In Stockholm, there is a truly Swedish activity that everyone makes fun of – taking the ferry overnight to Finland. Also known as the booze cruise, it’s an opportunity for the lone cougar to attack her young 25 year-old prey, or for the young male cub to pounce on a more mature tigress. The possibilities are endless. They’ve even done a reality TV show on the cruise. Yep, this is the Tallink/Silja Line ferry to Finland.
Why do the Swedes have such great design and fashion? What is it about living in a country that is dark during the winter and bright during the summer that teaches someone what “good design” is? Must be something that is truly Swedish.Read More »Swedish Design and Fashion: So damn good.
Box wine in the US is reserved for tacky afternoon picnics where you need a convenient and cheap way to transport alcohol. The wine is often bland and is almost a guaranteed way of getting a headache.
But that’s not the case here, is it? I see many of you smiling with recognition.Read More »Box wine: a most curious Swedish thing
Chewy candy. Hard candy. Soft candy. Licorice flavored, sour, and often times fruity. There is nothing quite like Swedish godis – candy. It is, by far, the best thing about going to the grocery store. It’s another thing that makes someone #TrulySwedish.
Everyone does it. You’re enjoying a great fika with your friends or colleagues and you keep eyeing that last piece of fikabröd. You look at your friends, and they’re all busy in conversation but really, they’re thinking the same thing as you. They all want it, but no one wants to reach for it.
Guest writer Karin Leman (@le_karin) discusses why it is #TrulySwedish to leave the last piece of fikabröd, but more interestingly, why we should all stop doing it!
Swedes are ever loyal to their pocket calendars. These little brown things that they throw in their purses or their laptop bags with the week numbers clearly labeled. Some calendars even have little perforated tear-sheets where you can dog-ear which week you’re in, making it easy to simply flip right back to it. I have seen people go into a mad panic when they lose their calendars.
Read More »Thursday sounds good, but let me check my calendar
My dear friend Patrick Maurer will really appreciate this post, I think. He is one of my best friends – we have known each other since early high school. And today is his birthday!
He used to always give me shit for taking off my shoes whenever I was at his place. “We’re not Asian, Kenneth. No need to take off your shoes, just come in.”Read More »Please come in, but take off your shoes first
Have you ever been stuck in an elevator before – one of those old rackety ones in older apartment buildings. No? Well, let me tell you… It’s no fun.
Hello again, and welcome to another edition of #TrulySwedish.
Before I get started with my next post, I thought that I would say a little something about how I get the ideas of what to post. It has nothing to do with me thinking that Swedish traditions are weird – these are actually things that I have found to be quite enjoyable. I’ve been very open to these experiences, and I usually learn something about myself in the process. That’s what makes it so interesting. The blog is also a good reminder to myself – maybe in 10 years I’ll look back at this blog and think, “Wow, I used to think that was weird?”
This edition is about three things that I was able to experience in more or less rapid succession: the importance (and significance) of laundry times, Östermalm’s old ladies, and a Swede’s fear of confrontation. This one is more of a rant from an American – one that is not afraid to speak and be heard.Read More »Laundry times, Östermalm’s old ladies, and the fear of confrontation
The quintessential Swedish concept. It’s coffee with friends, but not just coffee – there is usually some fikabröd involved: kanelbulle (cinnamon buns), kärleksmums (“love yummies”), morotskaka (carrot cake), punschrulle… I could go on forever.