Two words: Kanelbullens Dag.
Translation: Cinnamon Bun Day. Some people may question why a country would have a national Cinnamon Bun Day…I however, am not one of those people. Instead, I wonder, why does Canada not have a day dedicated to the celebration of these delightful cinnamon swirls of buttery, doughy goodness? Kanelbullens Dag was on Friday, the 4th of October. To celebrate, a group of my classmates and I gathered together to bake some of these delightful treats using a recipe from the local newspaper. Since there were nine of us, we clearly decided to do the logical thing and double the recipe. The result: Several mini mountains of buns piled around the kitchen table. With the aid of cream cheese frosting, we managed to defeat the numerous buns and eventually everyone was able to roll themselves home.
In other sweetness news, I finally got around to volunteering at my Nation….for the bakery of course. The Nations are the heart of Lund’s student life. When you register at Lund, you have to option to pay a small fee to join Stundentlund. By joining, you get to register with one nation, although you can attend any nation regardless of which one you registered for. All the Nations hold pub nights, dinners, sittnings (not a spelling mistake), lunches, brunches, game nights, movie nights…you get the idea. All of these event nights are run by students and rely completely on student volunteers. However, if you volunteer you get treated pretty well. While working, you will get a decent meal, possibly some booze (if you are helping for a dinner or pub), plus you will get a “thank you” ticket either to attend a sittning, get free entrance to a pub night, or have a free Sunday brunch. Working at the bakery was ace. I got to bake lingonberry cake, strawberry crumble, and jam filled cookies. Other volunteers worked on baking some bread and making us pizza for dinner that night. I worked just under four hours, and got to head home with a bag full of treats and a full stomach. A fair trade in my opinion.
As for school related business, this past Friday the 11th was my exam. So different from U of T. This is the only exam I will be writing for my Marine Ecology class, and as such, it is worth 50% of my overall grade. There is something nice about writing the exam while still having three weeks of class remaining. I guess I just like the thought of being able to work on my final two projects without having to worry about coming home and reviewing all my lecture notes. The exam itself was quite fair. It was about twenty short answer questions and we were given five hours to complete it. I found this to be astounding. From what I have heard, most Swedish exams are four to five hours in length. Not because the exam is massive, but because the professors want you to have time to think. Actually, we were even allowed to leave the lecture room for coffee breaks. There were no monitors outside of the classroom. It is completely a trust based system. Just one more reason why I continue to love Lund, and Sweden, more and more.
Since my exam was on Friday, I decided to give myself a study free weekend. Instead, I did some baking, ate dinner with some friends, and took a hike in Söderasen National Park to experience the fall colours. Yes, there are definitely lots of similarities to Ontario’s fall colours (as you can see from the photos), but there are still subtle differences. These differences however, are difficult to name, yet easy to understand when out hiking.
Until next time,
*All photos came from fellow classmates this week.