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Celebrating Christmas in Malta and Sweden (Masterpost)

This year, unfortunately, I don’t have time to do any Christmas posts. However, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything Christmassy to read on my blog.

I have just reviewed and updated my three-part Christmas series from last year. I am collecting all of them here on this post so that it will be easier for you to read all the series (and easier for me to promote ūüėČ ).

These posts will appeal to you if you’re interested in the cultural aspect of Christmas. You will discover how we celebrate this holiday here in Malta and in my boyfriend’s home country, Sweden.

Hope you’ll like them!

Care to tell me about your Christmas traditions? Leave a comment on this post or drop me a mail!
Sweden Rambles, Travel & Culture, Travel Diaries

Return to Sweden: Exploring New Corners in Skåne

So, last week I listed all my new experiences and old memories that I lived during my second stay in Sweden last September. Now it’s time to give a little information about the new areas and landmarks which I visited in the Sk√•ne region (Scania). Namely, in the city of Malm√∂, in Skurup and in Trelleborg.

For those of you who have just stumbled upon my blog and are looking for new additions to your travel itinerary in Sk√•ne, do take a look at last year’s travel diary (see the full series here) where I mentioned the following areas/landmarks: Limhamn,¬†Turning Torso in V√§stra hamnen, Triangeln, Gustav Adolfs torg, Stortorget, Lilla Torg, Pildammsparken, Central station, √Ėstra Kyrkog√•rden¬†(all in Malm√∂) and Svaneholm (in Skurup).

Now come with me on this new virtual tour of Southern Sweden!

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Sweden Rambles, Travel & Culture, Travel Diaries

Return to Sweden: Memories and New Experiences

As some of you know, I went to Sweden for the second time from 9th to 16th September. I came back home with much more than I ever expected. Even though I planned a few specific visits to new places with Matt, I thought that living in the same small town (Skurup) and visiting the city of Malm√∂ multiple times wouldn’t provide significant new experiences. Luckily, I was wrong.

I don’t want to write a detailed diary trip like I did last time. That was my first visit, therefore it required some details. This time, I am going to list my new experiences, my repeated experiences, and some regrets or missed opportunities.

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Book Rambles, Media

Book Rambles: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Finally, I have reached Sweden in my summer literary journey, Around Europe in 14 Books.

If you’re familiar with my blog, you won’t be surprised to know that I was looking forward to starting my Swedish novel. If you’re new to my blog, just take a look at my About page and the Travel & Culture – Sweden Rambles¬†from the blog’s Menu and you’ll understand that Sweden is an important part of my life now.

A Man Called Ove¬†is not the first Swedish book I’ve read, but it turned out to be the best one I’ve read so far (before, I have only truly appreciated John Ajvide Lindqvist’s horror novels,¬†Let the Right One In and¬†Little Star).

Discover more about this novel by Fredrik Backman after the jump. Don’t forget to take a look at the previous book reviews from my reading challenge.

Read the previous posts:

#1: Ireland –¬†How to Fall in Love by Cecelia Ahern

#2: Iceland –¬†Butterflies in November by¬†Au√įur Ava √ďlafsd√≥ttir

#3: Norway –¬†Doppler by Erlend Loe

#4: Denmark –¬†This Should Be Written in the Present Tense by Helle Helle

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Media, Music Rambles

Music Rambles: My Top 10 Eurovision Winners

In my last Eurovision posts, I have concentrated mostly on the last years because those are the years I can remember the most.

Today though, I want to look further back and take a look at my favourite winning songs from the very first contest¬†to this day. It wasn’t easy to choose just ten because some songs, particularly from the 70s, are really catchy. I could have added ABBA and Lordi to the list, but I didn’t so as not to repeat. So, in a way, you can say that this is a 1956 – 2005 list, that complements Wednesday’s post!

Be sure to check the whole post because the special mentions are a bit of a surprise when compared to the other songs on the list.

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