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Nightlife (Part 2)

Posted in Sweden with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2010 by Stephen Johnson (Jonk87)

I have now experienced, first hand, the nightlife in Lund, Sweden.

I had expectations of what it would be like from a video I found on youtube,which has since been posted on this blog, titled, ‘nightlife’.

The video, linked above, is set in Stockholm so there will be a difference to a degree. Nonetheless, it still enables me to make a direct comparison between nightlife in Sweden, compared to England.

I have decided to evaluate it based on four attributes.

– How busy the bars and clubs were

– Overall cost of the night

– Friendliness of the people in Lund

– Personal enjoyment

Firstly, when we first arrived in Lund, the streets were empty. It reminded me of the opening scene of Vanilla Sky, where Tom Cruise was driving around in a deserted Time Square. I was starting to prepare myself for a quiet night – nothing like what the youtube video had led me to believe ( a disapointing start.) Later, however, the nightclub we ended up in was very busy which resulted in a successful, enjoyable nightout.

I had previously been warned about the cost of drinks in Lund. However, I was still suprised by how much the bars and nightclubs overpriced the drinks. To put this into context, I travelled to Sweden with 1,800 Kronor – around 150 pounds to last the week. The majority of this money was spent on this night out – this was attempting to go out on a budget as well.

The majority of the people in Lund were very friendly and welcoming. As Lund is a well established university town, there are a lot of international students as well. I was suprised by how fluent in English most people were and this helped me to settle in and feel welcome. The only time I didn’t feel welcome was on theway home when I was giving the taxi driver directions to where I was living. He could not understand what i was trying to say and, in turn, became agitated.

He then said to me: “Listen, In Sweden…We speak Swedish…nothing else.”

Other than that, the night was very enjoyable. I would rate the nightlife 7 out of 10 – It was not as ‘wild’ as the video on Youtube may have suggested, but for a town with a population of just over 76,000, their was still an impressive atmosphere and a good time to be had.

The better breakfast: England vs Sweden

Posted in Sweden with tags , , , , , , on February 18, 2010 by Stephen Johnson (Jonk87)

Since leaving Newcastle to travel to Lund, I have noticed some significant differences in culture between the two. The first I would like to discuss is the differences between the breakfasts.

The one thing I have missed the most since being here is a bacon sandwhich. Second to that, I have quite significantly missed my sausage sandwhiches. Generally, an English breakfast would either consist of cereal, a bacon/sausage (or both) sandwhich, The Full English Breakfast (sausage, bacon, egg, black pudding, beans, mushrooms, toast,) or, if being healthy, porridge.

The Swedish breakfast has more variety, it seems  normal to have a bit of everything. For this first time in my life I had a mix of cereal, porridge and sandwhiches with coffee and orange juice. Also, for the first time I had cinnamon on my porridge – I had heard of a Cinnamon Latte in Costa Coffee but this was a new experience for me. I have taken some photos of my breakfast this morning so people could see and compare.

Judge for yourself which is better! One thing is for certain, the Swedish breakfast is far from being a good hangover cure compared to an English fry up. However, the Swedish way certainly seems a lot healthier.

Please check out the pictures and tell me which you think is best and why in the comment box below the pictures.

Swedish breakfast

Nightlife

Posted in Sweden with tags , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2010 by Stephen Johnson (Jonk87)

Since I am travelling to Sweden tomorrow I thought I should take a look at some of the nightlife over there. The flight is only an hour and a half so I didn’t expect to see much difference.

I found a video on Youtube which compares A nightclub in Sweden to another in Newcastle.

It was interesting…..I’ll let you watch it and make up your own mind…

Feel free to comment.

Totally Sweden

Posted in Sweden with tags , , , , , , on February 12, 2010 by Stephen Johnson (Jonk87)

Firstly, a big hello to anyone who is reading my blog.

My name is Stephen, I am a 22 year old male from Newcastle Upon Tyne. I am currently studying Public Relations at Sunderland University.

I am writing this blog to discuss the differences between Swedish and English culture.

My girlfriend has recently moved over from Lund, Sweden. She currently has not met any other Swedish people in Newcastle. I am curious to see if there are many, if any out there.

I am using this blog as a tool to try and reach other Swedish people living in the North East in the hope that she can meet and make friends with others from her homeland.

Please feel free to comment, ESPECIALLY if you are from Sweden, living in Newcastle.