Thursday, May 04, 2006

Getting Started

This blog serves two main purposes, Firstly it's place I come to rant, rave and moan about living in Sweden - a sort of a mental sauna where I can let off steam.

Secondly, it's to remind myself that Sweden actually has a lot of wonderful qualities, infectiously friendly people, great food (if you like herrings) and stunning natural scenery. OK, so it snows for five months of the year and gets so cold your skin actually freezes, but then you can't have everything can you?

So if you're a Swede (or like me married to one), then please don't take anything I write too seriously.

If you do take offence remember that I live in Norrland, so the chances of finding me are extremely remote.

I always love to get your feedback, so remember to send in your comments!

19 Comments:

At 10:48 pm, Anonymous frisky said...

I love your Marmalade Communications website. It makes me want to go make some toast! How's business?

I also really like your blog. What a great idea. I just started a blog a few months ago, and I feel like I need a theme as it feels kind of random. And since it gets me writing regularly, it would be nice if it could be material I could use one day. It seems like your entries/essays could evolve into a book, a la Bill Bryson.

Deirdre in Gothenburg

 
At 12:16 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howzit, how are you? defrosting still?
Enjoyed your items! Having moved around a bit I know how you feel.

I am Paul, writing from Benoni, South Africa, having a max of 22 c as we roll into winter time...as we get into real winter weather we get 0 minus a copule of degrees for wind chill factor, and max's of about 15, occasionally down to 10...

Once it was so cold, that a shopkeeper called out the fridge repair, it was warmer in the room freezer, 3 c...

when I first arrived here from tropical Beira, Mozambique, i went to school with my winter pijamas under my full school uniform, that is a jersey and a blazer!

proceeded to take it off during break, to the puzzeled looks of the other guys...

I am interested in christian newspapers and magazines in Sweden, if you can give me a few websites I will appreciate it; or even some other personnal bloggers like yourself, that will be great.

God bless you with an inner fire that no blizzard can drown ( hahahaha ), and by the way, I have posted a couple of pictures on webshots.com, tab community, find member 'gmmsabino', enjoy,

chau!

( I am not sure if i am supposed to complete the username and password? );

-this does not seem to be working properly, my e-mail is paulogill@telkomsa.net

 
At 1:38 pm, Blogger Dad said...

Well Mr semi-Swede am proud to know you. I did take on the highest point in Holland, but that was in a car. Remember the words of that great song "I saw the cresent but you saw the whole of the moon" Go and do it and enjoy.
Dad

 
At 1:38 pm, Blogger asiatown77 said...

Hey man, I just wanted to tell you that this is a great blog. It doesn't have that auro of permanent manic-depressive alcoholism I prefer but hey, it's special in it's own way. If you ever want a job teaching hyperactive, odorous malicious Asian boys, look me up. If you can hook me up with a gig in Sweden, look me up. I have an EU passport, so no problem there. Take care man.

 
At 4:58 pm, Blogger Lotta said...

Hi there!

Really enjoyed reading your blog. And I don´t take offence. Yeah, I am Swedish but have for the last six years been living in the UK. I think I can see things both ways. We are moving back to Sweden in August, which will be strange for all of us, not least our daughters who are born here. Have added your blog to my favourite-list, so will be visiting often.

 
At 12:47 pm, Blogger Dad said...

D Please let all us unSwedish people know what Lagom means??
Dad

 
At 3:22 pm, Blogger Darren said...

Keep getting spam comments, in case you're wondering why I'm deleting entries....

 
At 3:06 pm, Anonymous Markus said...

Want to earn some cash? then go.....
Whooops got a bit carried away there!
Great blog, taking the mickey out of Sweden is something more people should be doing.
Keep the funny stuff coming!

 
At 1:44 pm, Blogger Kontorsmyran said...

Keep writing, this one is really good! Its always a great fun hearing what other people think about Sweden and swedish stuff.

The best part is that my best friend (english) seems to notice and comment the same things you are.

Anyway, keep on the good work, this one gets a link on my blog!

 
At 1:18 am, Blogger Curiosa said...

hej hej,

from a fellow anglo-saxon (okay, a yank) in sweden. glad to know i'm not the only one blogging the swedes.

 
At 11:58 am, Blogger leone said...

Your last post - 'Thursday May 4th' -it had me in blind panic and hangover induced hysteria (I thought I'd missed a couple of relatively important meetings). Now that woke me up!

 
At 12:22 pm, Blogger Darren said...

Sorry Leone,
I can't think of any other way of keeping the 'intro' at the top of the page...
I'll change it to some time in 2007 to avoid any further heart attacks.

 
At 4:01 pm, Anonymous Das Educated Ninja said...

I love your blogg.
Living in the north of sweden myself I recognize all the wierd shit that's happening here, tough I have an occasional laugh at british people not standing cold too well and many other things.

Fermented herring sucks big time.

 
At 11:37 am, Blogger bfg said...

Where'd you go Darren? Did you get eaten up by a can of surströmming, get carried off by a swarm of mosquitoes or some other mysterious Norrland affliction?

 
At 10:29 am, Blogger Adion Allain said...

Well I sympathize with your plight living in Umea. I thought that living in the sunny south of Sweden was bad enough. It’s a good idea to write about the way things are here better than letting it all get to you and going into a post office one day and shooting it up. I got to your blog by way of your beer article here in Sweden. Very true and you being British it probably drives you nuts. If I want to go out for a beer, I have to go to the pizza place, and I am probably the only one there! But there is always Friday and Saturdays where we are all allowed to get as pissed as we want, right? Keep writing about your lagom life and I hope it gets you to the spring finally.

I was in London last month and it was 15 degrees, sunny with everyone in shorts and t-shirts. Then I got back to Sweden, felt like going back in time.

Take care and good luck!
Adion

 
At 3:09 pm, Blogger Helen said...

Hello,

my boyfriend and I are both from Leicester, and are about to move to Skelleftea in the next few weeks to work as geologists. I've enjoyed reading your blog! I'm nervous but excited about moving to Sweden. I'm also a bit concerned about not being able to pop to Oddbins on the way home from work, but I'm sure we'll manage! Thanks for the insight :D

 
At 11:21 pm, Blogger Graham said...

I have trawled the Net to get as much info on Sweden as I can get and your blog is a great idea, my reasons for leaving a comment are two-fold, I own a House in Jorn (Just outside Skelleftea) and coming from the South of England I can empathise totally about your thoughts on first visiting Sweden and then taking the big leap!
Great Blog
Keep it up!

Graham (Winchester)

 
At 5:23 pm, Blogger sapphire said...

I guess the site is no more? :/

 
At 1:27 pm, Blogger Darren said...

No, I'm afraid not, although I am blogging about one of my favourite subjects - beer - at www.beersweden.se
Same kind of humour but with alcohol.
Hope to see you there!
Darren

 

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