Kyrkesund.

Another site we visited on the May long weekend, was the stunning harbour of Kyrkesund. Again, this probably doesn't have a huge amount of excitement to every Swede - as we pulled up to the small harbour, my boyfriend looked slightly bored pacing like an unenthused father trying to hurry the kids back into the …

Pilane.

With a sunny long weekend gracing us with its presence, we celebrated the beginning of May with a delicious fredagsmys feast on Friday as usual; a spread of ribs, gruyere cheese, baguette, shrimp salad (or skagenröra) and grapes, a visit to the gym and relaxing on Saturday, a family BBQ on Sunday evening, and a …

Swedish differences #3

Renewable energy. Here is a difference that I couldn't possibly poke fun at or have a giggle over. Renewable energy sources account for 52% of the Swedish energy production! Walking or driving anywhere, I see multiple solar panels and wind turbines. You see adds on television for solar, hydro and wind power (something I've never …

Being a child again.

I was chatting with my classmates a few days ago, describing how I feel like a child again. Every little social experience seems like an incredible feat. Thankfully I'm not the only one, and we shared some great laughs about picking up one or two words per sentence and hoping we're not agreeing to marry …

Spring has sprung!

It was a glorious spring day yesterday (until exactly 19:50 when it began pouring, ten minutes before my bus arrives home - of course. Looks like Melbourne weather has followed me), so I headed into Göteborg a few hours before my class at Folk Universitet to enjoy the city and have lunch in Haga. Every …

fredagsmys.

On Fridays we eat tacos. Let me explain fredagsmys. Fredagsmys is the end of the working week celebration enjoyed by all Swedes. Every Friday evening, they will eat an indulgent dinner (preferably tacos) with soda (or alcohol) followed by treats like chips, cookies, ice cream and candy while cosied up on the couch watching TV. […]

Swedish differences #2

The butter knife. In Australia, we do also have a butter knife. It is a regular metal knife without the serrated edge. Some people own them, some do not. The average person probably doesn't even know the difference between a butter knife and the other knives in their drawer. No one would care if you …

Swedish differences #1

You do not cut cheese in Sweden. Cheese (ost) is sliced, and it is sliced with a specific utensil used only to slice cheese - a cheese slicer, duh. I have a bad habit of an unseasoned cheese slicer, I create odd ski slopes of cheese, and somehow manage to leave chunks of cheese at …

Apparently it is Spring.

Here are some photos from a short walk I took on an afternoon last week. The sun was shining the day before, and it wasn't too bad when I had left the house yet after about twenty minutes of walking I was hit with grey skies and incredible winds (I could hardly hear my podcast playing no …

A new direction.

Earlier last week I decided to walk in a new direction. I didn't want to walk along the main road, or hear the cars (considering we don't live in the city, I thought I would take advantage of the quiet and nature). I set off in a new direction, checking Google Maps on my phone …