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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Series – Why you need to watch “Quicksand”/”Störts av allt”

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Maybe you have already watched it, or maybe you are planning to. The Swedish series Störst Av Allt (Quicksand, in English) is, in my opinion, a very good show worth binge-watching on Netflix.

The series’ lead-role is held by a LiU student!

Even more when you know that the main character, Maja, is played by Hanna Ardéhn, a student at Linköping University. You can watch her interview below:

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The plot is very captivating

Beyond the fact that the series has an undeniable link to LiU, it is also an amazing thriller. The characters are very complex and I really enjoyed watching it. However, each episode is quite long — 45 to 50 minutes — and usually very emotionally heavy. I had to take breaks of sometimes several days to be able to process all the story. But it is definitely worth watching it!

It is a good way to learn Swedish

I installed the Chrome extension called “Learn Languages with Netflix” and it’s really efficient! Thanks to it you can watch Swedish shows (are any other show) with subtitles in two languages. For instance, I watched Quicksand with both Swedish and English subtitles. I learned a lot of new words and was able to practice my comprehension 🙂

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What is Valborg?

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Valborg in Trädgårdsföreningen

 

Hey allihopa! I haven’t had time to write a lots these past days: my sister came to visit and then I had to focus on my thesis… But now I can find a little bit of time to talk to you about a major celebration in Sweden: Valborg!

What is Valborg?

Every year on 30th April, Swedes celebrate spring. They gather around in public places such as parks to drink, dance and enjoy the sun – when it’s sunny. When the night comes, a bonfire is usually lit up and Swedes dance around it.

The biggest and the most famous celebration of Valborg is in Uppsala. There, thousands of people gather to celebrate it, it is so popular that train tickets’ prices explode around this time of the year: everyone wants to participate in the celebrations!

How do you celebrate Valborg in Linköping?

This year, the weather was very nice and as usual, a student event was organized in Trädgårdsföreningen, a very nice park in the city center of Linköping. There was concerts, food trucks and hundreds of students chilling in the grass drinks in hand. I had a very nice time!

However, no bonfire was lit-up… there was a fire ban in the Östergötlands region due to the high temperatures.

 

 

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Swedish Life – Easter Break!

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Easter eggs. Copyright: Unsplash/Annie Spratt

Class has been more or less over for a week now: it’s Easter Break. Indeed, most of LiU programs offer a break between Easter and Valborg – a traditional celebration I will write about next week! It’s sunny and everyone is either traveling, getting visits from their family and friends, or chilling in the sun. Weather has been really nice and here everyone is wearing summer clothes already!

Swedes usually spend Easter with their family. Here, the whole week-end is not worked: from Friday to Monday, it is dedicated to family celebrations. Honestly, I only have been studying and working on my thesis last week-end — the deadline is closer than ever!

Now I am looking forward to celebrate Valborg next week: a traditional Swedish event to celebrate spring!

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