Monthly Archives: June 2007

Midsummer: an ancient Swedish custom

Midsummer: an ancient Swedish custom

Whilst not being particularly spoilt by sunlight in the winter, us Swedes tend to spend all our summer energy soaking up the the summer sun. Midsummer Eve, marks the highlight of this summer period and it’s time to celebrate the longest day of the year. During this summer solstice, when the Earth’s axis tilts the most toward the sun. The intensity of the celebration may seem odd to people that aren’t starved of sunlight.

To a foreigner it might seam like the Swedes have gone mad! Usually reserved and never the highlight of the party, on midsummer us Swedes will let down our guard, some with a little help of some schnapps. I’m sure we look a bit deranged when we let loose all of a sudden.

We wear wreaths with birch leafs and wild flowers, often clad in traditional dress, we dance around the maypole, full of pickled hearing and potatoes, singing Swedish classics such as “Små grodorna” (The little frogs song)? and “Björnen sover” (The bear sleeps)?. In the little frog song we hop around like frogs while in “Björnen sover”? a nominated person pretends to be a sleeping bear until the song is over, then the “bear”? chaise the fleeing crowd. There isn’t one person in Sweden that doesn’t know the steps to these dances.

Midsummer Eve always falls on the third Friday in June so people can enjoy a long weekend as celebrations often continue long into Midsummer Day, when people are mainly recovering from the “festivities”? of the previous night.

Stockholm~ The love of my life.

Stockholm~ The love of my life.

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The love of my life I call it, some people call it “the Venice of the North” or “The City that Floats on Water”. Acording to me it’s the most beautiful capital city there is. The city itself is built on 14 islands linked by a net of bridges that takes you to new and wonderous places where you can loose yourself, charmed by Stockholm. I was born and raised here and have only left for a brief period of my life when I lived in Florida, USA.

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Nearly 1.6 million people live in the Greater Stockholm area.Stockholm is a mix metropolis and rural charm. Stockholm also gives you an archipellago with its 24 000 islands islets and skerries.

Atually I was raised not in the middle of the city but on one of those Islands, A place called Ingarö. Ingarö is located about 20 min by bus from the center of Stockhom. It’s like living on the country side and still having a chanse to catch the hustle and bustle in a metropolis. Mmmmmmm you have to come here and se it for yourself!

Stockholm enjoy mixing past with present, and Stockholm is packed with new and historical treasures.

To know all about Stockholm you have to go back all the way to the 13th century and the best place to discover it is in Gamla Stan, which literally means “Old Town”. An enchanting place Famous for it’s cloistered, winding cobbled streets, filled whith history… like such terror as “the stockholm bloodbath” but also romanticsongwriters writing romantc lyrics to their beloved… you find all this in the walls of the houses all nestled around the Royal Palace, wispering history to you as you pass them. One feels at the heart of a medieval fantasy.

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National day

National day

It’s time to celebrate the national day in Sweden (also know as the day of the Swedish flag). We celebrate it in memory of when the Swedish King who, in June 6 1809, signed the papers that later became the Swedish constitution, even the current constitution of today was signed June 6 1974.

For some reason June 6th didn’t become a public holiday until 2005. So help us build our new traditions by joining in our National Anthem

The Swedish National Anthem Translation
Du gamla, du fria, du fjällhöga Nord, du tysta, du glädjerika sköna!
Jag hälsar dig, vänaste land uppå jord, din sol, din himmel, dina ängder gröna, din sol, din himmel, dina ängder gröna.
Du tronar på minnen från fornstora dar, då ärat ditt namn flög över jorden.
Jag vet, att du är och du blir vad du var.
Ja, jag vill leva, jag vill dö i Norden!
Ja, jag vill leva, jag vill dö i Norden!

Thou ancient, thou freeborn, thou mountainous North, in beauty and peace our hearts beguiling,
I greet thee, thou loveliest land on the earth, thy sun, thy skies, thy verdant meadows smiling.
Thy sun, thy skies, thy verdant meadows smiling.
Thy throne rests on mem’ries from great days of yore, when worldwide renown was valour’s guerdon.
I know to thy name thou art true as before.
Oh, I would live and I would die in Sweden,
Oh, I would live and I would die in Sweden.

Choises

Choises
  • Fame/Fortune: Fortune
  • Exhibitionist/Voyeur: Both
  • Kitchen/Living room: Kitchen
  • Stockings/PantyhoseStockings
  • Natural look/Make up: Both but now days mostly make up (I feel better!)
  • Silly/Serious: Silly
  • Sunrise/Sunset: Sunset
  • Music/Silence: Silence
  • Hot/Cold: Hot
  • Diamonds/pearls: Diamonds
  • Yesterday/Tomorrow: Tomorrow
  • Coke/Pepsi: Coke!!!!!
  • Glasses/Contacts: Both, depends on mood
  • Bath/Shower: Bath… long hot… with candles… bathoil…
  • Carpet/Hardwood Floor:Hardwood
  • City/Countryside: City
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Silver/Gold: Gold
  • Oak/Pine: Oak
  • Dominant/submisive: Dominant
  • Nokia/Ericsson: Nokia
  • High heels/Barefeet: High heels
  • Darkness/Candlelight: Candlelight
  • Naked/Dressed: Dressed
  • Silk/Lace: Feel of silk….look of lace
  • Leather/Latex: Leather
  • Spicy/Bland: Bland
  • Vodka/Gin: Vodka
  • Whitebread/Wheat: White
  • Mountain/Coast: Coast
  • Ocean/Lake: Ocean

Bitch Quotes

Bitch Quotes

“I do get called a bitch quite often. What I do NOT get called is pushover, stupid, sweetheart, dear or doormat. Works for me.”
— Rebecca M.

“When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch.”

— Bette Davis
“Couldn’t, wouldn’t, mustn’t, shouldn’t – these are the laments of the spineless. I can and I will, but not because I must or I should!”

— Vicki B
“Never judge a man by the size of his dick, but rather by the strength of his spine that connects his brain to his ass.”

— Sandra
“The thing women have got to learn is that nobody gives you power. You just take it.”

— Roseanne Barr
“The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.”

— Maureen Dowd
“Just because I accept you as you are does not mean that I have given up all hope of your improvement.”

— Ashleigh Brilliant
“I don’t have a problem with men. I have a problem with STUPID men.”

— Maggie Estep