week-end was a crazy week-end in Linköping: it was the 2019 edition of SOF, a yearly festival gathering student choirs from Sweden and sometimes, from Europe — one came from Granada in Spain! It started on Thursday night, and kept going until Saturday night and the big party — which I did not attend but was great I heard.

Friday: choirs in the city center

On Friday I went to the city center to attend my friend’s performance on Stora Torget (the main square). Here, several choirs were performing one after the other from 1.00pm to 5.00pm. My friend was singing with the Red Army Choir from Linköping, a choir parodying the Soviet Red Army chants and traditional Soviet songs. Some dancers joined them at times, adding to the satire. It was very funny and entertaining, even more with the sun which had just come out for the afternoon!

Saturday: music all over campus

On Saturday I met some friends to enjoy the music and the partying atmosphere which had invaded the whole LiU campus. We just sat in the grass with drinks, played music and danced. All choirs were gathered on different spots and a big scene had been built just outside Kårallen for them to perform. From 10.00pm, people could go in the festival area to party — but I did not go.

If you join one of LiU’s choirs, you can attend this event for free and enjoy a full week-end of music, singing and partying!

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