Visit to Lövsta

Lövsta is a livestock research center linked to SLU where a considerable amount of livestock-related research projects have been developed. This facility counts with an area dedicated to dairy cows, another for pigs and a third one for poultry.

If you are starting your studies at SLU with something animal related, then there is a very high chance that you’ll get to visit Lövsta at some point of your education. That’s why, in order for you to know a little bit about what could you expect when visiting Lövsta, I decided to write about my own experience.

Last Thursday, our animal science group finally got to visit Lövsta for the first time!. Upon our arrival, one of the vets in charge gave us a presentation about the facility, the research projects that have been done, and how the animals are housed. I was glad to hear that, besides production, animal health and welfare are one of the most common research topics.

After that, we had a guided tour around the dairy cattle area –this tour was very quick and everything we saw was behind glass doors. Since my bachelor’s background is biology, I’d never had the opportunity to visit farms or dairy cattle facilities in my country, so this was a first for me. It was also the first time I heard about or saw self-milking cows, which I think is a wonderful idea.

Since we didn’t have enough time, we had to skip the poultry section, so the second part of the day we spent it in the pig area. In order to enter this area, we needed to go through several biosecurity steps: first signing some papers, then cleaning our hands with soap and alcohol, then changing into some clean overalls and socks provided by Lövsta, and finally cleaning ourselves again. After going through all these steps, we finally got to see the pigs. The first rooms we saw were filled with piglets and gravid sows, and the next rooms had mostly youngsters and adults. During this part of the visit we got some more information about the different research projects that have been done in Lövsta, particularly with pigs. After finishing seeing the animals, we went through the same biosecurity steps, but now in reverse, and prepared to leave.

This visit was very interesting since it was the first time I saw how research in farm animals is done and I got a better picture of what could I expect if i decide to develop my master thesis in this area. Also, It was fascinating to see where the research tendencies are going to. And, as I mentioned before, I am glad that the tendencies are going towards a more sustainable way of production and improvement of animal welfare.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that you also have an amazing time when you get to go to Lövsta. If you have any questions or just wanna add something, please leave a comment!

Hope you have a nice day!

Anna

The Broker- best fika at SLU

Next to the Veterinärmedicinskt och husdjursvetenskapligt centrum (or VHC for short), there is a small red-cabin-like building with a yellow sign that says, “The Broker Coffee Roastery.” This place –in my humble opinion— is the best café on campus, and perhaps one of the best I’ve been in Uppsala.

Counter at The Broker.

The owner, Johan, is a coffee enthusiast and a great person! He enjoys talking with his clients and always makes sure to recommend the best coffee he has in the house. And if you have any kind of personal preference –like me, who prefers her coffee with tons of milk and two drops of coffee, —he and his barista will always make sure to find a way to indulge you!

Coffee and the best cardamum buns at the Broker.

The café offers a variety of lunch options and of course, sweet buns for fika! The cardamom buns they serve are, by far, the best buns I’ve ever had! These buns are fragrant, sweet and crunchy on the outside, and fluffy and soft on the inside. Would recommend 100%!

Breakfast and lunch options at the Broker.

Delicious cardamum buns. You have to try them!

So, if you have some time to relax between classes, this place is a great choice!

Hope you have a lovely day!

Anna

What is Fika?

Hej hej! And welcome to my Fika Series!

If you are planning on coming over to Sweden, there are a few words you should know beforehand: tack (thank you), lagom (enough), personnummer (personal number), and perhaps most importantly, FIKA.

But what exactly is Fika? Well, Fika is a Swedish social ritual that involves drinking a hot beverage —usually coffee, although tea is also common—, accompanied by a sandwich, a bun, or other sweet bread. Fika can happen at any time; it can be in the morning, at lunch, after lunch, before dinner, after dinner, even at night before going to sleep!

Typical fika set.

Fika culture in Sweden is huuuuuge. It is that time of the day that you are able to take a break and catch up with family, friends or coworkers. It is so important, that some work places might even provide their workers with free coffee and bread for fika purposes! Also, you might find fika coupons on your local store, or fika combos of coffee + cinnamon bun in cafés or gas stations. Me and my boyfriend even got a coupon for a free bag of coffee and cinnamon buns from our local store as a “Welcome to Uppsala” present!

Basic fika plus fika coupons from my local super market.

If you move to Sweden, is very likely that you will get invited for fika by your Swedish friends. I myself have been in several fika reunions, and based on my experience, I can say the following: forget about diets, and just embrace the high glucose and caffeine deliciousness that fika is!

After blabbing so much about fika I really want to have some right now so I’ll be leaving you. Hope you have a nice day!

Anna

Kulturnatten!

Feeling homesick? Well, maybe you can find a little piece of your home country during Kulturnatten!

Kulturnatten is an annual celebration hosted every September in Uppsala, and as you might have guessed, the name means “culture night.” This festival is filled with music, exhibitions, dance shows, food from different parts of the world, and other events. Click here if you want to read more about this event.

Here are some pictures of the events I went to during this year’s Kulturnatt. I hope you like them and that they inspire you to go out and enjoy it next year!

The Kyudo (弓道) club in Uppsala called Issha did a beautiful demonstration at Uppsala’s trädgården.

Issha Kyudo Club demonstration

Besides kyudo, other budo (武道) demonstrations were taking place at trädgården, like akido, karate, naginata, and kendo.

Kendo match at Uppsala’s trädgården.

At Linnaean Garden they had other activities like Bolivian music and a taiko (Japanese percussion).

Bolivian music at Linnaean Garden.

Taiko performance! They make you feel like you are in a Japanese festival.

Despite the rain, Stora Torget was completely full of people dancing and looking at street performers.

Chinese martial arts performance in Stora Torget.

Bollywood dancers posing before starting their dance.

As for food, I finally found real-deal Mexican food! Which is an extremely difficult thing to do because Swedes seem to prefer the tex-mex style.

Real Mexican tacos! Thank you Heta Köket for existing!

Hope you liked this post! I guessed that after that really long “First weeks at SLU” series  it was necessary to do something more light hearted.

Make sure to leave a comment! And tell me if there is any interesting topic you would like me to write about in the future.

Have a lovely day!

Anna