A Different Summer In Sweden
August 11, 2020 2:31 PM

It has been a different summer in Sweden this year, as I imagine it has been in many countries around the world. The coronavirus has had a huge impact on how I live my everyday life. But my loved ones and I have remained healthy so far, and for that I am very grateful. Hopefully a vaccine or a cure against the coronvirus will be available soon so we all can start living a bit more freely again. Because, like I said, it has been a different summer in Sweden this year - because of the coronavirus.

Although Sweden has not closed down as much as many countries, we do have a lot of restrictions and recommendationes to follow. Many Swedish summer traditions and events have been cancelled this year. No leaf market or other summer markets have taken place, no traditional Midsummer celebration has occured and no travelling abroad on my part. Having said that, I have still enjoyed my summer at home.

During my four week summer vacation, I have one week left, I have gotten a lot done around my house and in my garden. In fact, it has been quite nice and relaxing to just take each day as it comes. And this week my sister and I are going to take a couple of day trips to a beach and national park in Skåne here in Sweden. Hopefully we will get good weather, the weather forecast looks good so far.

So even though it has been a different summer in Sweden this year, it has been a good summer for me. And I have tried to uphold my usual summer traditions, but in a bit of a different way this year.

Below are some phots of my different summer here at home in Sweden this year. :-)

Persian Barbeque At My Mum's

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Persian Barbeque. I love this! But I have not yet learned how to make it so when barbeque season comes it is my mum who is in charge of the Persian barbeque in our family. In the photo are Kabob Koobideh and Joojeh Kebab, a saffron flavoured chicken kebab (left) and a minced lamb meat kebab (right).


A video from our persian barbeque, I just wish it was a smell video! Beacause that smells crazy amazing!

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Ready, set, EAT! To the right is rice made in a persian rice cooker which makes a hard, delicious crust around the rice when it is ready.

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My plate! :p

Barbeque In My Garden

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This year I bought this cute little mini grill, that I think looks like a UFO. Lol! Not that I have seen a UFO, but I imagine one would look similar to this grill. Hehe.

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Not as fancy as the persian chicken kebab, but I love chicken kebab in all forms.

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Sausages and hamburger are simple, but tastes a bit extra special when barbequed I think.

Ice Cream In My Garden

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I love these moments! A cold, sweet ice cream on a hot summer day in my garden - bliss!

Homemade Langos

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I usually eat my first lango of the year at our traditional leaf market here in Karlskrona, but because it was cancelled this year I decided to make some homemade langos instead.

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Crispy and cooling of a bit.

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My toppings were garlic butter, sour cream, grated cheese, shrimps, red onion and roe. Tasty, but not as tasty as the one I usually get at the leaf market. But it filled my langos craving for this summer.

Midsummer Eve 2020

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My Midsummer Eve was pretty much as usual.

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With pickled herring, new potatoes and sour cream with chives for lunch.

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And strawberry cake for dessert.

One Midsummer Eve tradition we have in our family is to buy the strawberries for the Midsummer Eve cake on the leaf market. Because the leaf market always takes place on the day before Midsummer Eve. Of course there was no leaf market this year, so we, just like everyone else, had to buy our strawberries elsewhere.

And the price for Swedish strawberries was at an all time high this year, 75!!! Swedish crowns per liter - which is $8,58. Normally the price is around half that around this time. The reason for the high price was not the coronvirus though, but the weather. But they can charge almost anything for strawberries just before Midsummer Eve, because strawberries on Midsummer Eve in Sweden is as holy as Donald Duck on Christmas Eve in Sweden.

Home Projects

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I have wanted to paint this rusty pole in my backyard ever since I moved in five years ago.

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This year I finally got it done!

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Same here. I did not paint this though, I just washed it. Because eventually I plan to build a new porch.

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I even climbed up on my roof. Lol!

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To fix this leak, another thing I have been wanting to do for five years.

Rain...

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We have had some sunny days here in Sweden this summer, but actually the month of July has been the coldest one i Sweden for 60 years. Not that that seemed to bother kitty there. He/she just sat out there in the rain like it was no biggie at all - just chillin'.

My Flower Boat

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Now this I like! Those four plants really came to life in my flower boat this summer. :p

Summer Walks In Nättraby

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I love my walks here in Nättraby! And I am probably not the only one, looking at this freeway.

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Feels like a rain forest.

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Funny tree.

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Ahh! My favourite spot on my walk! :p

Crayfish Premiere

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This year's summer season is slowly coming to an end, which means crayfish premiere here in Sweden. So a few days ago my sister and I had our own little crayfish party. :p

A Summer Greeting From Sweden :-)

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Here I am in my garden here in Nättraby in Sweden, where I have spent most of my summer and vacation this year. And although it has been a different summer in Sweden this year, I am very happy with it under the circumstances.

I hope you all also have had a nice summer this year, despite the current status of the world.

Take care of yourselves and each other out there! ♥♥♥

//A.L


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Before And After - Gardening With A Saw
April 15, 2020 12:35 PM

This August I have lived in my house here in Nättraby in Sweden for five years. And I have made a lot of renovations and updates to it. But I never thought about doing what I did a few days ago, until a few days ago. Gardening with a saw.

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Before and after - gardening with a saw.

I was outside in my backyard, just pondering about things and listening to music in the sun. I had recently cut the grass for the first time this year. And there is a spot that is so messy to cut in the grass. For some reason I just started thinking about that spot and how I wished there was a way to remove the grass from there. Because I know there are some nice stones underneath there, and it would make cutting the grass so much easier.

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That is the messy spot I mean, to the right.

I have tried to remove the grass from there before, but the grass was too stuck to the ground so I gave up. But suddenly I thought, hmm! What if I use a saw to cut it from the stones. I have an old saw. I took it out, and yes! It worked! It was hard work, but a lot easier than all the ways I had tried before. And so worth it, cutting the grass is going to be so much easier now - and quicker. Yay!

Below is the result!

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My old saw.

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My wheelberrow to collect all the removed grass.

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I took the saw and sawed the grass sideways between the stone and the grass.

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Grass removed.

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After a few hours. And after I had sawed away the grass I fine tuned it a bit between the stones and then I took a broom to sweep the stones.

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The final result! Yay! Now these stones are called Öland limestone.

The Öland limestone come from Sweden's second largest island, Öland, and are a condensed and bedded limestone whose origin dates back many million years ago. The Öland red and gray limestone has been mined for more than 1 500 years. It has been used as a building material for churches, other monumental buildings and decorations in Sweden and in countries around the Baltic Sea.

I would guess the Öland limestone found its way to my garden in the 70s or 80s when it was a very popular stone to have as a decoration in your garden. And I too think it looks quite pretty, even today. :-)

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Ta da! Good job, Alex! ;-)

Source: Sjöström Stenförädling AB


//A.L


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The Coronavirus In Sweden
March 29, 2020 7:02 PM

The coronavirus has infected Sweden too, just like it has the rest of the world. However, Sweden
's approach to handling the coronavirus differs a bit from most of the countries around the world, or so it may seem. Although I am not infected by the actual coronavirus myself, thank God, the virus still has an impact on my daily life - just like it has on most people around the world I imagine.

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A sign in a grocery store here in Karlskrona in Sweden at the toilet paper aisle urging people to shop with regard. And informing people to limit their purchase of toilet paper to one package per household.

No Bans Or Quarantines In Sweden


Many countries around the world find it hard to understand the approach Sweden has taken to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. For example, we have no quarantines of people in Sweden, except if you are infected of course or have been to certain countries. Day care centers and schools for children in first to ninth grade are still open. Sweden is also very careful about banning people to do things. Instead Swedes are seriously advised to follow the recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden on how to help slow down the spread of the coronavirus.


Why This Approach?

The Public Health Agency holds a press conference every weekday with information about the current status of the coronavirus spread in Sweden and to answer questions from journalists. The person who usually represents the Public Health Agency in media is state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell.


Now I thought that state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell explained it very well why Sweden has chosen this approach in the press conference on March 27th 2020. He speaks about how it has to do with culture. To hear the question from the journalist in english and state epidemiologist Anders Tegnells answer in english, check out the video below.



To read more about the Public Health Agency recommendations to Swedes, go to:
The Public Health Agency Of Sweden.

Another interesting website to check out to see how Sweden is handling the coronavirus is:
Emergency Information From Sweden Authorities.

The Coronavirus In My City


Now I live in a part of southern Sweden where the coronavirus arrived quite late, compared to the rest of the country. In the region where I live, Blekinge, we have about 160 000 residents. In the city of Karlskrona in the region of Blekinge, where I live, we have about 67 000 residents. We had our first coronavirus related death in Karlskrona, and the region, this Thursday. An elderly lady in a retirement home died after being infected by the coronavirus. The doctors could not trace how she got infected by the coronavirus. Hence, the coronavirus has now officially arrived out in the society here in Karlskrona as well.

Number Of  Infected And Deaths In Sweden Until Today

Every day at 2 PM the Public Health Agency report how many confirmed coronavirusinfected people Sweden have and how many people who have died from the coronavirus in total. To be clear, from March 13th 2020 the Swedish health care only test people suspected of having COVID-19 (COVID-19 is the disease caused by the new coronavirus) who are in need of care in hospital and staff in health care and retirement homes. Therefore the number of infected people in Sweden are most likely a lot higher than the reported numbers here.

The numbers for today, March 29th 2020, from the Public Health Agency was:

In Sweden
Infected: 3 700 (+253 past 24 hours)
Deaths: 110 (+8 past 24 hours)

In Blekinge
Infected: 17 (+2 past 24 hours)
Deaths: 0

(I do not know why it says 0 deaths in Bekinge? According to information from region Blekinge we have one coronavirus related death in Blekinge, source: coronavirus in Blekinge.)

About half of the infected people and half of the deaths have been in Sweden's capitol Stockholm.

To see the latest numbers from Sweden go to: the Public Health Agency.

Anders Tegnell Comments On Todays' Numbers

The numbers presented today were positive, accordning to state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell. He says in an article in the newspaper Expressen that the number of people infected have been about the same number in the past three-four days. And that the increase in the number of elderly people infected has stabilized. He also says that the number of people in intensive care has decreased in the past days. Anders Tegnell goes on to say that what we are doing in this country seems to have an effect. Because this looks very different compared to those countries that have been very badly effected by the coronavirus.

Stress And Worry

So how does the coronavirus in Sweden effect my daily life? Well, of course it has added a bit of extra stress and worry in my mind. Mostly because of the uncertanty of it. No one can say for sure how long the coronavirus will effect the world, how it will effect the world in the end, or if/when a medicine or vaccine will be developed to help stop the coronavirus spread.

My Workplace

Luckliy for me I work in a place where I will not have to worry about losing my job and where we can work from home. However, it was only this Friday it was decided that the office where I work at will allow 50 percent of the employees to work from home starting Monday. The rest will have to be in the office.

Probably the decision of allowing people to work from home came so late because we do not have such a wide spread of the coronavirus in Blekinge yet. But I have felt like we were too many people in my office this past week, we are about 250 people who work in the buildning. Everybody eats in the same area and work in open landscapes, not very good I feel if you want to apply social distancing. So I was quite relieved to hear the news this Friday. My boss called me today and asked if I could work in the office three days next week, which was fine with me.

Hoarding Toilet paper

Another big way I notice the coronavirus in Sweden in my daily life is when I go grocery shopping. Swedes got crazy about two weeks ago, when the number of infected people and deaths started to increase more rapidly than before in Sweden. A lot of people (not me) decided to start hoarding cans of food, pasta and toilet paper at the same time. Especially toilet paper! Therefore toilet paper has been hard to find the past couple of weeks in stores, especially bigger packs. So when I went grocery shopping yesterday morning, I felt like I had found the biggest treasure ever when I saw this:

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Big packs of toilet paper. Wow! I don't know if I should laugh or cry because this made me so happy to see.

Going To The Doctor

Also, nowadays before you can go to a district health care centre or a hospital you will have to call to make an appointment. When you call you will be told if you have to go through a tent or not. Because if you have COVID-19 like symptoms when you need to see a doctor, you have to go through a special tent first. In that tent you will see a doctor who will make a judgement on whether you might be infected with the coronavirus or not. Based on that judgement you will be sent to a coronavirus wait room or a non-coronavirus wait room. A good routine I think.

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Two coronavirus check tents outside Lyckeby district health care centre here in Sweden.

The Future

When will this end? I hope and pray, for all of us, that the coronavirus soon will be a distant memory. And that some good will come out of this global crisis. Stay safe. Take care of each other, and yourselves, out there. This too shall pass!

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Me on a walk here in Nättraby yesterday. As long as I keep a good distance from people I meet, this is one thing I can still do that has not changed. Ahh. :-)

Lots of love from Sweden! ♥♥♥

//A.L


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