Fika, it is a feeling!

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Fika

Swedish Fika is when you take a break for coffee and something sweet to eat along with it. Swedes love their Fika. Some of them just find reasons to take a Fika break. It is engraved in the Swedish Culture I think. It was one of the first few things you would learn about when you come to Sweden. The most common sweet that people eat during Fika is a Bullar. Bullar is nothing but a sweet bun or a rolled puff pastry. There are different types like cinnamon bullar (Kanelbullar), honey bun, vanilla, and more. But there are other sweet stuff as well like a creamy pastries, muffins, cupcakes, Semla (another swedish sweet- sweet roll with almond cream), tarts, cookies, basically anything sweet 😉
Below are the few pictures of the Fika I have had over the time.

    

 

You get the idea 😛

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Swedish Midsummer

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Swedish Midsummer

The Swedish midsummer at Södra Tansbodarna in Dalarna, 2019.

The midsummer is around June 19 to June 25, and to be in order Swedes decided the midsummer Eve will always be a Friday between those dates. Everyone gets together and make crowns with flowers and leaves 🌺🌿🌻🌼 in the morning
Then they have a heavy lunch which always has herring or sill and boiled potatoes salad 🥗🐟, we also had salmon. After lunch, the maypole is decorated and everyone dances around it in two circles. Every city has its own clothing styles and costumes for midsummer here in Sweden. The music they dance on sounds like some kindergarten’s rhymes. The maypole represents the fertility of the earth and the start of a good harvest. It’s the first picture below xD I found it really funny.

 

I know I look stupid in the crown because I wasn’t intending to click a picture but that’s the only picture I have of myself in that crown or as I call it the real Snapchat filter.
I have never seen a place so tranquil and beautiful. 🌺🌿🌱🌊 The place had no electricity, no shower, and compost toilets 📵 Disconnected to the outer world for 3 days, the best decision ever. We swam in the lake for shower 🚿 The lake you see in the last picture is the one I swam in. Trust me it was cold, but it was amazing and fresh. I felt like I was in the laps of nature. I tried fishing and we almost got a fish but my partner on the boat was surprised or shocked when he saw the fish and missed it. But it was a good try! For three days, we 30 people just ate, drank, danced, played games, and showered in a lake. It was delightful. 🌈⭐🥂🌺💕

 

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Spring is here

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Spring and Sakura

It’s May and Linköping is in full bloom! While I remember it was snowing on 10th April. Crazy, isn’t it? My friends and I just had a BBQ over the weekend, spent the entire day under the sun, happy, burnt, and well-fed. Beautiful flowers and fruits are growing everywhere. Early morning, the birds are chirping. It feels like the face of the earth has changed. Everyone seems to be spending more time out in open, shining bright with smiles, taking vitamin D under the sun, lying down in the parks with beers, cycling around, or eating outside. It is super lively, especially in downtown. Even though it is hot and sunny, it gets pretty cold and windy too soon in the evening. I always try to carry my jacket just in case. Anyhow, I am loving the summers.

P.S. Try to buy a fan soon! Last year the stores ran out of stock and the temperatures rose to 31’C

           

 

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Concert in Linkoping

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Concert in Linköping

I attended a concert at Palaset in Linköping. There were two local Swedish bands that performed: Phat Stacks & Månsson. I have Månssons songs available on Spotify Phat Stacks doesn’t seem to have an online presence.

Phat Stacks took the evening to the Funkrymden Palace with dance-friendly and fun songs. The mother ship is composed of Funkkapten Tor Sandell with members from among others the Neo-Soul band Certainly and the Beyoncé show “We Run the World”. Phat Stacks played a unique set that mixes self-composed songs with interpretations of fun classics and electronic elements.In autumn 2018, Månsson debuted with the album “Out of My Mind”. The Linköping public got the chance to see Månsson live with bands for the first time. With the feet of the American West Coast tradition such as Toto or Steely Dan and with a touch of soul, jazz and gospel, a really swinging concert.

 

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Trip to Gothenburg

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Highlights of my one day trip to Gothenburg

I thought, one day is not enough to know anything about a city but I was wrong. And you’ll know why. My friend and I decided to take a one-day trip to Gothenburg(Göteborg) with ISA (International Student Association). Our exams had just gotten over and we didn’t have a better excuse to hop on with everyone. The trip was divided into two halves, the first half we walked and explored the city and the second half we spent going crazy at Liseberg. A beautiful archipelago, Sweden’s second largest city – Gothenburg.

Here we go:

    1. We started our walk from the Gothenburg Museum of Art at Götaplatsen. It is free for everyone under the age of 25 and otherwise costs 40 SEK. You can click on the link above to see the timings. A must visit for an aesthete. Here we saw the most famous landmark of Gothenburg – Poseidon, the sea God. It is situated at the top of the main boulevard Avenyn, in front of the museum at Götaplatsen square. This statue was constructed for the World Fair in 1923. The funny thing is a fountain was placed before the Poseidon’s statue at the same position and then 10 years later the Poseidon’s statue was placed in between and inaugurated.

    2. Göteborgsoperan – Gothenburg Opera house at Lilla Bommen. A 1301 seater which has a room for about 100 musicians. It has an architecture worth admiring.

    3. Göta älv – Göta River is a 93km long river that flows on the western coast of  Sweden.

    4. The Cathedral Gothenburg – This is one of the city’s first buildings and one of the first church in Gothenburg. We couldn’t get to see the inner interiors as it was a holiday.

    5.  Haga Nygatan – A street for Fika Paradise! It is famous for the biggest KannelBullar (sweet cinnamon buns).

    6. Skansen Krona – A small walk to see the city from a viewpoint.

    7.  Trams – A glimpse of trams moving around the city.

    8. Liseberg –  The most visited amusement park in Scandinavia. Opened in 1923, lies in the heart of Gothenburg. If you love roller coasters and an adrenaline rush, this is the place for you.


    9. The Gothenburg Wheel – A 200 ft. (60 meters) high wheel in Liseberg from which you can see the entire Gothenburg. The view is a delight, both in morning and night.


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