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There is one question I get over & over again, one of the first questions people who have just met me always ask...:"Why Sweden?". That is, why am I so in love (ok, some might say *obsessed*! ;o), with this coutry, why did I choose to study Swedish and why do I want to move back there for good so badly?

I could list a lot of reasons..Still you most likely wouldn't understand. But I can tell you this, hoping it will make more sense than all the other "logical" reasons...Sweden feels more like home to me than Italy has ever done. Is that enough of an explanation? Good!

If not...

"Min vackra syster hade fått den sjukdom som pommeranerna kallar "Schwedenzucht".
Hon var förälskad i det norröna landet och längtade alltid dit..."

["My beautiful sister had got that disease that Pomerans call "Sweden-sickness".
She was in love with the nordic country and always longed for it..."

(Carina Burman, Islandet)


And that's exactly how I feel!


One day I hope I will be able to gather here the most meaningful ones among my Sweden travel stories and Sweden pictures. For the time being I'll just tell you that I have lived up there in different occasions:

in Göteborg, as an au-pair with help from this agency, and in Uppsala, first as exchange student through the Erasmus Program,which allowed me to study at Uppsala University and then as resarching student, while working on my thesis.
Both were wonderful experience, although most definitely very different from each other; both gave me incredibly much, both made me the person I am today.

Maybe you will want to follow my traces?

But be careful...You might never be the same again! ;o)


You know you've been in Sweden too long, when...

1.You associate pea soup with Thursday.

2.The first thing you do on entering a bank/post office/pharmacy etc.
is look for the queue number machine.

3.You accept that you will have to queue to take a queue number.

4.A sharp intake of breath has become part of your vocabulary, as has
the sound 'ahh'.

5.You associate Friday afternoon with a trip to systembolaget.

6.You think nothing of paying $50 for a bottle of 'cheap' spirits at

7.Your native language has seriously deteriorated; you begin to "eat
medicine" and "hire videos".

8.You think Leif 'Loket' Olsson is entertaining.

9.You rummage through your plastic bag collection to see which ones you
should keep to take to the store and which can be sacrificed to

10.It's acceptable to eat lunch at 11.00.

11.Your front door step is beginning to resemble a shoe shop.

12.When a stranger on the street smiles at you, you assume that:
a. he is drunk;
b. he is insane;
c. he is American;
d. he is all of the above.

13.You stay home on Saturday night to watch Bingolotto.

14.Silence is fun.

15.It seems sensible that the age limit at Stockholm night clubs is 23
or 25.

16.The reason you take the ferry to Finland is:
a. duty free vodka
b. duty free beer
c. to party

17.The only reason for getting of the boat in Helsinki is to eat

18.It no longer seems excessive to spend $200 on alcohol in a single

19.The fact that all of the "v's" and the "w's" are together in the
phone directory seems right.

20.You care who wins 'Expedition: Robinson'.

21.Your old habit of being "fashionably late" is no longer acceptable.
You are always on time.

22.You no longer see any problem wearing white socks with loafers.

23.You know that "religious holiday" means "let's get drunk."

24.You are no longer scared of Volvos and Volvo drivers.

25.You have your own innebandy club.

26.You enjoy the taste of surstromming.

27.You find yourself debating the politics of Carl Bildt.

28.You use mmmm as a conversation filler.

29.An outside temperature of 9 degrees Celsius is mild.

30.When someone asks for "three cheers", you say "hoorah, hoorah,
hoorah, hoorah".

31.You wear sandals with socks.

32.You eat jam with savoury dishes.

33.You have only two facial expressions, smiling or blank.

34.You think riding a racing bike in the snow is a perfectly sensible
thing to do.

35.You think black rimmed glasses are cool.

36.Your wardrobe now consists of 20 different shades of black and

37.You look forward to the next program about pratical jokes done on
lame celebs/has-beens by other lame celebs who don't really deserve
anymore air time.



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