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...
The day Mark visited Stockholm

The day Mark visited Stockholm

I was so delighted when Mark, my good old UPLB-friend, visited Stockholm this august. The last time we saw each other was 1987. Then after a couple of years I received a picture of him in a uniform, he was with the US army. Now he’s tired of wars and wants to...
Hornsberg strandpark

Hornsberg strandpark

Hornsbergs strandpark has just turned two years old this spring. It reminds me of a beach park in Berlin, but smaller and less crowded. There’s a part in Berlin where people sit at a park overlooking the waters and observe boats sailing by. Hornsbergs strandpark...
Vertumnus at Skokloster Castle

Vertumnus at Skokloster Castle

Assignment: Write about the summer exhibit at Skokloster castle. And sure, tag your kid along. So what’s new summer 2014? The world-famous painting Vertumnus by Italian painter Arcimboldo will be on focus. The painting of the roman god of seasons with the face...
Hats off to the ladies

Hats off to the ladies

Livetstycket’s collection  is special. The clothes are designed by my friend, and many pieces are sewn by refugees who are capable seamstresses. Livstycket’s fashion show 2014 was held on a nice sunny evening at Tensta Konsthall. A long pink carpet was...
Chinese hotel finally opens

Chinese hotel finally opens

The huge chinese hotel Dragon Gate in Älvkarleby outside Gävle is finally opening summer 2014. After ten years and 200 million crowns in investment, according to Upsala Nya Tidning. I brought my aunt there in January 2011 when she visited from the Philippines. There...
Colorful showers of May

Colorful showers of May

  May is a lovely time to come to Sweden, except if you are allergic to pollen – although there are tablets that can help against allergies. Flowers with different colors, shapes and sizes are in bloom. The fantastic thing also is that flowers that bloom...