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In the middle of a disappointing United Nations Climate Change Conference, my friends and I escaped with our free public transportation passes to Sweden. We were prepared to settle for Malmo, but encouraged by a random Swedish uni student on the train, we continued onwards to the very quaint town of Lund. Upon arrival we immediately set out for Cathedral where we noticed an entrepreneur attempting to sell the cutest Christmas trees in the growing shadow of the Cathedral.
Upon entering the Cathedral we were mesmerized by dancing shadows of the candles that had been lit all over the room by visitors. We stared into the little dancing flames and took pictures of each other.
As we left the Cathedral we heard voices wafting our way and traced them to the front of the City Hall. Twilight had descended and we thought we were watching angels as a predominantly female choir sang Christmas carols in the town's main square. Large pine trees were decorated with lights, windows were dressed and the women sung in Swedish putting us in a trance.
We ended our soiree with a quick jaunt to a sweet shop where we loaded up on traditional treats and caught one of the last trains back to the din and battles of international climate negotiations. Were it not the middle of winter, I would have said Lund was the perfect oasis.
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