Fabian Schmid recently wrote to me about his new documentary series Fika: to have coffee which explores the magical Swedish tradition of taking time out to enjoy a coffee with pastry. I really liked his presentation and wanted to share it here with my readers.
Since my own arrival in Sweden, fika is something I’ve come to embrace nearly everyday – often at my favorite writers cafe – sometimes alone, sometimes with friends. It has its own kind of varying personality fika does – in the summer sitting at an outdoor cafe, in winter cozied up with blankets (the blankets are usually provided by the cafe) and candle light, the lovely welcome of spring time when all the Swedes wake up and turn to the sun, and in the autumn sipping an espresso watching the leaves turn to gold.Read More»
Today, the city of Gothenburg seems so normal, and yet it’s not. People make their way through busy streets already decorated with Christmas lights and ornaments. Buses come and go. Shops and businesses are open as usual and the authorities advise people to go about their everyday life. And yet, the daily newspapers splash headlines of terror. An increased police presence is felt at Nordstan, Central Station, and on every street corner. News is quietly discussed among commuters on buses, trams, and in gatherings at local coffee shops.
For the first time in its history, Sweden finds itself living under a high terror alert. Last night’s press conference revealed that Säpo was hunting a suspected terrorist, according to head of security, Director General Anders Thornberg. The threat level was raised to “high” – a level four category out of a possible five. This means, according to Säpo, that the “probability that players have the intent and ability to carry out an attack is high”.Read More»
In the wake of Friday’s attacks in Paris, Europe finds itself under a cloud of anxiety and great concern. Trepidation is almost palpable as I walk the streets of Gothenburg under gray skies. News reports – all of them writing about terrorism and the possibility of local threats – are not just writing hyperbole. This is our new reality.
“There is a risk of attack in Sweden,” Sirpa Franzen, press officer at Säpo (Sweden’s security service) told Göteborgs Posten today. “Our most important job is to ensure that something can not happen and that we soon discover if anything is going on. This is work we must never let go.”
News this weekend has alerted the residents of Gothenburg to some startling facts.Read More»
I try to capture images which tell a story. That story might be an emotional story, or the story of a place, or person. Over the last three years in Göteborg, I’ve captured many beautiful images – flowers, architecture, people, city scenes. I endeavor for my photography to have a certain aesthetic appeal, and this has often translated into showing beautiful Göteborg.
But the city of Göteborg can be a lonely place. I believe that any city can feel this way – regardless of a person’s mindset. But I think it can be especially difficult for expats who often find isolation from friends and family to be nearly debilitating. Göteborg is, after all, a city where just making eye contact with a stranger is frowned upon. For many months of the year, it is dark and it is rainy.
“Every day’s a endless stream of cigarettes and magazines”
Every city has a dichotomy of good and bad, bright and dark, lovely and gritty. I rarely show the gritty, lonely side of the city in which I live. Not because I think the images don’t maintain a certain aesthetic standard, but because I fear that the images might be too private for public consumption – they might tell my story.Read More»
Flipboard is a fantastic little app that you can download for your smartphone or tablet. They have recently made the platform available online as well, and I recommend that you swing by and take a look. I’ve been using Flipboard for some time now, and have put together several digital magazines – one which I think might be especially of interest to the readers here at 2sweden4love.
As a writer and a voracious reader, Flipboard allows me to organize news, articles of interest, and resources for work in one place – I love that. You can create your own custom interest magazines and “flip” articles and images from anywhere on the web using their +flipit widget for your browser – create specialized topics for home, garden, news, technology, lifestyle … whatever suits your fancy. You can choose to make your magazines public or private.
I have created a magazine called “All Things Swedish”. It contains news from Sweden, design, art, architecture, food … all things Swedish. Join me over there and keep up to date on daily news events and culture.
I’ve created additional magazines too – The Writer’s Corner, Art and Design, Home Style, and Health and Mind. You can follow all my magazines here.
Writer/photographer Lisa Mikulski. Available for print or online publications and business in the Nordic region, Europe, and the U.S. Editorial, features, marketing copy, and public relations. Contact me here or at lisa @ 2sweden4love.com