Monthly Archives: August 2012

Scandinavian Noir TV series: Bron or Broen or The Bridge

Scandinavian Noir TV series: Bron or Broen or The Bridge

Over the last few days, I’ve been watching the first season of the Swedish-Danish television crime series The Bridge (Bron in Swedish and Broen in Danish).
I really liked it. The story begins when a body is found after a blackout on Öresundsbron, the bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark. The bridge is situated right where I live, and I go across it every time I visit Copenhagen, and the whole series is set in neighborhoods I know really well.
The victim found on the bridge is a Swedish politician. She has been cut in half and her body has been placed exactly on the Swedish/Danish border, so the two countries’ police forces are both put on the case.
Danish homicide detective Martin Rohde has to cooperate with his Swedish counterpart Saga Norén. Saga is an outstanding detective. She shows signs of some form of autism which often is an asset in her investigations, but sometimes causes problems in her private life. Martin is a charismatic Dane who is very likable but also struggles with hos own hidden weaknesses.

If you liked The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Wallander or Forbrydelsen (The Killing), you ought to check out The Bridge too. If you’ve already seen and liked the show, you’ll be happy to know that season two is planned for late 2013.

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Two ducks on a pond

two ducks in a pond swedish love affairTwo ducks on a pond,
A grass-bank beyond,
A blue sky of spring,
White clouds on the wing;
What a little thing
To remember for years-
To remember with tears!
William Allingham

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Top Dog

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Swedes at the flea market

lions loppis skåne swedish love affairI prefer to go shopping when it’s not too crowded, so I usually try to avoid the peak hours whenever possible. However, at flea markets I like the crowds. The people there are so diverse and I like to watch them all browse around for those elusive flea market treasures that are sure to be hiding somewhere.

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It’s what inside that counts: Flea market wisdom

lions club flea market swedish love affairToday I went to Sweden’s biggest flea market. It’s held two days every year in the coastal town Lomma. I almost didn’t find anything that I needed, but it was a fun visit all the same.
A woman asked one of the salesmen about some glasses that she liked whether they were wineglasses, and the salesman replied: “it depends on what you pour into it. ”

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Swedish animals in the Castle Forest

animals in slottskogen gothenburg swedish love affairNow that the Way Out West festival is over, the Castle Forest has been completely restored and I am free to take walks with Greger there as usual.
Sometimes we visit the animals who live there. They have native animals such as moose, deer, horses, seals, sheep and goats, but also exotic ones like little Humbolt Penguins and flamingos.

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Le Parfum Croisette: Niche perfume store in Budapest

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Le Parfum Croisette: Niche perfume store in Budapest

Even though I hadn’t counted on it, I managed to find two niche perfume shops in Budapest. One of them is called Le Parfum Croisette and while their selection wasn’t exactly the biggest, they had more than enough to keep an enthusiast interested.
I bought a little something there and I’ll show it here soon!

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