Hej ni alla, hur allt går? 😉
Sweden, Sverige, Suecia and whatsoever how you want to call it, this country has always been in my heart, definitely my number one nation on the globe in every aspect. Well, if you ask me why, I can’t give you a proper answer because it’s obviously not like telling people what kind of films I’m fond of or what I do for fun. It’s simply THE country I’d love to settle down in, get to work in and live in with my future partner. As there’s no perfect nations in the whole world, Sweden also has a couple of not seemingly positive facts that not many foreigners who haven’t visited the country yet see. Here I’d like to write about everything that happened and how I felt and spent my precious times in Sweden and I’ll be honest all the time.
Don’t go to Sweden on November!
As one of the descriptions Swedes would most probably use, November is the most stressful month during the whole year and they have a good reason to tell it. Christmas is the biggest celebration there in Sweden and people spend a lot of times and put efforts into it on November. First of all I couldn’t really get it even though I knew that Christmas is much more important than whatever it’d be, but come on, they have like a couple of weeks to prepare for it. The answer (or excuse) Swedes would tell is that they could be a bit less friendly just because of the stress they get. 😀 So, to conclude, you’d better avoid November if you could possibly adjust your trip schedule to Sweden.
So, after a very long trip from Oslo, Rasmus and I arrived in Gothenburg in the night, our body was getting extremely worn out and I needed to sleep right away. He lives in Skene, which is an hour away from Gothenburg. It’s a town where people live peacefully and nothing really big happens. For example he studies in Gothenburg, so he should go there and come back home for the night.
I knew (almost) all of friends through Skype, obviously it was first time saying hi face to face but I never felt awkward or like talking to some complete strangers. He lives with two girls. Christina and Jennifer. I know Rasmus wouldn’t feel pleased but he and Christina are like close sisters and they know everything about each other. That’s what you call “Friends” in Sweden, they want to be close to their friends and they find it strange to be way from them and unsocial. Some minutes later, despite our exhausted body we got to meet Linette and Ronja. Linette is Rasmus’s sister, a very energetic girl. and Ronja, her friend and also Rasmus’s friend. Linette has two cats, she apparently likes to take care of them.
in Sweden, labor costs are extremely high, so young people prefer to take care of their hair by themselves, for instance they don’t dare to go to a salon for coloring or cutting men’s hair. Rasmus’s aunt is a hairdresser, so she usually gives them a discount. Still expensive (in my opinion) though!
Swedes easily get excited when it comes to christmas presents, no matter how old they are. They enjoy thinking what to give as presents to their family or friends. We (Rasmus, Christina, Jennifer and me) got to visit two stores in Kinna.
They bought a bunch of presents and I never thought they’d use them for a traditional x-mas game. It’s like you put all the collected presents on the big table and cast a dice and if you get either one or six, you will get one present you wish to have, but it can be stolen by the next person and obviously there’s a time limit (usually some of the players need to set the alarm beforehand). It’s always up to people and their preference, we played it like for 20 mins and when time is up, the presents just in front of you will be all yours. So, it could be nothing, one present or all the presents. Completely depends on how lucky you are.
Oh, I definitely need to mention about JULMUST which is a soft drink that is mainly consumed in Sweden around Christmas. During the rest of the year it is usually quite difficult to find in stores, but sometimes it is sold at other times of the year under the name must. Jul means christmas in Swedish language.
In the evening, many of Rasmus’s friends came over for playing the game and spending x-mas eve earlier than it’s supposed to be spent because everyone spends the christmas with their family.
Another christmas custom in Sweden. They burn goat and sing altogether.
Oh btw, apparently not many people outside of Sweden know that Christmas is celebrated on the 24th of December which is considered as “Christmas eve” in the (almost) rest of the world. So now you know it and you wouldn’t be wondering why the heck swedes get on the run on that day.
Christina, Angus and me.
So everyone, God jul 🙂
Hejdå! (Bye for now in Swedish)
Peace and love.