Sweden Post 2

This is the inside of the Kloster Pub where the pics of the people on the sidewalk were taken.




This is Irene’s ancestor tree.  All Swedes have an ancestor tree.  Each line of holes in the tree represents an ancestor; Irene’s ancestors, being Geats, use 5 hole lines.  As you can see Irene’s tree has many ancestors, including Beowulf, whose hole line Irene is just able to touch as she extends her arms.  Surprisingly, Beowulf is not viewed as the biggest deal ancestor on her tree.  That honor belongs to Sigrid Larsdotter, a warrior queen who drove a bunch of  some other invading Germanic tribe out of the countryside around Dalum in the 7th century.  She is said to have been a small but powerful woman with a round head.





May Day Celebration Syndicalist (Socialist/Anarchist)  Drum Group.




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This is Gustaf Adolf’s Torget (Square) after the demonstrations.  What used to be the Communist Party, now the Left, or Socialist Party has gathered to hear the party leader Jonas Sjo:stedt.  The Statue of Gustav II Adolf is pointing down where supposedly in 1621 he said “Here I will build my city.”  I like that the construction crane is still doing his work.


This is Kosla:pp.  On this day Cows are set free into pasture.  A big deal in some places.  Irene and I went a bit out of town, saw the cows, and got free milk and bulle (Swedish buns; the ones with cinnamon and cardamom, I am becoming quite fond of).


Many Swedes are in the forefront of Animal Rights.  These Swedes are protesting Kosla:pp.  One sign reads “It’s not your mom, it’s not your milk,” another says “Who wouldn’t be happy after months in prison.”





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