First of all, a big THANK YOU to all of you who participated in my Swedish giveaway! The total number of comments ended up at 22. And it has been a lot of fun to read them all. I especially love that there are commentators from all over the world!
Moving on to my drawing. I had decided to post a video of it, but then I thought - hey why not do a live broadcast? I found Ustream, created an account and bam, here is a recording of my live broadcast earlier today. I choose to do an old school drawing :-)
And, the winner of my Swedish giveaway is....ta da - Luke! Congratulations! Here is Lukes comment:
"1. I live in Jakarta, capital city of Indonesia
2. Living in a metropolis of over 20 million people in South East Asia, in a city clogged with traffic, people and litter, where there is almost no parks or places for people to sit or go other than a shopping mall, I have found a haven of peace and tranquility and fresh air at the Marina in the old part of the city. The marina is surrounded by the old city and the harbour next to it is full of wooden schooners loaded with everything you can think of and they sail to every part of the country.
The view is into the sea and of boats and in the far distance, the thousand islands another tropical island paradise.
The marina is always quiet and friendly with great food and when I am there, the noise, dust and grime of Jakarta vanishes. It is my private escape"
In Sweden we have a countdown to Christmas, which starts four Sundays before Christmas Eve. And it's called Advent. Advent first, second and so on. This countdown is marked by lighting a candle in an Advent candlestick each Sunday.
Growing up we always ate rice pudding - risgrynsgröt (like a porridge) on these Sunday mornings in my family. And of course this is something I still do, like an obsession. Or perhaps I should call it tradition, LOL!
Here is my bowl of rice pudding I had this morning, topped with cinnamon and sugar. Usually you have milk with it as well, but I prefer without. The rice pudding can be eaten hot or cold. And behind the bowl is my Advent candle stick with the first lit candle.
Another Advent tradition is to have Advent stars and candle sticks lit in your windows. In the left pic you can see how I have decorated my window. The right pic is of my neighbourhood. In this pic you can see how almost every window have these decorations, even though they look tiny, hihi. And now that our Advent season has kicked off, it's time to buckle up, hold on tight, and don't let the stress bugs bite :-p
Advent is Latin and comes from the Latin word "Adventus Domini" which means "coming of the Lord". Today's Advent celebration is a phenomenon that emerged during the 1900s. Advent stars, Advent candles and Advent calendars became popular in the 1930s in Sweden. Source:nordiskamuseet.se
If you want to read more about our traditions during December, and how I celebrate Christmas - CLICK HERE.
This is something I love about snow, I can so clearly see where all wild animals have wandered. Usually when Lisen is sniffing around and pulling me in all kind of directions, I have no idea why. Now I can see why :-) Not that that makes her sniffing marathons more enjoyable for me though, LOL!
In the pics above are some footsteps we have encountered yesterday and today. And then one pic of Lisen shaking her booty, lol! I just had to post that one :-p
The first snow has officially landed in Lyckeby, Karlskrona. And not in a soft, calm manner. But with the forces of strong winds and freezing cold. It is now winter... Unfortunately for me I have not yet changed my summer tires to winter tires, so no driving tomorrow. Oh well, when the snow has settled, it is actually quite nice :-) Maybe I'll throw some snowballs at Lisen tomorrow, lol!
I have added a new comment feature, you can now comment on each post. I still have my cbox a bit further down. I would love to know what you think about this way of commenting. It's probably how it works on most blogs. I just don't like that you have to be moved to another page for it to work...But maybe it's better than just a cbox? Click on "Add comment to this post" below to try it out :-)
I thought it would be fun to have a giveaway, my first by the way. But I wanted to add my own twist to it, therefore I chose to make a little mix of typical Swedish products as the prize. And, I have also made a special personal gift for the winner.
The winner will receive:
- Cheese slicer
- Butter knife
- Salt liquorice candy, two different kinds
- Another popular Swedish candy, Ahlgrens bilar
- An ornament of our traditional Christmas goat, which is a typical Scandinavian Christmas ornament made of straw
- A postcard with motives from my hometown Karlskrona
- Swedish crispbread, knäckebröd (not the entire pack though, but a few pieces)
- Swedish ginger bread (not the entire pack though, but a few pieces)
- And my personal gift of course
My personal gift, a piece of Sweden
Whenever I'm abroad, not always, but sometimes I pick my own souvenirs from that country. For instance, I have a bottle of water from the Nile, sand from the Sahara desert, a piece of the Berlin wall (I bought that one) and so on. And because my question for you in this giveaway is to tell me about your favourite place in the city you live in, I thought it would be perfect to pick a few items from my favourite place in my city. Which is what I did today, and then made a little card with it.
Moving on to the most important part, how to win these prizes! Simply answer the questions below in a comment below in the comment section. One comment per Ip. I will then randomly pick one winner on Monday November 29.
1. What city and country do you live in?
2. Where is your favourite place in your city? And why?
My answers 1. I live in Karlskrona, Sweden
2. My favourite place is a special spot in the forests of Rödeby. (And why) Because I never run into anyone here, except moose's, roe deers, foxes, hares and other wild animals. I love the calm and closeness to nature here, it always relaxes me :-)
Good luck everyone!
And welcome to my first giveaway! Yihaaa!
Wet, pondering doggy walk November 21, 2010 1:50 PM
First of all, I am glad to have Lisen back home with me again. Because I've been working a lot lately she has stayed at my mums during the week. Hopefully next week will be a bit calmer so she can stay home with me :-)
Like most of this week, I woke up to a rainy and grey morning. And because Lisen has been sleeping most of the weekend, she doesn't sleep very well away from home, I've been taking a bit shorter walks than usual with her. Today I thought a little walk in our local forest would be a perfect Sunday refresher.
And here are some pics from today. Lisen seemed to have a lot on her mind... Looking around and pondering.
Now she is, yet again, sound a sleep next to me in the couch. I don't know, maybe her age is starting to show more and more (she turns 10 in March 2011). Or it's just this dark and gloomy season that affects her? Whatever it is, she sure sleeps a lot...
Salt like candy November 18, 2010 7:23 PM
My absolute favourite candy is salt liquorice! And I love mixing salt with sweet. Like eating salt liquorice candy and chocolate at the same time, or salty chips and chocolate. Yum! What I have realized though, is that it's quite difficult to find salt liquorice candy in other countries, outside of the Nordic ones. Which made me curious of what everyone elses favourite candy is? And if it's perhaps a kind of candy that is typical for your country? Feel free to share in my cbox :-)
Here is a pic of some pieces of my yummy salt liquorice candy, which I'm currently gorging on.
And a big bowl of my favourite "lösgodis", which means "loose candy". Which in turn is candy you pick from boxes into a bag and then weigh and pay for.
This is the sort of candy I usually choose. As you can see, a lot of salt liqourice and chocolate :p
Breathe November 15, 2010 10:32 PM
I forget to do that sometimes... It's been quite hectic lately, with work, websites, and all in between. And I know that it's completely useless to do something if I'm not present and in the moment. So I try to stop myself when I feel like I'm doing something just to get it done, and breathe for a few moments. It helps me refocus and relax a bit, until I need to stop myself again, again and again. Haha, no it's not that bad.
But I have tried to slow down a bit today and not stress out over everything I want to get done. I also felt like the theme "Stress management" would be fitting for my favourite blogs this week. You can check out my choices HERE.
And finally these photos. They are from my time in Australia (an amazing country which I love!) and represent something that always have the power to calm me down and put my life in perspective. Nature!
To see more photos from my time in Australia, go to Phototalbum in the menu above.
It's all about booze! November 13, 2010 5:12 PM Updated: November 14, 2010 5:53 PM
I know that in many countries you can buy alcohol pretty much 24/7, but not in Sweden. So I thought I'd share how important it is to plan ahead if you want to buy alcohol in Sweden.
The only chain of stores in Sweden where you can buy alcohol exceeding3.5% in alcoholic strength is Systembolaget. Systembolaget is a state-owned company with monopoly to sell alcoholic beverages in Sweden. Systembolaget has limited open hours, closed Sundays, in some citys open on Saturdays until 1 or 3 pm and during weekdays usually open between 10 am - 6 pm. To buy alcoholic beverages exceeding 3.5% at Systembolaget you must be 20 years old. However you are allowed to buy all sorts of alcohol, and drink of course, at pubs and restaurants from the age of 18.
If you want to read more about the origin of our Systembolag and alcohol regulations, visit THIS LINK
The pics below are from Systembolaget closest to my home here in Lyckeby. I went there today to buy some beer for tonight, yum! I mean, it is Saturday after all :-)
And because alcohol is quite expensive in Sweden. Many Swedes, including me, love to take bus trips to Border shops in our lovely neighbour country Germany (where it's a lot cheaper). Below are some pics from such a trip me and my sister went on last year. The city we targeted was Puttgarden, Germany.
I'm curious, what do you think of our booze rules, hehe? And how does it work in your country? Are there any regulations regarding alcohol?
Have a lovely Saturday! Cheers! ;-)
Add your link to my blog today November 10, 2010 2:34 PM
I've been getting a lot of link requests lately, which is great! But it takes a lot of time to review and answer all of them. So when I found this cool tool I thought it would be a prefect way for you all to add your link here! It's called Linky tools, maybe you have heard of it before? It's a free and fun tool that allows visitors to add their link, and a thumbnail, to your blog quickly.
And if you are looking for more free one way backlinks, I also have a link directory where I offer three free one way backlinks. If you are interested go to mymagiclinks.com and add your link.
I hope I have given you some help in your search for backlinks? And to add your link here, just follow the instructions below.Enjoy :-)
All Saint's day and/or Halloween? November 7, 2010 11:57 AM
Yesterday it was All Saint's day in Sweden, a day to remember those who have passed away. In the olden days it was believed that in the summer's end and beginning of winter the dead returned home and needed to be guided by candles and bonfires. Which is why we on this day light candles, decorate, and watch over relatives' graves. In Sweden All Saint's day is a public holiday. And I think All Saint's day is international, but I'm not sure?
But because it was only a few years ago we started to celebrate Halloween in Sweden, I always find it confusing to know if All Saint's day and Halloween are celebrated on the same day? Although it does seem like Halloween celebrations took place last weekend, at least in other countries. Still, I don't quite get the difference between them? Hm...
How about you? Do you celebrate All Saint's day and/or Halloween in your country?
Fall for you November 4, 2010 2:40 PM
Is that me? November 2, 2010 10:17 PM
This is Diva, my sisters dog. A few weeks ago when I connected my computer to the TV, I had this pic as my background (still do). And as soon as Diva saw it pop up on the TV, she ran straight to it. What I find interesting is that she immediately ran to herself in the pic, not Lisen. Which makes me wonder if she understands that it is her in the pic? But I guess Diva is the only one who knows the answer to that question :-)