Year: 2009

It’s another installment of pictures of regular, everyday things how they look in Sweden. This time it’s stuff on the street. Garbage can. Illegally-parked Corvette. Amazing. People who drive these things are jerks all over the world. What’s the Swedish word for asshole? An old Volvo limousine. Volvo emergency response

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I’ve received a few requests from readers in America to show some images of simple, regular, everyday stuff in Sweden that looks different. So here’s the first of a few installments: Grocery store items! If you’re interested in groceries, you can see more in a couple previous stories Inside the

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Karlaplan is a picturesque area of Stockholm on the island of ֖stermalm where five major streets meet to form a star. Inspired by similar street plans in Paris, construction on the neighborhood began in the late 1800’s. The five tree-lined thoroughfares that go out in every direction have a dense,

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Grab a warm sweater or safe blanket and sit thee down fore thine flickering computer screens, dear friends, for I am about to weave a bone-chilling tale, the likes of which may well travel like a demon through your dial-up Internet service and petrify you in your very home. While

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It’s beginning to get cold in Sweden. The first snow of the season, however fleeting, already happened a couple weeks ago. Earlier this month, daylight hours in Stockholm passed below the 50/50 point. We are now at 10 hours of daylight and 14 hours of darkness. I’m actually being very

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Sweden may have just taken a major step toward ousting Japan as the cutest country in the world. Stockholm is leading the charge. While some of the world’s big cities are infested with disgusting rats, wild rabid dogs and other pests, one of the main animal control problems in Stockholm

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When you’re living in the United States, or any English-speaking country, it’s easy to forget (or not even realize) that a large share of the world’s popular music is sung in English. This includes not only the music that is exported from the US or the United Kingdom, but also

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Eric Gill Sans controversy

It’s not every day that typography is in the news or that usage of a particular font can be described as controversial. However, such a situation is afoot this week in Sweden and the story goes back eighty years. Way back in 1929, British sculptor and typographer Eric Gill was

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Sometimes I feel like a lot of the material I write for this website is the same. It goes something like this: “Sweden is clean, quiet, beautiful and the people here have it all figured out. Americans are babies who hate the government and don’t want to pay taxes, but

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Saltsjöbanan is one of Stockholm’s oldest local rail lines. The 18-station line has been operating over 115 years and covers an end-to-end distance of about 11 miles (18 km).

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I’ve received a lot of comments and questions about my previous stories comparing the public transit systems in Louisville and Stockholm (or maybe I should I say: comparing Stockholm’s public transit system to Louisville’s lack of people trains). Those pieces can be seen at these links: 360° View from Slussen

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Letters to Saint Clinton Paperback by Scott Ritcher. Same day shipping from Amazon. Scott Ritcher guides you through 190 pages of the ridiculous hate mail he received from religious nuts who freaked out when they saw a picture of Jesus with Bill Clinton’s head. The most entertaining and absurd letters

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In your face, Thomas Edison! The man who perfected and commercialized the incandescent light bulb would be aghast if he were here today. With the rest of us, he would be seeing his bright, warm glow being dismantled all over the world, and replaced with buzzing, pale blue tubes that

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When I wake up and it’s raining, I feel how I imagine a dog must feel when you’re closing the door and leaving it in the house alone. The dog thinks you’re never coming back. That’s how I feel when it rains, like the sun is never coming back. Without

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I don’t know how to say this delicately, so I’ll just come right out and say it: Swedish girls think that tights are pants. If this were happening in America, where much of the citizenry is Super-Sized, it would be torturous to the eyes. However, in Sweden, where 99% of

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These damn Swedish liberals are sooo permissive. Yes, you can park here and yes, it’s free, but we do have some rules: only in marked spaces and only for two days at a time.

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Everybody has moments when they get lost in thought but this gammal tant was transfixed by something in a Stureplan shop window. Captivated even. If I had posted a video of her standing there instead of this photograph, you wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference.

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Since President Obama is making a major speech Wednesday on the health care crisis in America, I thought I’d post this nice photo of something I saw recently in Stockholm. This tent was set up in the middle of a popular public plaza called Medborgarplatsen (“Citizens’ Plaza”). The big sign

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You may remember a story from back in June when I had just attended the music festival in Stockholm called Where the Action Is. A portion of that yarn included some gushing over the singer/songwriter of the band Hello Saferide. I was introduced to the music of Annika Norlin last

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The rumors are true. In less than a month I will be officially old. I’m not talking about 25 or some silly age that kids think is old. I’m talking about the age that means there’s no denying you’re an adult. This is the age that makes you too old

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The Tunnelbana Station in the Stockholm neighborhood of Axelsberg has the name of the area spelled out in a giant glass, concrete, stone and iron sculpture that stretches the entire length of the platform. Each letter of the name “Axelsberg” is between 3 and 4 meters tall and built into

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Sometimes when I’m in Stockholm, I happen to glance at something and think to myself, “Wow, that really looks like Sweden.” Of course, it is Sweden. In fact, Sweden is all around me, as far as I can walk, but I suppose I’m thinking more that it looks staged or

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The sky is a monster of gases that blankets the planet and protects us from the harsh nothingness of outer space. As an added bonus to this monumental task, it is sometimes really pretty or interesting to look at. The best part about the sky is that it’s free. All

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My favorite restaurant in Stockholm is Hermans which is a huge vegetarian buffet that is open late. Not late like Louisville-late, but like 10:00 or 11:00 at night. That’s pretty late for Sweden. The restaurant has tons of outdoor seating and it sits high up on a cliff overlooking the

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