Sing-a-long @ Skansen

Today is Tuesday and another rainy day. I worked till 3PM and came back home and talked on Skype with my friend Rebecka, who is an au-pair in New York this year. She arrived two days after I left America, but we got to see each other before she left. I'm so jealous, she is experiencing all the fun stuff I did last year. I like to travel, see new parts of our world. I think it's interesting. Anyways, I'm glad for her that she lives in a good family.

Now to what I wanted to write. Every summer the public television company, SVT (Swedish Television) has a show called 'Sing-a-long at Skansen', which is kind of a open-air concert on Djurgården outside Stockholm in a zoo. They have one show every Tuesday in the summer and today was the first time this summer. It was crowded, as usual. There are always over 10 000 people standing i the audience and most people have small books with traditional songs that artists can choose to sing. Then they go out in the audience to let people sing a part of the song in the microphone. Sometimes they can be good, but sometimes not... I was there last year one time. It was cool and here are some photos from back then (date and time are not correct...):




Here is funny clip from the show seven years ago with an artist called Carola. Sometimes she can be a little crazy, like this time. She just threw a plant out in the audience. I felt sorry for that woman in pink that got it all over her.


A New Chapter in My Life

My exchange year in an American high school is over and it was way better than I could ever imagine!! I'm thankful for all the people that made my ten months in Colorado the best ones!

I came back to Sweden last Saturday. It was rainy and cold - the opposite of Colorado wheather! The first couple of days were hard. Everything was so different. It was easier to say goodbye in August last year to my family and friends than now. I knew that I was going to see all my Swedish relatives ten months later, but when will I see my American family and friends? I tried not to think about it before I left Colorado, but now it hit me. I'm glad I have Facebook and Skype, it helps a lot!

I have now been in Sweden for over a week and my jet-lag is gone and I feel that I'm up to date with everything around me. The candy has been more expensive though, I get so mad when I see all the prices. Where does all the money go? However, it was weird to use Swedish money again, I mean, no coins! Another new thing is all the codes I have to learn again to my credit cards. In Sweden, we use a four-didget-number when we pay with our credit cards. I guess it's more safe that way?

Two more months to go before school starts again. Senior year. Finally. I'm stoked! It's going to be awesome!

I have decided to keep this blog, even though I am not an exchange student anymore. I keep it to update my American family and friends with things I'm doing in Sweden. There are many differences between our countries - I promise! Therefore, I will write all my posts in English.

Let's begin, what have I done since I arrived at Arlanda Airport in Stockholm last week? I have met my family and many friends. I have worked one week at the pool as a swim instructor. It's fun, but exhausting! On Friday we celebrated Midsummer, when the sun is shining the longest time of the year. I actually went down to the May pole we have in our neighborhood, but left after a couple minutes, because it was crowded and the actual celebration was over. If you want to see a real Midsummer celebration, you should go to Dalarna, a part famous for their painted wood-horses called 'Dalahäst' and different sausages (especially the most famous one, 'Falukorv').

Another very Swedish thing is that Uppsala got its third H&M-store last year - next to IKEA! Very Swedish.

I have also noticed many things I never saw before I left Sweden in August last year. Swedish people can be very... rude. Like this time a couple of days ago. A man and his child were going to pass me, but I had move from where I stood and worked because they couldn't pass me if I wouldn't move. I said "sorry", in America the other person would say "oh, it's okay", or maybe even "I'm sorry". This man didn't say a word and just looked irritated. I mean he could have taken another way, I was there before him! I'm such a whiner. Another thing is that there are Volvo and SAAB-cars everywhere. I'm not kidding. They are everywhere. I knew they were common, but not that common.

Finally for all my Colorado-readers, I heard you got rain in Fort Collins today (Monday), good news! I hope the whole fire will be contained soon (and all the other ones in the state)!

This song is so far my favorite Swedish song since last Saturday. The group is from Uppsala (my hometown) and the song is called Disguisting by The Face.


I'm home...

I'm home now. I made it home safetly and the weather is cold and rainy - the opposite of Colorado!

It's nice back home but I miss Colorado so much!! I can't believe I have been gone for almost a year!! It went by too fast! Miss you all!


Hela skogen står i lågor...

Branden som startade igår är den största på 25år. Det som oroar folk mest här är att den är nära Fort Collins, 20 miles bort.


Road Trip in Colorful Colorado

Först. Du som kommenterade det förra inlägget, skicka ett mail till mailto:h.ocklind@gmail.com">h.ocklind@gmail.com så ska ska jag svara utförligare på dina frågor. :)

Nu till ämnet. Jag åkte på en tredagarsresa med min underbara värdfamilj i onsdags. Ner till sanddynorna, sedan den historiska järnvägen mellan Du rango och Silverton och sedan Black Canyon Nat. Park. Kul!

Imorse började det att brinna uppe i skogen utanför Fort Collins. Tydligen en av de värsta bränderna någonsin i countyt.


San Francisco!

Hola amigos! Ja, så skulle man kunna konversera här i Kalifornien. På vissa McDonalds-restauranger är menyerna på spanska pga. den stora immigrationen från Mexico.

Idag var vi i San Francisco. Vi åt lunch i USAs största Chinstown, tro mig - det var som att vara i Asien, allting var på kinesiska och nästan alla var av asiatisk härkomst. Många homo-flaggor var uppsatta också, men vi åkte aldrig in till "the Castro", området där många är homosexuella.

Staden var nice! Jag hoppas att jag kan åka dit någon mer gång!


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