Because this is the end, this experience is now finished, 5 amazing and unforgettable months for me. It was wonderful, lots of amazing parties and jokes, lots of memories, some things I will never forget, some people I will meet again, and future travels.
I have learned lots of things thanks to all people I met.
I wish to everybody to be able to do the same thing because pictures, movies and my little text show a small part of what is it in reality.
Swedish blonde or not? Well finally after many analysis on the subject (in college, in the streets, in the evenings, on the bus …) my answer is yes and no. If we assume that blond is like picture above then no they are not all like that (<15% of the population).
However, if we take the general sense of blond (the more or less light brown to blonde platinum) yes I would say that 30% of the population is like this is much more than we have in France.
Shown to my statements and prove that I’m not lying, here are two pictures taken two different evenings (the subjects were not warned before the photo). In both cases, one of my corridors mates invited these friends to eat in the evening.
The season is now properly installed, it is generally sunny (light rain from time to time but not much). The temperatures are between 4/5 ° C in minimum and up to 10/12 ° C maximum.
So I walked (with this beautiful weather) to take some pictures of autumn. I by chance found an apple tree, and as we had told me in sweden we have the right to pick fruit from the trees. So I returned with 5/6 apples. They are very good!
If you’re in Linköping you need to have a bike. It will allow you to go in the city center and to the supermarket. The bike trade in Linköping is a bit like trade “baguette” in France …
You find lots of bike shops more or less doubtful (yes, some ask you to visit their underground with a hundred bikes … ahem).
The price for a bike is on average 600Kr.
Warning, if the price is around 300Kr or less it will let you go when you will have the greatest need of it ! Be careful. The same if the bike costs more than 1000kr, I think it’s too much.
The bike’s guide:
Must have a front and rear lights if not fine is 600Kr
Must have retro cycling because when it’s -20 ° C the brakes are frozen.
Must have a bell, very useful in the city center
Must have a serial number and a paper proving the purchase (stolen bikes cops love it)
Must have a good lock (theft are frequent)
Better if you have good legs!
Finally, if ever, luck is not with you (like me with the flat tire one morning, um, it makes me in a good mood on Monday at 8 am by 5 ° C) you can always go to 254 Rydsvagen on Sunday and Tuesday from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm at “Repare Bike”. Student volunteers repair your bike for cheap!
23rd September ’12: visit of an authentic swedish farm
Departure: 8.45 am Ryd Centrum
Return: 5.45 pm Ryd Centrum
Cost: ~50 SEK
Travel time to destination: 1 hour bus
We arrived after 1h of bus to the Swedish farm, typical of sweden. Red wooden and white window panes. First, fika is required. Small coffee served by farmers with “kanelbullar”. Then we got a small historic of the farm and we visited different parts of the farm (living area, animals area, buildings …).
Then we went to another farm where there is the milk production. We visited the farm and we saw all the technological facilities to produce the milk.
Finally we went back to the first farm and we had lunch. Homemade hamburgers with the meat and cheese they produce (yes no need to think too much when you just came back from seeing the cows xD).
After lunch, we rode in the tractor and we enjoyed the countryside.
Departure: 8:00 am from the station towards Linköping Stockholm by bus (the cheapest, counted on average 150Kr for a ride).
Arrival: 11:00 to Stockholm Central Station.
Once we arrived we bought the bus/metro card to travel in the capital. The best deal if you make more than 7 trips it’s 72h unlimited card.
Once the card is purchased we can visit Stockholm toward the sights to see (thanks to the “Maria’s Guide”, one of my corridormate she was Erasmus student in Stockholm).
We start towards Gamla Stan. The old Stockholm. Paved street, souvenir shop, The Royal Palace, Tyska kyrkan, Post-museum. Nice for walking. We saw the changing of the guard by luck (Saturday at noon). I do not know if it’s all Saturdays at noon …
Lunch was at Va Piano, (Thanks Maria), very nice place and not too expensive for a pizza or pasta.
After a good meal we went to our hotel. We opted for the Formule 1 which is at Telefonplan stop.
To end the day, walk on Kungsholmen island: Stadshusset and the shores. Finally ride at Östermalm (pretty little square with a fountain). We ate in Sergels Torg street, not far from the station we found a mall with stalls of all nationalities to eat.
Total Cost day 1:
SL Card : 250 KR.
Lunch at Va Piano: around 80 KR
Formule 1 : 230 KR/night
Dinner : 50 KR (picnic)
We got up around 10am, we took a small breakfast in a typical Swedish Pressbyrån, coffee and Kanelbullar.
Then direction, Södermalm and ride on the island.
Finally, we ended our visit towards Djurgården. This is the equivalent of the central New York park.
In summary, two very good days with my darling with a beautiful weather !
Total Cost day 2:
Breakfast at Pressbyrån: 25 KR
Lunch : 40 KR (picnic)
Total Cost for the weekend for one person: ~850 KR
Visit of the surroundings with the forest and fields. Linköping is really lost in the middle of the campaign. Once there, we have a picnic at the lake (not very big lake). Then, we played different games to allow us to know each other better.