Finally, back on track!
I have not been in Alnarp for a long time. In the past one month we had an individual task in my course “People and Environment” that didn’t require us staying at school. Of course I was “busy working” but at the same time had the opportunity to relax and enjoy Christmas break. And there had been a lot of fun stuff going on during the holiday (besides my paper :)). One thing I have to tell you: how we celebrated New Year’s Eve.
During the semester I gradually discovered how much advantage it has to be part of the Student Union. Remember the parties, baking sessions and international dinner I wrote about? And, apparently, there is even more to discover. As a member, you can rent a house for student budget in a small charming fishing village. There, in Båstad, located at the coast of the Kattegat in the most Northwestern corner of Skåne you can easily spend your holiday in the former house of a famous professor.
It was a chance that we couldn’t miss. So we decided to chill an awesome week with my friends in the wooden cottage, called “Arons hus” having the view of the sea and a fireplace to make our stay more “hyggelig”.
The property was actually donated in 1975 by Aron and Paola Westerlund and now is owned by the two student unions of Alnarp and Ultuna. It still has the touch of the past century with astonishing pictures of the family adventures and it feels like we were just dropped down in a neat home in the middle of the last century, not a usual run-down student house!
The water is at about 5 minutes’ walk so for us it was a daily program to rush down and watch for the smallest whales, the porpoise, endemic in the area. Or just, as a compensation watching some seagulls… When it was about to turn midnight on the 31st, we did the same, so took a stroll to the sea but this time to have an atmospheric jump into the New Year. It was such a breathtaking experience. Have you ever seen fireworks at the sea almost 360° around?
As a recovery, on the 1st of January, we decided to gift ourselves with a sauna experience. And now, don’t just think of a little cabin in a spa as an additional service. Instead, imagine a long pier leading to a wooden house in the middle of the sea! While approaching the sauna and looking at the water waving under you, combating the frosty wind is a ritual in itself, like reaching a rocking boat. It makes you prepared for the arrival and to be longing for being finally inside. The best part comes when you are totally heated up by staying inside the hot cabin for 15-20 minutes. You take a big breath, run outside, down the stairs and jump into the icy sea without any thinking. Or at least a short dip for the less daring ones…
It was like being born again and a jump-start for 2017! Just a hint for this year…