All posts tagged: Sweden

Flowery Friday

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Today, Saturday 25 June 2016, is a bank holiday in Sweden, just like every Saturday after the summer solstice on the 21st. Yesterday we celebrated “Midsommar” with our Swedish friends; it’s the second biggest celebration in Sweden after Christmas! The same thing happens in each village, everyone meets at 3pm at the maypole for the celebrations. It’s a big cross decorated with flowers and decked out with two circles on each side. But before you go to the party you have to get ready. You can wear a spring or summer outfit, but it has to be countrified! Pale colours, light fabrics… just don’t forget the flowers! In the morning the women go out to collect wildflowers and make crowns with the bouquets. Elsa found a few flowers along the roadside and, thanks to the patience and kindness of Eva (pronounced iiiva), she learnt to make her own crown. Eva has pedagogical experience as she has been a schoolteacher for over 40 years. For the last few of those she has taught Swedish to immigrant …

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Oulala from Fjällbacka

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Fjallbacka is a charming coastal village nestled between the cliffs and the sea. Walking along the port bordered by colourful houses is lovely. In fact, Ingrid Bergman chose to live here. She took sailing lessons here so that she could go out to sea and navigate between the dozens of islands and islets that are dotted across the horizon in Fjallbacka. Just like Ingrid Bergman, Ulla (pronounced “oula” like “oulala” she tells us) also prefers admiring the village from the sea. We met Ulla outside the library in the village, and after chatting to her she invited us aboard her little boat for a trip along the bay. Despite the wind and rain, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity. Here we are on Ulla’s boat admiring the village with its houses and cliffs. To warm back up after this delightful but damp experience, Ulla invited us to her house for a cup of tea. So we followed her! With a pot of tea and some rosemary biscuits we met her husband Sven. Ulla is a …

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