The second part of the summer school we spent in the small student-city Uppsala.
With 140 000 inhabitants it is the third largest city of Sweden, but still a quite cute city compared to Berlin.
Especially the typical Swedish timber houses make Uppsala a beautiful city.
To get around in Uppsala bikes are an absolute necessity, as we noticed the first day without bike. Thus the second day we were exited to finally get our bikes.
The first day in Uppsala we had a great tour of the Angström Labatoriet and different working groups of the physics department. All of the working groups made us feel very welcome and encouraged us to choose their working group for the lab-time later that week.
During our stay in Uppsala, we also had great discussion concerning sexual and gender harrasment, master supression techniques and gained several new insides and useful skills to handle a career in physics.
During two whole days in the first and the second week, the participants each chose a working group in which they could look into the work done at the Angström Labatoriet as well as compare the differences in the working cultures in Berlin and Uppsala.
A speciality of Uppsala are the so-called Nations. Because Uppsala is a student's town, most of the inhabitants are coming from different regions of Sweden. In order to help them not to feel homesick, every region of Sweden has a Nation in Uppsala. These are clubs which are not only restaurants and/or clubs were students go to socialize but also meeting points for different activities.
The highlight of the first week, was the trip to Norreda, a small place in the forest close to Uppsala.
Here we went swimming,took long walks in the stunning nature, had a fabulous crayfish party, with crazy Swedish and German songs and had a great view at the starlit sky during the night-swim.
Besides generally enjoying ourselves we weren't just lazy but also had great seminars and thrilling discussions.
During our trip to Stockholm, we visited the University of Stockholm and had talks about scientists working there. On the way from the university to the center of the city we had the possibility to get to know Stockholm a little. In the afternoon we went to the Nobel Museum, giving us a great overview of the nobel prize winners over the century.