The Campus Tour: Skane
I hope you are doing well and your semester or work life is going better and better… If you are a big follower of the blog, you know that I am sharing my observations and experiences of the campus tour I did at the end of August. S far, I have written two blog posts summarising Uppsala and Linköping, campus life in those cities.
Well, during the tour, we didn’t only visit university campuses but also we had a fantastic weekend on Skane, where the Swedish nature meets the sea. If course, Sweden is more or less surrounded by the sea but Skane is a region where Swedish people and people all around the world go for a summer vacation! The tour was on August, so we couldn’t skip this opportunity to experience Swedish Summer life!
After a hectic drive, we arrived on our cottage at night. Thanks to my comfy bed, I was ready to experience Swedish countryside! The cottage was located in the middle of nowhere with a perfect sea landscape, a garden full of horses, goats and pigs… I can’t imagine a better place to be if I want to be in the countryside! After a wonderful walk and kayaking (!), I was ready for a crayfish party!
For ones who do not know what a crayfish party is, Wikipedia explains:
“Crayfish party is a traditional summertime eating and drinking celebration in the Nordic countries. The tradition originated in Sweden, where a crayfish party is called a kräftskiva. The tradition has also spread to Finland via its Swedish-speaking population. A similar tradition exists in the Baltic countries in particular in Lithuania and Latvia.”
After a wonderful party, I was pretty sure that there would be a payback! The crew wished to make a livestream while I was eating a can of rotten fish(!) with Marina. As a naive person, I didn’t refuse their offer however I didn’t have any idea what it would look like or smell like!
Guys, Let me honest, it smells disgusting!!! I bet you can eat it all alone if you do not mix it with potatoes or a piece of onion. And of course, I couldn’t eat without them…
Again for the ones who do not know how a canned rotten fish can smell, we have a Wikipedia passage for that as well:
“When a can of surströmming is opened, the contents release a strong and sometimes overwhelming odour. The dish is ordinarily eaten outdoors. According to a Japanese study, a newly opened can of surströmming has one of the most putrid food smells in the world, even more so than similarly fermented fish dishes such as the Korean Hongeohoe or Japanese Kusaya.”
So, We had the best and the worst! I think that weekend in Skane is a perfect example of what a life is. It has ups and downs:) Let’s keep calm and fika!
Till next blog post, take care of yourself very well and do not withhold yourself giving comments below!