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 Lagerbäck 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 Lagerbäck 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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Help my friend

One of my dearest friends is in a spot of bother at the moment. Like me she is Swedish and we met here in London. In 2004 she moved to Brazil with her son and soon to be husband, life in Brazil has in some ways been good but in other ways very hard for her.

They have now decided to move back to Sweden because, she want to spend time with elderly relatives while they are still alive, she wants her son to get a good education but above all she wants her son to be safe.
Since she is Swedish her son doesn’t look typically Brazilian, this makes him a possible target of “Flash Kidnapping”. The kidnappers don’t set a high ransom but are often content for you to just empty everything in your bank account by forcing you to the ATM, although they might do this for days in a row. Needless to say she is often worried and seldom relaxed about her life in Brazil.

Now in an ideal world she and/or I would be rich and then a straight forward move would not be a problem. I’m stuck in the UK with a shitty salary and she is in Brazil working on their equivalent to minimum wage. So the problem is the flights they will cost around £2700 (30,000 SEK), for their family to save up this amount of money will take at least 15 months. But that would cause another problem, as her husband just been awarded a residence permit for Sweden they should move there with in a year of the granting of the permit or it may be revoked.

I will sponsor my friend to help her buy tickets home and if you want you can do it too by clicking here. (or donate at PayPal:brasilianskasmakerATgmailDOTcom as the link doesn’t seem to work some of the time, replace AT with @ and DOT with . )
Or maybe you can fix cheap tickets, give away airmiles or whatever, please contact me in the comments.

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

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India Fundraising update!

Thank you to everyone who donated and/or wrote about me and my fundraising on their blogs and in their facebook status. Together we have reached my fundraising target and the India trip will now go ahead.

Before I leave I will have a leaving do in the pub, I will let you know the place and date nearer the time of departure. If you are not on my email list or amongst my fb friends but still want to come to my leaving do let me know in the comments and I’ll invite you…with one exception.

Also to any would be thief;
1. I have absolutely nothing worth of stealing in my flat, I am sooo not materialistic and I certainly have no money…if you do decide to break in let me know if you find something 😉
2. Actually don’t bother breaking in because my flat (read shoebox) won’t be empty, a friend will live in it the whole time.

To a certain other person;
1. My internet duties in moderating a certain forum will go on as I am only 1 out of 7 people moderating it…although I get blamed for 100% of the removals.

And finishing with one of the funniest search engine words to end up on my blog “how long does it take for a frog to run”. Now I can’t stop thinking “to run what” a marathon, 10K? Need to know please feel free to leave the answer in the comments 😀

Since my target has been reached I have have changed my sponsor button back to Lepra, you can still donate to them for my London Marathon effort.

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Next Challenge!

As you probably know by now I like to raise funds for charities through challenges, here is my thoughest challenge up to date, 8 weeks of hard labour in India, 24/7…Now we need to raise funds for the project, I need your help to raise £1350 by Sunday the 9th of May.
This time I am giving not only money but also my time.

The project have two aims; developing youths is one and the other is to work on a community project to aid the local community. I have trained and prepared for this project since September 2009 and it will probably be one of the hardest things I will ever do.

Just to make it clear none of this money will go to me, I will NOT have a paid holiday. My flights, visa, vaccinations and gear is paid for by me seperately. All the money raised here will go to the charity to make projects like this possible. Also I will certainly not have a holiday as I will be working there the whole time developing youths but also working to finish a community project.

The place I am going to is in the south of India in the Karnataka/ Mysore area, I will be there for 8 weeks starting in July. If possible I will update my blog in India as well but I know there might be limited opportunities to blog or even get access to the internet.

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