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Stockholm Skyline – A Bird Eye View From The Ericsson Globe Skyview

22 May

 

Just looked through some photos from last year and stumbled over these from October 2012, when me and my fiancé went up the sky with The Ericsson Globe Skyview. 130 m above sea level. Scary, but what a view! 🙂

Read more about Skyview here!

//Linda

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

3 May

Culture, the very essence of mankind. Also a tabooed word in many parts of the world, also in Sweden. What is culture, and how is it made? Is culture something that is connected with a country, national group and state? There are many questions and somewhat mystique around this notion.

But whenever I think of Swedish culture in a Global perspective, I’d like to present some pics of a Swedish tradition; Midsummer. Last year during Midsummer I went to the middle-west of Sweden, almost on the border to Norway, and spent a weekend in my in-laws cottage.

Ofcourse it’s a tradition to go and watch the local celebrations there; erect the maypole/midsummer pole, children dancing around it and also the local folk dancers preforming some traditional dances. Very nice indeed, and something that is really worth while to watch simply because the dancers seem to get older, and the young people are not really interested in bringing the tradition forward. How many years ahead will we be able to watch this traditional spectacle?

Also, wanted to show you the pic of me in my first home made midsummer wreath! Took me a couple of hours or so to make and was really heavy! 😉

To gaze at others posts about culture, click here!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

9 Apr

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When I heard that the new challenge was about colour, I instantly thought of a pic that I took when I went to the London Olympics in August last year. I won a trip via my work and went with Ricoh to London, got tickets to the games and so on.

This pic is from the first evening there. Soon Bolt is going to run the final of 200 metres, and win along with his fellow Jamaicans Blake (silver medal) and Weir (bronze medal). Looking back it feels very abstract that I actually was there and saw all this. A colourful memory for life! 🙂

For more color pics, click here. Also, click on the pic to make it larger!

Åland – a journey to Ahvaland

9 Dec

This weekend I went to the little island between Sweden and Finland; Åland. The island is a autonomy and is totally Swedish speaking, but belongs to Finland. It’s lying just in the entrance of the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea. The name Åland hails from the forn-nordic word of “ahvaland”, which means “water land”, but later became Áland, and then Åland. If you’re to directly translate it into Swedish, Åland means “River Island”.

Anyway, I never set my foot on Åland, just landed in their harbour by ferry. Before I’ve only done that in the summer, but still, Åland by winter… I have NO words. Do you? Usually I’m very impressed by photos and films of an tropical island and stuff like that, but this really makes my MY SWEDISH SOUL cry by pure joy. Cold as hell, but beautiful as in heaven.

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Eesti, ma armastan sind

18 Nov

Summer in the Swedish archipelago

28 Aug

As I said earlier, this summer was extremely much about travelling. First of all we went to Tallinn/Estonia, then we went to my parents who live in the south east of Sweden, and after that I went to London and the Olympic Games! More about the Olympics further on, but this blog is about taking my parents boat out in the archipelago. Luckily we had quite nice weather that day, except for a brief rain shower that came during ten minutes or so, but looking at the mainlands we could watch a thunderstorm many miles away from us, thunders, lightning and all.

All in all, these are lovely pics I wanna show you all that sums up why Sweden is fantastic. Enjoy!

Tallinn – Pirita, a stroll at St Bridget’s Convent

22 Aug

If you take the bus about 20 min or so from the central bus station and head towards the district of Pirita, you suddenly find yourself out in the woods! So close to the city, but yet there are birds singing and rivers flowing through the landscape. And in the middle of this, there is an old convent built in the 15th century, by the famous Swedish saint of St Bridget. (Heliga Birgitta in Swedish, or directly translated: Holy Birgitta)

Unfortunitely, this convent didn’t stand for very long due to war, but the ruins are still there, and therefore we went there to feel the atmosphere.

Who was this St Bridget then? She’s quite famous abroad, and in Sweden too, as being a very holy person, but in fact she was a really mean person; petty, barbarous and power-seeking. Okay, people in the medieval times went all in for Christianity, but she was rather using it to get what she wanted. She even supported the templars going over to Russia in their crusade for Christianity, and she even said something like: “If they don’t accept our religion as theirs, then kill them all!” and other niceties…

So St Bridget is not one of my favourite Swedes abroad so to speak, but still her convent is a nice place to visit, and to feel God’s present also.

To believe in God doesn’t mean you have to accept all the stupid things a single human says or does, no matter how much Christianity she says she represent…