I had very little idea of what to expect from Abisko. I did my research and talked to the right people. Yet, it was picturing myself being there with no bumps that was impossible.
After a long journey by bus and night train, I was happy to finally arrive in Abisko yesterday morning.
Spending Easter in Abisko
You might wonder how does one spend their holidays in such a small village as Abisko? Does anyone even stay in the village instead of going on vacation or visiting their family?
For me, going home to visit my family during the Easter holidays wasn’t really an option considering that I basically just arrived here in Abisko and I wasn’t prepared for another 2,800km long trip plus sea-crossing.
Instead, I spent my time with other students staying at the research centre. With a group of seven students, we organised our own Easter celebration but we also went for an Easter lunch at the STF touristtation.
In preparation for our Easter breakfast the next morning, I went to Godisfabriken, the local store here in Abisko, to organise some chocolates. I was accompanied by two other students, Franziska and Ellouène. We’ve never seen as many people in the local store as this afternoon. One could almost describe the store as crowded.
After we arrived back at the research station, Franziska and I decided to bake a traditional Easter pastry, an “Easter braid” from our home country, Germany.
Our Sunday morning at the research centre started off early with a nice breakfast. Every person got candy from the store and ate a piece of the “Easter braid”. Since we planned to go for lunch at the touriststation, we had to have an early breakfast. Then, at 11.20 we started the small walk over to the tourist station. There, we took our time to try every dish served at the buffet.
After lunch, our small group of students went for a hike from the touriststation down to the canyon, the lake, and back to the research centre. It was relatively warm (at least for Abisko standards) and the snow had started melting. During our hike we could experience nature in this seasonal change.
We know that usually Easter eggs are coloured before the actual celebration. However, we decided to slightly alter this conventional sequence. After having had the Easter breakfast, Easter lunch, and after hiking, we started the next part of our celebration - the beautification of the eggs. Some students showed to be very outgoing in their design of the eggs by making multi-coloured eggs, others preferred a calmer design and settled with one colour for one egg. The result however is very presentable.
Sunday night was calm after our multi-stage Easter celebration. I used this time to call my family and exchange our experiences of the day. All in all, my Easter here in Abisko wasn’t too different from previous Easter celebrations I had back home.
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Science Communication at CIRC isn’t just an office job. Here, you get to go out with researchers, students, and staff members of the research station. Out in the field, you’ll not only be a silent observer but you’ll be an active participant.
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