Ice Hockey

Hejhej! One of the biggest things I have been trying to do during my time in Sweden is just say yes to more random activities. Thursday afternoon, my friend Ellen invited me to join her and a group of friends going to Malmö to watch an ice hockey game. I am very glad that I said yes, as no one else in the group had ever watching a hockey game before! Ellen was from the Netherlands, and her friends were from Germany. It was fun to chat with them about the sport and my experiences with it being the main sport at DU. I must say, though, that hockey is a bit less exciting to watch when you are watching a losing team rather than the Frozen Four champions. Malmö’s professional hockey team, the Redhawks, are currently ranked last in their league. However, they did manage to tie the game at 4-4 and send it into overtime, even if they did ultimately lose. Because this was a small game and the team isn’t the best, the stadium was fairly empty as well. I would say that about a third of all the guests at the hockey game were cheering for the other team. I was more focused on the reactions of my friends whenever the game got violent (which happened a lot less than back in the States).

Ultimately, this was one of the first times I have been very spontaneous in the last month, so I am glad that I took advantage of the invite and got to spend the time watching the game. We also stopped for a snack at McDonalds, which was the first time I’ve been in one since getting to Europe. Instead of yellow and red, all of the McDonalds in Sweden and Copenhagen have the color scheme of red and dark green. It’s a very strange alternate universe of fast food and hockey here in Southern Sweden. 

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Southern Sweden in a Snowglobe

Hejsan! This weekend, Lund got its first snow of the year. Me and other international students (and even a couple Swedes who are in their first year) have been commenting that we don’t know if the Swedish students have been lying to us, as they kept telling us that “Lund doesn’t get snow.” However, it seems that even the Swedes were pleasantly surprised by the few cm of snow that stayed on the ground all weekend. I acted like I had never experienced winter before in how excited I was by the little bit of snow, but it hadn’t felt like winter until this weekend. While I enjoyed getting to go on a pretty walk Monday morning (I went south of the city and into some farmland), the only downside of the snow was having to bike in it. I realized that I haven’t biked in the snow within at least the past 10 years (if I ever have), so I was very unprepared for it. Thankfully, I took the perspective that biking in the snow is like driving in the snow but with less protection. My small secondhand bike has very thin tires, so I had to make sure to go slower and be conscious of the ice, slush, and water along the cobblestone paths. One of my friends who is really good at biking mentioned that he fell this weekend, and my law professor told us a ‘funny story’ about how business professors make bets over how many exchange students break their legs biking along a certain icy road by the business school every year. Because of this, I have made sure to start wearing my helmet consistently again (despite the teasing from certain friends). I can live with a broken leg, but a broken skull sounds less than ideal. All of my biking worries seem to be for naught now, as all of the snow has already melted off. It was quite fun for the weekend, and I have now accepted that it is winter in Sweden. I am excited to see if Lund gets more snow as winter progresses, as well as learn to navigate the cold, wind, rain, darkness, and ice that I know is coming. I’ve already mastered the Swedes’ way to handle winter (lots of fika), so I think it’ll be a fun season overall. Varma lyckönskningar!