Spare time

Now that the lectures have started, so has the everyday live in Sweden as a student. It can happen that you don’t know what to do in your spare time or that you feel like the weeks are just lectures and homework day-in, day-out. If this is the case for you, or if you find yourself in this situation sometime, then I have the one tip that will change your life forever!! (Especially if you’re new in a country.) ……….

….. Okay, ready? The number one tip is…..

Find out if there is a possibility to do your hobbies/sports/whatever that you used to do ‘back home’. Or secondly, find a new hobby/sport/whatever, that you always wanted to try. This will help you settle a lot better/quicker in the real world again.

For me personally, this was (swing) dancing. Back in the Netherlands I just started dancing Lindy Hop. So when I moved to Sweden, one thing that I really was looking for was dancing as a spare time activity. Luckily for me there are three Lindy Hop communities in Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg. So for the passed year I had dance classes in Lund. This year I will go to Malmö. And I try to be involved to make the Lindy Hop community in Helsingborg bigger. There are loads of social dance evenings being organized (not limited to the three cities of course), which also leads to meeting a lot of ‘real Swedes’.

So I encourage everybody to find something you like to do, and then do it! It’s a nice break from your studies and a great opportunity to meet more people than just students.

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