Kristina's visit

Trip Start Aug 23, 2005
Trip End Dec 17, 2005

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Sunday, November 27, 2005

This week Kristina came to visit me... I had tons of work to do, so I couldn't spend as much time with her as I would have liked, but we had fun...

Among the things we did/saw:

-Last Saturday, we met Maud and CG (my contact parents) and went to the Dance Museum's temporary exhibit on Jonas Åkerlund, who is a Swedish film artist. He is famous for such things as all Madonna music videos, many common American vehicle commercials, and independent films on daily life of poverty, drug addicts, and such.
-On Sunday night, we went to Patricia, a nightclub on a boat across the street from my bus stop at Slussen. It was the first time I have been, even though I watch people come in and out just about every night while I'm waiting for the bus. It was definitely the best nightclub I have been to was clean, they played great 80s music mixed with Swedish pop, and there was a random fashion show at 1:00am for a new line of rave party gear...unbelievable!
-We went to the National Museum, where there is a simple, yet telling exhibit on "The Ten Views of Sweden". There were nine dresses, each one representative of water, nature, dark winter, equality, function, care, innovation, lagom (a swedish word without an english translation- means roughly neutrality, reservation, elegance, and conservation all rolled into one. Each dress was an artistic interpretation of the word in the context of Swedish culture and tradition. There was also an exhibit of Swedish furniture over the last 100 years, which was incredibly interesting. The Swedish design is so creative and beautiful in design, yet also is simple, not gaudy, and very functional.
-We ate at my favorite cafe in Stockholm- it sells only vegetarian and vegan food, and the decor is very east asian and buddhist, and the atmosphere is peaceful...the best part is that the tables are at the basement level, but you can climb ladders up to window seats on the ground level to much fun!
-Instead of going through the process of ordering a turkey a week in advance, cooking it, and trying to find something even remotely close to pumpkin pie, jen, kristina and i decided to eat at TGIFriday's for Thanksgiving dinner...none of us even ordered dinner, but it was the first time i had eaten out in weeks, so it was nice not to have to cook or do dishes...
-Kristina and I went to see the Nutcracker (Notknapparen) at the Opera House. It was a two hour ballet performance with the Nutcracker musical score and a Swedish folk tale interpretation of the story (there was a Christmas goat instead of a nutcracker, traditional swedish attire, etc.). It was SO beautiful- we had the nosebleed seats, but since the opera is subsidized by the state (so that it is accessible to ALL people in Sweden, not just the rich) my ticket was only about $10! I'm going back with the other people on the program on Monday to see an actual opera in German with Swedish subtitles (which means I will have no idea what is going on, but I'll be able to enjoy the costumes, music, and theater atmosphere...)

Christmas decorations are all over the city...with all the darkness, light is a welcome commodity. More on the Christmas season to come...
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