Etikettarkiv: Sweden

Been a while

So, long time since any posts

Yes, sorry for this but life goes on and time flies so what to do as they say in India?

Since last I have been visiting Sweden and both Norrköping and Stockholm on the agenda and this evening I will (in Paris) take my not so petit body to a concert. No time between leaving work and going to the venue. I hate that, I want to shower and change clothes to at least look like a fan of pop… But no.

But going back in time, visited Norrköping to pay my respect to the people in the family grave, it was All Saints Day after all and planned to meet with more people than the once I actually managed to meet up with during two days.

Stockholm, also for 2 days, kind of being Stockholm as always. Just some shopping, a few beers with friends and not so much more. Stockholm is not all that…

But now back in France I hope to be able to post more.

Björn

Soon time for a….

Alors…

So it’s soon time for a “Tunnbrödrulle” in Sweden, a real one, a “the best hang over food ever” rulle.

Maybe the picture of this specific Sibylla kiosk in Norrköping might be the wrong one to talk about Tunnbrödrulle, since this specific Kiosk has a “Grillspett” (or had in the 70s) you can die for… But it will be visited during my time in Norrköping, visit the site again for updates

Björn

A brave idea for Sweden

Let us vote.

As all the world know by now the Swedish election in September 2018 created a chaos and left us elected politicians with no plan and ready to break the promises made to the voters without any second thoughts just so they can rule.

To hear Swedish politicians at the moment… My God, it’s a politic in line with the fantastic UK classic comedy show “Yes Minister” and “Yes Mr Prime Minister” – They are clueless.

SO, since they can’t decide and are willing to sell their souls let us forget the risk of a re-election, no one want that, neither the politicians or the people of Sweden, and do something brave.

We know all people who voted in the election, let them decide by using the amazing little app called BANK ID. The same app who allows Swedes to do everything from logging in to official sites, do their tax return, pay bills and so on…

Use this app for identification and instead of a election just do a Gallup with two alternatives:

  • Do you want a right wing Prime Minister?
  • Do you want a left wing Prime Minister?

And then negotiate after the result from the Gallup. Cause right now when the two candidates who lost the most in the election fight to be the Prime Minister it’s completely ridicule.

And why only the people who voted in the election? Cause they are the once created this situation and must have had an idea if they wanted a left or right wing leader…

I also think such a Gallup can keep up the % of the people who votes cause a new election will for sure not reach any “more than 90%” cause right now politicians in Sweden have lost all their credit with the people…

So let’s gallup

Björn

The miracle of service

Just try to understand why?

I booked Hotel for my upcoming visit to Norrköping and Stockholm but… Only one confirmation email reached me so… Log in again and went to the “contact us” page on Hotels.com

Please look at the question page AND the email received…

So, First the ask a question 1. “For more personal service ask your question”

Then the answer “We cannot answer personal questions”

Say WHAT??????

Björn

When the salary is late

Late…

When something is late it’s never a good sign. Late bus, late train or even the late flights, no good. Late for a meeting, women when the “curse” is late or when someone hand over the really important power point presentation late (second before you need it).

But one thing bugs me a lot, when the salary is late. For heavens sake you had ONE job.

In my case a late pay check means I can’t transfer money in time for my loan, Abracadabra, 50 euro penalty. And do work take care of that? Not likely.

Just bugs me

  • In a Global world when banks have offices all over Europe why cant the same bank in France take over the loan? To save transfer fees for me?
  • Why do the 3 bank day rule exist? If the bank need money there is no three days but transfer does.

Globalization is not for the man on the floor

Björn

Now official

If U not noticed, it’s official, summers over.

Yes, from 30 degrees to what I consider as minus degrees even it it’s not. And the dark dark mornings. Not as bad in Paris as in Sweden when you during winter with no problem at all can miss daylight completely if you have normal office hours. And I said it before, if anytime of the year Sweden need daylight saving it’s during winter, NOT summer.

Björn

Today’s IKEA

You said it’s a what?

I don’t know if I can say I love IKEA, but the facts clear, when your incomes not in the level of people walking around on humongous lawns hitting small balls with a stick or run around together with others on a smaller but still big lawn trying to push a ball into a goal made of three sticks and a net, you need to downsize your furniture budget and shop everything from a sofa to a bookshelf covering a complete wall in flat, brown boxes from IKEA.

And if you not Scandinavian the IKEA catalog is a bundle of joy reading the names of the furniture. As a swede a bit easier, most of the times you know if the name is taken from a city, if it is a first name or just a Swedish word. You get the lingo and try to explain it as much as you can to the poor French man trying to say: “OXHULT” or the Spanish lady’s  “FROSTA”.

But to explain the logic behind the rocking horse, looking like an elk, named “Ekorre” is fu***** impossible. So I let them say Ekorre and say “no, its a make believe word”.

Gunghäst – Rocking horse

älg – Elk (moose) – wapiti

Ekorre – squirrel – écureuil

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Björn

Daylight saving

Maybe the best thing EU ever done

So finally we might get rid of the stupid idea of daylight saving time in Europe. Face the facts, Sweden don’t need it, if anything we need winter daylight saving. And to move the the daylight to appear in the evening during winter one hour is a joke. We need to adjust the “normal” time with 4 – 5 hours. Try that as a project…

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The picture found on internet, please tell me if not allowed to use it

Monday, Tuesday….

When do people work?

OK, it is a fact that the working hours in France in major different from the Swedish one. In Sweden we start earlier to be able to go home before the evenings get to dark, and yes there is as always not applicable to the service sector.

In France you begin later, have lunch later and work kind of forever. Still after three years those facts still makes me wonder how the French have time for anything, but fact is I’m the strange bird here. And after years raise up early and be able to have hours after work to do things is kind of in my genes, I am more productive in the mornings than in the evenings. A situation my more South European co-workers don’t agree with at all. Culture differences raised from the sun raise and set. With the French way of living a Sweden would never see the sun, EVER.

BUT one thing is the same in both Sweden and France.

  • Monday morning, not chaos in the Metro or buses, there are people but as a commuter you do not feel the need to fight for your right to take a place on the commute alternative of your choice.
  • Tuesday, what? Is it a holiday? Why is the Metro empty? Why is it only Japanese tourist? Yes the Japanese tourists start early here in Paris, while Tuesdays in Stockholm have the same feeling but without the early bird tourists.
  • Wednesday, OK, what happened now? Why is all of Paris suddenly on their way to work at this hour? Your choice is to either piggyback or by force rip off your co-commuters backpacks (still one of my favorite French words: “SACK-A-DOOOO”, of course you say it tilting your head and face the moon like a wolf). Why on Wednesdays? And it’s the same in Stockholm.
  • Thursday, more or less like Wednesdays but with some luck depending on the time between buses and metro there are if not empty carriages at least with some room and no need to fight for your life to get on.
  • Friday, not a soul… Empty. And I understand this in Sweden since so many office workers for some reason always feel the need to work from home cause they need to concentrate, ON FRIDAYS. But in France not so many have the possibility to work from home and to believe they by choice start later on Fridays so they can get home later is kind of not a believable option. So what are people doing on Friday’s if not working? Cause the way home is the same if you compare it to other weekdays, not many people on the bus or metro. Maybe people take their car to work on Fridays to get home faster, but since the rush hour in Paris or Stockholm don’t offer the option to get to work or home fast don’t think so.

In any case, it’s a thing Paris and Stockholm have in common and I am equal surprised of it.

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Björn