No Wednesday recipe today, I haven’t been cooking a lot the last two months but hoping to get back into the kitchen and the recipe books soon. My routines are slowly starting to re-establish themselves, today I had my first Spanish lesson in Starbuck’s (new healthier and cheaper routine: tea instead of latte), I spoke to my French friend and tomorrow I will go to l’Alliance Francaise. And soon I am going to start cleaning the air-conditioner filters – a routine that I had somehow missed (there are no filters to be cleaned on radiators so how could I know!?) 😦
However, first – instead of a recipe, I thought that I would share what I brought back from Sweden this time (some of you might remember my post “What a Spaniard brings back to Spain from Sweden” in 2007)! For once I didn’t have any problem fitting everything in since I decided to travel with two suitcases (I realised that I actually had the right to 3 x 32 kg in business class!). I even started looking around for more things to put in the half-empty bags – what a luxury!
Had I known that it would be so easy to fit everything in I might have done some more shopping but I guess my bank account would have sufferred…
Disclaimer: sorry if I am making any of you expat Swedes jealous… 😉
Purchases from Ikea – paper napkins, wooden butter knives (spreaders), and dessert knives (I am thinking more brunch than dessert) and tea spoons that match our small forks. I was especially pleased with the cutlery since it was a model that will be discontinued!
A small Marimekko bowl from a Zak outlet in Zaragoza (we also bought cute plastic glasses with the same flower for O’s niece and apparently she refuses to drink from anything else now!) and two mugs to be used for pens from the Iittala outlet in Höganäs (that sells Höganäs pottery, Rörstrands, Boda Nova and Iittala), a herring (sill) bowl from Bruka Design in Stockholm, some creams + fish stock, which just like in some parts of mainland US is almost impossible to find in Puerto Rico!
Swedish films – and the best thing: they all have English subtitles! Some of them we got as Christmas presents from my brother and some we bought on O’s initiative in a supermarket (3 for 99 SEK).
Swedish sweets! Including some Easter sweets that I need to keep for another few weeks – I made some more purchases for Easter but I will show them closer to the holiday…
Books and magazines in Swedish! Two of my grandfather’s books (which I read as a teenager), a Barbara Nadel book that Marianne in Egypt has translated, and three books printed by my Latvian sister’s printing company in Latvia (so I got them for free, hi hi).
I should be washing the windows as well – above is our kitchen window (wine glasses drying upside down in front)! It has been raining a lot lately, which this close to the ocean means winds mixed with salt water… Our neighbour told us yesterday that it has also been unusually cold and people have had to wear coats (hm, I wonder how cold that was exactly!?).