Djembe Jivin'

Trip Start Jan 08, 2010
Trip End Sep 27, 2010

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Flag of Sweden  , Gotland,
Sunday, February 21, 2010

The snow has been falling steadily again this week, so naturally some of it had to be shaped into a Star Wars character.  Pete and Daniel spent a good few hours making Jabba the Hut out of snow while I was sick in bed. 

They made it in honour of Shell's 50th birthday which was on Tuesday.  Also in honour of the event, we were all invited to Shell & Anki's house just down the road from here for afternoon tea.  Their house is stunning! I was blown away by the eclectic and incredibly tasteful and harmonious style the house was furnished and decorated in.  Amazing!  It should be featured in a magazine or something. Unfortunately we didn't take our camera with us :(

We did some walking again this week of course, and one day we found ourselves down at the pier.  It was covered in thick ice so was a bit trecherous and it was quite creepy just to stare out at the steely grey sea.

During the week a sore on my foot got really badly infected.  It was (and is) quite disgusting.  I was hoping it would get better on it's own but it was just getting worse, so Anki asked a lady in the church who is a doctor to come look at it.  She did so last night and it was quite an experience.  She had to squeeze it and then cut off the dead skin with our nail scissors which we boiled in a pot to disinfect them.  Apparently the scissors are ''Quite good for cutting flesh''.  She prescribed me some antibiotics which i picked up today, so hopefully it's now on the mend. 

It makes walking, especially outside, pretty difficult though.  Yesterday when we went to the shop I had to wear one snow boot and one canvas shoe with the back folded down and a stick to walk with.  We got the stick off a window squeegy and it happened to be white, so some people thought that I was blind as well as crippled!  Pete thinks they really thought that I was just blind and no-one had told me that I had odd shoes on! Either way it was a bit of a silly sight.

The highlight of the week was that yesterday Pete had the opportunity to play his Djembe in a cafe here with Miriam Oskarsdottir who is one of the Officers here.  She has an amazing folky voice and plays the guitar.  When she got asked to play at this cafe, she asked Pete to play along with her. 

The cafe looks pretty modest from the outside, and even when you go inside it looks pretty usual.  However, if someone points it out to you, you can see a small door to the side of the counter which leads down some steep stairs to a basement thing.  It's a beautiful room which was originally just a store room for a house.  Apparently the roof was much lower than it would have been originally because it has sunk over the hundreds of years it has been in existance. It still seems bizarre to be living with and in ancient history.

Miriam and Pete played for an hour to an absolutely packed room, with people even filling the stairs to get a listen.  The guitar and djembe combo sounded great in that room and, as always, Miriam's voice brought the house down.  The best thing about them playing there was that the coffee, tea and cake was nice and cheap.  I think we'll be paying them a visit again soon.

Well seeya

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angelasusan on

I hope you and your foot are rapidly improving.

mark.nizette on

Those images are terrific, looks pretty cool!!


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