Påsk at Ulvesund
I’ve skipped a few days due to Easter celebrations and spending quality time with the new relatives, so here’s a little recap.
Saturday night was dinner at Helene’s apartment where we Skyped with Felix’s younger brother, Jesper.
Part of Felix’s family’s Easter tradition is a visit to his maternal grandmother, Birgitta’s house in Ulvesund.
Ulvesund is on the coast, by a beautiful saltwater bay filled with seabirds, mussels, little boats and jetties and other picturesque scenery.
The house has a lot of family history, with Birgitta having lived there permanently for something like thirty years.
There was more pickled herring (of course) but I’ve learned that, if eaten on bread with cheese, it’s more than palatable. It’s actually quite nice.
Birgitta made an incredible Italian cheesecake I had thirds of and photographed.
The in-laws were even friendlier than I’d previously expected, and the weather was perfect.
It was the loveliest Swedish Easter I’ve ever had.
We stayed the night at Birgitta’s house and Mats took me for a driving lesson in the morning. For the record, I can drive perfectly well. In an automatic. But someone has given us an old manual car so I’ve got to get learning.
I went really well apart from starting the car, reversing the car, and changing gears in the car.
Mats was extremely patient and I think Felix loved it.
We spent the day lazing around, eating pesto pasta and watching Parks and Recreation so Felix would know who he was reading about in Amy Poehler’s autobiography.
Today was spent being confused by the Migration Board of Gothenburg, attempting to get an ID card (or uppehållstillstånd in Swedish).
After a couple of hours waiting next to some weird guy who had been there since nine in the morning just to change the picture on his ID card because he didn’t like it.
He also told me an enchanting story about how his fiance had died in a car crash. And that he thought Sweden was the most boring place he’d ever been. He said he liked the weather in Syria better.
The card is in the post and when it arrives I’ll be able to do all sorts of fun and Swedish things such as go to the doctor and open a bank account.
Stay tuned for more