From Spring in Germany to Winter in Northern Sweden

Arriving in Abisko

After a long journey by bus and night train, I was happy to finally arrive in Abisko yesterday morning. I arrived, as in me plus a backpack, a suitcase, and a daypack all arrived. While packing my things a few days before it wasn’t easy to imagine wearing fleece jackets and long-underwear again. At Easter, we had almost 25 °C in Germany. I won’t have that temperature in Abisko during the next three months, so I collected all my warm clothing.

View of Lake Torneträsk from the island, Photo by Lara

View of Lake Torneträsk from the island, Photo by Lara

My first days in Abisko

Fortunately, I had organized all the formalities, like Erasmus forms, insurance, and payment modalities, before, so that I wasn’t stressed during my last week at home. And, as the 1st of May is a holiday in Sweden, my internship also began relaxed. I did some shopping in the grocery store (which is open daily, even on holidays) and walked over the frozen Lake Torneträsk, the 7th largest lake in Sweden, to a small island. The evening before, I joined a bonfire with some other interns and students at the Turiststation. In Sweden, they call the night of April 30th and the morning of May 1st, the "Valborg“. We met at the fire to celebrate the approaching spring and all its colours. This makes me curious when I'll see the colours of the first flowers and green leaves in Abisko!

Bonfire with other students to welcome Spring in Abisko, Photo by Lara

Bonfire with other students to welcome Spring in Abisko, Photo by Lara

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