Hi, I’m Tristan and even though I was born in England and then spent eight years in Sydney, I actually consider myself a Perth boy! I’m 26 and work as an employment and safety lawyer for the law firm Lavan.
In 2016, I decided to complete the last six month of my law degree at Lund University in the south of Sweden. The university system in Australia is definitely very different to Sweden’s, but Sweden’s is certainly more fun! The student nations were a fantastic way to get involved in the student life, to meet lots of locals and other exchange students, and to have a drink (or ten). University classes weren’t scheduled very often, so it meant that I had plenty of time to explore Lund, Skåne, and to travel to other Nordic countries. I also had time to meet my sambo Camilla while I was there, and to convince her to move to Perth with me. We now live together in South Perth, and she is the reason why I want to be a part of the Swedish Club of WA committee, learn the language, and get involved in Swedish culture here in Perth.
I would love some time living and working around the world, but for now Perth feels like the best place to stay and settle in. As Camilla is now finding, once you have experienced the weather and laid-back culture of Australia, you never want to live anywhere else!
As the native Australian on the Swedish Club committee, I want to try and encourage people who may not have the Swedish connection but simply an interest or curiosity in the culture to join the Club and participate in the activities and events. Who doesn’t enjoy noisy crayfish parties with free-flowing spritis and loud DJ music?! That’s Swedish culture for you!