Lunch with a Sunnite

Lunch with a Sunnite

I had lunch with Shadman, a new acquaintance. I was curious, because he is a sunnite and criticizes without fear the radical islamic group, Islamic State, IS. He was my source in two of my articles. One is a news article about the death of Atta Mahmoud, Sweden-based...
Playful modern crafts in Märsta

Playful modern crafts in Märsta

It was a pleasant day at work today. Among others, I took a look at the new exhibit “Modernt Hantverk”, highlighting modern crafts at Konsthall Märsta.  A set of dresses of earthenware glazes by Agneta Spångberg at the entrance were enough to make me want...
My Swedish Christmas

My Swedish Christmas

Christmas celebration in Sweden comes on the day before Christmas Eve, December 24. It is odd that the celebration is officially started by watching a Donald Duck programme on TV, with the classic Walt Disney film clips. And you have to watch it (or pretend to watch...
Hang up your condoms

Hang up your condoms

A Christmas tree with happy-looking condoms was one of the candidates for the best Christmas tree in Sigtuna 2014. For the past nine years, the hotell Stora Brännbo in Sigtuna has been holding a yearly christmas tree exhibit. I’ve seen and written about several...
NK and its Christmas window

NK and its Christmas window

Every year, the high-end department store NK in Stockholm opens a Christmas window display. People, especially families with children, come to see it. There are four or five big windows, showing moving elves in different settings. It was crowded when we came to see...
Pets’ day at a home for the aged

Pets’ day at a home for the aged

The day’s assignment was to visit Ärlinghems äldreboende, a home for the aged. They  celebrated “Day for pets”. There were heavy North Swedish horses, large Brahma chickens, a 180-centimeter-long boa constrictor and rose hair tarantula, among others....
For the love of a child

For the love of a child

Early morning VIP-shopping at H&M Sollentuna Centrum. That’s where I rushed to from Solna, before going to work in Märsta. I had only 15 minutes to shop, and I bought winter clothes for Tuwa. Two jackets, a sweater and a hat. I didn’t even buy for...
Inspired by a century-old artist

Inspired by a century-old artist

Anna Norman from Märsta is a 103-year old artist who creates wool art. I met her once to write about her involvement in an art exhibit, Konst Nu 2014, at Konsthall Märsta. She would never know the impact she had on me. On that short single meeting, she taught me that...
Kurdish afternoon tea with a survivor

Kurdish afternoon tea with a survivor

Deraan Areb has been blind since he was a kid. His fingers were blown off and his face scarred by a bomb explosion. He is a survivor of the infamous Halabjah massacre in 1988. Saddam Hussein wanted Deraan Areb’s people, who live in northern Iraq, dead. Deraan...
Life in the barracks

Life in the barracks

That life in the barracks in Sweden is a way lot better than the city shacks in poorer countries make me green with envy, in behalf of third world countries. I was here yesterday in the barracks of Magnegatan in Märsta to check out how temporary residents are faring....
The haunted Venngarn Castle

The haunted Venngarn Castle

The visit to Venngarn castle was like a therapy. I’ve been pissed with the gray weather in Sweden lately, but coming to the castle reminded me that even autumn can be lovely. The castle, as it looks now, was built in the 1600s, but it’s way older than...
Jens Hult, Märsta’s pride

Jens Hult, Märsta’s pride

I met Idol-Jens for the first time four years ago. Back then, he was 17, a carpenter who aspired to be a singer. He was ruggedly good-looking sporting a white or beige shirt and a vest. He looked like Star Wars’ Hans Solo. I noticed back then that there was...