I know it’s summer but the ice hockey is still on and since I’m Swedish I might have made a few digs against the Canadians but I love their team as well (so long as they start losing against my team) 🙂
Anyhoo got some nice photos from Bob over at Exploring Winnipeg and beyond to cheer me up after our latest loss against the Canucks so will have to share.
And then we got an famous Winnipeg Jet captain from Sweden.
Winnipeg Jets captain Lars-Erik Sjoberg carries the Avco Cup after the Jets beat the Edmonton Oilers 7-3 to capture the final WHA championship four games to two in Winnipeg, May 20, 1979.
He was the first non-North American born and raised captain in the NHL, wearing the “C” for the Winnipeg Jets during their first season in the NHL. On the Jets he was nicknamed “The Professor” and “The Little General.” He captained the Swedish National Team at the 1976 Canada Cup.
Sjöberg was working as a scout for the New York Rangers when he died of cancer in 1987. To honour him the Rangers each year gives out the Lars-Erik Sjöberg Award to the best rookie in the training camp.
And of course the amazing finn is just kickass.
As we are getting closer and closer to the opening, even though the lovely ladies football has already started which I’m so happy about. Go Sweden 🙂 Anyhoo, why not have a look at what girls are in London for me to gawk at or stalk, so many ladies so little time. 😀 Hope you enjoy the gallery of gorgeous athletes.
Well, I’m back and hope you all had a great weekend as well, 3 days in Sweden for the midsummers party with my family and my German ex and my best friend with me. Brilliant time and if you ever go, go in the summer time. Sexy girls, great good food and superb people.
Stayed at a great hostel in Sweden called Långholmen in Stockholm which is a converted prison but is so cool, you got the bunks and feeling of prison there but in a classy way. Plus there is a nudist beach just 2 minutes from the hotel (see picture below). What more can one ask for.
Anyway, now to start my inbox reading to see what everyone else has been up to… Expect a few reblogs today and tomorrow.
Ok so the Euro 2012 has started and finally the first game for my country has been played (we lost ) but will toughen up and get through it.
So will just do a little a poll between some sexy models between the countries playing:
First up for Sweden is Elita Löfblad vs Olga Kurylenko, who wins you decide…
|Ukraine’s Olga Kurylenko:||Sweden’s Elita Löfblad:|
I do so love this cowboy pose from a previous post
What a way to go American…
Had a Winamp moment when you have it on shuffle and among those thousands of songs in the library it randomly picks one of my all time favourite Swedish songs which I haven’t heard in ages. I just got so homesick when hearing it, aaahhh need to go to IKEA now and cry with a herring and some clothes hangers. I hope you enjoy and an english translation is at the bottom for the lyrics.
Put up the sound (mixed quality), sorry this is the best one with the nyckelharpa included, most only has the singer alone but this was a song made for Asa Jinder on nyckelharpa
This blog poster said this better than me, from Multemusic:
“Av längtan till dig (Longing For You)” is a much beloved song in Sweden and is often sung at weddings.
I suppose some Swedes will look at the headline of this post and think, “Shouldn’t the name on the post be Cajsa-Stina Åkerström (the Swedish singer who made it a hit)?”
No, because that’s not what I want to emphasize about the song.
What some don’t know is that the text for the song was written by a well-known Swedish musician and nyckelharpa player, Åsa Jinder.
I was recently able to find the Swedish text with an English translation of “Av längtan till dig”:
Av längtan till dig
Lyrics by Åsa Jinder & music by Jan Krantz
I en evighet levde jag som om du inte fanns.
I alla drömmar var du ändå nära
så underbart nära,
Och jag trodde jag fann dig, men du var någon annanstans;
Varenda gång jag funnit nån så såg jag att drömmen inte var sann.
Tänk alla famnar jag lämnat av längtan till dig
För jag trodde att du fanns och väntade mig;
Alla dagar jag vandrat så sorgsen och trött
För att möta den vackraste människa jag någonsin mött.
Det var enkelt och vackert, du sa att du väntat mig.
Jag kunde ana att det fanns en himmel
på jorden jag såg den,
Och du bad mig att leva mitt liv alltid nära dig;
Jag följde dina steg och allt jag någonsin drömt om fanns där för mig.
Det finns ingen som lockat mitt hjärta så underbart.
Med all din ömhet får du sorg och smärta
att sakta försvinna.
Alla skuggor, allt mörker som förr var så uppenbart —
Det skingras, och tillsammans ser vi ljuset, som stiger med solens fart.
And the translation:
Longing for You
Lyrics by Richard Hacken
An eternity long I lived as if there were no you.
In all my dreams you were so close beside me,
So wonderfully by me,
When I thought I had found you, again off away you flew;
Each time I found somebody else and saw that the dream clearly was not true.
Think of the phantoms I chased out of longing for you
Till I learned you existed and hoped for me too;
All the days that I wandered with lonesome regret
Before meeting the loveliest person I’ve ever met.
You said simply that you had been waiting so long for me;
Now I could sense a heaven on earth before us,
In heavenly chorus.
And you asked if I’d live my life with you and endlessly;
I followed where you led, and all I ever had dreamt of was there for me.
No one ever has captured my heart as your love has done.
Your tenderness has caused all pain and worry
To melt away smoothly.
All the shadows and darkness with which my life had been stunned
Are gone forever, and we see together the light of a rising sun.
Food wise, well… where I come from we have this delicatessen
Surströmming, Swedish “soured (Baltic) herring”) is a northern Swedish dish consisting of fermented Baltic herring. Surströmming is sold in cans, which often bulge during shipping and storage, due to the continued fermentation. When opened, the contents release a strong and sometimes overwhelming odor, which explains why the dish is often eaten outdoors. A Japanese study has shown that the smell of a newly opened can of surströmming is the most putrid smell of food in the world, beating similar fermented fish dishes such as the Korean Hongeohoe or Japanese Kusaya. But I love it, but you do need a lot of schnaps though for this dish, but that goes for a lot of Swedish food.
I took this to my Norwegian uncle and we actually managed to get the fire department called out to his place because they actually thought it was a gas leak somewhere after complaints from the neighbours.
I think everyone remember her from the Watchmen movie in those leather spandex *drool*
Welcome to Sweden, since I’m a Swedish person I got some insight into the Swedish psyche and as well as living outside Sweden for 12 years gives me even more. You don’t realise it until you go back for holidays how weird sometimes you’re own kind is. I’m from a mid northern part of Sweden, small town with 28’000 people and they all say hello when I come home even if I don’t know them, can’t tell you how much this freaked me out after being in London for a couple of years where no one greets a stranger. You go to your neighbours frequently for ‘fika’ (cup of coffee and cookies), no calling needed beforehand, if you go over it’s custom to offer this. You break this and you’re not longer any swede.
Yes, we do have wonderfully gorgeous girls in Sweden, not all blondes but damn hot that’s for sure. Yes, we are nudists at heart, no one blinks to much if you are in the nudes in the sauna with both genders, it’s natural.
I love Sweden but also would never move back either, I’m too different now.
Some small facts:
Pippi Longstocking is the heroine in the most famous children’s books in Sweden. These books were written by Astrid Lindgren and are loved by children (and adults) all over the world. They have been translated into 76 languages.
When a Swede talks about “the system”, he’s not talking about beating the establishment; he’s talking about buying liquor. Our goverement has the monopoly on selling alchohol for consumption so no off-license here…
Carl von Linné was the first individual to successfully classify all the plants (and animals) of the world into different species and families. He wrote the epoch-making book Systema Nature (The System of Nature) in 1735, which is still being used by botanists and zoologists today!
Every year, Swedes celebrate Midsummer (Midsommar) on the twenty-third of June. On this longest day, in many parts of Sweden the sun never sets.
Your coffee consumption exceeds 6 cups a day and coffee is too weak if there is less than 10 scoops per pot.
You know that “religious holiday” means “let’s get pissed.”
You say “I’m almost annoyed” when you’re as furious as humanly possible.
When someone asks you “Hi, how are you?” you actually take time out to explain how you are.
so from all us Skal ta’ mig faen (cheers)
Today is the Swedish National day, so Swedes everywhere are out drinking, eating, singing and dancing. The drinking is especially important since we can’t dance without it.
Sweden is the biggest country of Northern Europe and the fifth of whole Europe, but the population is just 9 million.
Sweden is sometimes called The land of the midnight sun or The land of the Vikings.
Last but not least, there are no polar bears walking the streets and Swedes normally do not have names such as Helga, Olga and Björn.
<— This beautiful girl is Astrid Lindgren, my all time favourite author of Pippi Longstocking, Barnen I Bullerbyn, Ronja Rovardotter and more…
And now for what you have been waiting for 🙂
A post about sweden without our lovely Victoria Silverstedt can’t be done:
Famous swedish people and groups:
Abba – Big pop group during 1973-1982
Alfred Nobel – inventor and founder of The Nobel Price
Annika Sörenstam – golf player
Astrid Lindgren – writer
August Strindberg – writer
Björn Borg – tennis player
The Cardigans – rock group
Dag Hammarskjöld – general secretary of UN 1953-1961
Greta Garbo – actress
Ingmar Bergman – director
Ingrid Bergman – actress
Ingvar Kamprad – founder of IKEA
Jonas Åkerlund – rockvideo director, most latest Lady Gaga ‘Telephone’ video
Olof Palme – Prime minister 1969-76, 82-86, assassinated
Raoul Wallenberg – saved thousands of Jews from deportation during the world war II
This is actually me in all my glory enjoying my schnapps and herring today.