Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Postcard from Sweden

Back in the UK after 8 days in Sweden!! What a beautiful place!! Sweden is the last known "wilderness" in Europe, a vast country of some 450,000 Km2 (twice the size of UK) , scarcely populated with 9.3 million people, draped in lakes that resemble small oceans and where every other car is a Volvo...

I already knew a fair bit about Sweden, it's politics, quality of life, etc. but still, I was amazed at it's calmness, it's law-abiding motorists, it's fresh unpolluted air despite the fact that Sweden is a heavily industrialized nation, and last but not least, it's coffee. Yes, coffee!!

Never mind the meatballs and lingonberry jam, the great cakes and cookies, the reindeer meat, the beautiful girls and the vast fairy-tale forests, it's the coffee that impressed me most ...(...hummm!?!)

The Swedish people are the world's biggest consumers of coffee and now I know why. I tried dozens of coffees, in cafes, petrol stations, home and restaurants and failed to get a bad cup! Even machine coffee is wonderful !! How do they do it?? Coffee doesn't even grow in Sweden!!!

The day trip to Stockholm was another highlight. I loved this great uncluttered city, bathed by the sea and soaked knee-deep in history. Culture and tradition pours out of every ancient but proudly elegant building in the Old Town, mingling with the unforgettable aroma of fresh pastries and coffee. Tree-lined promenades, parks, bridges,lakes,canals,14 main islands (and 24,000 smaller isles) and the absence of sky-scrapers makes Stockholm the most beautiful city I have seen.

A return visit is a must as there is so much more to see.
Hejda, vackert land... det var ett noje att traffa Madeleine's familj. Ett sarskilt tack till Mormor och Soren ... Kramar till alla.


  1. im glad to hear you liked it! :) too bad your trip was so short, because im in sweden next wednesday, wish i could have met up with you guys! But i guess i'll be seeing you in London instead!

  2. Sometimes we need to hear and read about our land, our fantastic land we called home... Thank you Joe for charing your thoughts and hope you and M will came back soon / Kent o Maria