My friends wearing their self-braided flower bands. Photo by me. My first summer in Sweden meant automatically also my first celebrations of Midsummer. A Swedish friend of mine had invited a small group of friends to join her to her family’s cabin in the beautiful country side of Värmland. It was the perfect place to… Continue reading Midsommar!
Growing up in the Netherlands, I imagined Easter to be pretty much the same all over Europe. Though Swedish Easter definitely has many aspects in common with the Dutch celebration, I was surprised by some very old traditions that I had never heard of before. When my room mates explained to me that children dress… Continue reading Glad Påsk!
Feminism. What was your first association to this word? To me for a long time when thinking about feminism those images of angry women popped up in my head. Those women with big bushes of hair under their armpits who’d put out bras on the streets to protest. I had seen pictures of them, in… Continue reading How Sweden made me a feminist.
On the Western side of Uppsala, close to the Flogsta neighbourhood lays a beautiful nature reserve. This area is called Hågadalen and consists of forests, swamps and a more open valley area around the Håga river. It’s a popular place for a hike, bike, run or horse-ride alike. Personally I am very impressed by such… Continue reading Around Uppsala: Hågadalen
I promised already a while ago that I would tell a little more about Uppsala’s student nations. The nations play an important role when it comes to student life in Uppsala. Or as they describe themselves: “The nations are the social nerve of the student-community with accommodations, scholarships, clubs, culture, pubs, associations, sports and a… Continue reading The student nations
While all over the world the 4th of October is dedicated to animals, the Swedes have an extra celebration. The fourth of October is the day of the kanelbullar, which is the famous Swedish version of a cinnamon bun. Probably it is more correct to name it the ancestor of the cinnamon bun. ‘A national… Continue reading Kanelbullens dag