Category: culture

Thank You Note 4

Thank you, IKEA for letting me at least look Swedish cheaply. Oh, great meatballs too. **Fun fact: I have a massive tattoo of Marimekko’s famous “Unikko” poppy print on my upper thigh. This is how much I love Scandinavian design.

Proud Finns: Independence and HIM

If you thought I didn’t know about 100 years of Finnish Independence from Sweden and Russia you’d be very wrong. How could I not know? So many of the facebook pages, blogs and websites I follow announced it joyously. Also with this post I…

Thoughts to Let Simmer

I wish you could smell this. The garlic, the sweet tomatoes, the meatballs, the sauted onion in olive oil. . . . .it’s the smell of my childhood in the air. Everything my grandparents had was copper. I remember the giant spaghetti pot being…

Did Harajuku change?

As a teenager, the different girl-tribes of Harajuku— gals (gyaru), lolitas, decora, etc—were my secret idols. I envied edgy Tokyo cool kids for having a place to try on a new identity; a place to be expressive and creative through fashion without necessarily having…

Number One

Who is my favorite Scandinavian? Could it be Ville Valo? Maybe Black Metal? Find out!

Realization of Hygge

My hubby’s mother and step father are with us right now visiting. Today we went to Chicago. Boy, did they buy a lot of Christmas gifts. On the train, I was reading my book all about hyyge and it came to the section on…

Escape Your Box

“The problem with many Americans is that they think the world is America. You need to be more open minded to the world.” One ex boyfriend told me “America is the greatest. America is better than all the other countries.” 1. He has never…