Midsommer – celebrate with the nature

I wonder how I missed to write about this splendid festival of Sweden. Swedish culture respects and endures the mother nature.

Midsommer‘- Midsummer in English, is celebrated as a symbol of our harmony with the nature and well-being throughout the year.

The thought of celebrating summer itself is alluring to me. Earlier, it was even connected to Christianity and celebrated on 24th June every year. But now it is declared to be on weekends always and I feel that the spirit is more about celebrating the welcoming sunlight and long beautiful days.

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That was a beautiful spring!

When is the best time to visit Sweden? The obvious answer is summer. Well, I would agree partially..

The amazing nature never fails to surprise me. Each season has its own charm with ever changing landscapes. I am lucky this year to be able to go around and explore the distant areas of my city by car. So now I know, how much the colorful spring has to offer.

I was little unsure how my parents would feel here as they were vising us in mid April. would it be sunny and green? Is it going to be okay with little colder temperatures? But we were quite lucky to get around 15 degrees on average and reaching 24 degrees for a day or two.

Starting from lovely cherry blossoms followed by white floral trees (I dunno the names), the city was getting ready to become a floral bride. The wild yellow flowers adding an additional color dimension to the eye-catching lush green landscapes with red country houses. Parks and house gardens were blooming with colorful flowers some of which I didn’t know earlier. The sunny days were like blessings of sunlight coming from the heaven.

And yes, this year we did have an outing to Stockholm kungsträgården for the charming and mesmerizing cherry blossom. We need to pick the perfect week to see the full bloom. A little early is not so perfect and the green leaves starts coming out if we are late.

Soon it will be the peak of summer..beautiful but with more berries and less flowers.

It was indeed a lovely spring !

Easter celebrations..PÅSK

Spring is that amazing time of the year when everything seems like coming back to life. It is the time when I start awaiting for cherry-blossom. Long Friday is an another event to look forward that comes with Easter celebrations. Sweden celebrates Påsk as per Gregorian calendar which was yesterday, 16th April this year. It was welcomed by light snow showers and cold wind though..

Påskagg and Påskris are visible everywhere around during the Påsklov (Easter holidays)

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Language Passport

via Daily Prompt: Passport

Do you speak more than 2 or 3 languages ? Then this is going to be an awesome information on your CV or resume.

You might have heard about Europass CV and cover letter, the standard format  used throught Europe to do job applications. It is not compulsory to do so but believed to be preferred by recruiters so it is easy for them to find information from standard format.

Moreover, the Language Passport is something you can always use. It is quite clear and structured way  to show your language skills. It is a self assessment tool to evaluate language level from A1 to C2 level. It is clearly defined how you should rate your skills which is standrad throughout Europe.

How to get it?

Go to http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/documents/european-skills-passport/language-passport

Click on Create your Language Passport online and start filling up details. You can later download it in Doc or pdf version. Below is the screenshot and example

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10 Things to know about Swedish culture

Another day of learning something more about Sweden. My visit to Uppsala University was informative and pleasant.

I would like to share a fun video about the very 10 things you need to know about Swedish culture. This was shared during my visit and thought it was worth sharing it for everyone who is trying to integrate in Swedish society.

Source: Eductus Filmer

How I define Iceland- 10 things that I loved the most!

It was only few years back when I did not even bother to see where this small country is located on world-map. My attention was drawn when I read that it has the highest happiest quotient and then saw those unbelievable landscape photographs.

Finally, I was lucky to get a week-long vacation in last August to Iceland. There are hundreds of blogs and articles, travel journals about tourism on internet. So, I have decided to list down the most appealing aspects that defines Iceland in my eyes.

Photo courtesy: Mihir Y. C.

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Sliding on the snow..just begun

I have been boasting about winter fun in Sweden mostly in terms of beautiful nature and festive activities. But now it was the time to try something more than that to get the real feel of snow.

‘Åka skidor’ – this term was something I learned quite early as a result of it popularity as an iconic and expensive sport.

Skiing is definitely has never been in my bucket list until 2016. The interest was built up after listening to the stories of  first skiing experience of my guy; and boosted by doing-nothing-in-dark-days mode.

While I was watching training videos of down-hill skiing, I happened to try Cross-country skiing first. It was easy to rent ski props but kind of funny to carry them in local city bus..haha. while carrying them to tracks, it was like Jerry is stealing Tom’s skateboards.

The first challenge was to stop getting mini panic attacks when the skies are sliding more than expected length. I tried primary technique of cross-country and could get hold on it after doing some 1.5 km. Not to forget that falling down on slope was usual initially, as it was hard to understand if your skies are in parallel positions on uneven surfaces. Experience became more fun in the second round. Big thanks to my partner who made me learn this, though he himself is learning yet.

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Weather plays a vital role so it is important to go there after fresh snow, when the tracks are not icy for the first experience.

It gives immense satisfaction for trying something that gives an opportunity to be one with nature. Downhill is going to be much difficult than this so lets see if I dare to do that.

Cheers!