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Post by jayen_aitch » Mon Oct 01, 2007 11:56 pm

I just got my days off approved, so I shall get to do my first ever Swedish Christmas... it's very exciting.

We're flying out the day after Lucia and I intend to love every minute.

I also intend to try to make the journey as close to free as possible.

The alternative was spending Christmas alone... this is much much better.

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Post by westgatestreet » Tue Oct 02, 2007 6:32 pm

are you going to carry candles on your head, too?

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Post by humblebee » Wed Oct 03, 2007 10:10 am

How much are your flights costing, J?

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Post by let it ride » Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:39 pm

the candles on your head thing is for celebrating lucia, which is on december 13th. it is only the lucia who wears the candle crown, the other ladies have silver tinsel in their hair instead, and hold a candle in their hands.

Pete: With BA flying from Manchester it's around 100 quid each way, but with Ryanair you can get it lots cheaper.
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Post by westgatestreet » Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:46 pm

Astrid wrote:the candles on your head thing is for celebrating lucia, which is on december 13th. it is only the lucia who wears the candle crown,
ahh my memory.... i like that. each year we have a lucia market here and a few years ago (when i still was in contact with some really nice people from the local Swedish community) we went to attend that thing with the candles.
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Post by jayen_aitch » Sun Oct 07, 2007 10:13 pm

Pete: I'm hoping to score free flights again... but yes, you can do it for £50 if you're okay travelling ry*n**r.

Are you fancying a trip to Sweden? soon If you're over there around Christmas that would be brilliant.

I wish we could get there in time for Lucia, but neither of us has the right schedule for that. I might put candles on Moppet's head.

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Post by humblebee » Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:36 am

We were wondering about Christmas, yeah. There's no fucking way I'm going by Ryanair though.

It takes about a year to get a passport though doesn't it?

I just told mrs h I'd find out about fares. We'll probably just get a self-catering cottage in Castleton.

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Post by jayen_aitch » Mon Oct 08, 2007 6:48 pm

Nah, you can get one in about three weeks... or you can go to Liverpool (and pay a truckload) and get one in a matter of hours.

I encourage you guys to come! We're flying from Manchester on SAS, hopefully on the 14th.

I was going to write something off topic... but I shall take it to the (more relevant) Sheffield thread.

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Post by let it ride » Mon Oct 08, 2007 7:04 pm

Oooh yes, Sweden in Christmas time is GREAT!

They put up an ice rink in one of the big gardens/parks, and you can rent some ice skates for two quid or so, and it's fun fun fun, and great Christmas decorations and htis enormous tree that is donated by this rich family with giant decorations that have little benches underneath so you can sit there and look out over it all, and cosy vegetarian restaurants with amazing views and fun record shops and shops in general.

I can't WAIT to go.
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Post by Contravene » Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:19 pm

Can someone do me a quick translatey...

My art website has just started getting loads of traffic from Sweden, can you give me a "welcome to my website I hope you enjoy it, please come back again I update daily" sort of message in Swedish...
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Post by let it ride » Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:03 am

Sure.

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Post by Contravene » Tue Oct 09, 2007 8:00 am

Cheers Astrid, you're a star

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Post by let it ride » Tue Oct 09, 2007 12:13 pm

You're welcome. Or, really, Varsågod!
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Post by bocken » Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:09 pm

I'm having a Swedish christmas too. Ace! First though we're spending a couple of nights in Stockholm, Astrid, Jonny (or anyone else, even) do you know of any cheap and reasonable hostels? I quite like the sound of this one that used to be a prison: http://www.langholmen.com/indexEn.html. Also looking at http://www.vandrarhemmetzinkensdamm.com ... 2&lang=eng and http://hostelbedandbreakfast-en.sk-1.se/?pid=1 (these are in the TimeOut guide, or something, i think.) Tack!

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Post by jayen_aitch » Tue Oct 09, 2007 7:00 pm

I really want to help, but neither of us really stays in hotels when we're there... but there is a cool looking hostel in a boat if that sounds good.

Jens... Lars Frodo... would probably have some good suggestions as he has stayed in Stockholm hotels a fair old bit.

If you and your Mrs fancy meeting up for fika at some point, do let us know.

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Post by jayen_aitch » Tue Oct 09, 2007 8:05 pm

also... score! I got free flights again.

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Post by bocken » Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:34 pm

jayen_aitch wrote:I really want to help, but neither of us really stays in hotels when we're there... but there is a cool looking hostel in a boat if that sounds good.

Jens... Lars Frodo... would probably have some good suggestions as he has stayed in Stockholm hotels a fair old bit.

If you and your Mrs fancy meeting up for fika at some point, do let us know.
They all seem to be on boats, except for the prison one. I dislike prisons, but at least they don't rock at night (except when Elvis is there), so I might go for that one. I'm sure ficka is very rude in German, but coffee and cake sound perfectly pleasant, so I'll see what I can arrange..

Good work with the flights. Alas due to having to spend lots of money staying in hostels and getting trains to Gävle and so on we've had to sell our souls to Ryanair, and I promised myself I never would again after flying with Lufthansa last time (even though it involved going via Frankfurt).

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Post by jayen_aitch » Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:20 pm

Oooh, I never thought about Lufthansa. I will add them to the "people who I can get to Sweden with" list.

What are you guys doing? Stansted to Skavska?

I also wish I could say I will never fly Ryanair again... but I also know that money is something I tend to lack, and trips to and from Sweden are something I have a need for... and so...

Mmm, I have a change during my flight back to the UK, a couple of hours in Copenhagen... I've not been there before... but I imagine the amount I shall see will look largely like an airport and I will half understand what people are talking about. anyway, that's what I get for flying home on the 26th.

Oh, I heard about the prison hostel. Sounds interesting. You'll have to let us know how that works out.

Crikey, what's Ficka mean in German?

What's Gävle like as a place?

Yeah, let us know if, as and when you fancy fika-ing... we can go to string or for a meal or something.

Oh, I can't wait to be back in Stockholm again. I was thinking just today how much more I like it there than here... To be fair this probably pops into my head on a semi-regular basis.

How exciting.

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Post by jayen_aitch » Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:25 pm

A slice of Daim cake and a nice cup of tea is the perfect metaphor for the blending of the Swedish and English cultures. Discuss.

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Post by bocken » Sun Oct 14, 2007 6:57 pm

Slightly different spelling, but this is what I thought of: http://dict.tu-chemnitz.de/dings.cgi?la ... uery=ficka (see also: my Berliner ex-girlfriend thinking I was some sort of depraved misfit when I told her I was using Vicks vaporub for my cold. It's called Wick over there. I digress). Regarding Daimcake, I've never tried this, although Lisa assures me it's lovely. She doesn't like normal tea though. I'll buy some cake when I'm next in Ikea, I think. I never used to like Daim when I was younger as I didn't like nuts, and I've never tried it since, even though I actually really like nuts these days. I'm a big fan of dill-flavoured crisps though.

Gävle I have no idea about, to be honest. All I know is the big julbocken they erect every christmas, and that someone tries to burn it down each year - I'm actually a tiny bit annoyed as we've booked our train tickets to visit there, and thinking it'd be a typical small town (well, smaller than Göteborg or Stockholm, I mean) figured we wouldn't have to stay long. I've since found out that the Swedish Railway Museum is there. Maybe our tickets are valid on any train.

Skavska's miles away, isn't it. Arse.

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