Sweden’s Second Best

As we head towards this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, I’ve been keeping up to date with all of the different national finals. Last weekend, Australia chose “Don’t Break Me” by Montaigne. “Fair enough”, I thought to myself, though I much preferred Casey Donovan’s song, which I thought was more anthemic, and had a stronger performance. […]

Movie Weekend

My mind was taken back this weekend, to my last visit to Stockholm in 2017. In particular, to Gröna Lund, the amusement park on Djurgården, located on one of the central islands of the city. Swoon Although you would normally associate the idea of an amusement park with a story that is light and fluffy, […]

Swedish National Day

A few months ago, a friend and former colleague sent me a “Thankyou/Swedish Care Package”, which consisted of some famous Swedish confectionary – Daim and Bilar – along with some yellow and blue balloons, and some Swedish flags (to be used at a Eurovision Party). As I never had or went to a Eurovision Party […]

Swedish Class

Like Sydney, Stockholm is a city under construction. In Sydney, it’s the light rail; in Stockholm, it’s the development around Slussen. I noticed this first two years ago, the last time I visited Stockholm, hoping for a break from the construction in Sydney https://jamesobrien.blog/2017/05/19/stockholm-under-construction-2/, only to find the same thing was underway in Stockholm. From […]

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