Book fair haul!

My favourite yearly event has finally arrived: the Gothenburg Book Fair! This is the largest literary event in Scandinavia and the second largest book fair in Europe. I never miss it (in non-pandemic times) and this year was no exception. To await buying more books than I can afford, I have imposed on myself theFortsätt läsa ”Book fair haul!”

Sadness – but also hope

The Swedish elections are nearly over. A few districts’ votes have yet to be counted but since the last votes to come in are from the Swedish nationals living in foreign countries – a group which is majority upper-clas and right-wing – the results will likely remain the same: Sweden will now have a right-wingFortsätt läsa ”Sadness – but also hope”

To be queer is to have no country

Election day is approaching and I have a terrible feeling. The far-right has become so normalised. They even have their ads on the trams and busses of the city. I can’t go anywhere without seeing the slogans and faces of politicians who want to take my rights away. And everywhere I overhear people having bigotedFortsätt läsa ”To be queer is to have no country”

Greek Deities in Gothenburg

Here’s a little fun fact: there are along the main avenue of the Swedish city of Gothenburg several representations of Hellenic Deities. But most famous is of course the fountain of Poseidon:

This week, the city feels like ours too (almost)

The city feels more colourful and brighter and gayer than usual. There are LGBTQ+ workshops, lectures, plays and fun family activities happening everywhere in town. It feels like Gothenburg belongs to us queers too this week. But I also see people scoff and complain about the rainbow flags. And I and many people like meFortsätt läsa ”This week, the city feels like ours too (almost)”

A new writing spot

The Swedish summer is painfully short and rainier that in a lot of other places. So, every chance I get to enjoy the sunshine while it last, I take. That’s why I love to sit in the forest, by the sea or in public parks and write under the sun. I thought I knew allFortsätt läsa ”A new writing spot”

Knowing Freya. Part 8: Chooser of the slain and Queen of Folkvang

Freya is a Goddess of many names. One of them is Valfreya, meaning ‘Freya of the slain’ or ‘Lady of the slain’. The reason for this is mentioned in the 14th stanza of Grímnísmál, a poem in which a disguised Oden tells the young Agnar about different realms and which Deities rule over them: ”FolkvangFortsätt läsa ”Knowing Freya. Part 8: Chooser of the slain and Queen of Folkvang”

5 very queer Norse stories

An interesting article from PinkNews: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2022/05/07/viking-norse-gods-lgbtq/ I’m particularly obsessed with this beautiful illustration of Thor:

Spring is here

I’m well enough to take shorter walks around town and with the weather being as sunny and beautiful as it was today, I just had to take the tram to one of my favourite spots on the city: The Garden Society of Gothenburg. Gothenburg is imo one of the most beautiful cities in Sweden. IFortsätt läsa ”Spring is here”

Knowing Freya. Part 6: Animals

The old Norse religion, as well as much of modern Heathenry, could be quite accurately described as shamanistic. As such, it shares many components that are common in shamanistic spirituality. One of these is the belief in guiding animal spirits and power animals. The fylja, for example, is a personal guiding spirit which takes theFortsätt läsa ”Knowing Freya. Part 6: Animals”

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