Man, did I pick the WRONG day to head to Uppsala (which is to say, I am heading there tomorrow and not today).
I was informed by a contact on FB that today is Valborgsmässoafton - which I had to Wikipedia, of course.
More modern Valborg celebrations, particularly among Uppsala students, oftentimes consist of enjoying a breakfast including champagne and strawberries. During the day, people gather in parks, drink considerable amounts of alcoholic beverages, barbecue and generally enjoy the weather, if it happens to be favourable.
In Uppsala, since the mid-1970s, students also go rafting on Fyrisån through the centre of town with home-made, in fact quite easily wreckable, and often humorously decorated rafts. Several nations also hold “Champagne Races”, where students go to drink and spray champagne or somewhat more modestly priced sparkling wine on each other. The walls and floors of the old nation buildings are covered in plastic for this occasion, as the champagne is poured around recklessly and sometimes spilled enough to wade in. Spraying champagne is, however, a fairly recent addition to the Champagne Race. The name derives from the students running down the downhill slope from the Carolina Rediviva library, toward the Student Nations, to drink champagne.
I WANT TO DRINK CHAMPAGNE AND EAT STRAWBERRIES AND BARBECUE IN THE SWEDISH SUNSHINE. WHERE IS MY TRAVEL APP THAT AUTOMATICALLY ALERTS ME TO NEARBY DRUNKEN CHAMPAGNE RACES?
I leave for Uppsala in the morning, so I have to decide: do I lay low tonight or do I go see Friends at Debaser?
Multiculturalism is being able to say “I am disappointed with H&M” in multiple languages.