Outside Linköping – One day in Lund

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After spending a few days in Malmö, I went to Lund, a small student city located only 20 minutes away by train. Lund is famous for its great student life with nations, and its cathedral.

I begun my day by walking around the city and the botanical garden. It was very pleasant despite the rainy weather! Then, I visited the cathedral and walked again around the city. I did not have much time since I had to take my train back to Linköping in the evening but one day was more than enough to visit Lund in my opinion!

Here are some pictures:

I will end this post by saying that it’s the end of the blogging adventure for me — at least for this year. Everything went very well in Linköping, from my studies to my student life and I can only recommend to study in this city. Plus, Sweden is a wonderful country! Hejdå 😉

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Outside Linköping – My trip to Malmö

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It’s been a long time I wrote on this blog. I have been very busy with my thesis defence, starting to say goodbye and… my trip to Malmö. Malmö is a city located in the south Swedish region of Skåne. It is linked to Copenhagen in Denmark by a long bridge which has been the topic of the famous series, The Bridge. I had never been there and I really wanted to visit Malmö before leaving… So, I did.

I took me three hours by train to reach Malmö. I spent three whole days in the city which was plenty of time! Main attractions include the Castle, Turning Torso and museums, such as the Art Gallery and the Modern Art Museum. But what’s good about Malmö is that you can just wander around the city and take time to visit each and every island.

My favorite place was the castle : it is a place full of history. It was successively used as a forteresse, a prison, a refugee camp and now it has been made into a museum. There you can enjoy natural science, modern art, and historical exhibitions. Plus, the price is very low: only 20kr for students!

Malmö is also a very cosmopolite city due to its location near the sea and connected to Denmark. This influenced the food and what you should do in Malmö is eating falafels. It is said the city has one of the best in Sweden!

All pictures are mine.

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Stockholm – Michelle Obama in Ericsson Globe

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Michelle Obama at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on 10th April.

Yesterday night I got to enjoy an evening with… Michelle Obama. I got my tickets last October and after reading her book, Becoming, I was really excited to see her on stage. Her talk was very inspiring, she talked about different issues such as parenting, growing up a Black girl, building a career of her own… The atmosphere was very intimate even though we were 15.000 people to watch her!

Ericsson Globe

The event took place in the Ericsson Globe, which is the main venue in Stockholm for concerts and other similar cultural events. The Ericsson Globe is located in the South-East Stockholm.

To go there I had to take the subway until the Globen station (green line). Stockholm’s subway network can be hard to get at first, but now I am used to it. The tickets are very expensive though — for a student one 1.15 hour ticket costs 31kr (around 3 euros)! You can either pay for an Access transport card and charge it regularly or use the SL phone application to buy tickets.

 

Map of Stockholm’s metro. Wikicommons/xyboi, redraw by Stonyyy

 

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Stockholm – First trip to the capital?

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Stockholm’w view from Södermalm. Credits: Marie Zafimehy.

The first time I went to Stockholm I was 16. I was visiting the Swedish capital-city with my parents, and my siblings. That is the moment I fell in love with Sweden. Everything seemed so perfect – everyone looked beautiful and well dressed, I could not get enough of Gamla Stan and visiting museums, and the landscapes in the archipelago just amazed me. I knew I would come back.

Since then, I have been to Stockholm numerous times – maybe a dozen. But I never get enough. I am still in love with Gamla Stan and Södermalm. I still like crossing bridges, walking Drottningsgatan and visiting the Vasamuseet.

As approximately every destinations in Sweden, you can reach Stockholm by bus or by train.  Once you did, here what I think you should visit if it is your first time there (I will dedicate another post to more secondary visits).

1. Gamla Stan

First, you must take a walk through Gamla Stan (the old city). I think this is the most beautiful part of the city, with old colorful buildings which look very nice on Instagram. It is obviously very touristy but it is a must-go. There, you will find the Nobel museum for instance – and numerous gift shops.

2. Vasamuseet (and others)

The Vasamuseet is the best museum I have ever visited – I am not being over-the-top, it was even designated among the 10 best museums in the world. It displays the Vasa boat, a vessel which drown in Stockholm’s harbor during the XVIIth century. If you have the chance to get a guided-tour, it is even better. I remember the first time, I really had the feeling to be part of the boat and living a real-time experience.

You can also visit numerous other museums, such as the Nordiska museum (about Nordic culture), the Abba museum (about the band), the Modern museum, Skansen (an open-air museum about Swedish history and culture)… and many others!

3. Enjoy the nature and the water

Finally if the weather is sunny, I strongly recommend a trip around Stockholm’s archipelago. The landscapes are amazing and you can take beautiful pictures! If it is cloudy or rainy, you can still take a walk around Djurgården, a huge park built on one of Stockholm’s islands. Many Stockholmers go there to run or simply chill on the grass, when the weather allows it. A must-go!

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Travelling – Jönköping: almost like seaside

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Around Munksjön, in Jönköping.

 

Two weeks ago I took a spontaneous trip to Jönköping (Småland region, see map), on my own. I had a free Saturday and wanted to get some air. When I checked the destinations available (and cheap) from Linköping, I immediately chose this city because it was close (only 1h30 minutes away by bus) and the lake it was built around made it the perfect destination for a trip between nature and city life.

 

Trip from Linköping to Jönköping. Photo: GoogleMaps/screenshot.

How to get to Jönköping?

  • Train. Going to Jönköping by train costs between 400 and 500 SEK return (around 40 to 50 euros) and takes around 2 hours. Not very cost-efficient in my opinion.
  • Bus. I took the bus to go to Jönköping. Indeed, with Flixbus I paid only 22 euros return and the trip took only 1h30. (However, my bus home was veryyyyy late, and I had to wait an hour before it arrived at Jönköping Centralstation to take me to back Linköping.)

 

What to do in Jönköping?

  • Walk by the lake. Jönköping has been built next to the second largest Swedish lake, lake Vättern. Thanks to a dam, a smaller lake has been created inside the city, lake Munksjön. You can walk around it and enjoy nature, while being close to the city. Even though, the weather was not really good – the sky was mostly grey and temperatures were low due to the wind – I walked around it during almost two hours.
  • Visit museums. I did not visit any museums in Jönköping, simply because they were either too far from the city-center and the station (like the Art Gallery) or were closing to early (around 4pm). However in Jönköping, you can find the Matches Museum (yes, a museum about matches, a Swedish invention), the Länsmuseum (regional museum) and the Art Gallery (Osterangens Konsthall).

 

  • Enjoy the city-center. Jönköping’s city center is pretty much like any other Swedish city-center – and mostly like Linköping’s. You can find shops (Flying Tiger of Copenhaguen being one of my favorite), historical buildings (like the theatre of the Court of justice, see pictures) and a beautiful church. I ended my day-trip taking fika at Wayne’s coffee.

All photos, except when noted, are mine.

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