Monthly Archives: June 2010

Midsummer Eve

We Swedes love to celebrate things, we dance away Christmas in January, Easter of course, we sing the winter away on Walpurgis night, Midsummer Eve, Crayfish and Surströmming Parties in Aug/Sept, Lucia in December and obviously Christmas. I have probably missed a few. This year summer solstice occured on the 21st of June which naturally makes this our Midsummer Eve. However our spoil sport politicians decided to move our Midsummer Eve celebrations to the nearest Friday, I think this is a bit evil as many of the traditional things we do cannot be done any other night, like picking 7 different flowers and jumping over 7 fences to dream about the man you’ll marry etc.

However on Saturday masses of us Swedes will celebrate Midsummers Eve by attending a picnic in Hyde Park. We will have flowers in our hair, sing drinking songs, dance and sing the little frog dance around the maypole and eat pickled herring and potatoes with sour cream and chive sauce.

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We did it!

Thanks to everyone that have helped, together we can move mountains. My friend is in Sweden, her husband has started to study Swedish and her son is enroled in school. But the best thing is her son can run wild and free like kids should.

If you understand Swedish then you can read more about her trip to Sweden here.

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World Cup Fever – Waka Waka

Yes it has started, the Football World Cup is here and it feels fantastic, the energy is electric and I got some major World Cup Fever 😀 And Sweden isn’t even in the World Cup, but hey I’m quite glad we’re not, if that’s what it took to get rid of our USELESS coach LagerbĂ€ck then it was a price I am more than happy to pay. Just feel sorry for Nigeria getting stuck with him, unless the Nigerian players are absolutely brilliant then I don’t think they’ll do to well…..

Hehehehehehe would be nice to see how the Nigerians act when LagerbĂ€ck goes on TV saying how happy he was with the team, the game and the performance even if they loose every bloody game. Hmmm somehow don’t think they will be as nice about it as your average Swede…

So yes I’m I am watching and supporting my adopted country England in this tournament, come on! Will probably be found in the pub for most games (apart from the last 4 games when I’m in India) cheering and drinking 😉 And don’t forget there is still time to enter a Fantasy Football team here http://fantasyfootball.metro.co.uk/worldcup/ if you hurry, don’t pick any players from South Africa or Mexico as they have already played a game, also make sure you register your team before 19.30 GMT as the 2nd game of the tournament starts then.

When you fall get up, oh oh
If you fall get up, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Cuz this is Africa
Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

Listen to your God
This is our motto
Your time to shine
Don’t wait in line
Y vamos por todo

People are raising
Their expectations
Go on and feed them
This is your moment
No hesitations

Today’s your day
I feel it
You paved the way
Believe it

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show – Check

There is a few things you should do if you live in London/UK (even though some don’t interest me much);
Ascot
Cricket at Lords (in sunny weather with a jug of Pimm’s)
Football – any London/UK Premier League game
Henley Regatta
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race
Wimbledon Tennis

Now I can check Chelseas flower show of my list 🙂 Went there with lovely Laila and had a lovely day there amongst all the gardens and flowers.

This last flower so reminds me of happier times in Thailand, sometimes I wish I could turn back time and make those moments last forever.

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