Scott Ritcher

One of my Louisville friends, Rachel, does music promotion work in London and got me in on the guest list to see Franz Ferdinand in Stockholm tonight. Iida went with me and we had very nice seats. The show was at Cirkus which has a capacity of about 2000. It

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After just a few weeks in the apartment, my roommate has told me that he has decided to move back to Holland and sell the apartment. I will be moving in with my friends Iida and Erik on May 1st. They are a little farther from the city center, but

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The sun. It is the closest star to earth, that’s why it seems so bright, but it is really just a medium-sized star. It doesn’t get as high in the sky since we’re higher up on the curve of the earth, so there are lots of extra long long shadows

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A couple more scenes of Sergels Torg from Thursday with some blue skies. I’m not sure what it is about the sky here, but the clouds are always something interesting and when the sky is blue, it’s soooo blue.

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The snow has melted, the sun is peeking through, the grass is exposed, and colors are beginning to show. What’s missing in all these photos? Power lines! You almost never see them here unless they are holding street lamps or powering trains.

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This is a lady I saw on the train this morning in Stockholm reading Barack Obama’s “Dreams of my Father” in Swedish. It made me happy. The Swedish title is “Min Far Hade en Dröm” which means “My Father Had a Dream.” Not exactly the same thing, is it?

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NK is one of the big department stores in Stockholm. These stores are enormous and pretty expensive. Another one, Åhléns City, is also 5 or 6 stories tall and takes up an entire city block.

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The mail slot on one of my neighbors’ doors. Almost every mailbox says “ingen reklam tack” which means “no advertising please” – a request that is honored by law if you have it posted. These people added an extra line “but gladly Ikea catalogs!”

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Bulleit bourbon Sweden

Bulleit for sale at Systembolaget which is the state-owned liquor monopoly. The price is 279 kronor (about $35) and it says, “Tasty, burned whiskey with barrel character, elements of liquorice, caramel and vanilla.” It’s actually cheaper than Maker’s and Jack Daniel’s. Of the seven whiskeys Systembolget carries, four are Kentucky

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This is a strange phenomenon in Stockholm. If someone loses a glove or jacket, instead of taking it or leaving it on the ground, people pick them up and put them in nearby trees or on statues to make them easy to find if the person comes back. It’s pretty

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Yes, it’s not just Hoosiers who love ranch. Hilbilly cuisine has been exported. “A fresh taste of tomato and onion.”

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Someone was getting rid of an old refrigerator but they left their poetry magnets on it. I took a few good ones for our refrigerator, like “älskling” (lover), “kylskåp” (refrigerator), “varför” (why), etc. When it’s cloudy or snowy at night, the sky glows a sort of pale orange/pink from the

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This means “food foil” but when I saw it all I could think of was, “My name is Matt Foley and I am a motivational speaker.”

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A nice scene of Södermalm (the south island) which is the “hip” part of town. This is close to Chutney, one of my favorite restaurants that has all vegetarian food.

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My friends erik and Iida. She is drinking blood because Swedish people are vampires. He is wearing a Mets shirt because they don’t show baseball on television here so he doesn’t know how much the Mets suck. Oh, zzzing!

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My friend Johanna and I at a Dagensparty in Iida and Erik’s apartment. Dagens are a drink made of white wine, Sprite, and frozen strawberries. Sometimes they are frozen raspberries instead. The name “dagens” means “daily” or “today’s” and is usually used for the daily specials at restaurants. I’m not

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A couple days after moving into my apartment, I took this picture of everything I own fitting nicely into these closets, with room to spare. *=Not pictured are some boxes of photos and other “archives” I have in my parents’ basement in Louisville. Those boxes would fit here in this

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After a few days, I moved in with a Dutch guy named Sander in another suburb of Stockholm called Hagsätra. I found him and the apartment on the internet and made contact with him from America, so I already had this lined up. He is a carpenter who moved to

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Night view of a frozen park and forest seen from Iida and Erik’s kitchen window. They live on the eighth floor, which Swedes call the seventh floor. The ground level is always zero. You can’t really see it in the photo but there are some people out there cross-country skiing.

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This is a photo of the television playing the amazing movie “King of Kong” which is a documentary from 2007 about the fight for the world record Donkey Kong score. As you can see, it is subtitled in Swedish. All the programming shown here is run in its original language

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