Gott Nytt År! (Happy New Year) It's been a long while to get my computer off the ship and set up on my new desk. I can't seem to blog from iPads nor laptops something to do with google logins when you're sharing computers. No matter, I'm back and looking forward to 2016! And gosh I wish I had something a little more interesting than biscuits, but the Swedes have a real sweet tooth as I'm finding out. Add coffee than you're on the path to becoming Swedish.
So we live on Kungsholmen, one of several islands that comprise Stockholm. There are 11 bridges from the islet, in reality I probably really use 4 with some frequency. On Bergsgatan, my street, there is a cheese shop close to the top of the hill, my source for Ligurian olives or plump green ones from Sicily. Before the cheese shop on the left down a short block is the neighbourhood ice cream parlour Kungsholmens Glassfabrik, open year round, in summer there are queues out the door. I've seen emergency crew pile out of their vans for a scoop. Swedes are mad about the buns (the sweet ones) and Bulleboden, a bakery cum cafe off the Bergsgatan hill on my side makes the finest in Kungsholmen. At the end of the street is my greengrocer, think small bags of Swedish fruit e.g. pears, apples, plums for 10 kronor (a steal). Bypass the train station then you're at the church gates, on a Monday evening I'm here practising yoga to yogic chants in the serene surrounds of Lutheran theology.