The end of a season

October 5, 2013

It’s hard to believe that only three weeks ago the temperature was still high enough that wearing a t-shirt was all you needed to keep warm. These last weeks the temperature has dropped from about 20 degrees down to zero during the evening and somewhere around 10-15 degrees during the day.


I’m really looking forward to the cold and snowy winter, but then again I really despise fall. I wish you could just turn a knob between summer and winter, totally dismissing spring and fall. These in-between seasons serve no purpose, they’re only frustrating.


Here in Stockholm there’s an art gallery called Fotografiska (a photo-gallery), I’ve been there once, can’t remember whose exhibit it was, but I remember that I wasn’t really impressed, most of the pictures were so photoshopped I had a hard time even thinking about them as photographs. The thing I probably liked the most with this gallery was the gift shop. Bookshelves upon bookshelves filled with literature covering everything from composition to different techniques. I’m pretty sure I spent more time browsing the shop then I did in the rest of Fotografiska.


Anyway, Paulina went there with a friend this week, again, I don’t know what exhibition they had this time, but she brought me back a gift, a lens thermos-cup. I’ve contemplated buying one from ebay multiple times, but I’ve always dismissed them for fear of the quality, but now that I have one, I gotta say I’km quit happy with it, it keeps the coffee warm far longer than a regular ceramic cup, and the quality is pretty good.

Grand Theft Auto Online

The game didn’t feature the online part from launch, but it was going to be activated the first of October, which it did. But sadly, I haven’t been able to play because I’m one of many people who are experiencing a bug with the tutorial mission. Everything loads up correctly, I get to see the long and really, really boring, non-skippable cut-scene, which lasts for, what it felt like, an eternity, and then, when the mission should start, I only get to the loading screen, where it idles and says “Waiting for players” or something equally confusing. I somehow doubt that there’s a problem with finding other players.


I came across a feature article on BBC where, I guess, a journalist has moved over to Finland and tries to explain his love/hate relationship with Salmiakki. Me, like probably many other, love to read about people’s first experience with Salmiakki, after I read the article I immediately started to think about the blog Salmiyuck, where an American tries out a large variety of Salmiakki products from Finland.


Back to the initial article, the writer kicks off the article with the following sentence;

“Salty liquorice is an acquired taste – and many in Finland, Scandinavia and the Netherlands learn to love its sharp, sour flavours during childhood.”

The thing is, I somehow doubt that the importance of salmiakki in the rest of Scandinavia (or to be correct the Nordic countries, seeing as Finland is not part of Scandinavia) is as large as in Finland, and in all honesty, I can’t speak for the Netherlands. I’ve tried to find quality Salmiakki in Sweden (or in Stockholm) but have yet to find anything that is strong enough, most of it is wrongly labeled liquorice.

Fun fact: In Swedish the word Salmiakki is Salmiak (according to us Finnish-Swedes), but this word isn’t used in Sweden, the Swedish-Swedes call it salt lakrits (translated to salty liquorice), which I feel is wrong.