Multi-Culturalism on the ground

On the street , on ground level, I am as much as likely to hear Arabic as I am Swedish here in Sweden. Im also more interested to learn Arabic than I am Swedish. It comes more naturally to exchange rudimentary words in barely-there Arabic, than in poor rudimentary Swedish! There is a visible presence…

Social reflections on Sweden

Though the natives « take it as a given » I can feel the climate which the strong social welfare state creates, a greater sense of all-round ease and security. It’s hard to pin down, and no local could talk to you about it because it’s a predicate of their life. Migrants I’ve met can’t usually differentiate…

Σκανδιναβια. Η πρώτη εποχή: Χειμονας

Κατι για  τα βιώματα μου την “φυση” εδω στην χώρα της skogsrå και του strömkarlen, την Σουιδια. Η skogsrå είναι μια επικίνδυνη «αποπλανευτρια» των δασών! Ο strömkarlen είναι το αντιστυχο αρσενικό πλάσμα που κατοικεί σε λίμνες και κρατάει ένα βιολί. Σκοτεινιάζει στις 15.30 κάθε μερα, αλλα δεν εχει απαρετητα πολύ συννεφια. Όσοι μενουν εδώ μόνιμα εχουν…

Vintage Haidryer like new

There’s no guessing what my Swedish-Greek housemate will have up his sleeve! I am tickled…and have dry hair on a cold day! I love the practicality if this invention, and it’s groovy 1970s design. incase it’s not obvious air can either be blown from the square hairdryer, or be blown through the plastic inflatable tube…

Taking Stock’

It’s not often you wake up to newly fallen snow, as if in a Charles Dicken’s novel, but this morning it was my prelude to the day. Yesteray the same snowfall would have been a miracle. Today though, thousands of miles away, I could have expected it.       Yesterday evening I changed trains…