Grant and I won prizes in the ticket raffle at the Swedish Church Bazaar today.
In diving up the two prizes, Grant selected the SAS glasses, while I took the books which included a 2001 edition of the songbook for Allsång på Skansen (Sing Along at Skansen), the Swedish tv show held at Skansen in Stockholm, every summer and which I attended three times last year.
The bazaar was pretty much the same as it was last year, with a collection of stalls selecting a variety of gifts and food, though it seemed like numbers were down a little. I suspect it’s because it was so bloody hot today.
“This is not typical Swedish Christmas weather”, one of my colleagues at work (who is half-Swedish) said to me when we bumped into each other.
I also saw another colleague (who is also half-Swedish) at the bazaar. So, for just a moment it felt like we were having a mini-staff Christmas Party.
That was the biggest difference between this year and last. That I knew a few people to chat to.
Two of the people who’ve done the class came along, including one who helped out on a stall.
And since Grant and Graeme came along I felt a little more confident about attending that I perhaps did last year.
That said, when I ordered my lunch – a meatball sandwich – the woman who took my order did look at me slightly strangely.
“That’s a strange Swedish accent”, she seemed to be thinking when she looked at me. Had she asked I would have said, “Please don’t judge my accent, I’m from down south” :)
Grant and I also chatted briefly with the tall man selling tickets who we both agreed was a very nice gentleman.
And of course, best of all, he sold us the winning tickets in the raffle.
PS Graeme has posted some more photographs here.
2 responses to “Swedish Saturday”
Haha! I’m happy you liked the tickets, and that someone who was not involved in the even actually won something. Do drop by again on Christmas Eve when there will be heaps of homesick Swedes celebrating Christmas one day early.
-Anders (the guy with the raffles tickets at the bazaar)
Hej Anders, nice to hear from you again. Yes, we loved the tickets. I am going home to visit my family before Christmas, but I will be around for Julafton :) James