Pratar du svenska?/ Do you speak Swedish?

If you are new here, I assume you have no previous knowledge of the Swedish language and that is okay. Almost all Swedes speak English and it comes very naturally to most of them if they hear you are not from here. At the faculty especially, everyone speaks very good English, since science, of course, it is mostly discussed in English.

However, I would suggest you sign up for a course if you plan to stay a bit longer here or if you just want to fit in the society much better. I have been taking SFI (Svenska för invandrare) classes at Komvux, which is part of the Lund commune and they provide free Swedish language classes and secondary education for adults in general. After you apply, the waiting time is rather long so sign up as soon as you decide. There are other options as well, like private classes or group courses that you can pay for. There is also the excellent concept of språk kaffe, which is a language coffee meeting with random people where you can practice speaking Swedish or different languages. There are many events like this organised most of the time, even by the university, so keep an eye on them. For the EU students, there is also an option to take Swedish as a course that is part of your studies, however, discuss that with your coordinator to get more information on when its time to apply.

Have a great day!



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IC Project – Analog path

Hey guys,

As I told you in the last post, I took the analog option for the Integrated Circuits project.

My partner and I chose to work  in the following manner: during the first month we worked on some background knowledge, reading a lot of research papers as well as datasheets about the technology we were to employ. Once that was done, we started organizing our circuit, in other words thinking about the blocks we thought we would need to design. The next step was to define the architecture of each block, and that’s when we started schematic set ups and simulations.

The challenge here is that everytime you add a block to your circuit you may need to resize some devices because of the load change. This step is what took us the most time.  Designing all the blocks and integrating them.

Once all the schematic simulations were done, we could start with the circuit layout. This part can be tricky since there are many design rules to be respected. The layout version also needs to be simulated in order to compare these results with the ideal case (schematics measurements).

A lot of time was spent in the lab to conclude this project but I have to say that this is the best way to learn how to explore Cadence, which is a very important and useful tool for us.

I hope this can shed a light on what you can expect from this course.


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Food in Nations

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Having no classes at school means more chances to have lunch in one of the nations. Now that I can start from A-building (or wherever I work on my thesis) earlier I can make it for one of those nations downtown. Here’s why I love it so much. It’s cheap (30-35 kr) and tastes good.It’s easy, it saves time – … Continue reading

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Reverse culture shock

Reminiscing about the time when I first moved to Sweden, I am trying to think of the elements of life that came as a culture shock to me. I believe there were a few, however when you move to a country like Sweden where everything runs efficiently and is organized to excellence, adjusting to a new life gets much easier. I have to admit, what I wasn’t prepared for was the reverse culture shock. I went back home to spend the Christmas and New Year’s break with my family and friends. I realized I have been living for a long time in Sweden when I started noticing cultural differences.

First, the queue. In Sweden it’s a normal picture that of people standing in queues, waiting for their turn. Many places have queue number machines. Even in places which don’t have these machines, such as supermarkets, people stand in line patiently. Back home people aren’t so strict about standing in a queue and you can imagine my irritation when someone would cut in line ahead of me.

Recycling is taken very seriously in Sweden where waste is separated into 5+ categories. Sweden is universally known for its revolutionary recycling system. Mixing waste which I am used to separating meticulously was a weird feeling.

Personal space and distance. Being used to people maintaining some distance in public spaces (i.e. when waiting for the bus or the train) it felt awkward when people would stand close to me. Interaction with strangers in public spaces is minimal in Sweden. People are very friendly and helpful if you ask them a question but otherwise, everyone keeps their distance and are probably looking at their phone.

Public transportation in Sweden is one of my favorite elements of living here. Being back home where buses can run late and can sometimes be packed, I missed the clean, punctual buses of Lund.

There are other cultural differences I have noticed and experienced and I would be glad to write again about this topic. Until next time…

Take care!

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What the heck?

Although it is Monday it feels like last week has never ended.

It’s because I was a hacker on a food hack the entire weekend.

Since I am also doing my Master’s thesis now there was not much time to prepare so I didn’t even know that a hacker is not only an illegal job for nerds. But it turns out that this term is also used for people who want to exchange crazy thoughts and knowledge around a theme.

The best team in the world

My awesome team and me had an idea to use a (so far) pretty useless by-product of hemp oil production as an imitate of matcha. So a potential product could be Hemp Latte.

Hemp Latte Prototype

At the end a winner was selected among the 11 teams and although we did not win the money it was still a very inspiring weekend where new friends were made and a ton of connections were established.


If you a curious here is a link for more information.



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Books in Sweden

If anyone is interested in buying any genre of books, I recommend you to try these 2 Swedish websites below, sometimes you might find cheaper prices or faster delivery.

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Advanced course

For the past 10 weeks, I have been working with a research group at the Applied Microbiology division (TMB) at LTH. This was part of an Advanced course that you can choose for your studies and it brings 15 credits (ECTS). The project was very interesting and it has been a lot of fun working and researching in the lab with all the people here. I have learned a lot!

Now I get to present my work to the division and write a report about what I have accomplished. I think it was one of the best experiences during my studies. I can warmly recommend it!

Talk to you soon!


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Around Lund: Falsterbo

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Another great spot to visit is Falsterbo. Practically surrounded by water, it’s the southernmost Swedish part extending into the Öresund. On Falsterbo, you can find a lot of places that are rather intended to be visited in the Summer, but beaches and dunes still look nice when it gets a little colder. What to expect: A lot of sand, a … Continue reading

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The 15 minutes

One of the interesting stuff about the Swedish culture, is the 15 minutes rule. If you have a lecture at 8:00 for example, it actually starts at 8:15 that applies for all the education related matters except for Exam of course, it does start sharp at the specific time. For the meeting with your  assignment group, that rules apply as well, however If you are meeting at half past anytime- It is exactly at the specified time for that case (eg: 10:30 is actually 10.30).
For the lectures, there is also a break for first 15 minutes of each hour, to stretch out and do whatever you feel you want to do, the idea of it, is not boring the students out, and have a fresh mind always for better understanding of the lectures.

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Integrated Circuits Project

Hey guys,

Now that the exam period is over, students from the Embedded Systems program will start their IC projects. You can choose between analog or digital domain. The teachers provide some project options but you can also suggest a topic you are more interested in.

Personally I took the analog project, so more details on that to follow 😉


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