It’s strange to be back in Sweden in the “middle of the term”, I usually return in the summer or for xmas… Everybody’s working, I don’t even have any friends on maternity leave this year (except for E in Stockholm, but she’s 600 km from me) and even my grandmother is too busy! Tomorrow she has her studiecirkel (“study circle” which is probably a very Swedish phenomenon, see below) in the morning, going to the cinema with a friend in the afternoon and in the evening she has a committee meeting! She’s 85 years old and more busy than anybody else I know!!
Fortunately my mother has the day off tomorrow as it is a study day in the local school where she works as a school nurse – study days mean that the students don’t have to study, however the teachers do, so for the students they are like extra holidays during the term! So, my mother and I are going shopping in Lund tomorrow … with which money? I’m not earning anything anymore, so shouldn’t buy anything either – but maybe I can pick out some xmas presents for myself that my family could bring to Puerto Rico at xmas 😉 and we will mostly definitely also have a fika somewhere cosy.
In the end my grandmother and I have a date for Thursday when she will invite me for kåldolmar (see below) for lunch at midday! She tried to suggest 11.30 first but I thought that it was a bit too early for me as I don’t get up at 8 o’clock in the morning… Kåldolmar is a very traditional Swedish meal but as my parents are not too fond of it (a notion shared by most people I think!), we’ve never eaten it at home. [my mother is preparing oxrullader (beef rolls filled with cheese and bacon) at the moment, which we will eat tomorrow evening – all my favourite foods seem to be made in rolls!!]
Kåldolmar: is a Swedish dish inspired by the Turkish dolma, probably brought to Sweden by king Karl XII who was held captive by the Turks in Bender after losing the Battle of Poltava against the Russians. It is made of cabbage instead of grape leaves and contains minced pork or beef and rice. It is eaten with boiled potatoes, brown sauce and lingonberry jam.
Studiecirkel: This is the definition of study circle in English that I found on the Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan web-site:
A study circle comprises a group of people who share a common interest for a particular issue or have the same need to study the same subject.
The study circle
|•||Consists usually of between 7 and 12 participants. One member is the study circle leader, trained for the assignment.|
|•||Meets continuously, once or twice a week, over an extended period.|
|•||The duration of a meeting is usually not more than 3 hours.|
|•||Utilises study material, which often consists of books and texts but may also be other media.|
|•||Follows a plan, often produced in advance, but sometimes developed by the study circle.|
Invites “experts” and other outsiders to contribute their knowledge.