sometimes tumblr’s US-centric social justice makes me so fucking frustrated. Right now sweden’s third biggest party are literally neo-nazis and our elections couldn’t even get onto trending tags today, goddamit.
also basically every opinion on racism is US-centric so if your experience of it is totally different from what goes down in America tumblr will probably no understand what you’re talking about
Being in Sweden right now really is an odd and unique experience. The election results are on everybody’s lips, and everybody I’ve spoken to is deeply saddened that the Sweden they know and love - the Sweden that prides itself upon its egalitarianism and open arms - might be fading away.
The overwhelming majority of Swedes really do demonstrate the aforementioned values, and the present situation is making it obvious just how passionate the masses are about a tolerant and accepting Sweden… but this racist movement can’t be ignored or downplayed. It is serious, it is scary, and it is seriously impacting the lives of a lot of people in (and out) of this country.
TODAY was the first windy, rainy, and stormy day after about two weeks of perfect sunny weather. It’s certainly not the most pleasant thing I’ve ever experienced, and it makes me realise why everybody says the same thing about Sweden: “It’s better in the summer”.
Anyway, what better way to cheer oneself up from the (cold) miserable weather and the (cold) illness that has accompanied it than strolling through the ice wind to the city post-Swedish lesson and purchasing a beautiful new scarf? I’ve never had to wear a scarf before- actually, I’ve never been able to wear a scarf before. Seriously, it’s definitely never cold enough in Perth… if you run a little warm like I do, you’ll be sweating after wearing it for 5 minutes, even on the coldest day of the year. Unfortunately the store was out of stock for the one I wanted (I’d tried it on last week), so they’ve ordered it in and it’ll be wrapped around my neck before the end of the week! Could definitely have done with it sooner, but in the spirit of Swedish patience, I’m happy to wait.
Tomorrow I’m studying for an exam, practicing my Swedish, then heading to the airport to welcome a very nice boy who is visiting from London and arriving tomorrow night!
Hopefully the weather picks up a bit, but even if it doesn’t I’ll try to make the best of it!