May 1, 2011 in SWEDEN | Comments (45)


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1 May 2011. Stockholm Kungsträdgården & Sköndal.

Bright day with chill breezes swooping up petals dropped from the trees. Cherry blossoms are still  pink in Kungsträdgården – once the Royal garden, now a place for all.  Quite full of concrete really, but the sweet spring comes to “Kungsan” notwithstanding. Today cameras are snapping in the modest avenue of cherry trees, transformed by frothy pink.  More cameras aim at a foam of pink petals on the pond. Kids play with cherry confetti, lying eveywhere. A Coffee Cow guy with his mobile coffee shop asks brightly: do you want latte? “I think you are good at your work,” I say, admiring his bright cheer, “but I have just had coffee…” (over there in one of the glass walled restaurants lining the park). “Oh I will make money soon,”  he says, “when the communists arrive. They will be marching (to or from) here.”

Just up the road is the chilly heart of Stockholm (Sergels Torg), an unfair blemish in a beautiful city – a sort of place or space that tried to be modern once and still looks like it got left behind. Mostly drifters meet here, and judging by police presence pushers and rogues.

But today is first of May. Its one of those days where people with a purpose actually meet in Sergels Torg. First I see women with flags and signs, showing that feminism did not die yet. Some are very young and beautiful. Feminist sluts (they announce on their streamer) for real freedom – against the alliance (the ruling alliance of centrist and conservative parties). The stirring sound of accoustic guitar and folkish ballads remind me of another Stockholm, another age, a time of idealistic youth dissent and Dylan.

Later its the communist party in the square. Even redder. Well very red – all their flags and signs. The performers now are doing the anti capitalist spiel in racy hip hop style.

Back home in the worker’s suburb of Sköndal, in a little park of sculptures, maple leaves keep bursting sappy green, forest flowers dot the ground, the lake gleams in the distance. Amazing that nature gives blessings still – despite the greater importance of economy and finance, markets and growth, and all the other stuff that those that lead us would feed us above all ..

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    Hi, I worked as a “reseledare”(guide/courier) based i Rethymnon, doing transfers, guided tours and performed problem solving in general for our guests.


  44. Comment by Gillian C Dwyer — May 22, 2011 at 7:55 pm  

    Hi – so nice to hear your voice. Crete was great – its just that I got too many photos to sort thru before putting up the blog. By the way – what did you work as …?

  45. Comment by Göran — May 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm  

    Hi Gillian

    I spoke to Peo yesterday and he told me that you’re off to Crete this thursday. I worked as a tour rep/guide in Rethymnon back 1983 and as a whole I found Crete a rather dull pla ce for young working man. However if you get the chance there are a couple of sights that are a “must”. First off is the Samaria Gorge. It’s an experience hard to describe but to walk through that gorge is an absolutely stunning experience. Proper shoes is recemmended. If you’re into architecture there’s some cool buildings/blocks which is a mixture of muslim/Venetian/Europena style. The mountains with their small villages themselves are worth some exploring but I doubt that you got the time for that.

    Finally, and maybe Peo have told you already, but I’m a pizza fan, and the ones in Rethymnon were very good. Almost as good, if not better, than the Swedish ones. So do you think it might be possible in future articles that you try out the local pizzas? 😉

    Anyway, have a good trip.

    Göran, Peo’s “plastic buddy”

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