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Let’s get used to Sweden! – Part 1

Hi There!

When I came to Sweden, a lot of things seemed new to me and it took me a while for getting used to all that, for example, the cars here drive on the right-hand side of the road and the driver seat is built on the left-hand side of the car. But, this may not feel very different if you have traveled to many countries and have been used to this already, unlike me. I mean, I don’t drive here, but it’s weird when you are trying to cross the road and you forget which way the car would come and look on the wrong side 😅🙈🙆‍♀️

In this post, I thought I will list down a few funny and weird things that uniquely characterizes Sweden.

Hej!

“Hej” is not just a word, its an emotion in Sweden. Everyone greets each other with a Hej which is pronounced much like “Hey”. “Hejsan”, “Tjenna” and “Tje” are also other greeting words that you would hear often. It might seem quite amusing when you see the bus driver greeting each and every passenger with a “Hej” when they get into the bus. For me as an Indian, where “Hey” is something very disrespectful to say to a person unless he is a very close friend, the culture of greeting even the professors with “Hej” was definitely a different experience that now I am used to.

The Toilets!

Okay, now this is the surely the top interesting one! Sweden is one the most gender-equal countries and that reflects in their toilets as well. Don’t be surprised if you see gender-neutral toilets around, where men and women use the same restroom. It is very common. But, I am not talking about the gender-neutral toilets here. I am talking about the non-gender-neutral toilets.

Sometimes, the toilets don’t have the symbol in them. It simply says “Dam” and “Herr”. Now if you’re someone like me, who tried to guess what the words could mean and thought “Herr” for women’s washroom then yay join the club of embarrassed ladies! Herr actually means “Mr.” in Swedish and Dam means lady, Damn! 🤣 It can be a fun experience to walk into the wrong toilet and to get weird looks from the actually embarrassed men 🤣😂 I have done that a lot! Oh, they were not on purpose by the way, just so I clarify. 😆

 

The week number

Most of the Swedes dont use the dates, its no more 1st of March, It is the Thursday of week 9. And, your interview letter might ask you, if your schedule looks free during the early week 10 or so. At first, you will be lost, I was too, but slowly one will get used to this. I haven’t started totally adopting the week system yet but I am getting closer for sure, because I see myself using it now and then. At least, it doesn’t piss me anymore. Although I do have to google the week numbers all the time… 😅

Alright, there are more interesting things to this list like the Licorice candy, funny Swedish words etc that one must absolutely get used to and I will continue to write about them in the next post. Until then do a little research about the cover picture if you don’t get it yet. Stay tuned!

Bye Bye

~Sindhu

 

Scrumptious Semlas will not make you fat!

Hey there!

It’s so nice to get back with another post about food. I am truly wondering if I am slowly turning into a food connoisseur. Might as well get me a part-time job to taste different food, who wouldn’t like that! Oh yeah, I don’t eat beef and pork by the way. Haha!

So today, am gonna write about my new found love- Semla! I spend 25 SEK on these almost every day now. These delicious little bundle of goodness is all you need in life! trust me! If you’re someone who likes flavored buns or almonds or cream or all of these, you are gonna be madly and deeply in love with Semla.

Traditionally, Semla is eaten on “Fettisdagen” which literally means the fat Tuesday, which is the last day before the Christian fasting period, Lent. Semla is basically a cardamom flavored wheat bun filled with almond paste and topped with fresh whipped cream. In the beginning, Semla was just a boring bun but then a little more of almond and cream goodness was added to make things interesting and tasty.

I found this really nice article which is so much worth a read if you want to know more about Semla.

The semla – more than just a bun

Since I am a regular visitor at 7-Eleven and Semla is what I always buy these days, I asked the customer service person at 7-Eleven to show me how they make it. She so gladly agreed to teach me how. It is super simple and here are some pictures 🙂

The dough goes into the oven for the magic to happen

A little portion of the top is cut off and is filled with almond paste

Fresh cream topping on the little babies

Finally, the cut portion is placed back and is dusted with some fairy sugar dust

 So that’s how Semlas are made,  pretty simple yet so very delicious. There is also mini semla that cost much lesser and it is definitely worth a try. I usually have it at 7-Eleven, you can try there as well because it is freshly made in the store every day. Special thanks to Atosa Didari from 7-Eleven 😀

Do let me know in the comment section about your Semla experience. 🙂

See ya!

~ Sindhu <3

PS : Yes, of course, they won’t make you fat, if you do some workout 😉