Greetings once more from Sweden!
Since I last posted, I have wrapped up my Marine Ecology course and am now a week into Fisheries Ecology. I must say, the end of Marine Ecology was unlike anything I’ve experienced in University ever before. On the final day of class, we finished the remainder of the individual presentations and then proceeded to watch a slide show created by one of our classmates. Over the duration of the course, this particular classmate had continuously collected photos from all our excursions and laboratory exercises. The resulting slide show provided many good laughs, and to top things off, our professor brought in cinnamon buns that he baked earlier that morning. WHAT?! I had professor Kenneth Yip last year for BIO230 and was amazed when he brought in Timbits for one of his evening lectures that had to run for three hours instead of two….But a professor baking his own treats, well, that is just a game changer.
As for Fisheries Ecology, well, I must say it is starting off a bit slow. I’m scheduled to be in class from 9:15am to 5pm every weekday, but each day this past week we finished up early. Now, you might think that 9:15 is somewhat of an odd time to begin class, and I would agree. However, I asked one of my Swedish friends and apparently the story behind this start time is that in the past, students would use the ringing of the cathedral bells (at 9am) as a signal to leave for class. Since Lund was so small (still is), everyone would arrive by 9:15, so that is when class would start. Anyway, forgive my digression. From 9:15 to noon we are given a lecture that introduces us not only to fishery concepts, but also to common equations used by fishery managers. The latter half of the day is then spent completing an exercise pertaining to the equations we were introduced to earlier. The mornings are what I am finding a bit slow, but I think that is commonly the nature of trying to teach mathematical equations. For me, I find math always makes more sense when I just get stuck into a problem. Then I can work out exactly what each variable means, and why I want to perform the corresponding operations.
Having said all that, this upcoming week is looking quite promising. On Monday, half the class will be boarding a small trawler to collect samples from areas of Øresund, while the remaining half will board a small boat to collect samples using survey gill nets. Then, on Tuesday, we will be going to some small streams to practice electrofishing, while recording length and weight data of the specimens caught. The remainder of the week will be used for data analysis in the lab.
In non-school related business, I managed to visit Kulturen i Lund, an open air museum located in the center of town. A friend led me to a new apple picking tree, also in the center of town, albeit slightly hidden. Oh! I also managed to venture to Malmö to see The Feeling of Going at the Malmö Opera theatre. The performance was amazing. A fantastic combination of music, singing, dancing, costumes, and a stellar set design.
Finally, the last topic I would like to mention is that I am doing my very best over here to salvage Toronto’s image as a cool, multicultural, and exciting city to visit in spite of Rob Ford. Seriously, it’s crazy the amount of times people brought up the topic of Ford in my presence over the past week. Toronto has so much to offer…and yet I think we are quickly becoming known as ‘that city with the crack smoking mayor’. *sigh*
Until next time!