On Sweden’s Valborg-Walpurgis Eve on April 30th Swedes are lighting bonfires to mark the end of winter and the beginning of spring. People gather by the light and heat of the fire to listen to choirs performing a number of traditional spring songs. “Valborgsmässoafton” is an ancient custom: it was done to scare off predators before the cattle and sheep were let out to graze but also to protect people against evil spirits believed to be gathering on this very night. Once the fire dies there’s time for a few hours sleep before it’s time to get ready for the May Day processions and speeches.Read More →

Halloween rapidly became established here in Sweden Probably a result of smart commercial marketing Swedes only recently began celebrating Halloween; it’s a welcome break and a good reason to party. As darkness falls across the land by the beginning of November, Sweden is enveloped in darkness and the long dark weeks stretch away endlessly so we take any opportunity to engage in some festivities. With our skeleton from the closet we bring out the friendly ghost instead to help bring this young tradition in the gathering dark out into the light. The celebration of a particular custom often has lengthy roots. Some customs are traditional,Read More →

Midsummer, the time when Swedes, regardless of the weather, want to be outdoors, meet others and greet the arrival of summer. The changing of the season is closely associated with Swedish customs. We celebrate summer with an intensity that can only be found in people who have just endured a long, dark winter. But then, Midsummer is an occasion with pagan roots. The celebration of midsummer is an ancient custom, The longest day of the year was, in pagan time, a very important feast. The old belief is that if you pick 9 different flowers, during silence, at a crossroad and placed the flowers underRead More →

Weather: Cloudy grey raw yuck! At the dinner table: Who knows!? Wearing: jeans and t-shirt Contemplating: How I will finish my workproject before vaccation Plus: All site project seems to be doing OK Minus: Stress at work… (but on a reasonable level)Read More →

Weather: The sun showed up today… At the dinner table: Meatloaf with olives and feta Wearing: Tank-top and jeans skirt Contemplating: Comunitysites and what makes and breaks them Plus: I’m full, I still have vacation Minus: I’m boredRead More →

Weather: Grr fall can’t be here already!? At the dinner table: Sausage with strange name Wearing: Tank-top and jeans skirt Contemplating: Boredom Plus: Vacation Minus: HeadaceRead More →

Weather: Hotter than hell, cant go outside without getting sticky. At the dinner table: Sushi!!! Wearing: Towel Contemplating: Dr Snuggles… How strange I haven’t seen or heard about Dr Snuggles since I was a kidd yet I keep hearing the leadsong in my head…Explain PLEASE! Plus: I had a terrific day at work…everything I did worked perfect! Minus: There isn’t 30 hours in a day…Read More →

Weather: Mystical… it seems it doesn’t know what it wants to be At the dinner table: Tender flié Wearing: Well tried my new bikini and bathing suite Contemplating: Weight… Plus: I’ve lost half a kg …again …yay! Minus: Well new bikini of coures 🙂Read More →

Weather: Well let’s say it’s summer alright… At the dinner table: WE’re planning to BBQ…and B-day cake ofcoures… Wearing: A new tanktop my mom gave me for my b-day Contemplating: Not much… I’m just enjoying the moment Plus: A new addition to my kitchen! Mika bought me exactly what I asked for Probably me as I will gain a lot of weight from slipping from my diet … but today it’s OK Minus: It’s almost too hot to be comfortableRead More →