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Under what circumstances would you cut your hair short?
Either if I knew I was going to lose it through chemotherapy, or enforced conscription.
And Charlie songdogmi wanted to know:-
How did you come to be a frequent visitor to Sweden?
It started with a trip in 1994 which I had been promising myself for years (mainly through having an interest at school, and being fond of the group ABBA.) I went to Stockholm and fell in love with the city, and every time I find something different - this time, the city was blanketed in snow, and the square outside my hotel was covered in a thick layer.
So, here I am in Stockholm again, having spent most of the last 24 hours in the warm company of Patrick, who has a Livejournal, but I can't for the life of me remember what his username is... oh well. Spent last night in a local bar watching the final of the Melodifestivalen, which is the competition to find the Swedish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. To be honest, the winning entry sucked - and not in a good way! Staying the Hotel Rival, a hotel owned by Benny Andersson, which has, amongst many things, a teddy bear in each room! And very warm duvets (essential, as it is somewhat snowy out there at the moment.) The city is gorgeous, under a coat of white snow; parts of the harbour are so frozen, that people are able to walk on the ice from one side to the other.
Today - ritual visit to Skansen, which these days it seems I know better than Patrick for the most part, but it seems that in May, they are to get a couple of Koalas!!! Now, if that isn't an excuse for another visit, I don't know what is...!!!
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Yes, I know, this is my third posting today. Maybe it’s all the hot chocolate I’ve been drinking, or perhaps there’s something in the Vanilla Sauce. I must confess, I have been overdosing on Vanilla Sauce today. Apple Cake this morning; Raspberry Pie this evening. With plenty of Vanilla Sauce (and no, it’s not like custard…)
Anyway, I’ve just been out wandering around the streets of the Old Town (Gamla Stan). It starts to get dark here around 3pm. Not that that’s a problem. You see, the Old Town is best viewed at night; wandering down medieval alleyways, and constantly finding something new. I’ve been doing a lot of that today. I’ll try and take some pictures and post them. I mean, the place is pretty kewl during the day, with a low rumble of people as they bustle by; a mixture of Swedish and English in the air. And street markets, and glögg and pepparkakor being sold on every corner. This morning – a vague whiff of cinnamon in the air. The sound of church bells. It’s that kind of place – infectious. And I love it.
I just wish someone was here to share it with me.
Cow and Chicken have been translated into Swedish.
Mid evening Finnish television invariably decends into vast quantities of people waltzing for no good reason. Go figure.
The chocolate cafe on the main square of the Gamla Stan does excellent hot chocolate.
A reasonable start. Now off to shop...
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And so December sees the koala heaving on a jet plane once again to the land of the vikings. Primary purpose is to do a little "unusual" Christmas shopping; secondary agenda is of course man watching. There's something about cute blond furry Swedish men, which probably explains my frequent visits to Sweden. That, and the meatballs...