Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Happy Last Day of April!

Last day of April is not a holiday in Sweden, but here in Uppsala it's impossible to work due to the numerous student celebrations. The day starts with champagne breakfast to be followed up by a picniclunch on pickled herring. At one o'clock there's a donning of the student hat ceremoni outside Carolina Rediviva (the university library) and then the idea is that every student should gallop down Carolina hill and into the nations (fraternity houses) to drink champagne and then move on to look at the river rafting. Since Uppsala University is quite large the run is more like a multiperson glacial movement and the fraternities has invested in sturdy temporary fences to keep the queues in check. Since I'm not a party animal I used to go home after this, but the tough ones moves on to the Spring Ball in the evening. Oh, and some of us watch the bonfires too.

The last years I've spent Last Day of April outside Uppsala - to much people for my taste. But the day still has a special place in my heart. Happy Spring!

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