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29 oktober 2015
Bunch of homeless people enjoying life!
After sun comes rain and after rain comes sun: “After Norway it was time to get serious and focus on the study so that after the exams I can go for my second trip.” After Norway my timetable said that I can fully enjoy one more week and that I have to lock myself up in my room afterwards. So this week I went to Akademien for an open party where all students instead of only students at JU are allowed in. Furthermore I went to Technoverket 2.0, which is the only party where it is possible to party later than till 2 AM. On Wednesday Gabriele and me went to a beerpong tournament, which was called “Oktobeerpong”. This turned out in a disaster as we didn’t win neither the beerpong tournament (because of the ugly cup) nor the dress challenge (we didn’t know about this, so we were dressed up quite special with our normal clothes). The last two parties started with a preparty at my apartment and ended up in Centrum Bar.
The next week I literally lived in school.. From 11 in the morning till 11 in the evening, day in day out. The reward for all this hard work was that we could watch Champions League, Europa League and play FIFA on a beamer in school! But the real reward will be shown in less than 2 weeks when I got my grades.
So on Wednesday I got my exam “Consumer Behaviour” which went quite good and my other subject “Contemporary Issues in Marketing” was to be finished with a take-home exam before Friday 17:00. The challenge was to finish this exam before 14:00, because Gabriele (Italy), Howard (China), Wolfram (Germany) and me booked a car for our roadtrip. So full stress mode on, but at the end we all made it (not completely as it was supposed to go, not calling names, Gabriele, but we were ready for our first roadtrip!)
First we were going to Lund, a big student city like Jönköping, but in my opinion a little more exciting and also the buildings have more style than the ones in Jönköping. But before we got to Lund we already had some great excitement in the negative way of the word. At the end we did not need our car insurance, but sometimes I was really happy that we got it:
- Apparently the rules in China are different than those in Sweden
- Bicyclists had to fear for their life, because in Italy the scooters
make so much noise you can’t miss them, but bicycles however..
We got in Lund quite late (first we had to experience the hamburgers of a Swedish fast-food chain called “Max”) so we decided to find a parking and go out. We went to a club which had free entrance from 22:00 till 23:00. So guess what time we were there (Dutch mentality). We were literally the first ones in the club so we decided to play some blackjack there and I guess it was our lucky night, because at the end we won one free shot each. Time by time people started coming in, but I guess we ended up in the wrong club, because mostly old men came in and all the students we spoke to were all internationals. We started talking to some of those old guys however and they told us that we should not go out in Malmö on Saturday, but in Copenhagen, so we took this into
consideration and started to party. Even this club closed really early, so after this we went to an afterparty from a guy that has his own company in beverage drinks. Surprisingly he invited us, because that is so not Swedish. But I realised that the people in Lund were way more open than the people in Jönköping for some weird reason. At the end of the afterparty we thanked the Swedish guy and went to our hotel, or better said our KIA. We parked the KIA at McDonald’s, so we took our breakfast, brushed our teeth, put off our eye-contacts and went to sleep in the car. 2 Hours later we woke up, took another breakfast at McDonald’s, brushed our teeth again, put our eye-contacts on and went on the road!
This morning we explored Lund first and I really think it is a comfortable city to study in. The city is quite small and is full of students that go everywhere by bicycle. After that we took off and went to Malmö. In Malmö we did some sightseeing and it’s a shame my mission was not accomplished: “We didn’t have time to go to Zlatan Ibrahimovic his old house and Zlatan didn’t have time to greet us in Malmö.” Malmö is the third biggest city, but that’s all said. For me this city is not so interesting, but maybe if we stayed there for a longer time I would have changed my mind. So we got back to the advice and went abroad to Copenhagen (Sorry Avis, we were not allowed to leave Sweden). In Copenhagen we did some sightseeing, met a friend from Wolfram and ate something at KFC (In Jönköping there is only a JFC). After all this we went to a hamburger-restaurant and I wouldn’t tell this if we didn’t had an amazing experience there: “Howard ate the “I Dare You Burger”, which was one of the spiciest in the world”. The challenge included a bun, some vegetables, a hamburger with the most spicy spices in the world and he even had to sign a contract with sayings that 1. He could not sue the restaurant 2. Nor the cooks 3. He had to chew the food properly 4. He was probably not going to sleep in the evening and 5. That his next visit to the toilet could be very painful. After I heard about the contract I decided not to take this challenge, even though I like challenges. If Howard could eat this burger without any fries or drinks he would get a voucher for a free burger and also get his name on the wall of fame. The moment he got the burger, he started to take a big bite as a confident boy and one or two seconds later his whole body stopped functioning. I am sure he regrets the peer pressure we put on him and after this we had to go to a 7-11 to get him some food. P.S. This concept was new and “only” 4 guys succeeded this challenge.
After also Howard had eaten we went to Kristiana, which was in the history occupied by students and homeless people and a lot of alcohol and drugs was used there. The police didn’t tolerate this, but this conflict got out of hand. Drugs and alcohol was spread all over Copenhagen so the state decided to legalize it and see Kristiana as a free state without any regulations by law. In Kristiana it is not allowed to make pictures and people are wearing scarves to hide their faces. Especially the people that sell weed hide themselves by scarves, camouflage nets and also voice transmitters. So in Kristiana it is “legal” to smoke weed and literally all kinds of people come there to enjoy their life. From students to married couples to business people in suits to old people of the age of 80+. This place really looks ghetto with all its gravity and face-covered people, but I felt safe at that place. Even though I liked the adrenaline of walking through these streets. We decided to make this the last experience in Copenhagen so far, because in the morning we had to leave the hostel early.
At exactly 15:00 we got back at Avis in Jönköping, but it was closed so we had to drop our keys in a mail box. This means we could have stayed for a longer time if we knew about this. But the experience was really worth the price of the car. Where Jönköping felt like a big city the first few weeks it is becoming to feel like a small city. This is why I got many trips planned in November to explore life outside of Jönköping.
I had an amazing weekend with amazing people and my bucketlist is getting shorter and shorter.
Life in Sweden is definitely bra!
29 oktober 2015 23:25 | Door: Happy Miel
Go kevin! (Cheers
30 oktober 2015 10:17 | Door: Jan
mooi verhaal Kevin,
we spreken elkaar weer