Sweden, Travel

Touring it up in one of Europe’s oldest cities

*Note: I am so, so sorry that I vanished for the last two weeks. I’ve been in Spain (!!!) for the last two weeks, but, unfortunately, the place I was staying in had no wifi. HOWEVER: I am in Madrid now, with all the wifi a girl could want and will finally continue one with catching you up with all the places I’ve been, people I’ve seen and things I’ve done.*

 

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After our two days with the car*, we spent day three actually in Lund. Which, if you didn’t know, is one of the oldest cities in Sweden and has one of the oldest universities in Europe, as well as a historic church which contains the heart of Queen Mary’s son, who died on their visit in Lund.  My reaction was kind of like this.  Because why?  

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The university is absolutely gorgeous. I mean, look at it. It’s all stately and well pruned and has that gorgeous fountain and they have trees everywhere, in thanks to Carl Linnaeus, who attended Lund University. (If you want the TL;DR version: he’s famous for the Linnaean taxonomywhich is the system of scientific classification which is used in the biological sciences. Basically: he was kind of really intelligent.)

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After hanging out at the university and spending time at the campus, we headed into the town centre and bought delicious ice cream (Agneta claims it’s homemade though I don’t remember seeing a sign, either way: definitely worth it!). After the ice cream, we wandered around, popping into various tourist shops and looking at the Pippi Longstocking knick knacks, moose stitched everything, and just generally enjoying how lovely Lund really is.

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After some wandering around, we headed to the Lund Cathedral to see the astronomical clock do its thing. It plays twice a day, at noon and 15h, and we made it there for the second viewing. I’d missed seeing the one in Prague, so it was nice to see this one. They also have the giant in the basement, that’s really not all that tall, but Agneta says that she remembers hearing stories about the giant as a child. About children misbehaving and the giant setting them straight. They also have art installations in the basement. The one they had at the time I was there was pieces of furniture with clothe flowing off and buttons sewn on. Quite pretty to look at, really.

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After the church, we headed back down to Saluhallen, which was unfortunately closed, though I did get a few shots of how pretty it is and if I had had the chance/time, I would have loved to go down to get a cup of coffee or pastries, or you know, some sort of food because Swedes know how to do food.

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*Agneta doesn’t own her own car, but does have a car that she shares with several other people and can book off for days she needs. Which is actually kind of awesome and she had booked it for the first two days of my visit.

Things I’m Loving:

+ Fallen London – (Because it looks super interesting and lots of fun.)
+ This book – (Because even though the author lives in Saskatchewan, I just read it on my way to Spain.)
+ These places to eat – (Because oh my goodness. It was so good.)
+ This reaction – (Because Brooks is the best when it comes to these sorts of things.)

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