I came up in the high north of Europe to learn more about getting eatable oil from fermented waste by using microorganisms. But I got so much more: new friends, memories and a taste of the Swedish was of living. In the lab, I cultivated different algae strains by using various organic acids as an carbon source to see, how they can utilize them. It was a relaxed atmosphere at the chair and I got all the help I needed when I asked for it.
Outside of the lab, I met a lot of awesome people in this nice city, even if there are only 2.5 people per square kilometer. I really can recommend the student sport section (StiL) of the university. I took several activities there like hiking through the beautifully Swedish nature together with others in a guided tour or just borrowed some equipment there and went for a trip on my own. Also the Underwater rugby section of StiL is totally worth a try ;) And if you ask me, the best way to socialise is to visit Luleå Bugg och Swing and catch a dance.
But the most important rule up her is: Don’t trust your feeling about time! It is impossible to guess how late it just by sun position :D In the summer, there is no big difference between 3 A.M. and 3 P.M. as the sun goes down but it never gets dark. In the autumn, you want to go home as it is already pitch-black outside. But it’s no later than 3 P.M.
I’ll always keep my time in Luleå in a good memory and my experience up there was one of the reasons, why I applied for a job in Sweden after I finished my Master’s Thesis.