Month: April 2009

Here are a few scenes of cherry blossoms in bloom at Kungsträdgården (the King’s Tree Garden), a long open plaza lined with trees in central Stockholm. The garden dates back to the 1400’s and although it has been modified for private purposes over the centuries, it is now a public

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Public stairs in Sweden almost always have accompanying ramps or elevators. The ramps are used for wheelchairs, bicycles, rolling suitcases, baby carriages, you name it. Here is a small sampling of some around Stockholm. Rådmansgatan Tunnelbana Station Pendeltåg (commuter train) platform at Handen. Also in Handen near the Pendeltåg station.

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As I mentioned before, most of Sweden’s coins carry a picture of King Carl XVI Gustaf, a man who is still alive and just 62 years old. Every time he buys something, he pays with money that has his own picture on it. I’m sure he’s used to it now,

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Long days where the sun never goes down are the type of thing that you just don’t believe until you see them. It’s something that people from Kentucky read about in books or see in movies. This summer will be my first experience with such extended sunlight and it is

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Life in this socialist hellhole is just awful. Finally, the American news media has sent an investigative journalist to uncover the real story of what the radical leftist Obama regime is trying to do to our beloved United States. “Wyatt Cenac travels to Sweden to wake them up from their

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Language, temperature, currency, distances, weight, geography. I thought my list of things I have to re-learn was complete. Then it came time to do the laundry. This control panel greeted me: Needless to say, I had to look up some words, Google some symbols, and convert some temperatures. I had

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A great deal of the writing I’ve done here has been observing the subtle differences between the people and cultures of Sweden and the United States. This morning, I saw this article on the CNN site. It’s about Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell’s address to the National Press Club in

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Since my first visit to Stockholm in the 1990s, this tall, octagonal building on Södermalm has always caught my attention. Perhaps because it seems so imposing and monolithic, I had always assumed it was from the 1940s or ’50s. In fact, it was essentially brand new the first time I

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Because only about 10 million people speak Swedish, the language has considerably fewer words than English, a language that there are easily over a billion people using. English is a primary language in Great Britain, the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and has tens of millions of speakers in

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More than one of my friends has asked about the availability of unique beers and the world of microbrewing in Sweden. I’m sorry to report that the laws here make it pretty difficult to open a brewery. There are fewer than forty micros operating in the entire country. In fact,

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I noticed while on tours with the band over the years that a lot of Europeans go to the grocery store every day. The same seems to be the case here. It’s a lot different than the several-hour expedition Americans make to stock up for the month. Naturally, most grocery

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On Tuesday, I made this 360° View of Stockholm from Sofia Kyrka, which is an old timey church on top of a big hill in Södermalm. They have a nice park around the church where people like to hang out. The file is kind of big so it may take

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This morning I attended the first of ten 2.5-hour Swedish language classes at Stockholm’s Medborgarskolan. I’m not a fan of school, but I have dedicated myself to becoming proficient in using and understanding the Swedish language, so taking classes is obviously the most efficient way to speed up that process.

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Apple’s newest version of iPhoto has a facial recognition feature. After you identify a few photos of your friends, it begins guessing on other photos. It picks out the faces in a photo and will ask, “Is this Chris Reinstatler?” This allows you to fine-tune the recognition. After it knows

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If I fall gravely ill soon, here’s why: As we have discussed, my chainsmoking Dutch roommate is selling the apartment and so i have to move at the end of April. In preparation for selling the place, he has essentially torn the apartment into pieces to fix it up. He

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This weekend, Iida, Erik, and I spent some quality time with Erik’s parents. We visited their house on Saturday for a delicious Easter feast which I would compare to Thanksgiving in America. There was more amazing food than you could eat, plenty of candy, drinks, and football (er, soccer) on

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Here are some scenes from Friday night’s Påsk ägg (Easter egg) party in Haninge. What would the chickens think if they saw us painting their eggs? Camilla and Cookie. A nice collection of Påsk äggen (Easter eggs) art. Cookie’s egg is hatching a demon squirrel. Iida’s shark egg. Axel (whose

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In Sweden, there is a television and radio tax which supplies funding for the state-run SVT television networks and SR radio networks. In order to pay for the regulation of the airwaves and the operation of the networks, everyone who owns a television must pay a tax which is about

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I went to see Kristofer Åström again Wednesday night. This show was in the bar at Södrateatern, which is a beautiful old building that is kind of like a mall of performance venues. I believe there are four different concert spaces in the complex as well as several bars and

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Here is a screenshot from the English/Svenska dictionary application on my iPhone. It allows you to search for a word in English or Svenska, or to scroll through the alphabetical list. As I mentioned a few days ago, sometimes when I look up a Swedish word, the English translation is

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When the weather changes, the weather changes everything. I love being outside on a pretty day and so do so many other people here in Sweden. I recently had a personal picnic in Östermalm (the east island) in a park called Humlegården (um, I think that means “the hopping farm”

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Monday night I went to see the A Camp concert in Stockholm. It was good, but I think that’s about as far as I can go for superlatives. Honestly, it was fairly anti-climactic. That statement in itself is disappointing to me, but it’s probably due to my expectations. Anyone who

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I know that by now every designer in America has done a take-off of Shepard Fairey’s Obama “Hope” poster. At this point it’s almost like coming up with my own version of the “Got Milk” slogan or an “I heart _____” shirt. Nonetheless, I’d like to contribute to the iconic,

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Here are a few photos of the Urban Outfitters store in Stockholm. They have beautifully restored and adapted an old theatre into a quite large, unique retail store. Here, you can see that they even have a fake set of a house on the stage, inside which are the fitting

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Sunday night, Erik’s band Tiger Lou returned to Stockholm from a Scandinavian tour. I’ve seen them a couple times, listened to some of their recordings, and seen some videos, but I’m really not sure what kind of music they play. The singer/guitarist, Rasmuss, apparently writes and records all the music,

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