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One tram change, 11 years of life

The place I work at right now is rather fancy and caters mostly to the upper-class, including the super rich. Like the kind of people who – I kid you not – owns a different luxury sports car for each day of the week. I’d known before that this obscene amount of wealth existed evenFortsätt läsa ”One tram change, 11 years of life”

What is the oldest known depiction of Thor?

Januari is a month when many Heathens pay extra tribute to Thor. In pre-Christian Northern Europe, mid-january would be the traditional time for Yule and blóts were often held in honour of the Deities of the season, among which is Thor. The Yuletide often ended with a feast and a blót to Him. And sinceFortsätt läsa ”What is the oldest known depiction of Thor?”

A happy place

I’ve been waiting for this for a while! Gothenburg’s Maritime Museum and Aquarium has been closed for a few years for renovations and now it has opened again. This is one of my favourite museums and somewhere I like to go when I need to collect my thoughts. Here you can see various boat modelsFortsätt läsa ”A happy place”

A gray day in November

Wandering through the city of Borås in western Sweden. There is so much amazing public art here, these are just a fragment, but they’re two of my favourites.

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”

Hels tröst

Hel har ingen hungerHel har ingen nödHon törstar ej efter värmeSöker icke efter bröd Hon följer bara honomSom blivit människornas vän,Han som heter Hatet,Som icke någon botten har.Han som lever i deras hjärtanAlla nätter, alla dar.Tomheten den växerOch Hel kommer strax efter. Hon sitter vid mitt bordSäger aldrig ett ord.Hon delar mina måltiderFast Hon aldrigFortsätt läsa ”Hels tröst”

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:

Swedish tax agency rules child cannot be named after the Fenrir wolf

Skatteverket, the Swedish tax agency which also for some reason is the government agency which decides what names people are allowed to have (is that a thing in other countries?), has denied a Södertälje couple’s demand to name their child ‘Fenri Sulven’. The two names together sound like ‘Fenrisulven’, which refers to the Fenrir WolfFortsätt läsa ”Swedish tax agency rules child cannot be named after the Fenrir wolf”