Newly learnt art- berry picking

Already,  it is a time to bid good-bye to summer. We see the signs of early autumn due to a dry season. I was happy to have comparatively more sunny days but definitely not a good news for beautiful flora and fauna.

Something we did this year was our long-lasting wish-berry picking!

This was not a good year for strawberries (Jordgubb in Swedish) because of a sudden cold weather in the starting of the season. One can fins farms that allows self-plucking on internet or local newspaper. The search keywords can be ‘självplock’, ‘plocka bär’ etc.  But we were late for strawberries by the time we found a farm and plan something 😦

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Västkusten-Swedish west coasts..Next on list

It is nearly 2 years in Sweden now. And yet looks like there are many things left to explore. Västkusten aka west coasts of Sweden is one of them. It is hovering into my mind since two days-first a small talk with my guy and then Instagram feed showing up pictures of the same area.

I have been to Gothenburg once for a short day trip and honestly the smell of the area is different. Looks like people are more enthusiastic, more colors in surroundings and a feel of livelihood. additionally, I would love to explore a vast area of islands , biking and may be try kayaking, visiting Lesiberg amusment park.

Here is a glims..

Some useful links:

http://www.vastsverige.com/en/

https://visitsweden.com/west-coast-archipelago/

Hoping to plan it soon..

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