Hello! I’m Joe, and I am part of the Sustainable Urban Design (SUDes) class entering into the second year here in Lund! I’ll be updating you on my Swedish life, both social and everyday, and the mountains of super fun work over the next year, including a class trip to China and the inevitable thesis adventure.
Being from Scotland, the climate here is broadly similar to what I’m used to except for three main factors – hotter summer, different wind, and colder winter. As final crits and submissions are over, I have a little time left here before I go home for a bit and prepare for next semester (yay for Chinese visa papers). This means some quality time with the friends I have made over the past year here in the sun.
A tumultuous start was had, breaking a toe the first ever time I went to Lund’s closest sandy beach, Lomma, and having a long cycle back afterwards. I persevered though, and amongst many barbecues, beach volleyball, card and kubb games around Lund, a few of us made the trip on Sunday east to hike, walk and lay in the sun in Simrishamn, Kivik and Stenshuvuds Nationalpark (beach shown above). I wholeheartedly recommend this trip we made, maybe minus some of the walking… and thanks to public transport it only took a few short hours to get there. The sun was hot, the sand sounded odd (yes, you’ll see when you go), and the water was nice and cool. The hike gave pretty great views too!
The bittersweet part is that this trip marked the end of my time with some exchange students, people who have greatly enriched my experience here the past year. By far the best thing about SUDes is how international it is, and the people who make up my diverse group of classmates. They’re an integral part of being here. Friends for life indeed.