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Skiing in Sweden

One under appreciated attribute of Lund, is the town’s location. Just a short train ride away from Malmö, the incredible city of Copenhagen and the air travel hub that is Kastrup airport. So being a student in this northern part of the world, you feel obliged to partake in some of the unique adventures that Scandinavia has to offer, within a student price tag. One of these activities … Continue reading

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How much water in 1kg of beef?

Over recent years you might have come across a typical colourful and intriguing infographic that highlights the concept of a water footprint. You might have been shocked to a single value of 400 litres for a cotton t-shirt or a staggering 15 000 litres for a kilogram of beef. Little that I know when I first saw an infographic like … Continue reading

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A Beach visit in Winter

A Swedish beach visit in December might not sound attractive to many students, especially on a Saturday morning. But a chance to see a new Swedish coastal town, good weather and the promise of a barbecue, inspired most of my class to pile on the layers of clothing for a day on the beach. The field trip was part of an elective … Continue reading

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Nimis burns down (partly)

I tentatively hope my previous post inspired some of you to hastily visit the beautiful Kullaberg nature reserve and driftwood sculptures of Nimis, while the autumn leaves were still hanging around.  Sadly Nimis fell victim to an arson attack on Thursday evening. Due to its isolated location, fire crews arrived at the scene after the fire had already subsided. Fortunately it was found only … Continue reading

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The Royal Republic of Ladonia

If you are eager explorer or perhaps attended LTH orientation week hike in the Kullaberg Nature Reserve, you might have heard someone mention the term ‘Nimis’. Standing tall on the northern shore of the Kullaberg Nature Reserve, is a series of striking wooden towers connected by labyrinth pathways constructed mostly out of driftwood. Construction of Nimis started in 1980 by … Continue reading

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Getting into the field

We all sometimes get a bit tired of theory, equation derivations and lengthy technical presentations. So the opportunity to get into the field for some practical work always provides some sense of excitement to an engineering class. Several presentations, group discussions and planning sessions finally led up to 2 full days of practical fieldwork in the Skåne countryside. This group project … Continue reading

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The Olympics of Water

World Water Week held annually in Stockholm was aptly described as the ‘Olympics of Water’, comprising of hundreds of sessions and thousands of participants. My first time attendance at World Water Week was truly memorable and would undoubtedly have some level of influence on my future research- and career choices. Consisting of multiple sessions, seminars, high-level panel discussions, technical presentations … Continue reading

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A South African in Sweden

During the last few days of my European summer backpacking adventure, I mentioned to a friend that I was looking forward on heading home. Bemused he asked me if I’m going to South Africa. My instantaneous reaction to respond with the word ‘No’, coincided with a quick moment slight disbelief to my own answer. What series of incredible events transpired … Continue reading

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