Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Gypsy life

They are called the Roma, Gypsies, Travelers. In Swedish, they are Zigenare. And in a registry maintained by the police in southern Sweden, thousands of their names are listed and labeled “Z,” according to a series of articles in Dagens Nyheter, better known as DN. … Continue reading

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Survival training for Swedish kids

  On my ride to work in the mornings, recently, I have seen gaggles of young kids running through the woods. They often carry pads of paper and writing utensils, and they range in packs of two or three.  My … Continue reading

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Tic Tik Tick

Soooooo, I’m a bit of a hypochondriac.  Not full-flaming hospital-visiting always-sick hypochondriac, but I do worry.  And when I found a tick in my bellybutton recently, latched on with particular stubbornness, I had a moment of, shall we say, panic. … Continue reading

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Geologist plays in traffic

Kaboom! I was sitting here on our couch (new couch! yay!), working on my laptop, when suddenly the whole apartment building shook and the ground rumbled. It took a moment for my heart rate to slow — the explosion was … Continue reading

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